Jewish Journal

Calendar November 23-29

by Laura Donney

Posted on Nov. 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

SAT | NOV 23


It might mean sharing someone’s television or it might mean sharing someone’s HBO GO, but the Jewess of comedy is set to headline her first HBO comedy special, and it’s your job to watch. The program, which will be presented in association with Funny or Die, promises to be fresh, fearless and utterly original. With two Emmy nominations, one Emmy win, film credits that include “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Take This Waltz” and “The School of Rock,” and a New York Times best seller, Silverman now invites herself into your home. Make sure your door’s open. Sat. 10 p.m. HBO West. hbo.com.


The Jewish Women’s Repertory Company presents a musical within a comedy. Join Man in Chair as he tries to tackle his inexplicable sadness by listening to the recording of a 1928 fictional musical comedy. As the characters appear in his dingy apartment, they will also appear right in front of you — a delightful play within a play for you to enjoy. It’s got a couple of Tonys to boot. For women only. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 24. $25-$40. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 964-9766. jewishwomenstheater.com.

SUN | NOV 24


It’s the magic of camp all in one day — and the whole family is invited. 220 wooded acres in Malibu will play host to a Chanukah celebration that will feel a lot like summer camp. With crafts, nature walks, outdoor cooking, zip lining, a petting zoo, organic gardens, a concert and more, you will be overwhelmed with unique opportunities. Sun. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $10 (ages 7 and up). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.


Without getting into the tedium of distinguishing between “day” and “festival,” here is another Chanukah-inspired chance at a good time! Some featured moments include storyteller and songwriter Bill Burnett presenting his original musical performance “The Young Maccabees,” creating your own menorah and Chanukah character puppet designing. Last but not least: the pumpkin butter-filled sufganiyot. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), free (members and kids under 12). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org


National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles presents an opening art reception for the internationally renowned Ann Krasner. Born in Moscow, she was a young woman with talents that ranged from ballet to technical cybernetics — lucky for us, she also picked up a paintbrush. With her artwork featured in places like Paris, Switzerland, Sweden, New York and more, Krasner paints in a language that knows no borders. Her work embraces color and challenges convention. There will be a special piano recital by prodigy Benjamin Krasner. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8512. ncjwla.org.


If you are not interested in a “day” or a “festival,” here is an option to party! There will be games, food, crafts, face painting and songs. For those of you who love a good photo op, there will be photographers on hand to capture all the fun and take family portraits that each family will get to take home as a gift. Also, be sure to B.Y.O.M. (Bring Your Own Menorah) for candle lighting! Please RSVP. Sun. 4-6 p.m. $20 per family (non-members), $12 per family (members). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. facebook.com/youngfamilygroupJCC.



He has spent a tour opening for Matisyahu, and his EP is filled with songs that encourage you to breathe easy and stop worrying. With a sound reminiscent of Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Joni Mitchell, Robin addresses universal themes with a tenderness and poetry you can tap your foot to. He is a musician we can be proud of as Jews, and inspired by as people. Ages 21 and over. Tue.  7 p.m. $10. The Hotel Café, 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com.

FRI | NOV 29


It’s the holiday hybrid we never knew we wanted — and won’t see again until 79811. Deborah Gitell, Craig ’N Co. and The Pico Union Project are going to make sure you celebrate this Thanksgiving/Chanukah mash-up like it’s Christmas. There will be performances from the Beit T’Shuvah Choir, Kosha Dillz, Keshet Chaim Dance and more; food from Canter’s Truck, The Kosher Palate, Bibi’s Bakery and more; and activities that include moon bounces, carnival games and tree planting. You will be both grateful and Chanukah-y. Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$20. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. picounionproject.org

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