April 11, 2012
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 14-20, 2012
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SAT | APRIL 14
“AN EVENING OF YIDDISH SONG”
End Passover with Yiddish music and Chinese food. Singer-songwriter Mark Levy performs a diverse range of Yiddish music — classic folk songs, theater songs, and songs from the struggles for labor rights and social justice — at Genghis Cohen. Sat. 8 p.m. $8. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 389-8880. yiddi.sh/yidsong.
SUN | APRIL 15
“THE BASIC JUDAISM MARATHON”
Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask. Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Rabbis Steve Leder, M. Beaumont Shapiro and David Eshel, and Cantor Don Gurney discuss topics including “Core Beliefs of Judaism,” “Meanings of the Prayers and How to Pray,” “Meanings, Customs and Rituals of the Jewish Holidays” and “Meanings and Rituals of the Jewish Life Cycle.” Snacks and dinner served. Sun. 2-7 p.m. $36. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.
TUE | APRIL 17
“THE MEANING OF HEALING AND THE HEALING OF MEANING AFTER CANCER”
Valley Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Ed Feinstein draws on his own experiences with cancer as he explores how our ancestors discovered sources of courage to fight for life in the face of illness. Individuals who have received diagnoses, their caregivers, families and extended networks are encouraged to attend. Tue. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B 130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles. (310) 794-6644. www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu.
WED | APRIL 18
“THE MYTH OF SILENCE”
Hasia Diner, New York University American Jewish history professor, and documentary filmmaker Ron Schmidt discuss how Jewish and non-Jewish outsiders helped victims of the Holocaust. This discussion is held in conjunction with the opening of Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) “Saraval Collection,” an exhibition of facsimiles of Hebrew manuscripts that span seven centuries and speak to Poland and the Czech Republic’s role in preserving the Jewish community’s cultural heritage. Presented by LMU’s Jewish Studies Program. The exhibition runs through June 29. Wed. 6 p.m. (exhibit opens), 6:30 p.m. (program begins). Free (registration required). Loyola Marymount University, Von der Ahe Suite, William H. Hannon Library, 1 LMU Drive, University Hall. (310) 338-7664. bellarmine.lmu.edu/jewishstudies.
THU | APRIL 19
The author of the irreverent “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which wittily captured the irritation felt by parents who have children who become difficult at bedtime, appears at ALOUD, supporting the release of his new book, “Seriously, Just Go to Sleep.” A dramatic reading and conversation centered on the kid-friendly version of his comic bestseller features actor Jenna Elfman (“Dharma and Greg”) and the book’s illustrator, Ricardo Cortés. Author Attica Locke (“Black Water Rising”) moderates. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org
The former “Saturday Night Live” star discusses and signs copies of her memoir, “Girl Walks Into a Bar … Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle,” which follows her adventures in yoga, dating and dog-sitting after her career hit a low point, and recounts her experience of becoming a mom when she least expected it — at the age of 44. Wristbanded event. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
SARAH SILVERMAN AND FRIENDS
The always irreverent and raunchy comedian performs at Largo with guest stand-up comics. Past guests have included Aziz Ansari and Louie CK. Silverman often experiments with new material and plays acoustic guitar during her shows at this intimate venue, which has general admission seating. Thu. 6:30 p.m. (seats assigned), 7 p.m. (door), 8:30 p.m. (showtime). $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
FRI | APRIL 20
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S JEWISH LGBT FAMILY RETREAT
Families gather in Malibu for Southern California’s first Jewish LGBT Shabbaton. The weekend includes traditional Jewish camp activities, including song sessions and campfires, hikes and zip lining, arts and crafts, yoga and gardening, as well as opportunities to discuss issues affecting LGBT families in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. Presented by Beth Chayim Chadashim, Congregation Kol Ami and more than 20 congregations and organizations. Fri. Through April 22. $180 (adults, in cabins or in your own RV or tent), $210 (adults, motel-style private rooms, double occupancy), $140 (children 4 and older), free (children 3 and younger). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500, ext. 113. shalominstitute.com.