Jewish Journal

Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 12 - 18—Hadassah, the cosmos and more

by Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

Posted on Jul. 10, 2008 at 11:07 pm


To lure young and trendy philanthropists to their big-deal fundraising bash, Young Hadassah International is trotting out more than just the humdrum silent auction. The charitable organization, which brings together young activists from around the world to raise money for and awareness of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, will be dazzling its guests with swanky jeans from Blues Jean Bar, ritzy diamonds from Beverly Hills-based designer Doron Isaak and other high-end prizes to be doled out at the L.A. hotspot, Opus Restaurant. The indulgent but humanitarian-minded night, "Diamonds and Denim," will also feature dance floor tunes by the resident DJ of the Roxy, premium cocktails, bite-sized appetizers and swag bags for the first 200 in the door. Sat. 9 p.m. $125 (pre-sale), $150 (at the door). Opus Restaurant, 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 234-8300. http://www.hadassah-international.org.

Looking for an all-day event that appeals to all five senses? Join participants from across the Southland for the 19th annual Pasadena Summer Art Festival. Take a stroll around Pasadena's beautiful Centennial Square as you listen to the various musical talents performing live, stop to appreciate the stunning art selections on display, indulge in the sweet scents of candles and potpourri and enjoy the delicious summer food sold by an array of vendors. All this fun is just a short drive away. The proceeds from the event will go to support two nonprofit organizations: Children's Action Network and Second Acts Foundation. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also July 13. Free. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. (626) 797-6803.

The ingredients for a perfect summer party have to include a pool, plenty of food and drinks and excellent entertainment. Lucky for you, all of these elements will be available at the GesherCity Superbad Summer Party. Sponsored by ultra geeky-cool Heeb Magazine, this poolside fiesta is an event that should not be passed over easily -- with drinks a flowin' and a screening of one of Judd Apatow's most hysterical comedies, "Superbad," connecting with your fellow Jews has never been so refreshing! Sat. 6 p.m. $10. Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. R.S.V.P., (562) 426-7601, ext. 1521. ibakal@alpertjcc.org. http://www.geshercity.org.

Discussing the horrors of the Holocaust is difficult, but to never forget is a responsibility we all share. Lorinne Vozoff, the writer, director and star of the one-act play "The Assassination of Heinrich Reinebach" fulfills this responsibility by bringing a fascinating tale to the stage. A Jewish cabaret singer and her piano man struggle between two of the most challenging ideals of their time -- freedom and righteousness. When the opportunity to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi officer presents itself, will they risk their lives or run? This heart-wrenching, introspective tale set in 1940 Amsterdam is accompanied by the music of Jewish composer Kurt Weil. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 2. Free. Theatre Group Studio, 2635 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-9771. http://theatregroupstudio.com.


Zionist women from all over the country will pour into Los Angeles for Hadassah's 94th National Convention. Over four days of Jewish exploration, women will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, film screenings and performances that highlight everything from modern Israel and kosher cooking to environmental sustainability and health issues. Business Matters: U.S./Israel Partnerships is a unique program where women can network with major CEOs and entrepreneurs from Israeli companies and their U.S. counterparts. During the opening plenary, Hollywood stars, politicians, musicians and film clips will comprise a celebration of Israel's 60th with a special performance by Ashira, a trio of chanteuses who will sing their opera-infused, Broadway-informed take on Jewish liturgical music. Sunday registration opens at 9 a.m. $485 (includes all sessions -- except optional ones -- banquet, closing brunch, delegates' events, bag and program guide through Wednesday). Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (877) 309-1565. http://www.hadassah.org/convention.

