March 20, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for March 22-28
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After his mother's death, Oscar Speace found a letter she had written about her experiences during the Holocaust. The Emmy Award-winning television producer then wrote Janka Festinger's story, which begins under Nazi occupation and continues on to the United States, where she married an American solider. Years after her death, a one-woman play still survives. "Janka" will be performed by the protagonist's own daughter-in-law, Janice Noga, in a moving recreation of a family tale. Tue., 7 p.m. $5. Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier. (866) 637-3812. http://www.JankaProject.com.
WED | MARCH 26
Just imagine the nostalgic delight of a Yiddish Variety Show! A little song, a little dance, perhaps a joke or two .... Join the members of the Valley Yiddish Culture Club for a memorable evening that will zip you right back into the golden days of Yiddishkayt. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Free (members or guests under 21), $5 (general). Adat Ari El, David Familian Chapel, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.
THU | MARCH 27
Writer Lori Gottlieb recently sparked a heated dating debate across the country when she published "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough" in The Atlantic's March 2008 issue. Here is an excerpt: "My advice is this: Settle! That's right. Don't worry about passion or intense connection. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go." Agree? Disagree? Come hear Rabbi David Wolpe engage Gottlieb in a riveting discussion sponsored by ATID and join in with your insights, opinions and/or vehement defense of old-fashioned romance. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For singles and couples ages 21-39. Thu., 7 p.m. Free (members), $10 (advance), $15 (at the door). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. http://www.atidla.com.
In the fall, Jewish Family Service's freshly launched Young Leaders group, for professionals ages 21-40, hosted a lively get together at Celadon. Their inaugural event was a success: Young professionals streamed into the posh restaurant's bar all night long, the food was fabulous (by Israeli Japanese chef Danny Elmaleh) and the enthusiasm ran high. Now the ambitious new organization is back with a fun spring gathering: Team Trivia Night. You are welcome to come with your own team of brainiacs in tow, or you can just show up solo and join teams forming on the spot. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $15 (includes appetizers). Life Restaurant, 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. not required but encouraged, (323) 761-8800, ext. 1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plato. Socrates. Confucius. It's not an easy task coming up with a definitive list of the most sophisticated minds in the world, but here's one most of us could agree upon: Albert Einstein. "The Smartest Man in the World," or at the very least, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, has now been memorialized in a world-premiere musical that illuminates the life and lady loves of the Jewish genius, brought to you by West Coast Jewish Theatre. Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. $35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. http://www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org/.
FRI | MARCH 28
In a moving film about spiritual awakening, loss and hope, a young child with Down syndrome, Lior Liebling (photo, above) , emerges as "the little rebbe." "Praying With Lior" is about a motherless child, whose name means "lost light" and is thought to be closer to God because he spends much of his time praying with fervor. At the same time, he is often seen as a burden to family members and friends because of his disorder. As he approaches his bar mitzvah, various people around him provide differing perspectives on praying with Lior. Attend the film's opening in an exclusive Los Angeles engagement presented by Laemmle Theatres and First Run Features, playing in two locations. Fri. $7-$10. Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. Also, Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818) 981-9811.
You've heard about the enigmatic "G-Spot," but did you know she had a cousin? The emotionally tandem "V-Spot," so dubbed by psychotherapist Joan Lachkar, is the deeply sensitive area of emotional vulnerability where one partner hits an emotional raw spot in the other. As the very last speaker and book signer at the beloved Dutton's neighborhood bookstore, Lachkar will discuss "The V-Spot: Healing Your Innermost Vulnerabilities From Emotional Abuse," and simultaneously bid adieu to the community institution that will close its doors for the last time April 30. Fri., 7 p.m. Free. Dutton's Brentwood Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 476-6263. http://www.joanlachkarphd.com.
The Yarden Trio, who have spent the past two years playing for soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces and have performed for the United Nations in New York, are bringing their musical talents to local Temple Adat Ari El. Don't miss the trio's first West Coast performance, sponsored by the Adat Ari El annual campaign. Celebrate Shabbat with services, dinner and a beautiful musical evening with Nitzan Vigdorovish on violin, Noa Ayali on cello and Raviv Leibzirer on piano. Fri., 6 p.m. (services), 7 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (concert). $16-$22 (dinner), free (concert). Temple Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 755-3480 ext. 223. http://www.adatariel.org.
We have all made sacrifices for the well-being of our family, sometimes at the expense of our own dreams and desires. Zach is one such figure, who has become so accustomed to putting others' needs before his own he begins to lose sight of his own self. That is until Shaun comes along and shows Zach how to unleash his creative potential, while dangerously igniting dormant emotions Zach had forgotten how to feel. "Shelter" is a gay romantic drama by Jonah Markowitz that begins its run tonight on the Sunset Strip. Various show times. $7-$10. Laemmle Sunset 5. 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500.