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Calendar June 14-20

by Laura Donney

June 11, 2014 | 9:08 am

SAT | JUN 14

“CENTRIFUGE”

There’s really no one way to capture what life in Israel is like. This exhibit, which debuted in New York, features artists who use photography, video, sculpture and work on paper as a way to tap into the complexities and multiplicities of Israeli identity. Artists Inbal Abergil, Anisa Ashkar, Luciana Kaplun, Aim Luski, Ido Michaeli and Roee Rosen will be represented at the gallery — as will their takes on Israeli culture, politics and nationalities. Sat. 7 p.m. (opening ceremony). Through Aug. 2. Free. Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 281-0961. shulamitgallery.com.

“SURVIVOR’S GUILT”

When author Franklin can’t get his novel published, he decides to submit it as a nonfiction memoir instead. With interest from the head of a major publishing company, Franklin must hire an actor to pose as his second self: an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor. Writer and director David Love has worked as a staff writer for “The Partnership” with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, and his talents are aplenty in this complicated comedy about ambition and truth. Sat. 8 p.m. Through June 29. $15. Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323)856-4252. hollywoodfringe.org

“PRAYER + POP SHABBAT”

Ever wish your services felt more like the 1960s and your rock/folk concerts felt more like shul? Ahavat Torah has just the program for you! Led by Rabbi Miriam Hamrell with the poetry of James Taylor and Paul Simon and the rhythms of Motown and The Beatles, this Saturday morning is a mash-up of all kinds of soul and a whole lot of spirit. Sat. 10 a.m. Free. The Village Lutheran Church, 343 Church Lane, Los Angeles. (310) 362-1111. ahavattorahla.org.

KINDREDSPIRITS CONCERT

This year, just by attending a cool concert, you can save a child’s heart. The beneficiaries of the seventh annual KindredSPIRITS concert, Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international group that workw to bring quality care to children suffering from heart disease in developing countries. The concert features Cantor Ilan Davidson, Ilysia Pierce, Noreen Green and the L.A. Jewish Symphony, “The X-Factor’s” Bea Miller, the Agape Choir and Freda Payne. Sat. 8 p.m. $55-$175. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 319-4849. kindredpsirits.org.


SUN | JUN 15

“30 IS THE NEW 13”

Sometimes you have to grow old in order to grow up. Jason is all set to have a law career when passion strikes and he decides to move in with his grandma to pursue music. Low on cash, his young cousin Rhonnie suggests an adult bar mitzvah as a way to fund his album and find an agent. This new comedy with music by acclaimed playwright Suzanne Bressler has its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Audiences can expect laughs and a new kind of coming-of-age story from this charming and talented four-person cast. Sun. 2 p.m. Through June 28. $15. The Ruby Theatre at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. hollywoodfringe.org


MON | JUN 16

THEODORE BIKEL CONCERT

Happy 90th birthday Theo Bikel! With a career that includes the roles of Tevye and Capt. von Trapp on Broadway, an Oscar-nominated performance in “The Defiant Ones” and co-founding the Newport Folk Festival, Bikel reminds us that life should be filled to the brim. Ed Asner will serve as master of ceremonies for this musical tribute featuring Arlo Guthrie, Cantor Alberto Mizrachi, Craig Taubman and many others. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $29.45-$203.85. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111


TUE | JUN 17 

HALLELUJAH JEWISH  SINGING COMPETITION

Say hello to the global singing competition making an L.A. stop. The Israeli American Council is hosting an incredible opportunity for young aspiring singers: the chance to sing their way to Israel. Twelve semifinalists will perform a live show hosted by actor Mike Burstyn, with judges Dave Koz, Craig Taubman, and other celebrities and music industry professionals. Winners will get to participate in a Birthright-style trip, where music really is the universal language. The audience will enjoy Hebrew songs, a full house band and endless potential. Tue. 7 p.m. $5. The Mark, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. israeliamerican.org.


THU | JUN 19

“LOST IN LVOV”

When the three Belman sisters immigrate to the United States from the Soviet Union, they can’t help but bring memories from the old country to their new one. Created and performed by Sandy Simona, this biographical piece uses multimedia to explore the things we choose to leave behind, and the things we choose to remember. With dance, live music and a language fusion of Russian, Yiddish and English, the performance is multifaceted in both form and content. Thu. 7 p.m. Two other performances on June 21 and 22. $15. Schkapf Theatre, 6567-6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 871-1912. hollywoodfringe.org

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