SAT | OCT 12
“THE HEBREW HILLBILLY”
Yeehaw! Shelley Fisher’s Hollywood journey begins in Memphis, Tenn. — and growing up Jewish in the Deep South with dreams of performing can make for a colorful childhood. This one-woman musical show, with 14 original songs by Fisher, Kenneth Hirsch and Harold Payne, is a deeply personal and hilarious ride. Directed by Chris DeCarlo. Through Nov. 3. Sat. 8 p.m. $35. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (800) 838-3006. hebrewhillbilly.com.
SUN OCT | 13
“A DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING AND MUSIC”
Like harmony? Torah? Community? So does the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music! Come be a part of a day of prospective students, cantorial soloists and cantors. Whether you are there for the new repertoire, the professional networking or the spiritual nourishment, you’ll leave with a tune in your head. The program will be followed by an evening of song and story open to the community. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jack H. Skirball Campus, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 749-3424. huc.edu.
Miss 1930s New York radio shows? You’re about to catch a break. Bringing that Lower East Side vibe to Southern California, they may be “mostly” kosher, but they are definitely fun. Klezmer inspired, the band Mostly Kosher will perform family-friendly music that highlights the journey of the Jewish community in Los Angeles. If you have yet to see the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, join a tour either before or after the performance! Sun. 2 p.m. $10 (general), $6 (students and seniors), $4 (children, ages 3-12), Free (children, ages 3 and under; Autry members). The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. theautry.org.
SEDER ARTS NIGHT
Don’t worry, it’s not officially Passover — but that doesn’t mean we can’t create some order. Attend a Nu ART SEDER and help directly fund new, creative and uniquely Jewish or community-led projects aimed to inspire. Attendees get a delicious vegetarian meal and a chance to vote on artists’ project submissions. Sun. 7 p.m. $18. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. nuartprojects.com.
TUE OCT | 15
“CREATIVE COLLABORATION IN MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE”
Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Nicolai Ouroussoff are in discussion about the process of planning, developing and constructing the Walt Disney Concert Hall. With a Harvard graduate and internationally reaching architect, a conductor laureate and former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a Los Angeles Times and New York Times architecture critic moderating, the evening will be a special peek into expert passions. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (ticket required). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. laphil.com.
WED OCT | 16
With his first child on the way, a rusty yellow Volkswagen Beetle and a nervous wife, Yishai Orian did what anyone would do in his position — he made a documentary. Follow the writer/director as he journeys to meet the previous owners of his beloved car, an auto-renovator in Jordan and, finally, his own newborn. Funny, exciting and sad, the documentary is a testament to letting go and moving forward. Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. UCLA, Perloff Hall, Room 1102, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu.
He’s a world-renowned pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer, and he is coming to a Disney Concert Hall near you! Performing Bach’s Six Partitas, Andras Schiff will bring passion and expertise to the composer’s last, and technically most demanding, set of keyboard dance suites. Wed. 8 p.m. $54-$105. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
THU OCT | 17
Let’s assume you can’t ever get enough of Israeli political commentary — well, neither can this guy! As the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, Hoffman is well connected to both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, interviewing every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he wrote for American papers before joining the Israel Defense Forces and eventually became “the most optimistic man in Israel.” So, listen up — the man has things to say. Thu. 9:30 a.m. Location to be determined. (323) 761-8000. jewishla.org.
L.A. Theatre Works presents David Mamet’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s haunting portrait of the decline of czarist Russia. Director Rosalind Ayres guides her cast to tell the story of a crumbling estate, a tangled web of desire, and the unique tensions among family and friends that Chekhov is famous for articulating. Featuring Stacy Keach, Martin Jarvis, Josh Radnor and Grace Gummer. Thu. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 20. $45-$50 (general), $40 (wheelchair seats), $15 (students). The James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (866) 811-4111. performingartslive.com.