April 5, 2011
Apr. 7-Apr. 15
THU | APRIL 7
“FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION”
Pamela and Randol Schoenberg host a free community concert featuring liturgical compositions for organ and chorus by composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl. Timed to the bat mitzvah of Dora Schoenberg, Arnold Schoenberg’s great-granddaughter, the musical tribute also includes the premiere of Samuel Adler’s “From Generation to Generation.” Thu. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Sinai Temple, main sanctuary, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. generationconcert.eventbrite.com. generationconcert.org.
A lawyer sues God for allowing human suffering in the first of five one-act plays performed during “Lost and Found,” a four-day festival featuring works written, directed and produced by high school students at Shalhevet. Thu. 7 p.m. (also April 10, 11 and 13). $10 (Shalhevet students, staff), $15 (adults), $25 (patron front row seats). Shalhevet School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 932-1741. shalhevet.org.
The veteran violinist and the University of Southern California’s Thornton Chamber Orchestra perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat Major, Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F Minor “La Passione” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major. The concert marks the culmination of Silverstein’s two-week residency at USC. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free (USC students, staff and faculty), $12 (seniors, USC alumni and non-USC students), $18 (general). USC School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (213) 740-4672. usc.edu/music.
FRI | APRIL 8
Showcasing artwork by high school students around Los Angeles, tonight’s art show raises funds for the SPIRAL Foundation, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works to provide medical and prenatal care in Nepal and Vietnam. Fri. 6-10 p.m. $10 (students), $20 (adults). Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 397-7449. spiralfoundation.org.
SAT | APRIL 9
“WALKING WITH GHOSTS”
Drawing on conversations with Terezin survivor Ela Weissberger and exploring parallels between the Holocaust and African American slavery, this collection of stories and songs created by artists at the Prague Festival of Tolerance makes its Los Angeles debut. The show’s cast joins Rabbi David Wolpe and musician Craig Taubman during the Feit Family Shabbat Live Service. Sat. 8:45 a.m. (service), 11 a.m. (reading). Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. sinaitemple.org.
“RETURN FROM THE ASHES”
Holocaust survivor Elizabeth Wolf Pilgrin returns home to Paris to reunite with her family, only to find that her husband doesn’t recognize her. Believing her to be a vague look-alike, Stanislaus Pilgrin hatches a plan and asks her to impersonate his wife in the hope of acquiring her family’s fortune. Brad Geagley adapts Hubert Monteilhet’s dramatic 1961 novel. Sat. Through April 24. 8 p.m. $25 (Sat. and Sun.), $23 (Wed.-Fri.). Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535. theatre40.org.
SUN | APRIL 10
WALK TO END GENOCIDE
Jewish World Watch holds its fifth annual Walk to End Genocide, a nearly three-mile walk to raise funds for the nonprofit’s efforts to stem crises in Darfur, Congo and Sudan. An Awareness Fair and silent auction, which take place throughout the morning, close at noon. Sun. 8 a.m. (registration), 8:45 a.m. (walk begins). $18 (advance registration, 12 and older), $20 (on-site registration, 12 and older). Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 501-1836. jewishworldwatch.org.
MON | APRIL 11>
“PRO ISRAEL: TWO VISIONS”
J Street president and founder Jeremy Ben-Ami and Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa discuss the relationship between American Jews and Israel. Tonight’s conversation — taking its name from Ben-Ami and Suissa’s different views on what’s best for Israel — also features rabbis John Rosove, Ed Feinstein, Sharon Brous and Zoë Klein weighing in. The Journal, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Valley Beth Shalom, IKAR and Temple Isaiah co-sponsor. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations: (818) 674-2836 or tioh.org.
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
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.