SUN | MAR 2
“GIRLS KEEP HAVING FUN”
Like Cyndi said, it’s all we really want. But throwing in a brunch and four impressive authors wouldn’t hurt either. Start your mid-morning right with Daniel Bergner (“What Do Women Want?”), Yael Kohn (“We Killed : The Rise of Women in American Comedy”), Susan Orlins (“Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others”) and Lynn Povich (“The Good Girls Revolt — How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace”). Subjects range from female lust, to Jewish mothers, to punch-lines and civil rights. The morning will be nuanced, like every woman you know. Sun. 11 a.m. $20. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air.(310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
TUE | MAR 4
“IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE: THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY IN ISRAELI VISUAL CULTURE”
Join art historian Anat Gilboa to explore how Israeli identity has been defined by the Holocaust, and how that identity struggles with self-representation in art. While Israel stands as a state of survivors, the burden of the memory of the Holocaust touches every generation of citizens there. What is the artist’s obligation here? How does art reconcile moving on with not forgetting, and what does that look like? Gilboa, who specializes in early-modern European art and Jewish and Israeli visual culture, will have some answers. Tue. Noon. Free. RSVP requested. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
Before the Backstreet Boys and N’ Sync, there was a group of six young men in 1920s Germany, but the Comedian Harmonists didn’t let their vocal talent get in the way of their sense of humor. Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman present a new musical about the journey of a group that sold millions of records, packed the top concert halls around the world and created a dozen films together — until the harmonious world in which they lived changed forever. Directed by Tony Speciale, this true story comes to life again on the stage — where it all began. Tue. 8 p.m. Through April 13. $40-$90. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org.
WED | MAR 5
UC-LADINO JUDEO-SPANISH SYMPOSIUM
The third annucal ucLADINO Symposium will focus on Judeo-Spanish revitalization and preservation efforts in all spheres. Featuring two days of graduate-student presentations, keynote speakers from Israel and Turkey, a concert by Sarah Aroeste and more. Come enjoy the rich language with an even richer culture. Aroeste is one of the few artists today writing music in Ladino, blending rock, funk and blues with Judeo-Spanish folk songs. With Greek and Spanish roots, she is Sephardic rock personified. Wed and Thu. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. First come, first served. Fowler Museum, North Campus of UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. fowler.ucla.edu.
THU | MAR 6
“HOLLYWOOD IN SPRING: A NIGHT WITH WRITING MASTERS”
Hollywood, here you come! Have an itch for writing? Let this event scratch it. Learn survival tips from writing successes Ken LaZebnik (playwright and screenwriter), Peter Mehlman (“Seinfeld,” The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times) and Richard Kramer (“My So-Called Life”). Comedian and writer Alyson Weaver will moderate this evening of drinks, food and laughs. And if you learn something, so be it. Thu. 7 p.m. $5-$8. The Hesby Writer’s Room, 5031 Fair Ave., North Hollywood. For tickets, search “Hollywood in Spring” on eventbrite.com
“2014 LOS ANGELES DINNER: WHAT YOU DO MATTERS”
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum honors actor Sir Ben Kingsley at its 2014 Los Angeles dinner, where he will receive the National Leadership Award for his contributions to keeping Holocaust memory alive. The evening will celebrate Kingsley’s performance accomplishments in films such as “Schindler’s List” and “Anne Frank: The Whole Story.” To honor the honoree, there will be appearances by Morgan Freeman and Rosanna Arquette, and video shout-outs from Steven Spielberg and Joe Mantegna. Thu. 5:30 p.m. $500. The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 556-3222. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FRI | MAR 7
Israeli Secret Service officer Razi recruited 15-year-old Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a wanted Palestinian militant, only to learn his loyalties don’t lie in just one place. Winner of six Israeli Oscars, the film was Israel’s official submission for the Academy Awards. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
“I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50” is the actress and humorist’s new book of essays. Calling middle age out for what it is (and isn’t), Gurwitch brings some bite, honesty and a helping of hilarity to realities you might just find familiar. Author of “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up,” a regular commentator on NPR, and an actor of both stage and screen, this woman is no joke but is astutely funny. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.