SAT | AUG 17
NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY
With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, let us pay tribute to the busy bees that have long contributed to our delicious New Year’s tradition. HoneyLove, an urban beekeeper group, celebrates honeybees with the 2013 theme “Beekeeping — Ask Me How to Get Started.” Who knows, maybe you’ll be making your own honey in 5774. Waggle Dance flash mob at 2 p.m. (practice video online). Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. LUSH, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (424) 625-8233. honeylove.org.
“A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY”
Whether you prefer him for his Tony, his Emmy or his Pulitzer, Tony Kushner is a storyteller — and he tells the hard stories. Setting his play in 1932 Berlin, Kushner examines a city and a people as they react to the rise of Hitler. A text that has now been performed for more than 25 years, the Coeurage Theatre Company and director Jeremy Lelliott introduce inspired physical choreography and an eclectic rock soundtrack to their production. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 15. $25 (Champagne reception). Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 933-6944. coeurage.org.
MON | AUG 19
“DREAD IN THE LITERATURE OF THE ANONYMOUS”
Josh Shachar discusses and signs his new book. A resident of Los Angeles and Caesarea, Israel, Shachar makes sure his characters are never all in one place, either. Following three separate journeys — an Algerian immigrant, a woman of broken faith and a watchmaker imprisoned in a labor camp — Shachar reveals that however different our journeys are, we do all journey. Mon. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
TUE | AUG 20
The melding of the Israeli-American violinist’s soulful tone and virtuosic technique with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot’s tenor highlights tonight’s concert performance, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.” This program includes beloved Jewish liturgical and traditional works in arrangements for chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and conductor Russell Ger also appear. Tue. 8 p.m. $21.50-$136. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
“DON’T LET DESTINY CONTROL YOUR FUTURE”
In case you were planning to, don’t! Rabbi Lawrence Keleman offers an inspiring lecture on taking the reins and showing destiny the door. A Harvard-educated professor of modern and medieval philosophy at Neve Yerushalayim, the Jerusalem College for Jewish Women’s Studies, Keleman is just the man to introduce you to your future. Tue. 7:30 p.m. (reception and hors d’oeuvres), 8:15 p.m. (lecture). $7 (advance), $10 (door).Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
THU | AUG 22
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION CONCERT
Perhaps the only thing just as timeless as family is music. Join the Schoenberg family as they celebrate the bar mitzvah of one of their younger members by honoring two of their oldest. Both hailing from Austria, Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl spent their lives composing music and contributing to a deserved Jewish place in its history. Conductor Nick Strimple and the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, along with organist Iain Farrington, will bring some of those important liturgical works to life. Reception follows. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 409-2033. generationconcert.org.
Avi Zahner-Isenberg’s Long Beach-based indie band does “up and coming” well. With influences that range from Joni Mitchell to Schoenberg to Lil Wayne, listeners will enjoy deeply felt lyrics and mellow tonal sounds. Having opened for Modest Mouse, they are becoming music veterans by the minute. Thu. 8 p.m. $8. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., downtown. thesmell.org.
MARIA MULDAUR AND THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS
It’s a bluesy, funky, gospel kind of night. With vocals from Grammy-winning Muldaur (best known for “Midnight at the Oasis”) and the impressive all-around musicianship from a family of Campbells, the Skirball offers up a world-premiere collaboration. If your foot isn’t tapping, we don’t want to hear about it. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
Thousand Oaks Repertory Group presents the world premiere of an original musical inspired by the story of Anne Frank. A 13-year-old girl receives a copy of the famous diary. At first skeptical, she soon discovers parallels between herself and the young girl who tried to survive the Holocaust. Become familiar with the Frank family through a new pair of eyes. Thu. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 25. $29. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org/cap.