Jewish Journal

Calendar March 8-14

by Laura Donney

March 5, 2014 | 10:21 am



The award-winning poet is in conversation with reporter Lisa Napoli, and with such a rich career and history, eavesdropping just won’t cut it. An Arab-American who pens peace, heritage and humanitarian spirit, Nye is the author of several books of poetry as well as fiction for children. She has won four Pushcart Prizes, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and received The Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award.  But don’t take our word for it — hear for yourself what she has to say. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum, North Campus of UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. fowler.ucla.edu.


It’s the longest-running Jewish musical in Los Angeles theater history, and it’s back and better than ever! Set in the early 1900s, the show follows Yiddish humorist Sholem Aleichem as he comes to the United States to have his plays produced. In the story of storytelling, “The Yiddish Mark Twain” is celebrated and chronicled as Chris DeCarlo reprises his award-winning role. Come see for yourself why the stage can’t seem to shake this production — it’s long-running for a reason. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $29. The Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. santamonicaplayhouse.com.



Pulitzer Prize reporter Glenn Frankel signs his new book, an investigation into the true story that inspired the landmark Western movie. In 1836, 9-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped and raised by the Comanche tribe, eventually becoming a wife and mother to a Comanche husband and son. The story centers around the universal search for identity and community in conflicting worlds. After a film screening, Frankel will be in discussion. Sun. 3 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air.(310) 476-9777. aju.edu.


The capacity for Klezmer is endless — and for good reason. Join the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony String Ensemble as it teams up with internationally acclaimed performers Andy Feldbau and Asi Matathias for a special performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings.” But that’s not all! Klezmer master Zinovy Goro will play Srul Glick’s “The Klezmer Wedding.” It’s the 20th anniversary of the L.A. Jewish Symphony and the 75th of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation; that’s almost a collective 100 years of celebration. Sun. 7 p.m. $36 (general), $72 (premium seats and reception). Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, 17455 La Cuesta Lane, Encino. (818) 436-5260. lajewishsymphony.com.

MON | MAR 10


Dr. Marvin Sweeney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont Lincoln University, has some thoughts on the question we’ve all been asking:  Were the Five Books of Moses really given on Mount Sinai? With late-20th century research claiming the Five Books came from separate sources and were then edited together, Sweeney’s theory that the Hebrew Bible originated in Israel and was later combined with other writings gives pause to that initial 20th century conclusion. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $15 (general), $12 (seniors). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 762-5500. cmaa-museum.org.

WED | MAR 12



Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa journeys back to his musical roots in this moving documentary about family, culture and connection. The grandson of celebrated Jewish Iraqi-based musician Daud al-Kuwaity, Tassa aims to rediscover his grandfather’s legacy — one that the 1930s musician struggled to maintain when he tried to bring Middle Eastern music to a Western-oriented Israel in the 1950s. Filmmaker Gili Gaon poignantly creates a dialogue between generations, artists, and identities lost and found. Wed. 6:30 p.m. Free. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu.


Ever look at a piece of art and think, “Man, I wish I could talk to the artist about this.”? Well, now you can! Featuring five Jewish artists, including Joshua Abarbanel, Gary Baseman, Ellen Cantor, Steven Wolkoff and Karen Frimkess Wolff, the exhibit explores the complex relationship between Judaism and folkloric traditions, mixed with some mysticism and magic. The curator and selected artists will be at the event to speak. Wed. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. (213) 765-2106. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute, 3077 Univeristy Ave., Los Angeles. 


Thomas Greene is a classically trained pianist recruited by Chinese scouts to start a career in Shanghai. Although Greene finds wealth and respect in China, his world is turned upside down when World War II erupts around him. “Night in Shanghai” tells the story of China’s forgotten Jewish Resettlement Plan and the efforts made by China to save Jewish lives. Mones discusses her novel and brings historical images and film clips to enrich your understanding of this unique bit of history. Wed. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

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