SUN | JUN 22
A little summer piano is never a bad idea, and with favorable reviews from both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, the former featured soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is unlikely to disappoint as he plays a bit of Bach, Debussy and a West Coast premiere of Augusta Read Thomas. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship in piano at Tanglewood. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org.
TUE | JUN 24
Subtitled “A Heroic Symphony in Two Parts,” director Andrzej Munk’s film is a dark comedy about two victims of war. The first is a drunkard forced to serve in the Home Army of the Warsaw Uprising, and the second follows a lieutenant in a prisoner of war camp for Polish soldiers, his attempt to escape inspiring hope and unrest for the other POWs. Written by Jerzy Stefan Stawinski, the film won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1959. Tue. 1 p.m. $4 (general), $2 (members). Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org.
THE WHOLE SHMEER
Shmeer, spread, chive-speckled gold. There are lots of ways to refer to cream cheese. And isn’t it time you put some history where your mouth is? Rabbi and cream cheese historian Jeffrey Marx reveals how the most staple of Jewish condiments was unknown to U.S. Jewish immigrants of the late 19th century. You’ll also learn how today’s cream cheese differs from original cream cheese, and hear inspiring cream cheese-related tales of rags to riches. Wow people at parties with your impressive shmeer knowhow! Tue. 8 p.m. $8. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED | JUN 25
The actress (“Angel”) and L.A.-based writer has a new book of comedic essays. “I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People” explores indulging one’s inner crazy. Totally candid and appropriately shameless, Mollen shares stories of stalking therapists, poorly planned bachelorette parties and strange hypothetical husband scenarios. Don’t worry if you relate a little too much — at least you’ll be laughing! Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
“BRAVE MISS WORLD”
Israeli native Linor Abargil was abducted and raped at knife-point in Milan, Italy, two months before winning the Miss World Pageant in 1998. On a journey to heal that sometimes feels impossible, the beauty queen chose to become a loud advocate for women around the world who suffer as victims of violence. Abargil’s documentary, with director Cecilia Peck, delves into the circumstances of the rape, the aftermath, and the challenging and emotional efforts — from South Africa to Hollywood — to have women heard, and women healed. Wed. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
FRI | JUN 27
In the world of new, fresh-faced artistic renovators, Schrag is not one to be missed. Already established as an autobiographical cartoonist and writer for shows such as “The L Word” and “How to Make It in America,” the California native has a debut novel that is insightfully funny and hugely relevant. “Adam” tells the story of a young man caught up in frank and progressive New York City, where gay marriage demonstrations and transgender rights leave plenty of room for an awkward teenager to learn about love, lies and the stuff in between. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.
MOVIE MUSIC MAGIC
Husband-and-wife duo Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin (you may know them for their local hit “Hanukkah in Santa Monica”), are a cabaret couple bending their genre rules to perform favorites from the silver screen. Whether they’re hits from “The Sound of Music” or Bond’s “Skyfall,” the pair, along with fellow performers Cedric Berry, Ashley Fox Linton and Will Collyer, will showcase one thing many movies would be lost without: music. Fri. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
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