July 20, 2010
Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 24–30, 2010
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.
SAT n JULY 24
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.
SUN n JULY 25
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 email@example.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.
TUE n JULY 27
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.
THU n JULY 29
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.
FRI n JULY 30
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.
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.