SAT | JUL 26
NATIONAL DANCE DAY
Put on your horah shoes and grab a partner! The Music Center and Grand Park join forces with the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization co-founded by Nigel Lythgoe and artist and dancer Adam Shankman, for the West Coast’s flagship celebration of National Dance Day. Experts and amateurs alike are invited to join in the hoopla. Learn from esteemed dance companies and stay for a dance film screening after sunset. Maybe you’ll choose hip hop, maybe you’ll choose jazz — but definitely choose to dance. Sat. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 227 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8080. grandparkla.org.
“SALT OF THE EARTH”
Herbert J. Biberman directs a story based on the true events of a group of Mexican-American women who held a 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Mine. Written by Michael Wilson, the film follows the wives who looked intimidation and tradition in the face and helped win wage parity for their husbands. Starring Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacon and Will Geer, this depiction of early feminism is uniquely placed in history as the only American film to be blacklisted in Hollywood. Biberman, one of the Hollywood Ten, spent six months in jail before working independently to create this film. Presented by LACMA. Sat. 7 p.m. Free. Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
SUN | JUL 27
“STUPID F***ING BIRD”
Catch this bird before it closes. If you’re into satirical remixes, this irreverent play by Aaron Posner is the perfect response to one Anton Chekhov. Posner takes Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and mashes up the angst and poetry of the artist’s pursuit with some bubbling mad humor. The playwright’s celebrated works include adaptations of Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” and “My Name Is Asher Lev.” Directed by Michael Michetti, this production features Adam Silver, Amy Pietz, Zarah Mahler and others. 2 p.m. $34 (general), $29 (senior). Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. circlextheatre.org.
TUE | JUL 29
FIRESIDE CHAT FOR LAWYERS
Have a law degree? A pang for justice? Join The Jewish Federation’s Young Legal Business and Professional group for a special evening with two of L.A.’s finest attorneys. Patricia Glaser, partner and chair of the litigation department at Glaser Weil, got her J.D. from Rutgers University and has been called a trial icon. Jonathan Anschell, who serves as CBS general council, nabbed his top position at the age of 36, which is like 12 in lawyer years. Come be inspired, instructed and networked. Dinner and drinks included. Tue. 7 p.m. $18. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000. jewishla.org.
THU | JUL 31
CONJUNTO CHAPPOTTIN Y SUS ESTRELLAS
A California debut so special that the Skirball is laying down a dance floor. The band, which has been around for 60 years, may have seen a change in bandleader, but the zest and funk of Latin jazz and salsa is far from lost. Founded by the renowned Arsenio Rodriguez, the band has remained a staple in Cuban “son” groups. You may find it hard to stay still, so don’t fight the urge. Come early for a DJ set by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (parking $10). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org
NETWORK WITH VISIONS: THE NEXT GENERATION OF ICRF
Stem cell research is proving to be one of the most promising areas in modern medical development, and pasta has already proved to be one of the greatest discoveries in modern food development. If you’re a young professional and want to learn more about a field that many believe holds the answer to combating disease, join Dr. Jacob Hanna, a leading expert in genetic research at the Weizmann Institute, for a night of carb consumption and cure discussion. Presented by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Thu. 6:30 p.m. $18 (advance), $25 (door). Maggiano’s Little Italy, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite Z80, Los Angeles. (310) 274-2400. icrfla.org.
FRI | AUG 1
It’s an operatic love story — or a lovely operatic story. Carol Jean Delmar pens the journey of her parents, a couple forced to relocate repeatedly, not just to escape Nazi pursuit but to hold onto their dreams. In telling their story — Delmar’s father was an opera singer — the author weaves together a tale of family, music and survival. Delmar, who is an L.A.-based journalist and theater critic, brings expertise and intimacy to a unique bit of history. Her presentation includes photos and music. Fri. Noon. Free. L.A. Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.