Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are celebrities Peter Gallagher, David Hyde Pierce, Leeza Gibbons and Lea Thompson.
7 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m. (opening ceremonies), 8:45 a.m. (warm up). 9 a.m. (walk). 10:15 a.m.-noon (health expo, live entertainment, celebrity autographs and prizes). 1050 S. Prairie Ave., Inglewood. (323) 930-6228.
Sunday the 8th
You know we can't resist a good title. This week's is Andy Siegel's one-man musical comedy, "Jewish Boy Explodes." The autobiographical show is Siegel's coming-of-age story set to 12 original songs. It plays for two nights only as part of ActoberFest, a festival that allows newbie playwrights to see their shows mounted professionally.
7 p.m., Oct. 8 and 15. $15. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111.
Monday the 9th
Sneak behind the curtain into the life of Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright Tony Kushner in the new documentary, "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner." Following the writer from just after Sept. 11, 2001 to the 2004 presidential election, cameras captured Kushner's work on the Broadway musical, "Caroline, or Change." and the children's Holocaust opera, "Brundibar," as well as his "humor, ambition, vision and dazzling braininess," according to Newsweek.
Tuesdsay the 10th
Jewish Renewal leader Rabbi Shefa Gold debuts her first book, "Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land," this month. Described as an approach for using the Torah as a path for spiritual growth, the text has been praised by Renewal leaders like Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Gold visits Los Angeles this week, offering workshops in conjunction with the release. Tonight, she is at B'nai Horin/Children of Freedom.
Oct. 10: (310) 441-4434 or e-mail PeggiS@mac.com.
For other workshop dates, visit www.rabbishefagold.com.
Wednesday the 11th
Born Elliott Charles Adnopoz, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is a folk music hero to musicians as divergent as Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Beck. The wanderer is still doing it his own way after 50-some years and opens for country legend Merle Haggard at Royce Hall tonight.
8 p.m. $38-$65. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Thursday the 12th
Storytelling for grownups comes courtesy of UCLA Live this week. "The Moth," a New York storytelling organization, comes west for a night at Royce Hall titled, "Out on a Limb: Stories From the Edge." The show of real-life narratives will include host Andy Borowitz (creator of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"), Jonathan Ames (author, "Wake Up Sir!"), comedian Margaret Cho, Cindy Chupak (writer and executive producer, "Sex and the City"), RUN DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Steve Osborne (retired NYPD lieutenant).
8 p.m. $25-$35. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org.
Friday the 13th
The Skirball offers readings to inspire tonight. National Public Radio's "This I Believe" is a series that features essays by Americans of all walks of life about their personal convictions. A compilation of those pieces has been made into a book of the same title, and contributors, including Norman Corwin and Loudon Wainwright III (photo below), read theirs tonight.
7:30 p.m. $8-$15. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.