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by Keren Engelberg

November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 12

Temple Isaiah's Festival of Jewish Artisans returns for its 25th year this weekend. Help celebrate and stock up on Chanukah presents and other Judaica by attending the opening night concert, artists reception and preview sale today, or artisans show and sale and children's concert tomorrow.

7:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). $2-$50. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.

 

Sunday, November 13

Is marriage between two celebrated authors more gratifying and blissful? Rabbi David Wolpe gets some insight this morning as literary super couple Jonathan Safran Foer ("Everything is Illuminated") and Nicole Krauss ("Man Walks Into a Room") grant a rare joint interview at Sinai Temple's Blumenthal Library.

11 a.m. $15-$20. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3217.

 

Monday, November 14

Delicious, delightful delis are the subject of author Sheryll Bellman's new book, "America's Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast." Vintage photos, menus, signs and recipes from America's best-loved delicatessens crowd the pages of this new release, depicting the slice of Jewish life that became an American institution.

$35. www.collectorspress.com.

Tuesday, November 15

More holidays a-comin', which means more food. Go beyond the passé deep-fried turkey this year, with the help of the University of Judaism's "Cooking with Judy Zeidler: A Thanksgiving Dinner." The author of "The Gourmet Jewish Cook" promises side dish and dessert suggestions, as well as tips on how to cook the bird.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1246.


Wednesday, November 16

First-time, 60-something author Myriam Chapman reads and signs her historical fiction novel, based on her grandmother's memoirs, this evening at Duttons Brentwood. Set in 20th-century France, "Why She Married Him" tells the story of Nina Schavranski, a young Russian Jewish émigré forced into choices that take her away from her dreams.

7 p.m. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263.

The name alone beckoned us. Now monthly at the Friars of Beverly Hills comes "Hoodzpah! A Black and Jewish Comedy Experience." Tonight, see stand-up and sketch comedy by Sunda Croonquist, James Harris, Tommy Savitt, Roz Browne and Darren Carter.

7:30 p.m. Free. 9900 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 443-1992.

 

Thursday, November 17

More unity through comedy today, this time from Middle Easterners of every persuasion. The Levantine Cultural Center presents "Sultans of Satire," a lineup of comedians headlined by Israeli American Iris Bahr, and featuring Persian Maz Jobrani, Palestinian Mormon Aron Kader, Assyrian New Yorker and Iraq War vet Vince Ouchana, and Peter the Persian, an attorney by day and Iranian comic by night.

8 p.m. $10-$15. 5920 Blackwelder St., Culver City. R.S.V.P., (310) 559-5544.


(From left) Vincent Ouchana, Iris Bahr, Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani.

Friday, November 18

Russian Jewish immigrant Eugene Yelchin offers up an intensely emotional series of paintings he has titled "Section Five," now on view at the Jan Baum Gallery. "'Section Five' refers to the fifth section of the former Soviet Union passport, which stated a citizen's ethnicity," Yelchin writes. "In the passport I carried until I emigrated from Russia to the U.S., the fifth paragraph listed me as 'Yevrei,' Jew." Yelchin used no brushes, but only his hands, to paint his works that recall passport photos.

Through Dec. 21. 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 932-0170.

 
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