Saturday the 26th
No afterthought here. This weekend's Los Angeles Wine and Food Festival lists the vino first for good reason. The main attraction will likely be the hundreds of wineries offering tastings galore. But check it out, too, for the gourmet food exhibitors offering pairing suggestions, and celeb chefs hocking books and performing demos.
Aug. 25, Reserve Wine and Food Tasting events at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Aug. 26-27, Grand Tastings at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Sunday the 27th
Young minds keep active this afternoon at the Zimmer Children's Museum. The "One World, Many People Collaborative Mural" project lets the kids explore different countries and cultures while creating a mural that will be hung in the museum.
Also Aug. 29. 2-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Monday the 28th
Post-cease-fire rebuilding continues in Israel. Do your part by attending this evening's "Emergency Aid Concert for the City of Tsfat" at Temple Beth Am. Israeli band Kabbalah Dream Orchestra will perform in their first-ever West Coast concert, with all proceeds going directly toward food and shelter for the people of Tsfat.
7:30 p.m. $18 (minimum donation). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 219.
Tuesday the 29th
"Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature -- Identity and Imagination" is Westwood Branch Library's Jewish book club, which starts up Wed., Sept. 13. Be ready to discuss the first book in the discussion series, "Tevye the Dairyman" by Sholem Aleichem, by picking it up today (and registering). Additional books will explore the theme of "A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World."
1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 474-1739.
Wednesday the 30th
Live music (with no cover charge) can be taken in weekly on Wednesday nights at Herzog Wine Cellars' Tierra Sur on the Terrace. This evening, imbibe and take in the melodic tunes of Derric Oliver and Louis Caverly's Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective.
7-9 p.m. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. R.S.V.P., (805) 983-1560.
Thursday the 31st
Come out to Mystery Bookstore today to support local Jewish writer Gregg Hurwitz. The bestselling author reads from and signs his latest thriller, "Last Shot," the fourth in his Tim Rackley series.
7 p.m. 1036 Broxton Ave., Suite C, Los Angeles. (310) 209-0415.
Friday the 1st
"The Art of News" is NoHo Gallery L.A.'s current exhibition, featuring art by cameramen from local news stations, as well as photographers, producers and designers who work in television, film and advertising. The focus is on photography as art, and on the artistic talents involved in the work of these professionals.
Through Sept. 3. 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 761-7784.