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Calendar January 25-31

by Laura Donney

January 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

SAT | JAN 25

MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL

Sometimes there is such thing as a free lunch. SoCal Museums is bringing you its ninth annual day of free art and culture, with 20 Southern California museums banding together to get you through their doors. From the Skirball to LACMA, to the Museum of Contemporary Art, to both Gettys, to the Annenberg Space for Photography — you can bring a posse or museum hop solo. No matter what, it will be a price-less day of priceless art, and that’s better than any free lunch. Sat. Various hours. Free. Various locations. socalmuseums.org.


SUN | JAN 26

“KABBALAH IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE”

Architect, design critic and author Alexander Gorlin explores the spiritual side of structure. By looking at the kabbalistic relationship with creation, light, space and geometry, Gorlin seamlessly reveals how ancient Jewish mysticism is expressed in contemporary blueprints. A Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, Gorlin brings a worldly understanding to architectural influences. Sun. 2:30 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), free (members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the opening of the new exhibition “Survivor Portraits From the Jewish Journal,” selected photographs and essays from the Journal’s “Survivor” series, which provide a window into the extraordinary lives of Holocaust survivors; director/choreographer Kristen Smiarowski’s presentation and dance workshop, “Movement Memories,” leading participants to investigate how dance can be a memorial act; and speakers. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

LEIGH STEINBERG

He’s the guy who brought you Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith and Ben Roethlisberger. In his new book, “The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game,” Steinberg chronicles his early years at UC Berkeley, his time on top as an industry king and some of the high-profile struggles that eventually led to a high-profile comeback. An inspiration for “Jerry Maguire” and an innovator in sports negotiation, Steinberg’s got a fair share of stories that pack a punch. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.


TUE | JAN 28

“THE MAGIKER”

Religion was never really a part of psychiatrist Harry Strider’s life. But when a troubled socialite seeks out Harry for counseling, the psychiatrist enters a never-before-explored world of kabbalah. Join Ed Asner, Richard Benjamin and more for a dramatic reading of Charles Dennis’ new novel. Winner of the Samuel Fuller Guerrilla Filmmaker Award, Dennis offers a funny, sharp, enlightened look at a man who is connecting for the first time. Tue. 7 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

YONA SABAR

Is our responsibility to classic text to keep it classic or to make it accessible to all? UCLA professor of Hebrew and Aramaic — and writer of the Jewish Journal’s “Hebrew Word of the Week” — Yona Sabar unpacks the question in his seminar “A New Hebrew Israeli Translation of the Bible? Is It Necessary? Is It Advisable?” With a recent project in Israel developing a linguistically contemporary version of biblical and archaic language, many are left wondering what the consequences and benefits might be. Seminar participants will see examples of the translation, and a discussion with the professor will follow a short presentation. Tue. 12 p.m. Free (limited space, RSVP required by Jan. 25). Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.


WED | JAN 29

“BUNNY BUNNY”

The Falcon Theatre presents Alan Zweibel’s theatrical love letter to Gilda Radner. Having first met at “Saturday Night Live” behind a potted tree, the writer and comedian struck up a friendship that would last 14 years. Join director Dimitri Toscas as he takes us through the sometimes-heartbreaking memories of a very funny man who misses his very funny friend. Through March 2. Wed. 8 p.m. $27-$57. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101. falcontheatre.com.


FRI | JAN 31

MAYER HAWTHORNE

It’s been five years since his musical debut, and Hawthorne has an even more finely tuned sense of instrument, composition and vocal storytelling than ever before. Uniquely blending influences from soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as well as Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and the Beastie Boys, it’s unsurprising that Hawthorne has nabbed his first Grammy nomination this year. Maybe you saw him when he toured with Bruno Mars, or Erykah Badu, or Amy Winehouse; now see him for himself. Fri. 8 p.m. $40.50. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 962-7600. livenation.com

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