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Calendar July 12-18

by Laura Donney

July 9, 2014 | 9:29 am

SAT | JUL 12

“FAMILY PLANNING” WORLD PREMIERE

Nevermind 20-somethings moving back in with their parents — let’s talk about parents moving in with their married daughter. When New Age-Jewish-Buddhist Larry and his narcissistic ex-wife Diane lose their second spouses and most of their finances, there’s only one natural solution. Michelle Kholos Brooks’ (wife to Max, daughter-in-law to Mel) new play is a fun and funny nosedive into family drama condensed under one roof. Starring Christina Pickles and Bruce Weitz and directed by Cameron Watson, this show is for anyone who’s ever had a family — or a family they wish they’d never had. Sat. 8 p.m. $20-$50. Through Aug. 10. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. (818) 558-7000. colonytheatre.org.


SUN | JUL 13

COWBOYS AND COPLAND

The California Philharmonic and Maestro Victor Vener have planned an afternoon of Wild West favorites to which you’ll be tappin’ your boots. The show features pieces from Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid” and “Rodeo,” and there will be a special surprise guest narrating Copland’s masterpiece “Lincoln Portrait.” Come celebrate the man who helped establish that Western, riding-into-the-sunset sound that can make any local dreamy for days of yore (or at least movies of yore). Don’t forget your spurs! Sat. 2 p.m. $26.50-$111. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (626) 304-0333. calphil.com

MARK RUSS FEDERMAN — RUSS AND DAUGHTERS

It’s one of the few mouth-watering memoirs out there. “Reflections and Recipes From the House That Herring Built” is the story of an immigrant family that turned a 1907 pushcart into a (slightly larger) gem of a deli. From chopped liver to a panoramic history of 20th-century New York, Federman — a third-generation Russ who once served as owner — shares anecdotes and insights about a proper family business that never met a fish it couldn’t smoke. Sun. 2 p.m. $8 (general), Free (members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


WED | JUL 16

DOMESTIC CHILD TRAFFICKING … SAVE OUR CHILDREN

Join the National Council of Jewish Women and Children’s Rescue Alliance for this thoughtful program that aims to be the voice of the voiceless. Speakers include state Sen. Holly Mitchell; manager of Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Project SPIN, Sara Train; Children’s Rescue Alliance founder and CEO Alex Riggs; and psychologist Talia Witkowski. Moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks, the panel is an opportunity to understand a still-too-present problem and the solutions for which we should be fighting. RSVP required. Wed. 11:30 a.m. Free. NCJW/L.A. Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org

LEE GRANT

In her new memoir, “I Said Yes to Everything,” the Academy Award winner chronicles a life filled with just as much drama off screen as on. The star of films such as “Valley of the Dolls” and “Shampoo,” Grant refused to testify against screenwriter-husband Arnold Manoff before the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), landing her on the Hollywood blacklist for 12 years. But Grant didn’t let a little politics get her down. After success as an actress, she made a name for herself as a director of both stage and screen, eventually becoming the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com


THU | JUL 17

FRANCISCO GOLDMAN

The Jewish-Guatemalan author discusses his new book, “The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle.” Goldman, who won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his novel “The Long Night of White Chickens,” also has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, and teaches at Trinity College. “The Interior Circuit,” a follow up to Goldman’s “Say Her Name” (a powerful tribute to his late wife), explores the complicated relationship Mexico City has with itself, its people and its future. Emmy-winning journalist Ruben Martinez moderates. Thu. 7:15 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org


FRI | JUL 18

WOODY ALLEN DOUBLE FEATURE

If you haven’t seen a Woody Allen movie lately, here’s your chance. The first, “Manhattan,” which is shot beautifully in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis, follows a divorced New York City comedy writer as he navigates his way through friends and lovers. The second, Oscar-winning “Annie Hall,” is the story of Alvy Singer (Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) — an irreverent and interesting couple until they’re just irreverent and interesting on their own. Introduction by Jon Boorstin and Susan Willis-Powers. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $11. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.
(310) 260-1528. americancinematheque.com

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