Watch out "First Wives Club," because the Brentwood Divorcee Club joins some of the kookiest, comical and cosmetically inclined women on the wrong side of the ketubah. Actress Juliette Marshall, often praised for her charisma and sensuality, sings her way through a musical rendition of divorce in "Shift Happens: A (Piece of) Work in Progress." With two musicians at her side, Marshall delivers a one-woman performance of startling range as a single, divorced mother edging back into the dating world. With the advice of her treasured Westside therapist and her wild bunch of divorcée girlfriends (a plastic surgery prototype, a woman with "food issues," a newfound lesbian and a modern Southern belle), Juliette negotiates the harrowing and sometimes hilarious world of life post-marriage. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 3. $20. Improv Comedy Lab, 8158 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.(323)960-1055. http://www.plays411.com/shifthappens.


As American men and boys were being shipped off to Europe to fight in World War II, Judith Weissman was dreaming of a different kind of journey -- an escape from her mind-numbing office job, her dreary marriage and, most of all, the constricting Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The endearing protagonist of "Flying Out of Brooklyn," Weissman is propelled to change her life when a neighboring housewife steps off her fire escape and plunges to her death. The author, Beverly Magid, is a publicist, journalist and founding member of the MorningStar Commission, an organization that promotes positive depictions of Jewish women in the media. Magid will be discussing and reading from her book tonight. Mon. 6-7 p.m. Free. Robertson Branch Library, 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 840-2147. For more information on the book and an excerpt, visit http://www.beverlymagid.com.


Angelenos from the Valley to downtown have been suffering from a frightening phenomenon: seeing a light flicker on their dashboard letting them know they're out of gas. This inevitably means pulling into a station and paying north of $5 a gallon (in some places) to fill up. When will this travesty end? Hear what some people high up have to say on the matter at the Republican Jewish Coalition's informative lecture, "GOP Solutions for Energy and the Environment: How to Diversify Away From Middle East Oil." Representatives from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security will discuss some immediate solutions for a dire situation that has commuters seriously contemplating public transportation. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 478-0752. http://www.rjchq.org.


Playwright Max Leavitt, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts has penned "Mala," a love story born inside Auschwitz. In 1943, Mala Zimmetbaum and Edek Galinski were prisoners of the Nazi regime with no hope for the future. Despite the deplorable conditions of life inside the camps, the young lovers found freedom in each other, and with the help of friends managed to escape the death grip of Hitler's Final Solution. Wed. 8 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Through July 26. $25. The Complex Ruby Theater, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 205-4370. http://www.complexhollywood.com.


ALTTEXT "A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull after having fallen past its event horizon." Or so says Wikipedia. Perhaps super-scientist Leonard Susskind, professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University and resident expert in black hole theory, will clarify this dense topic when he wages "The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics." Susskind, author of "The Cosmic Landscape," appears in conversation with prolific science writer K.C. Cole at the L.A. public library's diverse and deep discussion series, ALOUD. Standby tickets only. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. http://www.libraryfoundationla.org/aloud.


Where else could you have a 73-day-long festival of the most eclectic musical talents from all over the world? At the newly refurbished band shell at The Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, you'll find music from south of the border, music from the other side of the world and even music from the old country. Klezmer Juice, a riveting group of musicians who infuse old Yiddish tunes with a fresh, modern twist, will be showcased at this free concert. So ditch the radio and your air-conditioned car and head into the open air to spoil your ears and have a great time! Fri. 7:30 p.m. Series continues through Sept. 14. Free. Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles. (213) 384-5701. http://levittla.org.

There are some things in life you should do -- floss, exercise regularly, pay your bills on time. And there are some things you have to do -- register your car, shower, pay taxes. To make one of those mandatory tasks simpler and less odious, the Board of Equalization is hosting a Free Tax Seminar for nonprofit, exempt and religious organizations -- of which there are many among our readers. Various speakers from government agencies will explain such complex matters as property tax exemptions, sales and use taxes for nonprofits, employment taxes, recent developments in charity law and grant-writing guidelines. Presented by the Honorable Judy Chu, chair of the State Board of Equalization, and state Assemblyman Mike Davis, this event may not be the highlight of your weekend, but it's definitely a "must do!" Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Southwest College Theater, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Registration required. (213) 593-1311. http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/nonprofitsched.htm.

Jina Davidovich contributed to this article
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