SAT OCTOBER 3
Jorge Albertella, a Jewish Argentine artist whose work was featured on the cover of the 2009 catalog for the Museum of Latin American Art’s auction, will be showcased in a solo exhibition in Palos Verdes Estates. A Renaissance man — he’s a former playwright, psychologist and published novelist — Albertella will display his acrylic and aluminum on canvas geometric works inspired by his dreams and subconscious in “Jorge Albertella: Geometric Abstractions.” Opening reception: Sat. 2-5 p.m. Exhibit through Oct. 24. Free. Malaga Cove Art Gallery, 2450 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. (310) 850-2086.
Trichotillomania is a little-known disorder that causes people to pull out their own hair. It affects one in 50 people, usually starting in childhood, and results in partial or total baldness. Hannah Sussman’s mother, Judith, suffered from this disorder for 50 years before discovering the name and treatment for the behavior. Mother and daughter have now produced a short film, “Pass the Baton,” to educate the world about trichotillomania. A benefit screening of the film will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the filmmakers and leading experts in the field and a “coming out” party for “pullers and pickers.” Proceeds benefit the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Sat. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $75. The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (831) 457-1004. trich.org.
SUN OCTOBER 4
In a first-ever concert under the stars at the Griffith Observatory, a full symphony orchestra will perform an original composition, “Observations,” by Arthur B. Rubinstein of Symphony in The Glen. Cosmic Conjunction 2009: Music, Moonlight, Griffith Observatory, which will feature live narration by Leonard Nimoy, is an event developed to bring together astronomy and the arts in what organizers hope will be an annual happening. The evening includes a gourmet picnic basket dinner by Wolfgang Puck. Sponsored by the Friends of The Observatory. Sun. 6-8:30 p.m. $150 and up. Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 473-0807. friendsoftheobservatory.com.
Carol Channing, Bob Barker, Bruce Vilanch, Amber Tamblyn and other celebrities will headline the City of West Hollywood’s eighth annual West Hollywood Book Fair. The literary happening will also feature author panels, live musical performances and readings, writing workshops and children’s activities. One of the discussions, titled “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives,” will include four best-selling female authors and poets who will share their inspirations and challenges. More than 180 exhibitors will participate in the fair, which is co-sponsored by L.A. Weekly. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6515. westhollywoodbookfair.org.
MON OCTOBER 5
Merging Jewish and American traditions, ATID invites young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 (IDs required) for “Monday Night Sukkah,” where you can shake a lulav and watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers. An all-you-can-eat-and-drink menu of mini hot dogs, hot wings and beer will be available as long as supplies last. Mon. 5:15 p.m. $20. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com.
TUE OCTOBER 6
Join Jewish leaders for a wine and cheese reception and a discussion about the 1913 Leo Frank case before a special performance of the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade.” Co-sponsored by The Jewish Journal and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which was founded in part as a response to the trial, the pre-show conversation will be led by Steve Oney, author of “And the Dead Shall Rise” and chief consultant for the new PBS documentary, “The People v. Leo Frank,” as well as Bruce J. Einhorn, former regional board chair and lifetime national commissioner of the ADL. Tue. 6 p.m. (discussion), 8 p.m. (performance). $50. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets available by phone only. (213) 972-7513.
The Southern California Chapter of the American Technion Society has invited Hillel Pratt, professor of medical science and biomedical engineering at the Technion Faculty of Medicine, to Los Angeles to discuss his research on “When and Where the Brain Switches From Just Hearing to Listening to Sounds.” Pratt is a third-generation professor at the Technion and his research focuses on the brain’s processing of sounds and aims to illuminate abnormalities such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and other neurological diseases. Tue. 6 p.m. (dinner), 7 p.m. (program). $50 (general), $65 (kosher meals). Four Seasons Hotel ballroom, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. RSVP required. (323) 857-5575. ats.org.
WED OCTOBER 7
Novelist and book critic Francine Prose explores the story behind Anne Frank’s diary — Anne’s revisions, the various editions that have been published, the film and Broadway adaptations and the large body of articles, studies and documentaries about the iconic work of literature — in her new book, “Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.” Prose also discusses Otto Frank’s struggle to get the book published, theories that the book is a fraud, the controversy surrounding deleted passages and why the diary should be viewed from a literary perspective and not as “the spontaneous outpouring of a teenager.” Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. skylightbooks.com.
Zócalo at the Skirball, an L.A. cultural forum, will feature Peter Maass, a New York Times Magazine writer, who will discuss the resource curse — the detrimental effect oil has on the nations that possess it. Maass details this phenomenon in his book, “Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil,” describing the poverty in Nigeria that has resulted from oil extraction, Hugo Chavez’s campaign to nationalize oil and the separatist conflict in Angola driven by oil, as well as the effects on the environment, economy, class relations and political institutions of these countries. A book signing will follow the lecture. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Advance registration highly recommended. (213) 403-0416. zocalopublicsquare.org.
THU OCTOBER 8
Award-winning Jewish filmmaker Errol Morris (“Standard Operating Procedure,” “The Fog of War,” “The Thin Blue Line”) and Ricky Jay, author, actor, historian and magician, will lead a discussion about reality versus illusion, art and perception, deception and believing, as part of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Perspectives lecture series. Morris and Jay recently collaborated on a New York Times blog and have been dissecting these topics together and on their own throughout their careers. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
Take part in a conversation centered on David N. Myers’ most recent book, “Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz,” published in 2008, with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple and Michael Berenbaum from the American Jewish University. The event is sponsored by Hillel at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA Department of History. Open to the public. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. uclahillel.org/davidmyers.
Valley Ruach at Adat Ari El is hosting a Texas Hold ’Em tournament in its sukkah for Jews in their 20s and 30s with a buy-in of $30 that includes snacks, desserts, cocktails and admission to the “losers lounge.” The winner receives a Nintendo Wii or cash, and runners-up receive swag. Those who are not poker aficionados can still attend the sukkah party and win cool prizes worth $200 in the raffle. Thu. 7-10 p.m. $30 (poker players), $10 (nonplayers). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. valleyruach.org.
The Jewish and Latino communities come together under one palm branch roof for the third annual Sukkot Festival, organized by the American Jewish Committee’s Esencia de Judaismo program, a course taught by AJC scholars and rabbis f rom Latino Jewish communities which encourages engagment between cultures. Food, music and Israeli dancing are included, but guests are requested to bring canned foods to donate to SOVA. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Ziegler Sanctuary, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 282-8080. ajclosangeles.org.
FRI OCTOBER 9
In a 1960s London suburb, a bright high school girl studies diligently to earn a place at Oxford University and secure a life of luxury and privilege. Her lofty dreams take a detour when she meets an older, witty Jewish man who introduces her to a world of classical concerts, late-night escapades, trips to Paris and sex. “An Education,” starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard, was the official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won both the Audience Award and the Cinematography Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Opens Fri. Check local listings for times and locations. sonyclassics.com/aneducation.