SAT | JUN 28
So many writers, so little time. In her new book, “My Salinger Year,” Rakoff tells of her own literary journey, beginning with the prized position of assistant to J.D. Salinger’s agent. A transplant to New York City, Rakoff is tasked with responding to Salinger’s heart-filled fan mail. Moved by people’s unwavering adoration, the young writer strays from the legend’s template response, discovering her own voice as she acts as Salinger’s. Winner of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers for her 2010 “A Fortunate Age,” Rakoff will be signing her new novel. Sat. 5 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
KCRW PRESENTS: “THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST”
Ira Glass, executive producer and host of “This American Life,” took his radio show to television and is now bringing it to the stage. At the core is storytelling: mostly true stories of real people, centered around one theme. Joining Glass’ aural contributions are dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, leaving audiences with a sort of radio narrative cabaret. Whether you feel your radio-listening needs more movement or your dance-viewing could use more spoken word, this performance will inspire a new appreciation for what can happen on a stage. Sat. 10 p.m. $38.15-$78.10. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 450-5183. kcrw.com.
SUN | JUN 29
“JOHN WILLIAMS & FRIENDS”
And what friends! Especially because they’re family. Dennis Karmazyn, a principal cellist for the California Philharmonic, joins professional and musical forces with his violin virtuoso son, Max. The duo will perform the musical theme from “Schindler’s List” — an arrangement created specifically by the younger Karmazyn for himself and his father. The Karmazyns have personal ties to the Holocaust — Max’s grandparents are survivors; his grandfather taught the concentration camp commandant’s daughter to play the violin in order to gain better care for his wife and himself. Other John Williams scores will also be performed, including pieces from “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars” and “E.T.” Sun. 2 p.m. $20-$100. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com.
“FALAFELISM” AND “THE STURGEON QUEENS”
Three cheers for food and film! Whet your artistic and actual appetite with this delicious double feature. The program begins with Ari A. Cohen’s documentary, “Falefelism: The Politics of Food in the Middle East,” about the famous deep-fried chickpea treats and the relationship food has with national and cultural identity. The second film, “The Sturgeon Queens,” follows the story of the famous lox and herring hub of the Lower East Side, Russ and Daughters. Directed by Julie Cohen, the documentary features famous store regulars as well as two of the original daughters of the family business. So, if you’re keen on Jewish cuisine, make an afternoon of it. Sun. 2 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (members), $5 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
SPLASHING GOOD-TIME SUMMER SOIREE
Summer is here! Kick off your flip-flops and kick into high gear. Young Jewish Professionals hosts a poolside party that can really set this season’s tone. With tasty (and kosher) barbecue fare, desserts, cocktails, valet parking and plenty to talk about, this soiree is not to be missed. If you aren’t sold yet, proceeds go the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Sun. 4 p.m. $18. Private residence in Beverly Hills. Address provided upon registration. splashinggoodtime.eventbrite.com.
Got a French/Russian itch that needs a scratch? Then make your way to the Moulin Russe. These Los Angeles-based singers hail from Israel, Ukraine and Paris. With their Jewish heritage and Francophile tendencies, the trio’s signature show is an evening of original takes on French and Russian musical favorites. Max Cohen, Julia Kantor and Jean-Louis Darville are the three singers, and Cantor Jacob Kantor is a member of the instrument ensemble. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $15 cover, plus dinner entrée or two-drink minimum. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. frenchsingersla.com.
DODGERS’ JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY
Join the Los Angeles Dodgers for their 15th annual Jewish Community Day. Your family, friends, congregation and chavurah members are all invited. Purchase the group package to reserve tickets and a Dodgers (in Hebrew, of course) baseball cap. The first 15,000 kids receive an Adrian Gonzalez replica jersey, and kosher hot dogs will be available in the Left Field Reserve area. Root, root, root for the Dodgers as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals! Sun. 1:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-1507. dodgers.com/jewish.
TUE | JUL 1
“JUDY FISKIN: THE ART TALK TRILOGY”
The photo and video artist, whose work has been showed in MoMA, MOCA, LACMA and the Getty, will have three films from a 2011 exhibition shown in an evening that explores art and the places we find it. Fiskin, who has a tone that marries poetry and irreverence, earned critical acclaim with her 1998 video “Diary of a Midlife Crisis,” and has been celebrated by both the Los Angeles Times and ArtForum. The artist, who is also an award-winning essayist, will be present for a Q-and-A following the screening. Tue.
7:30 p.m. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.