The JCCs' Celebrity Staged Play Readings, produced and directed by Alexandra More, have been going strong for 11 seasons. Consider taking in the first of their 12th season's selections. The comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Boy," by Pulitzer-winning author Donald Margulies, plays this weekend, starring Stephen Macht as Eric, a Jewish author in his late 30s grappling with sudden huge success.
Sept. 16: 7:30 p.m. $12-$16. Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310.
Sept. 17: 2 p.m. $12-$16. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225.
Sunday the 17th
With Fujis and Macintosh and Galas (oh my!), how ever to choose which apples to dip this year? Head to the Skirball today for their novel Apple Tasting event, where writer and tasting expert Dina Cheney leads you in an exploration of the fruit's many varieties. Tips on where to buy the best apples, as well as tasting notes, will also be provided.
2 p.m. Children 9 and up welcome. $6-$10. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.
Monday the 18th
It's all about layering this fall, even at USC Hillel Art Gallery. Now on view is "Diaphanous: An Exhibition by Melinda Smith Altshuler, Rachel Grynberg and Jackie Nach." The mixed-media works by three female Jewish artists are all multilayered, and explore "states of translucency through time, memory and form."
3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135.
Tuesday the 19th
Moving insights into Bedouin culture come through the eyes of Bedouins themselves -- more specifically, their children -- in Venice Arts Gallery's new exhibition. "Passages Between the Past and the Future" is an exhibit of original photography by children of the Bedouin village Abu Kaf, which participated in a photography class led by Fulbright Fellow Kim Frumin.
"Passages" has previously been shown at various spaces in Israel, and now makes its U.S. premiere.
1809 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 882-8533. www.venice-arts.org.
Wednesday the 20th
Get in touch with your child, and your inner child. Quality time with the family comes courtesy of Barnes and Noble in Aliso Viejo, today. A special "Rosh Hashanah Storytime" with Chabad of Laguna's preschool director, Perel Goorevitch, includes storytelling, a guitar sing-along and arts and crafts. 4 p.m. 26751 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo. (949) 362-8027.
Thursday the 21st
Morocco's Jewish and Muslim cultures, and the social and physical spaces they inhabit, are explored in UCLA Fowler Museum's new exhibition. "Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher." It opens this week, with an opening reception Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. It remains on view through Jan. 14.
Free. Fowler Museum, UCLA campus, Westwood. (310) 825-8655. www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Friday the 22nd
The loved or hated, but not-to-be-ignored comedian turned political satirist Al Franken is back on the big screen this weekend. "Al Franken: God Spoke" is a verité style documentary that followed Franken over the course of the last two years, filming career moments including his feud with Bill O'Reilly about Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," and his vehement campaign against the reelection of George Bush.
Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500. Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 844-6500. www.laemmle.com.