SAT AUG 10
Celebrate Jewish culture with Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the family series “Big!World!Fun!” at the Ford. Sat. 10 a.m. $5 (adults), free (ages 12 and younger). John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
JUDITH LEVINE PRE-HIGH HOLIDAY MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES
Young Israel of Century City begins its four-part lecture series with Rabbi Adir Posy, Beth Jacob Congregation’s associate rabbi. Discussing the topic of “Selichot — Pardon Me,” this lecture will explore the more forgiving parts of the High Holy Days. The weekly Shabbat series continues with the topics “The Fasting & the Furious” (Rabbi Dov Emerson); “Mikveh — No Ordinary Bath” (Rabbi Zev Wiener) and “Shofar — Beautiful Noise” (Chana Gelb). Fri. 6:10 p.m. Young Israel of Century City, 9317 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 273-6954. yicc.org.
“AN EVENING OF DANCE”
The Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series continues with the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Led by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions troupe brings its athletic, lyrical, technically proficient and seasoned choreography and dancers to the Ford stage. The evening also includes local favorite Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a creative outlet for dancers in South Los Angeles. Sat. 8 p.m. $45-$85. John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.
TUE AUG 13
“ROMAN POLANSKI: A RETROSPECTIVE”
Sure, there is controversy, but Polanski is a prolific and influential filmmaker. James Greenberg, editor-in-chief of DGA Quarterly, the journal of the Directors Guild of America, discusses and signs his new tribute to the man behind “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown” and “The Pianist” (to name a few). Documenting Polanski’s rich and varied career, this chronological retrospective features more than 250 images, including behind-the-scenes stills. Greenberg uniquely captures the five decades that Polanski has been a significant, complicated and distinctive voice. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.
SPORTS.FASHION.MEDIA LICENSING PANEL
Have an idea for a brand? Let’s make it official! YALA’s entertainment and legal groups host an insightful and practical discussion with Daniel Siegel and Randy Klein, vice presidents of licensing with IMG Worldwide, a leading independent licensing agency. And don’t worry about food for thought — there will be appetizers. Tue. 7-9 p.m. $18 (general), $10 (Chai Society and Ben-Gurion Society). The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8247. jewishla.org/yala.
WED AUG 14
“THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE”
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about health care, think again. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) presents Laurie Simons’ and Terry Sterrenberg’s documentary on the right to get healthy. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, it chronicles the evolution of the health care systems in Canada and the United States. Now very different, these two countries once had systems that were essentially the same. The event also includes a panel with physicians and policy advocates Bill Honigman and Bob Vinetz. Wed. 11:30 a.m. Free. RSVP. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
THU AUG 15
The emotional and spiritual sounds of Persia are coming to the Skirball. With influences that stretch back to ancient times and musicians from Greek, Persian and Syrian traditions, Khadem’s concerts celebrate cultural diversity. You will also experience global instruments like the oud, tonbak, setar and kanun, turning your Thursday night into something rather exotic. Show up at 7:15 p.m. for the Kurdish and Azeri dance instruction. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
“THE PRINCESS BRIDE”
We don’t care if you’ve seen it before, there’s no way you are not due for a healthy helping of this Rob Reiner classic. Princesses, stable boys and avenging sons aside, JNFuture is opting for a beautiful poolside rooftop venue with a hosted beer and wine bar. Whether you know all the lines by heart or you just have a vague memory of a young Fred Savage, it’s a favorite oldie that never gets old. Thu. 7 p.m. (bar), 8 p.m. (screening). $36. Thompson Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1700. jnf.org.
FRI AUG 16
“WHEN COMEDY WENT TO SCHOOL”
Summer’s out for school. Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank and Lawrence Richards bring you a documentary about the education we all wish we had. Featuring comic giants Jerry Stiller, Marc Maron, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason and many more, the film reflects on Jewish comedians of the 20th century who helped to shape American comedy. So pack the sunscreen and don’t forget your hat — we’re going to the Catskills. Fri. Various times. $6-$11. Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.