January 31, 2008
The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs
February 2 to February 8
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THU | FEBRUARY 7
More than 30 films will be showcased at the 18th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Mizel Family Foundation. The quirky bar mitzvah comedy, "Sixty Six," starring Helena Bonham Carter and Stephen Rea, kicks off the festivities. Other highlights include a coming-of-age story about the healing power of love, "Dear Mr. Waldman"; a documentary tribute to Jewish American comedians, "Making Trouble"; and the Israeli film nominated for this year's Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Beaufort." $11 (for JCC members), $13 (nonmembers). Through Feb. 17. For screening times and tickets, call (858) 362-1348 or visit http://www.lfjcc.org/sdjff.
Keep up with Middle East current events and learn about the conflict's many facets by attending the Rabbi Samuel N. Sherman Memorial Lecture with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Goldberg. The presentation, "Iraq, Al-Qaeda and the Future of Israel," will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi David Wolpe and a signing of Goldberg's memoir, "Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide." 7:30 p.m., Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. https://sinaitemple.org/e/events_list.php.
FRI | FEBRUARY 8
One of the most iconic cultural figures of 20th century America is being reintroduced in a comprehensive exhibition about his life, "Bob Dylan's American Journey: 1956-1966." Decades after his heyday, Dylan-mania has been reignited as the venerated lyricist represents a uniquely American brand of art. Organized by the Experience Music Project, this interactive, hands-on musical journey includes photographs, recordings, interview footage and historical artifacts. Focusing on the decade when anti-war and civil rights movements were cresting, Dylan's folk and rock music emerged as an artistic and political influence. Throughout the exhibition, there will be lectures, discussions and film screenings. Through June 8. $5-$10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. For lineup of related events, visit http://www.skirball.org.
The annual Conscious Life Expo, Business Symposium and Film Festival encourages guests to learn about alternative health, empowered living and conscious social justice. The symposium encourages lively participation in topics such as the co-creation of a new world based on paradigms in science as well as a spiritual and global community. $10 (Fri.), $20 (Sat.-Sun.). Through Feb. 11. LAX Hilton Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (800) 367-5777. http://www.consciouslifeexpo.com/.
In honor of Israel's 60th Year of Independence, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) is asking Jewish youth to express their attachment to Israel, their memories of a trip, their impressions of the country, their questions and their political viewpoints in two minutes or less. Share your vision and enter the "MyIsrael Video Competition" by uploading your video to my.israel.org. Finalists will personally screen their films at the AJC's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The first-place winner gets a special trip to -- where else? Israel. Must be 18-26 to enter. Competition ends Feb. 29 at midnight.
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