Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 24–30, 2010

July 20, 2010 | 6:01 pm

sunday pick

Root for the L.A. Dodgers as they take on the N.Y. Mets during Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium. And should you feel like a kosher-style nosh, there’s always the Canter’s Deli concession (field level, third base side, section 47). A free Dodger kippah comes with each ticket purchased (enter promo code: JEWISH). Sun. 1:10 p.m. $12-$48. Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-4287. dodgers.com/jewish.


Indie rock puppeteers Jacob Stein and Jason Rabinowitz of the New York-based band The Pop Ups, perform “Pasta! The Pop Ups Puppet Musical,” an original story and musical quest suitable for foodies of all ages. The hero of the tale, a wannabe chef, scours the magical land of Brooklyn to find ingredients for the best — locally sourced — pasta sauce ever! Sat. and Sun. 1 and 3 p.m. $10. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. (800) 838-3006. electriclodge.org.


The Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) takes a breather from its social justice work with its first Summer Garden Party. The public is invited for laid-back shmoozing and noshing — including summer activities for kids — in Pacific Palisades. Sun. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25, free (children under 12). RSVP ASAP to celiabern@aol.com or call (310) 266- 7905. (310) 266-9705. pjalliance.org.


In the wake of the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla, Yair Schindel, a former IDF combat medical officer, leads “The Case for Israel’s Special Forces,” a group discussion with representatives of Atalef, Israel’s equivalent of Navy SEALs. Sponsored by the Israel Christian Nexus/Alliance for Jerusalem, the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Zionist Organization of America and Americans for a Safe Israel. Sun. 7:30-10 p.m. $10. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 390-7172.


Celebrate the Jewish Valentine’s Day with the JConnectLA gang at LoveFest. Live house music and an acoustic performance by guitarist Evyn Charles add to the lounge atmosphere — perhaps the perfect setting for finding romance. Sun. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Stone Rose Lounge, Sofitel Hotel, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.


Rabbi Elazar Muskin moderates a discussion with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, Rabbi Naomi Levy and Jewish Journal writer Danielle Berrin on “Is Materialism Corrupting the Soul of America?” Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Young Israel of Century City, 9315 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. thisworld.us.


Singer Natacha Atlas continues the free Sunset Concert Series at the Skirball Cultural Center with a performance influenced by her multicultural descent. Atlas, born in Belgium, mixes North African and Arabic music with Western electronic beats, French chansons and U.K. pop. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


David N. Weiss, the Modern Orthodox screenwriter of “Shrek 2” and the upcoming “Smurfs” movie, discusses his personal and professional life in “From Hollywood to Holywood.” Shabbat services and a sushi dinner kick off the evening. Fri. 7 p.m. (dinner), 8:30 (lecture). $50 (dinner and lecture), $18 (lecture only). Chabad of Ventura, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (805) 558-1770. chabadventura.com.

saturday pick

The American Cinematheque features a career retrospective of the pair who brought you the 2,000-Year-Old Man, with “Your Show of Shows: A Laugh-Out-Loud Weekend with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.” The program kicks off Thursday with a screening of “My Favorite Year,” a film inspired by NBC’s 1950s “Your Show of Shows.” On Friday, Brooks and Reiner share the stage after a compilation of “Your Show of Shows” sketches. Saturday, Reiner talks between screenings of “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” and Brooks gets his turn on Sunday during a double feature of “Blazing Saddles” and “Silent Movie.” Sat. and Sun. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (students and seniors). Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 466-3456. egyptiantheatre.com.

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