Saturday, Sept. 29
Today's show at the Performing Arts Center of Cal-State University Northridge, "Gershwin the Klezmer", created by writer/producer Joseph Vass documents the life of legendary jazz musician George Gershwin. The tale of the fusion of jazz and klezmer is told through music by the Minnesota Klezmer Band and violin player Yuri Merzhevsky. "It's ... about the Jewish soul of American music," says Vass, who fell in love with klezmer music at first sound. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Also plays Sun., Sept. 30, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (818) 785-8885.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Red, yellow, green and black mesh with blue and white. The colors of the flags side by side are indicative of the union between African and Jewish cultures today. "Reggae Torah" features Alan Eder and Friends, performing Afro-Judeo-Caribbean music and dance to celebrate the inauguration of a new Sefer Torah. 11:30 a.m. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 763-9148.
Monday, Oct. 1
"Let's All Sing" or "Lomir Ale Zingen" is the name of the program offered at the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter's Ring for those who want to learn to sing in Yiddish. The class, led by Ruth Judkowitz, will form a chorus and perform on holidays. $4 (per month). Mondays, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
The woman in artist Silvia Wagsenberg's canvas painting "The Clairvoyant" certainly appears all knowing. The brightly colored work is characteristic of the Spanish Jewish professional whose supernatural subjects are inspired by Mexican murals, Francis Bacon and L.A. graffiti. She mixes oil, acrylic, wax, sand and other objects to create her cultural art. Cafe hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 11. Rose Cafe and Market, 220 Rose Ave., Venice. For more information, call (310) 399-4736.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Galerie Yoramgil is displaying the works of Chagall, Ernst and a new painting by Mary Beth McKenzie during the exhibition "From the Treasure Chest '4" today. The gallery also displays various works by Israeli artists with and without Jewish themes. Gallery hours: Mon., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Though Oct. 31. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Indian violinist and vocalist Shankar performed a solo concert for the first time at the age of seven. This child prodigy and winner of the Violinist Award from the Madras Music Academy is playing tonight as part of the fall World Mosaic series at the Skirball Cultural Center. His previous concerts with big names such as Bruce Springsteen and Sting prove his talents have spilled over into the Western world and continue to influence modern music with his new album "One in a Million". He's accompanied tonight by violinist, singer and songwriter Gingger, tabla player Zakir Hussain and ghatam player (a large clay pot used as a percussion instrument) T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram. $28 (general admission); $25 (members); $20 (students). 8 p.m. Also performs Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 440-4500.
Friday, Oct. 5
Bernie is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah -- and his 80th birthday. Tonight, Dividends portrays this grandfather's determination to "become a man" before he dies and the important lessons he learns from his grandson along the way. Austin "Rocky" Kalish, the director of Maude, Facts of Life and Too Close for Comfort, directs this comedy/drama. $15 (general admission); $12 (students and seniors). Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 4. Bitter Truth Playhouse, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (818) 755-7900 ext. 4.