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Calendar May 31 - June 6

by Melissa Weller

May 28, 2014 | 9:48 am

SAT | MAY 31

“THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN”

In limited release this week is “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” the latest from director Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams”). Based on the 1997 award-winning “The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum,” an Israeli film from the late actor/writer/director Assi Dayan, the comedy follows Henry Altman (Robin Williams) through the streets of Brooklyn in his attempt to reconcile with his family after he’s mistakenly told by his doctor that he only has 90 minutes to live. The cast features the solid Melissa Leo as Henry’s wife, shedding the boxed-bleach look from her Oscar-winning role in “The Fighter”; our lovely Jewess Mila Kunis; the vocal prowess of James Earl Jones; and the impossibly talented Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), as Henry’s brother. Various times. $12.50 (general), $9 (children), $7 (seniors). AMC Burbank Town Center, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 563-4901. 


SUN | JUN 1

SORO FESTIVAL

There’s no such thing as a bad excuse to shmooze with your fellow Pico-Robertsonites, so make it a family affair and head over to the South Robertson Community Festival. The 17th annual event will have all the festival bells and whistles, including live music and dance performances, rock-climbing, arts and crafts for the little ones and more than 60 vendor booths. Of course, no street festival is complete without a sizable food-truck buffet, so come hungry — there will be plenty of kosher and non-kosher options. All proceeds go to local schools and community improvement projects, so feel good about spending the day outside with food, fun and family. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Robertson Boulevard and Cattaraugus Avenue. (310) 923-6422. soronc.org

“SILENT WITNESSES”

“Silent Witnesses,” the award-winning play from Stephanie Satie, is back by popular demand, for one night only. As part of the Whitefire Theatre’s 2014 SoloFest, a six-week celebration of some of the finest solo performances in Los Angeles, Playwright/actor Satie draws from conversations and interviews with child survivors to bring to life the extraordinary stories of four women who lived through the Holocaust. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $30 (general), $20 (students and seniors). Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 922-2444. whitefiretheatre.com

GEAR UP FOR CAMP DAY

In light of the upcoming summer camp season, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is holding its Gear Up for Camp Day. Camp Max Straus, the resident camp of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, has been offering a camping experience to kids ages 7-13, regardless of race or financial situation, since 1938. The annual volunteer event helps the campers prepare for Max Straus by providing 1,000 underserved campers with their necessary gear, from tents to hiking boots to toothbrushes and more. Volunteer for a good cause and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, food, arts and crafts, and more. Sun. Volunteer shift (set-up), 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Camp Max Straus, 1041 Shirlyjean St., Glendale. jewishla.org


WED | JUN 4

ICE CREAM PARTY

Shavuot celebrates the anniversary of the day we received the Torah, our holy rulebook, along with the beginning of kosher life as we know it. Because we were given the Torah on Shabbat, no cattle could be slaughtered, so — dairy for all! Celebrate at Chabad of Cheviot Hills with an ice cream party, a welcome excuse to feast on your favorite cold, sweet treats. Join for a reading of the Ten Commandments, and decorate your own ice cream cone! Wed. 11:30 a.m. Free. Chabad of Cheviot Hills, 3185 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 558-8770. chabadofcheviothills.com


FRI | JUN 6

“HAROLD AND STELLA: LOVE LETTERS”

 

Maintaining relationships is tough. Maintaining long-distance relationships is even tougher. But maintaining a long-distance relationship while in the throes of war is nothing short of inspirational. Presented by the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “Harold and Stella: Love Letters” is a two-character play telling the story of Stella Adler (Arianna Ratner) and Harold Clurman (Clay Wilcox, June 6 and 13; Bill Ratner, June 17-28), both giants of the theater world, who in 1942 began an impassioned relationship while living on opposite sides of the country. With only their letters to keep the flame alive, these two artists created a universe of intimate and dynamic expression while a world of uncertainty swirled around them. Sheana Ochoa, author of the new biography “Stella! Mother of Modern Acting” and producer of “Harold and Stella: Love Letters,” will be in attendance to sign copies of the biography. Fri. 8 p.m. $10. Bliss Art House Café, 1249 Vine St., Los Angeles. (323) 350-3990. hollywoodfringe.org

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