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Jan. 4-10, 2014

by Laura Donney

January 3, 2014 | 10:33 pm

SAT | JAN 4

ILIZA SHLESINGER

She’s the first female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s had a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents,” she’s worked with “Pauly Shore & Friends” on Showtime, Chelsea Handler on E!, Joel McHale on “The Soup” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Whether she’s discussing our responsibility to polar bears or what missing teeth can reveal, she discusses it with biting expertise. 18 and older. Sat. 8 p.m. $15 (two-item minimum). Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.

“ABE LINCOLN’S PIANO”

It’s a musical play that gives us a new and insightful look into the artistry, politics and individuals surrounding that fateful April night in 1865 at Ford’s Theatre. Actor and pianist Hershey Felder, who you may remember from his solo show “George Gershwin Alone,” brings his signature storytelling and musicianship to a history we all share. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 13. $45-$75. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. geffenplayhouse.com


WED | JAN 8

DARA FRIEDMAN 

In Dara Friedman’s “PLAY, Parts 1 & 2,” 17 couples — some fictionally paired and some in real-life relationships with one another — develop and play out improvised scenes of intimacy. Filmed during Friedman’s residency with the Hammer, “PLAY” features the actors in poetic, intense and humorous situations that grow from improvisational games. Friedman will participate in a Q-and-A following the screening. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.


THU | JAN 9

“THE ROLE OF THE FORGOTTEN MOURNER”

Rabbi Daniel Greyber returns to Southern California to discuss his most recent book, “Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God.” What are the rules for dealing with the loss of a friend, mentor or colleague? Greyber, the former executive director of Camp Ramah in California, speaks to the pain experienced by the forgotten mourners by sharing personal stories of faith lost and regained anew. Kosher lunch served. RSVP required to park in building. Thu. Noon. $18 (nonmembers), $10 (Sinai Temple, Camp Ramah members). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org

“MOSHE SAFDIE: THE POWER OF ARCHITECTURE”

In case the exhibition “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie” didn’t quite scratch your Moshe Safdie itch, the Skirball is screening a special film portrait of the renowned Israeli-Canadian architect. Focusing first on his early years in Haifa, his training at McGill University in Montreal and his life-altering trip through the United States, it will give viewers a better understanding of the foundation of this architect’s artistic vision. Thu. 8 p.m. $8 (general), $6 (Skirball members), $5 (students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org


FRI | JAN 10

N’SHAMA WOMEN’S RETREAT

What better way to start off the New Year than with a renewal of the soul in nature’s beauty? Valley Beth Shalom and Temple Aliyah host a women’s weekend to celebrate Shabbat Shira. Join Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and Cindy Paley Aboody at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for two days of spiritual prayer, song and learning, dancing, drumming, hikes, a margarita bar and more. You are woman — make some time to roar (and relax). Through Jan. 11. Fri. $225 (double occupancy). Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (818) 222-0192. vbs.org, templealiyah.org

SHABBAT SHIRA — THE SHABBAT OF SONG

Temple Emanuel celebrates 75 years of music and prayer with the help of Los Angeles’ premier Jewish choir, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, conducted by Nick Strimple. Fri. 6:30 p.m. Free (service only), $18 (dinner, adult), $12 (dinner, child). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 843-9588. ajws.org

SHABBAT SHIRA DINNER & CONCERT

Temple Judea has got a super-decked-out Shabbat in store for you. Not only will there be a delicious buffet supper from Stonefire Grill, but there will be a special presentation of music director Bob Remstein’s “Moses and the Rock.” With musical score credits that include Oscar-nominated film “Little Miss Sunshine,” and TV shows “Without a Trace” and “Chuck,” a piece composed by Remstein is a piece you will want to hear. The music will be followed by a lovely dessert oneg. Must RSVP. Fri. 7:15 p.m. Free (concert), $18 (dinner, general), $9 (dinner, children 12 and under). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.

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