April 4, 2012
Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 7-13, 2012
SAT | APRIL 7
“JACOB AND JACK”
For television actor Jack Shore and his Yiddish actor grandfather Jacob Shemerinsky it’s showtime — in parallel dimensions. Preparing for a sold-out tribute to his grandfather, Jack is backstage in his cramped dressing room worrying about his career, his angry co-star wife and the attractive ingénue who caught his eye. Meanwhile, 75 years earlier, Jacob is in the same dressing room facing similar issues as he’s about to stage a Yiddish classic to a half-empty house. Actors play dual roles in the past and present in the West Coast premiere of playwright James Sherman’s (“The God of Isaac”) comedy, winner of the Barbra Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays. Sat. Through May 6. 8 p.m. $15-$25. The Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-4667. zephyrtheatre.com.
SUN | APRIL 8
“THE LAST NAZI AND OTHER STORIES”
Virginia Quarterly Review contributing editor Jacob Silverman, whose book blends Woody Allen angst with Kafkaesque absurdity, is the featured West Coast writer at this month’s New Short Fiction Series, L.A.’s long-running spoken-word program. The reading series stars founder-director Sally Shore, Alain Benatar (“Jane by Design”), Martin Clark (“Southland,” “The General”) and The Groundlings’ Ryan Klamen. Sun. 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $10 (advance), $15 (door). Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (877) 435-9849. newshortfictionseries.com.
MON | APRIL 9
“THE ISRAELI TECH MIRACLE”
David Blumberg, managing partner with Blumberg Capital, discusses the origins, trends and future implications of Israel’s growth in the technology sector. Part of the Beverly Hills Forum Lecture Series. Mon. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Council Chambers, Beverly Hills City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 285-6830. beverlyhills.org.
TUE | APRIL 10
“THE ANATOMY OF HARPO MARX”
Explore American culture and the intimacies of how we communicate without words as Wayne Koestenbaum, poet (“Best-selling Jewish Porn Films”) and English professor at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, discusses his new book on Harpo Marx with artist, author and critic Matias Viegener. Using text and film clips to deliver a detailed play-by-play of Harpo’s physical movements, Koestenbaum celebrates the actor’s “cute” pathos, somnolence and Jewishness, among other attributes. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.
After the Holocaust, a young Czech boy who survived Auschwitz searches for his mother with the help of an American soldier (Montgomery Clift) in this Oscar-winning 1948 film directed by Fred Zinnemann (“High Noon”). One of the first directors allowed inside postwar Germany, Zinnemann spent months interviewing child Holocaust survivors, many of whom appear in the film, and incorporated the ruins of German cities, including Nuremberg. A conversation with Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
Like father, like son. His new record, “Like a Man,” features minimal instrumentation — nylon-stringed guitar, upright bass — for an acoustic-driven, intimate selection of songs that recalls the spare production style used by his father, Leonard Cohen, in his mid-1970s recordings. Lyrically, the record is Cohen’s first attempt at the autobiographical after abandoning the broad pop rock of his now-defunct band Low Millions. Tue. Through Wednesday. 7-8:45 p.m. $14 (presale). The Hotel Cafe, 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. hotelcafe.com.
WED | APRIL 11
GARLIN AND HURWITZ
Actor-comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who played studio executive Mort Meyers on “Arrested Development,” welcomes series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz to the “Jeff Garlin in Conversation With …” series at the Largo. With a new season of “Arrested Development” slated to air on Netflix in 2013, followed by a feature film, you can bet questions will fly about the Bluth dysfunctional family reunion. Wed. 8 p.m. $30. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
We know what you’re thinking: Another all-girl Chasidic alt-rock band from Crown Heights?! Bulletproof Stockings, featuring Perl Wolfe (vocals, piano), Dalia Shusterman (drums) and Michelle Lieberman (guitar), hosts a women-only record release party for their new EP, “Down to the Top.” Songs like “Easy Pray” and “Vagabond Wagon” show a band under the influence of Regina Spektor and Florence and the Machine, among other indie rock and jazz-pop goodness. Special performance by Chanie Kravitz. Drinks served. Wed. 8 p.m. $10 (advance), $12 (door). Chai Center, 3115 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 391-7995. facebook.com/bulletproofstockings.