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Calendar: October 26-November 1

by Laura Donney

October 23, 2013 | 11:48 am

SAT | OCT 26

“A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”

John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Sleuth” and much more. Sands, who knew Pinter personally, captures the opinionated and enigmatic author in this intimately directed portrait. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $47-$75. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.


SUN | OCT 27

BALABOOSTA: POP-UP DINNER WITH CHEF ADMONY

One word: Yum. Join renowned Israeli-born chef and author Einat Admony, owner of New York’s acclaimed Balaboosta restaurant, as she cooks a Middle East-inspired pop-up dinner at the ultra-cool downtown grocer Urban Radish. You’ll get a casual family-style dinner with dishes inspired by Admony’s Israeli heritage (Yemenite and Persian) from her new cookbook “Balaboosta,” seamlessly blended with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City’s most beloved kitchens. Sun. 6-8 p.m.  $65 (limited tickets). Urban Radish, 661 Imperial St., Los Angeles. (213) 892-1570. urban-radish-eorg.eventbrite.com.

NAOMI RAGEN

It’s Brooklyn in the 1950s when two sisters come of age in a strict and ultra-Orthodox family. When one sister meets a French immigrant, not only is her world turned upside down, her connection to community and family is forever changed. Ragen’s new novel, “The Sisters Weiss,” expertly navigates through similar familial and religious waters as three of her other successes: “Jepthe’s Daughter,” “Sotah” and “The Sacrifice of Tamar.” Our own Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim interviews the award-winning Israeli-American author. Sun. 11 a.m. $25. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

“SILENT WITNESSES”

It’s closing night and your last chance to see this moving piece of theater. Time can be just as revealing as it is healing for a group of women who all, in their own way, survived the Holocaust. When they meet each other in a group therapy session, it is used as an opportunity to share. Decades since their respective escapes, these women finally speak about vanished loved ones, privation and sorrow, but also compassionate Christian families and triumphs. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $20. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (800) 838-3006. silentwitnesses.brownpapertickets.com.


TUE | OCT 29

“THE VISIONARY: THE LIFE OF RABBI BEN ZION MEIR HAI UZIEL”

This film biography of Israel’s first Sephardic Chief Rabbi is part of the Sephardic Education Center’s Fall Lecture Series. After the screening, Rabbi Daniel Bouskila will lead a short discussion about the film’s journey through the pre-state yishuv and Israel’s early years. Come and experience the Sephardic philosophy of tradition, modernity and unity. Refreshments will be served. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Must RSVP. The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574. secjerusalem.org.


WED | OCT 30

“THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT”

The Whizin Center for Continuing Education presents a special program to commemorate that destructive November night 75 years ago. In addition to a docent talk about AJU’s Rare Book Center, Journal Book Editor Jonathan Kirsch will be speaking on his new book “The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, A Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris.” Michael Berenbaum will moderate the program, which will also include German synagogue music and light refreshments. Wed. 7 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

“THE MUTANT DIARIES: UNZIPPING MY GENES”

It’s a solo musical comedy, and it’s about cancer. Skeptical? Don’t be. Eva Moon’s devastating prognosis became an opportunity for choice, strength and laughter. Experience the feisty, frank and fearless journey of a woman who did not let her BRCA genetic mutation deny her life. One night only. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $20. Rogue Machine Theatre, 5041 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (855) 585-5185. mutantdiaries.com/la.

“LIFE IN BALANCE”

How much right do we have to our body? And where do the Torah, the Talmud and modern medicine meet? The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and the Beverly Hills Jewish Academy are organizing a community awareness workshop series on how Jewish law views the modern-day medical dilemma. Tonight’s first class, “Safeguarding Our Health,” looks at issues surrounding the BRCA genetic mutation in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wed. 8 p.m. Free. 9401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1250, Beverly Hills. (310) 734-9070. myjli.com.


FRI | NOV 1

“SAY THE WORD: GET IT TOGETHER”

Beth Lapides hosts a night of comedy writers and comedians as they share stories of weddings, funerals, graduations, birthday parties and those special events that aren’t as easily categorized. Tim Bagley, Kevin Nealon, Merrill Markoe, Dan Levy, Carlos Kotkin and Wendy Liebman gather to flesh out all the juicy details. Cocktails and snacks available for purchase. Fri. 8 p.m. $15 (general), $10 (members), $8 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

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