Jewish Journal

Calendar March 15-21

by Laura Donney

Posted on Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

SAT | MAR 15


He’s probably yelling, but it’s definitely not at you; it’s with you! The irritated comic is known for his smart, funny, passionate commentary. Maybe you know his “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show,” maybe you have his two Grammy-winning comedy albums, or maybe you’re old-fashioned and you’ve read his three best-selling books. What it comes down to is, if you have yet to experience him at all, you should probably get on that. Sat. 9 p.m. $35-$175. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabantheatre.org.


He’s one of the most recognizable personalities on the planet, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Making people laugh for eight decades, Lewis is known for his partnership with Dean Martin, his Broadway chops and his impeccable comedic timing. During a stint at USC as a professor of film directing, the comedian will show video clips and share stories of a Hollywood career that ranges from absurd to meaningful. Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $35-$85. La Mirada Theatre, 19400 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 944-9801. lamiradatheatre.com

SUN | MAR 16


If you’re anything like me, you can really appreciate a fun accent. Enter Nik Rabinowitz. He’s one of South Africa’s biggest comedians and yes, Jewish to boot. With many TV appearances and his book “South Africa: A Long Walk to a Free Ride,” Rabinowitz is not only funny, he’s a unique look into the South African Jew. Even if you don’t speak Xhosa like he does, you can enjoy good jokes and an authentic meal of Pap and Boerewors (South African sausage and cornmeal dish). Sun. 6 p.m. $36. Hill Point Montessori School, 6601 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 337-4544. chabadofwesthills.com.

THU | MAR 20


Theater for a good cause is always, well — a good cause. In Wendy Graf’s new drama, a has-it-together African-American attorney starts to lose control when she learns she has an Iraqi half-sister, who has arrived in the United States with a questionable agenda. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney, this special performance is partnering up with the Esther Lewin Emergency Survival Fund; proceeds go to more than 500 women and families in crisis. Celebrate the good you’re doing during the wine and dessert reception before the show. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $60. Lounge Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.  (323) 852-8515. ncjwla.org


The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is an orchestra famous for being conductorless, and with violinist Joshua Bell as music director, it’s no wonder the group remains a true and inspiring ensemble. Bell, who has been impressing audiences since age 14, remains musically curious, technically sound and simply dazzling. The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient has chosen some Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven for your listening pleasure. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $55-$85. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org


When people say things like, “The past is in the past,” they are not talking about the Jews. With such a rich and long history, why not revel in it? That’s exactly what professor Simon Schama does in the first volume of his cultural history on the Jewish people. Schama follows the Jewish experience across three millennia and around the globe. From Egypt to Paris, from ancient times to the New World, this Columbia University professor takes us on a journey we didn’t even know was ours. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Reservations recommended. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

FRI | MAR 21


With Passover just a few weeks away, you may want to start practicing so that come seder time, you’re perfect. Skirball Executive Chef Sean Sheridan hosts, along with Evan Kleiman, former owner of the Angeli Caffe and current host of KCRW’s “Good Food.” Enjoy an Italian-inspired Passover meal, “mazagna” and all. Consider it homework for the holidays! Advance registration required by March 17. Fri. 6:30 p.m. $65 (general), $52 (members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org


Talk about longevity. As our favorite dad, Danny Tanner on “Full House,” our genial host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and that oh-so-familiar voiceover on “How I Met Your Mother,” Bob Saget’s probably been in your living room in one form or another. And now you can see him live! The Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian gets a little less G-rated and a little darker in person, leaving audiences laughing and cringing (in a good way). And with a run in Broadway’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” stage presence will not be an issue. Fri. 9 p.m. $30-$42. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 765-7000. clubnokia.com

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