Jewish Journal

Calendar March 22-28

by Laura Donney

Posted on Mar. 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

SAT MAR | 22


Sometimes, you can’t get yourself to a New York deli — or a New York Broadway show, for that matter. Sam Bobrick’s new comedy solves both of these problems. Set in a Hollywood delicatessan, the show is a collage of comedic sketches that outline both the terribly funny and the laughably horrific elements of show business. Director Walter Painter brings out the shameless and outrageous from his talented cast. Sat. 8 p.m. Through April 27. $20 (previews), $30 (general). Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasburg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 960-7738. performingartslive.com


Helping people doesn’t have to be hard. That’s what Adam Braun realized when he traveled to India as a college student and met a young beggar whose one wish was to have a pencil. Inspired by the experience, the former Wall Streeter shifted focus and started Pencils of Promise. Five years later, Braun and his organization have helped build more than 200 schools around the world. “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change” chronicles Braun’s tremendous journey and might just give you an idea or two of your own. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

SUN | MAR 23


In this 2011 documentary by Gaston Solnicki, audiences become intimately familiar with four generations of an Argentinian-Jewish family. Solnicki collages private home video footage, archived photos, and the unique voice of his Polish grandmother in an effort to capture the strong and passionate characters in his life. With moments of both squabble and peace, the film is a relatable reflection on family, exile, loss and bonds. Sun. 10 a.m. Free. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino.  (818) 677-4724. csun.edu/jewish.studies


Happy Iranian New Year! Ring in spring with music, storytelling, calligraphy workshops, live performances and timeless traditions. Whether you walk in the Iranian costume parade, attend the world premiere of Ziba Shirazi’s “Spring Love” or rock out to the London-based band Ajam, you will experience a fully loaded day of culture and heritage. Sun. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. “Spring Love” screening and other Bing Theater events $15. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org

MON | MAR 24


Rabbi Stan Levy moderates a conversation on the ethics of capital punishment, with its full spectrum of viewpoints. Panelists include Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and professor of law at UC Irvine; Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, associate professor of rabbinic literature at American Jewish University; and city prosecutor and legal counsel to the sheriffs and chiefs of police, Martin J. Mayer. Bring a stress ball just in case. Mon. 7:15 p.m. $25. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

TUE | MAR 25


Let’s get our nerd on with a lunch dedicated to books! TV host Connie Martinson (“Connie Martinson Talks Books”) moderates as some top writers share their experiences in literature. Guests include Academy Award winner and new memoir author Shirley Jones; best-selling author, book editor of the Jewish Journal and book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Jonathan Kirsch; and Jewish-American-Indian author of “The Good Indian Wife,” Anne Cherian. Participants have a choice of meal and a guarantee of a good time. Tue. 10 a.m. $65. Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 905-5393. brandeissfv.org.


He’s the pianist heard round the world. A prodigy at the age of 6, Evgeny Kissin has exceeded his potential in the last few decades. Trained in his native Russia, the musician has since played with the New York and Berlin Philharmonics and the London Symphony. In addition to his two Grammys, Kissin received  an Artist’s Award from the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn and honorary degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Hong Kong and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mon. 8 p.m. $48.50-$89.50. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

THU | MAR 27


Join the Skirball for the L.A. premiere of this award-winning sextet. With members hailing from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, the group brings a universal quality to the Sephardic musical tradition. The concert, which will feature “Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed,” will tell the stories of pauper poets, lovers lost at sea and vagabond queens. The musicians have not only toured with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Simon Shaheen, but are also teachers in prestigious music programs around the world. Thu. 8 p.m. $30 (general), $25 (members and students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

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