January 24, 2008
The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs
January 26 to February 1
It's a Musical Pajama Party With Stephen Michael Schwartz, and the whole family is invited! Don your jammies to sing old and new tunes with the guy from Parachute Express who created music for Gymboree classes and the PBS series "Jay Jay the Jetplane." Pizza, drinks and snacks will be on sale, and if you bring a board game to donate to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, you'll get a complimentary delectable. Just don't forget: PJs required. 5:15 p.m. (doors open), 6 p.m. (show). $10-$12. Temple Beth Hillel, Sands Mallet Social Hall, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. (818) 763-9148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mel Brook's trailer for 'Jews in Space,' which isn't on this program, but sure is funny!
Everyone needs a good laugh-until-you-cry moment once in a while. You can get multiple doses this week at this retrospective of Mel Brooks' films with American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre. Screening today are the goofball comedies "Spaceballs" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," followed by "Young Frankenstein" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" on Sunday. The series ends on Wednesday with the social satire "Life Stinks" and a discussion with Mel Brooks, Rudy de Luca and Steve Haberman. 7:30 p.m. $7-$10. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 634-4878. http://americancinematheque.com.
Have a thirst for higher education, but don't want to deal with the hassle of test taking, registration and studying? Now you can go "Back to College For a Day" and learn from renowned USC and UCLA professors, among others. Lecture topics include the impact of stress on behavior and the brain, the coexistence of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain, and law in a multicultural world. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $179 (parking and lunch). Mount St. Mary's College, Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles. (818) 704-4207. http://www.backtocollegeforaday.com.
The chilling 1924 murder trial of "thrill killers" Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb will be dramatized on stage with music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff. In an attempt to commit the "perfect crime," young Jewish whiz kids Leopold and Loeb murdered a 14-year-old boy from a prominent Chicago family just to see if they could get away with it. "Thrill Me" will be directed by Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGreccio and produced by Chad Borden. 8 p.m., through March 2. $34-$38. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-4429. http://www.plays411.com/thrillme or http://www.havoktheatre.com.
For 25 years the annual Maccabi Games have been a special opportunity for teen athletes ages 13 to 16 to join a team, travel and do what they do best -- play their favorite sport. This year the games will be held in Detroit in August. Parents and their emerging athletes are invited to an information day to meet prospective coaches, learn which teams will be competing and discuss details of tryout dates and times. 10 a.m. Free. Jewish Community Center at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. http://maccabilosangeles.com/.
The Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association has a lovely Sunday all planned out for you: start out with a hearty omelet or toasted bagel with cream cheese at local favorite Katella Deli, then spend the rest of the day with the group, wandering the glorious art-filled halls of the Getty Center Museum. Exhibitions to check out include the photographs of AndrÃï¿½(c) KertÃï¿½(c)sz, the history of the nude in photography and Nicole Cohen's critically acclaimed video installation, "Please Be Seated." 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos. (714) 964-7031.
Harry Boychick is inviting you to his bar mitzvah. Don't know him? Doesn't matter. None of the guests know Harry, but they will be joining him and his family at a rollicking reception. Amy Lord, the creator of "Grandma Sylvia's Funeral," brings us her new interactive show, "The Boychick Affair: The Bar Mitzvah of Harry Boychick," where the audience joins in the insanity, mingling with actors, dancing, laughing and even partaking in the celebratory meal. This promises to be unlike any show (or bar mitzvah) you've ever been to. Sundays at 2 p.m. (open-ended run). $36 (twice chai for the bar mitzvah boy!). Price includes meal. Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. http://www.thehayworth.com.
Celebrate this festive holiday with a fun day for the whole family. The Westside JCC Tu B'Shevat Festival will include a silent auction, family art, food, entertainment and a moon bounce. All the proceeds from the event will benefit WJCC educational programs. Noon-4 p.m. Free. WJCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531. http://www.westsidejcc.org.
Drag your honey out of bed to do some good today. ATID's Couples Havurah, for young Jews (married or dating) between the ages of 21 and 39, has planned a volunteer day where you and your other can help prepare kosher meals for people with HIV/AIDS. "Project Kitchen Soup" will leave you feeling so warm and fuzzy inside that you'll forget you woke up at 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Hirsh Family Kosher Kitchen, 338 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required, (310) 481-3244. http://sinaitemple.org/events/ATID/KitchenSoup.
SUN | JANUARY 27
Erudite composers Hans Gal and Robert Kahn were forced into exile when they fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. Their music was removed from libraries and destroyed, and they were stripped of their prominent posts. Tonight, contemporary musicians on cello, bassoon and piano will reclaim the banished music of their forbears during an evening of "Recovered Music by Exiled German Jewish Composers." Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Stephen S. Wise Temple and Kehillat Israel are underwriting the program and proceeds will benefit the Alfred and Miriam Wolf Scholarship Fund of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 4 p.m. $36. Second Space -- The Stage @ Santa Monica, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard (between 10th and 11th streets). (310) 434-3414. http://www.smc.edu/madison.
TUE | JANUARY 29
Comedian Wendy Liebman confessed something during a Hillel fundraiser last summer that deeply shames her: "I have separation anxiety ... so I can't do laundry." The fundraiser was so successful, it's happening again. Hillel 818 Presents "Comedy Night" is a cacophony of L.A.'s most wicked, witty and wild talent: the handsome Elon Gold, Lisa Ann Walter, who's not sure if she's naughty or nice, and Liebman. With nights like these, the partnership between the Pierce and Valley Colleges Hillel and the CSUN Hillel seems like a match made in heaven. 7 p.m. (VIP reception), 8 p.m. (show). $10-$75. The World Famous Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 886-5101 or