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by Ryan Torok

April 12, 2011 | 9:30 am

WED | APRIL 13

“PARENTING WITHOUT THERAPY”
Comedian Mark Schiff and author and family therapist Mark Brenner host an evening of laughter and learning. Schiff, who toured with Jerry Seinfeld, opens with his razor-sharp wit. Brenner, known as The Family Whisperer, discusses his four-step blueprint for good parenting. A Q-and-A follows the show, providing select members of the audience with an opportunity to come on stage and talk with Brenner about their issues. Wed. 8 p.m. $20. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 687-8559. theatermania.com.


THU | APRIL 14

“AROMAS OF ALEPPO: THE LEGENDARY CUISINE OF SYRIAN JEWS”
Cookbook author Poopa Dweck, who documents the recipes and traditions of Sephardic communities that once flourished in Syria’s largest city, leads a discussion as part of UCLA Center for Jewish Studies’ “Jews and Food” series. Thu. 4 p.m. Free. UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, 314 Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5387. cjs.ucla.edu.

“DANCE 4 LIFE”
Keshet Chaim artistic director Kobi Rozenfeld, who has worked with Beyoncé and Britney Spears, gathers his friends and colleagues in the dance industry for a benefit concert. Performances include students from Studio Life in Israel and the New Community Jewish High School Varsity Dance Team. All proceeds benefit children with cancer at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20 (general), $75 (VIP, includes reception). American Jewish University’s Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 986-7332. kcdancers.org.


FRI | APRIL 15

“MONGER”
The Barak Marshall Dance Theatre blends humorous character narratives with an eclectic score as a group of trapped servants grapple with issues of power, free will and survival in this original work for 10 dancers. L.A.-born Marshall, a former resident choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company, brings this highly physical, visual and emotional show from Tel Aviv. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. $28-$48 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. uclalive.org.


SAT | APRIL 16

“JASCHA HEIFETZ: GOD’S FIDDLER”
As a child virtuoso, Heifetz created such a sensation that St. Petersburg police had to protect him from fans following a 1911 outdoor concert. This feature-length documentary examines the legacy of the Vilnius-born violinist, who toured the world and set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. The film includes family home movies shot in Los Angeles and all over the world as well as interviews with former students and musicians, including Itzhak Perlman. A panel discussion with filmmaker Peter Rosen and Heifetz biographers follows. Sat. 5 p.m. $10. The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 621-2200. colburnschool.edu.

“COPENHAGEN”
In 1941, Werner Heisenberg, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb for Nazi Germany, went to German-occupied Copenhagen to secretly meet with his former colleague Niels Bohr, a Danish Jewish physicist. English playwright Michael Frayn attempts to re-create the discussion, which ended in disaster, in his Tony Award-winning drama. Sat. Through April 23. 8 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. $20. Attic Theatre & Film Center, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4420. attictheatre.org.

“MIRAL”
Academy Award-nominated director Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) adapts journalist Rula Jebreal’s autobiographical novel. The film follows several generations of Palestinian women, including Miral (Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire”), who becomes radicalized during the First Intifada. Sat. Various times. $11. Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

GIRLS IN TROUBLE
The JDub indie folk duo of Alicia Jo Rabins and Aaron Hartman perform songs from their forthcoming album, “Half You Half Me,” which explores the complex terrain between right and wrong as the band continues this ongoing song cycle. Sat. 9 p.m. $10. The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 275-2619. jointla.com. Also Sun. 9 p.m. $5. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., Los Angeles. thesmell.org.


SUN | APRIL 17

PASSOVER FESTIVAL
This free, fun-filled family day features a scavenger hunt, art projects — including a Passover freedom mural and designing afikomen covers — Passover bingo and more. Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.

SPRING MEGA-PARTY
Representatives from Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” will be on hand seeking new contestants as JCafeLA hosts an evening for young professionals featuring live jazz, dancing, a fashion show, games, raffle and hors d’oeuvres. Ages 21-39ish. Sun. 7-10:30 p.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). The Mark for Events, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 842-5109. jcafela.com.

“SIMON WIESENTHAL — NAZI HUNTER”
This one-man show, written and performed by Tom Dugan, follows Wiesenthal on the day of his retirement, as he welcomes a group of students to his Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, and recounts his experiences pursuing such Nazi war criminals as Adolf Eichmann, Dr. Josef Mengele, Karl Silberbauer and Franz Stangl. Sun. Through April 26. 7:30 p.m. $25. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-3606. theatre40.org.


TUE | APRIL 19

VAGABoND OPERA
The steampunky Portland performance group draws inspiration from the late 1800s and early 1900s, blending klezmer, jazz, neoclassical opera, Balkan belly dance, vaudeville and Bohemian cabaret. Gypsy band Fishtank Ensemble also performs. Tue. 8 p.m. $18 (advance), $20 (door). Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-4636. faisdodo.com.


FRI | APRIL 22

PASSOVER, BUT FUNNY: COMEDY FROM UCB JEWS
Rabbi Oved Kaufman (aka Jake Regal) hosts a special Pesach show featuring some of Upright Citizens Brigade’s best Jewish performers, including Matt Besser, one of UCB’s founding members, Todd Levin, a former writer on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider, Tremendosaur, Becky Feldman and others. Fri. 8 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.

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