Saturday, Dec. 8
When you have to take medicine and immediately think about adding "A Spoonful of Sugar," you can thank Robert and Richard Sherman, better known as the Sherman Brothers. The two were responsible for creating the songs from some of the most beloved movies of all time, including "Mary Poppins," "Winnie the Pooh" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Now, remember their Academy Award-winning music all over again as the University of Judaism presents "A Spoonful of Sherman Brothers." $30-$35. Tonight at 8:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Tues., Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Take some rides and games, stir in some kosher food, add a very large menorah and you get Chanukah Wonderland. Hosted by Chabad of the Conejo, the all-day fair will have something for every member of the family, including a band, petting zoo, juggling acts and a tour of a Macabbee Village. The event, which will pay tribute to the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, will end with a lighting of the grand menorah. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Conejo Creek Park next to the Thousand Oaks library. For more information, call (818) 991-0991.
Monday, Dec. 10
It seems that families are always funniest to the people who aren't in them. Tonight, everyone can enjoy the antics of someone else's family as Kehillat Israel presents the second part of its Comedy on Camera series. This evening, "Jewish Home Movies," looks at the way the Jewish family is portrayed on film. Experience the healing power of laughter at this celebration of Jewish heritage hosted by Kehillat Israel Follies writer Bob Schibel. 7:30 p.m. 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. For reservations or more information, call (310) 459-2328.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Traitor or betrayed? The debate arises whenever Jonathan Pollard's name is mentioned. After 17 years it is still a case with more questions than answers. Mark Shaw, the author of "Miscarriage of Justice: The Jonathan Pollard Story," will discuss what he learned about the U.S. government's role in keeping Pollard behind bars for the rest of his life. Pollard's father, Dr. Morris Pollard, will be on hand to speak on behalf of his son, who was found guilty of spying for Israel. The Museum of Tolerance. 7 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2528.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
What lengths would you have gone to in order to survive the Holocaust? For Edith Hahn Beer, survival meant giving up her Jewish identity to become "The Nazi Officer's Wife." In this memoir, award-winning author Susan Dworkin tells the riveting tale of the intelligent lawyer who lived a life of fear and survived. She'll discuss this book as well as her opinions on maintaining a thriving Jewish culture in America at "A Conversation With Susan Dworkin," presented by the University of Judaism. 7:30 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. Call (310) 476-9777 to register.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Artist Marta Golab revives the 19th and early 20th century folk art tradition of papercutting in "Contemporary Polish Papercuts by Marta Golab," on display at the Skirball Cultural Center's Ruby Gallery. Golab puts a new spin on this old tradition with new interpretations of quotations from Psalms, blessings, menorahs and scenes of Jerusalem. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening lecture: Tues., Dec. 11, 10 a.m. Through March 17, 2002. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
Friday, Dec. 14
Turmoil wrought from greed, jealousy and adultery engulfs the royal family's home in 1183 England. In L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater production of "The Lion in Winter," starring Alfred Molina, a bitter dispute ensues as the two sons of King Henry II vie for the throne. The comedy/drama, directed by Rosalind Ayres, will be recorded before a live audience for public and satellite radio broadcast. $36-$40 (general admission); $10 (student rush); $20 (public rush). Wed., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 827-0889.