SAT | OCT 19
Forget the “Seinfeld” reruns, and come laugh live! “Tales From the Mouth: Failures, Fiascos & Other Triumphs” will get you giggling, guffawing and getting it. Whether you love Korzen for her role as Doris Klompus, her National Public Radio humor or as a Moth Mainstage artist, you’ll love her all the more for her witty insights. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $25. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 670-6394. templeakiba.net.
SUN | OCT 20
“FAITH MEETS 8”
Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus moderates a discussion on the relationship between faith-based organizations and the LGBT movement. Narrowing in on the issues surrounding California’s Proposition 8, the conversation will be an illuminating venture into local church-and-state issues. Guests will include the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church; Paul Lichterman, professor of sociology and religion at USC; Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University English department chair and author of “The Book of Mormon Girl”; and Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim. Sun. 2 p.m. $11 (adults), $7 (students and seniors), free (Autry members). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.
SOLEIL MOON FRYE
Let’s get this party started — and let’s do it ourselves! The new how-to guide “Let’s Get This Party Started” will answer all your questions about how to throw a super-fun, super-inventive and super-inexpensive soiree for kids. With themes that range from pirate to camp to rainbows, readers can mix and match games, recipes and crafts. Join the “Punky Brewster” star for a signing and then a craft demonstration. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
He is one globally distinguished architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” which starts Oct. 22, this rare L.A. engagement will bring the man himself into conversation. Born in Israel, he has left his blueprint in the United States, Canada, India, Singapore and more. A book signing and reception follow the program. 3 p.m. $10 (general), $5 (members, students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DANIEL PEARL
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom host a concert for world peace, honoring the late journalist. In the spirit of Pearl’s love of music and commitment to dialogue, the harmonies created this evening will speak volumes. Music by Michael Fitzpatrick, Maria Newman, Frank Bridge and Erich Korngold will be performed by Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. jewishmusicla.org.
WED | OCT 23
“THE YOM KIPPUR WAR FORTY YEARS AFTER”
It is the most documented campaign in Israel’s modern history, yet questions remain. The symposium will offer new insights and new knowledge on the background that led to the surprise attack, the way the war unfolded, and the long-term implications for Israeli and Jewish life. Speakers include UC Riverside professor of religious studies Michael Alexander; Monterey Institute of International Studies professor Avner Cohen; and Nadav Molchadsky, a UCLA doctoral candidate in modern Jewish history. The event is sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Department of History. Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. UCLA School of Law, Room 1357, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. www.international.ucla.edu/israel.
FRI | OCT 25
1,000 SHABBAT CELEBRATIONS
Not to worry, you don’t have to attend all of them; just one — in solidarity with the rest! The Federation invites you to join the thousands of families, friends, neighbors and community members in Los Angeles to bring in Shabbat separately, but together. If you are interested in hosting a Shabbat dinner, sign up to receive “Shabbat in a Box.” It’s an eco-friendly box that includes a freshly designed challah cover; Shabbat cards with quotes, recipes and blessings; a hip fridge magnet; and a kid-friendly tzedakah box. Fri. Sundown. Your place. Or your friend’s place. Or your mom’s. Probably your mom’s. (323) 761-8000. firstname.lastname@example.org. jewishla.org.
There’s nothing better than local talent. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the songstress has traveled the world to perform in jazz festivals and jazz clubs. With two CDs to her name, a master’s of music in jazz from USC and aspiring singers as her students, Leib has expertly crafted her inherent craft. Hailed as having unstandardized the standard, her voice is for those of you who like rules and then like to break them. Fri. 6 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
When Jacob (Grisha Pasternak), an embittered shomer, comes face-to-face with his long-lost first love Leah (Milda Gecaite) after her body is wheeled into the morgue, he relives their days and nights spent hiding in a barn in Lithuania during World War II. In this story of love, marriage and murder, Jacob faces a lifetime of regret by fulfilling a promise he made to the young Leah on their last night together. Screened at Cannes, “The Pin” is in Yiddish with English subtitles. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com