SAT | NOV 16
DIY DAYS @ THE SKIRBALL
Learn, do and share — be a part of sustainable Los Angeles. Come hear about projects that are having local and global impacts from passionate speakers. Presenters include Elizabeth Stewart, founder and CEO of Hub Los Angeles; Nirvan Mullick, co-creator of the Imagination Foundation; Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs and creator of the EyeWriter; and Tara Tiger Brown, founder of Los Angeles Makerspace. If you get sick of learning, you can start doing. With workshops that focus on collaborative design and creation, attendees will start to make a difference themselves. Sat. 10 a.m. Free (advance registration required). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
VISIONS MONTE CARLO NIGHT
Israel Cancer Research Fund VISIONS hosts its 13th annual Monte Carlo Night. Singer Rozzi Crane, off her summer tour with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, performs during an evening of gambling, dancing and dining. Marty Finkelstein, the Journal’s Executive Director of Advertising, will be honored with ICRF’s Visionary of the Year Award. Sat. 8 p.m. $125 (advance), $150 (door). The Mark for Events, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 274-2400. icrfla.org.
SUN | NOV 17
Maybe he’s been your Jean Valjean; maybe he’s been your cantor. With a concert history that travels throughout the globe and audiences that have included royal families and popes (well, just one), Fisher knows how to headline a performance. His Tel Aviv Academy of Music training and his position as chief cantor of New York Synagogue guarantee an evening of not just music, but earned leadership. Hosted by Cantor Arik Wollheim. Sun. 7 p.m. $36-$125. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.
TUE | NOV 19
“THE ROOTS OF MODERN BROADWAY: EXPLORING YIDDISH OPERA”
People always talk about off-Broadway and on-Broadway — but what about before-Broadway? Cantor Marcus Feldman and David Asher Brown teach and perform from operas that serve as the “before” to the Broadway music we know and love now. Performances will include pieces from “Shulamis” (Avram Goldfadn), “Yidl Mitn Fidl” (Abe Ellstein), “Bar Kochba” (Goldfadn) and “Fishl der Gerotener” (Joseph Rumshinsky). Tue. 7:30 p.m. $18 (general), $10 (Sinai Temple members). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
“NO JOKE: MAKING JEWISH HUMOR”
Dr. Ruth Wisse can tackle a punch line — and also the intricate nuances and histories that define those punch lines. From writers like Sholem Aleichem to Isaac Bashevis Singer to Philip Roth, Wisse traces modern Jewish humor around the world, and notes the precarious conditions responsible for it all. She’s got teaching credits at Harvard University, McGill University and Tel Aviv University, so you’ll probably laugh but maybe also learn a thing or two. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 889-2200. wisela.org.
WED | NOV 20
Sometimes life is good to you and you’re allowed to wear pajamas in public. Join Doda Mollie as she rings in Chanukah with an afternoon of songs, stories, dancing and — that’s right — your jammies. Performing tunes off her best-selling CD “Chanukah Pajamikah!” and with professional credits as educator and cantorial soloist, it will be a concert of prestige and PJs. Wed. 4 p.m. Free. Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 559-2665. childrensbookworld.com.
THU | NOV 21
He is a human rights activist, lawyer and a leading member of the African National Congress. He was appointed by Nelson Mandela and has made landmark rulings, including recognizing gay marriage. Sachs shares his remarkable journey as one of the most important pioneers in equality in South Africa. Renee Montagne, co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” interviews. Thur. 7:15 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.
You might not be friends with her, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read her new book “Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives.” The former Facebook marketing executive — and sister to Mark Zuckerberg — offers an essential guide to understanding social media and technology and how they influence and inform our lives online and off. As founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and editor-in-chief of the lifestyle Web site Dot Complicated, the author has undoubtedly penned expert experience. Thur. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.