Jewish Journal

Calendar May 24-30

by Laura Donney

Posted on May. 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

SAT | MAY 24


The Jewish Women’s Theatre invites you to the world premiere of a show that takes ancient Bible stories and weaves them into music, poetry and plays — modernizing the text. From comparing Eve’s fig leaf to a tattoo, to slavery in Congo, to sibling rivalry, these
vignettes are funny, poignant and relevant. A Q-and-A will follow the show. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $20 (presale), $30 (door). National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ncjwla.org.


For an extra-special Shabbat this week, join Valley Beth Shalom to honor war veterans during the morning service. With more than 100 men and women who have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the service is a beautiful tribute to heroes of all eras. This year’s Shabbat especially recognizes the soldiers that liberated concentration camps in Europe and prisoners of war in the Philippines. Guest speakers include liberators and POWs. There will be a lunch and panel following the service. Sat. 10 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

SUN | MAY 25


With director Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and star Harrison Ford, this will be a very Jewish cinematic experience! Come for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the film where Mr. Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do, and stay for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Sometimes it’s important to start the week with a little Spielberg. Sun. Various times. Through Tues. $8 (general), $6 (seniors, children under 12). New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-4038. newbevcinema.com.


Larry Kramer adapts his successful play of the same name for the small screen. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the film follows Ned Weeks, a young gay man living in 1980s New York City, who, after realizing the HIV/AIDS crisis is attacking a specific demographic, decides to organize his own attack against the disease. Surrounded by complicated relationships that include a less–than-tolerant brother, Ned’s journey is a challenging and moving one. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff, Jim Parsons and more. Sun. 9 p.m. HBO. hbo.com.

TUE | MAY 27


Catch him before he’s gone! The Piano Man is at the Hollywood Bowl for a closing night that will leave you wanting him onstage … for the longest time. Responsible for such classics as “Vienna,” “Uptown Girl,” “Movin’ Out” and so many more, the six-time Grammy winner belongs to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Don’t miss this music legend. Tue. 8 p.m. $45.50-$249.50. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (800) 745-3000. hollywoodbowl.com.

WED | MAY 28


It’s the Jewish collaboration you didn’t know you were waiting for. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis’ “Songs on Meditations,” “Sacred Transitions” is composed by Russell Steinberg, who recently premiered his project “Cosmic Dust” with the New West Symphony and is the artistic director of The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Schulweis — who has been with Valley Beth Shalom for more than four decades — and Steinberg offer a world premiere that is as religiously significant as it is artistically unique. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org

THU | MAY 29


 A Jew, a Christian and a Muslim walk into a temple. Sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but this Thursday, it’s actually happening. Salvador Litvak, Jason VanBorssum and Rahmi Mowjood, all friends, are strongly united in their desire to change current multifaith dialogue, stressing the importance of 21st-century spirituality. Moderated by Jewish Journal senior writer Danielle Berrin. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354 ext. 215. tbala.org.


Paul Jaskot of DePaul University discusses how the cultural goals of the Nazi party informed the structural and functional spaces of the concentration camp. With digital visualizations and an extensive archive remaining from the SS building office, Jaskot aims to expand our comprehension of the Holocaust by exploring the architecture and spaces that served as vessels for the atrocities. Thu. 4 p.m. Free. Faculty Center at UCLA, 480 Charles E. Young Drive E., Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

FRI | MAY 30


When a young man goes to see his dying father, he’s confronted with the finiteness of death and the strange nature of time. Based on stories by Jewish author Bruno Schulz, director and writer Wojciech Jerzy Has brings a dreamy surrealism to the complexities of mortality and family. Has also reflects on the Holocaust, Schulz having been killed by a Nazi in 1942. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, the movie promises a timeless quality. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $3 (members), $5 (general). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lacma.org.

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