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The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs for December 29 to January 4

by Dikla Kadosh

December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Cuban Blood -- see Saturday listing

Cuban Blood -- see Saturday listing

SAT | DECEMBER 29

(FILM)
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"Cuban Blood" coupled with Cuban food is a recipe for one spicy night! The Workmen's Circle hosts a screening of an action-packed drama about 1958 Cuba and the turmoil caused by a heated rebellion, starring Harvey Keitel and Gael Garcia Bernal. Then the fiesta continues with an end-of-the-year Cuban feast. 7 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.

(BOOK LAUNCH)
Living Kaddish is a collection of inspiring stories from Rabbi Gedalia Zweig, who, by exploring the meaning and significance of the Kaddish prayer, demonstrates the most profound way human love endures beyond the living world. Tonight, he'll share his insight on the prayer that simultaneously praises God and elevates the soul. 10 a.m. Free. AISH Los Angeles, 1417 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672.

(THEATER)
Warmly reviewed by Los Angeles critics, Wendy Graf's "Lessons" has been extended to Jan. 6. Emmy Award-winning actor Hal Linden and veteran Canadian actress Larissa Laskin star in this West Coast Jewish Theatre production about an elderly man who begins Hebrew lessons and ends up learning about family, faith and healing. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. $32 (seniors), $35 (general). Lee Strasberg Creative Center's Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 650-7777. http://www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.

SUN | DECEMBER 30

(FILM)
After a long struggle to get this film made, filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus are basking in the acclaim for "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story," their documentary about the lengths people will go to for their art. See the heartwarming and inspiring tale about a veteran stage actress who is determined to keep Yiddish theater alive in New York, followed by a Q-and-A with the director and producer. 11 a.m. $7-$10. Laemmle Theatre's Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9741. http://www.laemmle.com.

(KLEZMER)
Heighten your senses by spending a morning at the Farmers' Market, where you'll not only find the freshest produce in town, but the rockin' sounds of Argentinean clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach and his Grammy Award-winning band Klezmer Juice, performing in the early morning of a beautiful winter's day. Not to mention the hot, crispy latkes that will be served -- so it's best to arrive fashionably hungry. 8:30 a.m. Free. Mar Vista Farmers' Market, 12224 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 861-4444.

(MUSICAL)
Bais Chana Chabad High School presents "A Thread of Light," a musical production performed by the all-girl student body for an audience of women and girls only. The play has a powerful message: every one of us has the power to affect others with acts of goodness and make a change in this world. 7:30 p.m. Also, Dec. 31. $25-$180. Hamilton Academy of Music, 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-8995, ext. 1115.

MON | DECEMBER 31

(NEW YEAR'S EVE)
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End 2007 with an extraordinarily loud bang at Club Rio's Israeli-Style New Year's Eve Party. Pini Cohen, a beloved local entertainer who used to perform at Tempo restaurant on Thursdays, will be belting out Israeli hits while famed Israeli singer Avihu Medina will entertain the crowd with his own beautiful ballads. Israelis know how to keep the entire neighborhood up, so come to this dinner-and-entertainment bash with tons of energy to contribute. 8 p.m. $150 (includes champagne and kosher dinner). Club Rio Restaurant, 15910 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 660-7802.

(NEW YEAR'S)
Greet old friends and new acquaintances with "Aide shoma mobarak!" -- Happy New Year in Persian -- at the glamorous 2008 New Year Singles Party, hosted by the Payvand Group and the Iranian-American Jewish Federation. The ladies will be stunning, as always, and the men dressed to perfection at this grand affair, featuring entertainment by Pedram, a glatt kosher feast and flowing champagne. A few caveats: you should be Jewish, single and in your 20s-40s. And as with many Persian gatherings, the proceeds of the event will be donated to a charity in Israel. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $100 (pre-paid), $126 (day of event). 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-4555 or (310) 659-9983. http://www.1818911.org.

TUE | JANUARY 1

(HISTORY)
If you haven't made the short trip south to San Diego to see the incredible Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, you have only a few more days to catch it! The exhibit's run has been extended through Jan. 6 in response to overwhelming public demand. After that date, the artifacts will return to their countries of origin -- Israel, Jordan, Russia, England and the United States -- and the rapidly deteriorating scrolls, which date from 250 B.C.E.. to 68 C.E., may never travel outside of Israel again. $10-$28. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. (619) 232-3821. http://www.sdnhm.org/visit.

