Saturday, Jan. 5
Tonight, entertainment at the Yiddish Culture Club is not only the usual performance of Yiddish songs. Director of the Sholem Community Hershel Hartman will reveal the intricacies of the Festival of Lights in his lecture, "The Hidden Story of Chanukah," accompanied by Yiddish melodies. Free (members); $4 (nonmembers). 7:30 p.m. 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-1341.
Sunday, Jan. 6
What happens when soldiers from both sides of a war are stranded together, with no way to escape? Do they try to work together to find a way out or do they kill each other? Bosnia's official entry for the Foreign Language Academy Award, "No Man's Land," explores the possibilities when two men are caught in the trenches. If they move too much, they will die, leaving them with no choice but to trust each other. $7 (general admission); $6 (members). 7 p.m. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2452.
The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center presents "Kol Libeinu: The Voice of Our Heart," a musical performance by cantors Allan Michelson, Meir Finkelstein and Hazzan Keith Miller. The night of renowned Jewish music by the ensemble is made possible in part by the choirs of the temple and accompanist Aryell Cohen. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the H. L. Miller Cantorial School Scholarship Funds of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. $20. (general admission) 7 p.m. 1434 N. Altadena Drive. For tickets or more information, call (626) 798-1161.
The noted acoustics of the David Familian Chapel of Adat Ari El allow chamber music to sound its best. That's why the seventh annual Chamber Music Concert will be held at the 50-year-old building, featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms performed by the New Hollywood String Quartet. An artist's reception for violinists Clayton Haslop and Rafael Rishik, violist David Walther and cellist Paul Cohen will follow the free performance. 2 p.m. For reservations or more information, call (818) 766-9426 ext. 223.
Monday, Jan. 7
A surge of energy engulfs me upon viewing the bright and vivid colors of artist Harriet Korman's paintings. Abandoning order and organization, Korman creates mazelike pieces that are fun to look at and to try to figure out. Her work, inspired by Tibetan paintings and spanning from the '70s to the present, is exhibited today at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Feb. 9. 6148 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 954-8425.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
With the help of a 21-piece ensemble, Jack Bielan performs his renowned contemporary Jewish music. Gospel tunes, as well as klezmer, grace the stage in tonight's program, "From the Heart of a Jewish Soul." University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
The aesthetic qualities of art and music are intertwined in the talents of the late Jewish composer Morton Feldman. The New York native strayed from the traditions and lessons of previous composers and drew inspiration from John Cage. Patterned artifacts like rugs and paintings served as his models for formulating compositions, resulting in tonight's 90-minute performance of one of them,"Crippled Symmetry." 8 p.m. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. For tickets or more information, call (323) 857-6010.
After 30 years, The Dead Sea Scrolls are on display once again in California. Join the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center on a tour exploring three remnants of Israeli history, including the House of David Inscription, exhibited at the Bowers Museum. $18 (members); $20 (nonmembers). 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1434 N. Altadena Drive. For reservations or more information, call (626) 798-1161.
Thursday, Jan. 10
From Broadway hits to American classics to Yiddish and Hebrew melodies, entertainer Lee Hahn can sing just about anything. The chameleon singer performs today at the B'nai B'rith meeting. 7 p.m. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For tickets or more information, call (818) 789-3989.
Friday, Jan. 11
Singer Debbie Friedman's captivating voice has enveloped audiences at various synagogues, churches, schools, camps and community centers worldwide ever since 1972. Her newest CD release,"The Water in the Well," contains her Hebrew and English masterpieces, including "Devorah's Song," "Mizmor Shir" and "V'hu Rachum." $15.98. To purchase the CD or for more information, visit www.jewishmusic.com.