SAT | MAY 3
PHILIP GLASS/ENSEMBLE: “MUSIC IN TWELVE PARTS,” “ THE ETUDES”
Maybe you weren’t able to catch the Los Angeles Opera production of “Einstein on the Beach,” and maybe that’s bothering you. Thank goodness Glass has achieved many more musical feats. “Music in Twelve Parts,” created in the early ’70s, is a monumental theoretical exercise, exploring repetition and minimalism. If you’re more interested in Glass’ recent work, Sunday’s solo piano performance of his 20-years-in-the-making “The Etudes” offers a haunting yet delicate concert experience. Sat. 5 p.m. $25-$95. Sun. 5 p.m. $35-$95. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu.
SUN | MAY 4
“THE LADY IN NUMBER 6” / “RAQUEL: A MARKED WOMAN”
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival continues through Thursday, including this special presentation as part of its “Brave Women” documentary series. The two-part screening begins with Gabriela Bohm’s “Raquel: A Marked Woman,” about a mother who escaped sexual exploitation and helped others fight for freedom. The second documentary, “The Lady in Number 6,” won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. A Q-and-A with the filmmakers will follow. Journal Executive Director Susan Freudenheim moderates. Sun. 2:45 p.m. $9 (general), $7 (students and seniors). Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org
FALLEN FRUIT POMEGRANATE TREE ADOPTION
These days it’s hard for a tree to find a good, nurturing home. That’s where you and your family can come in! A preview to the exhibition project with L.A.-based art collaborative Fallen Fruit, this event jumpstarts what will be a summer of community projects that use fruit as a medium to engage socially and civilly. So come pick up a seed, find a patch of dirt, and be a part of life at its juiciest. Sun. 11 a.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
Oh, boy! It’s never too early to start celebrating your mother, and Kehillat Ma’Arav and the Jewish Women’s Theatre make it easy. Grab your mom (or Moms, grab your kids) and enjoy a series of short vignettes about the ups and downs of motherhood. Maybe you’ll laugh, maybe you’ll cry, maybe your heart will burst with complicated feelings. Stick around after the performance for a lovely afternoon tea, and consider making a donation to get your mom’s name mentioned in front of everyone else! She’ll love that. Sun. 3 p.m. $36. Kehillat Ma’Arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.
“NIGHT OF SONG”
It’s a debut just for you! The American Jewish University (AJU) Choir has arrived and it’s stepping out with bells on (along with cellos and violins and such). Under the direction of Noreen Green, founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, this 50-member ensemble pays tribute to the musical legacy of AJU. Green, who has received a Jewish Cultural Star award and the Golda Meir Award, has for decades contributed to the L.A. art scene with a Jewish twist. The AJU Choir is a beautiful culmination of her efforts. Guest artists include David Low and Mitchell Newman. Sun. 7 p.m. $18 and $36. AJU Gindi Auditorium,15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. (310) 440-1246 aju.edu.
TUE | MAY 6
DINAH LENNEY AND “THE OBJECT PARADE”
Maybe we shouldn’t measure our lives by material things — but, then again, maybe we should. Writer, actor and teacher, Lenney artfully recounts life, love and basically everything else in this new collection of essays. Starting with a single object, the author navigates through a journey ultimately filled with a whole lot of soul, reminding us that stuff isn’t always just stuff. Lenney, who also wrote “Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir,” will be in discussion with Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.
THU | MAY 8
COMEDY GIVES BACK: SUPPORTING CHILDREN MENDING HEARTS
Laugh your way to change during what will be a hilarious, but also important, evening. Buying a ticket not only gets you the beloved Sarah Silverman, a special surprise guest and two drinks, it also has you doing a mitzvah. Children Mending Hearts works to empower disadvantaged youth through educational arts programs, aiming to build empathy and global citizenry. Thu. 8 p.m. $100. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.
FRI | MAY 9
“THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN”
If you’re a fan of George Gershwin and his brother, Ira, you’ll love the homage paid to the two. Set in Brooklyn today, this musical tells the story of a struggling composer who comes face to face with his idol, changing his life forever. With an all-star production team, all original songs, and a cast that will sing and dance for you at the drop of a hat, the musical will be wonderfully familiar yet totally brand-new. Fri. 8 p.m. $22 (general), $17 (seniors and students). Through June 22. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 763-5990. thegroup.com.
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