WED | JANUARY 2

(ART + DESIGN)
It's your last chance to catch The Living Room: Conscious Art and Design, an art exhibit devoted to preserving the environment through sustainable design. A host of artists use recycled and natural materials, like stone sculptures and graphite drawings, or reclaim traditional mediums by creating content inspired by natural landscapes. Through Jan. 5. Wed.-Sat., 12-7 p.m. Free. Metro Gallery, Contemporary & Fine Art, 1835 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2787. http://www.metrogallery.org.

(ART)
Efrat Ilan is an Israeli artist whose paintings proudly fill a niche that accessorize home and office spaces the way a silk scarf might adorn a neckline. Art For Life Gallery houses her user-friendly collection of paintings and design accoutrement -- the perfect décor for jazzing up a blank wall. 6 p.m. Free. Private studio, 12307 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 298-5049.

THU | JANUARY 3



(THEATER)pick
Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys boasts a revue of "naughty and nice" pop songs from the early 20th century, along with Yiddish tunes, Vaudevillian musical numbers and other vintage classics. Dressed for the part and performing with scintillating authenticity, Janet invites you to embark on a cultural time-travel that begins with music and journeys into film, as historian Jerry Beck presents rare short films from his extensive cinema collection, followed by Klein's sweet-n-sassy act. First Thursday of every month. 8 p.m. $17. Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry (West), 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (800) 595-4849 or visit (SCHMOOZING)
Beer, hot dogs and loud cheering tend to put people at ease -- the perfect opportunity to engage them in friendly conversation. Come schmooze at the Staples Center at The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division Hockey Night. The L.A. Kings will be playing the Columbus Blue Jackets and it should be an exciting game, but even if hockey is not your thing, there'll be plenty of other action to keep you entertained. For young professionals between the ages of 25-45. 7:30 p.m. $40 (normally $60). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8132. http://www.jewishla.org.

FRI | JANUARY 4

(COMEDY)

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West Hills native, actor-waiter, ping-pong enthusiast, Michael Jackson-dancing impersonator and supremely talented comedian (we know from personal experience) Adam Bobrow will be performing tonight on the main stage at The Comedy Store. Check out Bobrow's YouTube channel for clips of his stand-ups, his Jack in the Box commercial, a ping-pong match and his cartoon voice-overs, then come see him live at the hottest comedy club in town. 8 p.m. $15. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. http://www.youtube.com/adambobrow

(SENIOR SINGLES)
Spend Shabbat surrounded by warmth, community and creativity with the New Age Senior Singles' Creative Arts Shabbat Service program. This recurring event includes an optional no-host dinner at Koo Koo Roo, followed by a group excursion to Temple Beth Am for their pioneering alternative Shabbat service. Meet at 6 p.m. for dinner at 262 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Service at 8 p.m. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. for dinner, (310) 838-7459.

(SHABBAT)
Start your New Year off with a spiritual uplift at Nashuva's Shabbat, a refreshing musical prayer service led by Rabbi Naomi Levy and strengthened by the warmth of family and community. 6:45 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. http://www.nashuva.com.

(SHABBAT)
Makom Ohr Shalom defines itself as a Jewish renewal egalitarian service. It features upbeat music combined with liturgy, and happens the first and third Friday of every month. 8 p.m. Free. Makom Ohr Shalom at Corner Church, 5619 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 725-7600.

UPCOMING

(TRAVEL)
Rastafarian rabbis? Pirates with payes? Not exactly, but the "Jewish Jamaica" study trip offered by Steppin' Out Adventures does explore the fascinating history of the long-thriving Jewish community in the Caribbean. The itinerary includes Shabbat services at a synagogue, tours of Jewish sights in Kingston and Spanish Town and discussions on interesting topics such as "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean," "Jews and Slavery" and "Relationships Between Rastafari, Garvey, Marley and Judaism." Sun, sailing, music and dancing are givens. Feb. 14-20. $500 and up (price does not include airfare). Port Antonio, Jamaica. http://www.ucija.org.




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