January 4, 2012
Pick of the Week: Wed., Jan. 11
At the advice of doctors, a bullied Israeli-Arab teenager and his family move to Eilat seeking dolphin-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. Israeli director Dani Menkin, an alumnus of The Federation’s Master Class, premieres his new film tonight. Menkin and The Journal’s David Suissa participate in a post-screening discussion. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $11. Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.
SUN | JAN 8
“ETHICS, SENSITIVITIES, SENSIBILITIES, PROPERTY RIGHTS”
Respecting the privacy of others, not publishing false or misleading information and being aware of sensitive issues that might cause others distress are some of the topics to be discussed by Hal Bookbinder, a founding member of The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County; Sandra Malek, president of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles; and Rabbi Jeffrey Marx of Santa Monica Synagogue. Sun. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Adat Elohim, Social Hall, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6920. adatelohim.org.
“WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY: EXPERT INSIGHTS”
The ongoing exhibition at the Skirball addresses how women in the developing world persevere in the face of sex trafficking, gender-based violence and maternal mortality. Today, two volunteers from Jewish World Watch give firsthand accounts of the organization’s work locally and abroad. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Discussion included in the price of museum admission: $10 (general), $7 (full-time students and seniors, 65 and over), $5 (children, 2-12), free (Skirball members and children, 2 and under 2). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
“CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”
Actor John Malkovich directs this play about the Nobel-winning British playwright. Julian Sands (“The Killing Fields”) stars in this one-night-only production, which combines Pinter’s poems and political prose to offer a portrait of the famous dramatist. Proceeds benefit the Odyssey Theatre. Sun. 5 p.m. $125. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. odysseytheatre.com.
WED | JAN 11
“BOOK OF BEGINNINGS: GENESIS”
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion professor and author Reuven Firestone (“An Introduction to Islam for Jews”) appears today in conversation with Rabbi Ed Feinstein. Together they unravel the mysteries behind the first book of the Torah. Part of an ongoing lecture series at Valley Beth Shalom pairing Feinstein with experts from unlikely fields, including drama and psychotherapy. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
If Woody Allen shacked up with Erykah Badu, Greene might be the progeny. So says the East Village-based singer-songwriter. Expect passionate piano, timbre-infused vocals and personal lyrics. 21 and over. Wed. 9 p.m. $8. Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 389-3856. bootlegtheater.org.
THU | JAN 12
“THREE WEEKS IN JANUARY: END RAPE IN LOS ANGELES”
This socially conscious art exhibition uses the city as its canvas. Over three weeks, performances, presentations, a candlelight ceremony and more will be held around Los Angeles, bringing attention to issues of gender-based violence. Led by internationally known artist Suzanne Lacy, who created the similar exhibition “Three Weeks in May” in 1977, a large map in downtown Los Angeles will provide each event location, and young women will mark the map with the prior day’s police reports. Held in conjunction with “Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983” and Getty Center’s “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” Thu. Through Jan. 29. For more information, visit losangelesgoeslive.org.
FOOD JUSTICE PANEL
Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice organization, presents today’s panel on ways to tackle hunger issues in the United States. Devorah Brous (Netiyah), Abby Leibman (MAZON) and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (Uri L’Tzedek) discuss growing and distributing food and advocating on behalf of the needy. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. utzedek.org.
BREAK YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION PARTY
Israeli mash-up DJ Lobsterdust and an open beer and wine bar highlight tonight’s launch party for The Jewish Federation’s new Young Adults of Los Angeles’ (YALA) for young professionals ages 25-40. Attendees are encouraged to come up with service projects ideas. Thu. 8 p.m. $25 (advance), $35 (door). V Lounge, 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. jewishla.org.
FRI | JAN 13
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during Sinai Temple’s Friday Night Live service, featuring artists, pastors, rabbis, teachers and a gospel choir. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.