SAT AUG 24
This Iranian-American knows a thing or two about uniting sounds. Along with his Texas-based ensemble, Shafinury creates music that not only denies geography, but also time. He combines Iranian, Indian, Mexican and Texan sounds with modern electronic beats and American folk/rock; pinpointing an exact origin might be a challenge — so just sit back and enjoy. Hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
Nazis are forced to turn to an ailing Jewish historian for help when they inadvertently free a golem-like demon from its prison. Cinefamily hosts a midnight screening of a rare U.K. 35mm print of this Michael Mann thriller, which stars Ian McKellen and Scott Glenn and features a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Sat. Midnight. $12 (general), free (members). The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2510. cinefamily.org.
SUN AUG 25
LOS ANGELES JEWISH SYMPHONY
Encompassing dance and music from Russia, Argentina, Israel and the United States, the orchestral ensemble’s performance “Cultural Collaborations” includes Argentinian tango dancers Miriam Marici and Leonardo Barrionuevo performing the U.S. premiere of “Go Tango!” along with a musical look at the familiar story of Tevye the Milkman (“Fiddler on the Roof”) in the symphonic suite “Reb Tevye.” The evening continues with violinist Kobi Malkin, who is featured in the world premiere of Sholom Secunda’s “Violin Concerto,” and closes with a return to dance with the world premiere of “Israeli Country Dances Suite,” which highlights 10 different forms of dance popular in Israel over the years, ending in a rousing horah. BODYTRAFFIC dance ensemble acts out the interpretation. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50 (general), $20 (students). John Anson Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. whttp://www.fordtheatres.org.
YIDDISH TANGO CLUB
When is the last time you got your Jewish Latin fix? It’s probably been too long. With international backgrounds, a youthful spirit and Latin influences, the Yiddish Tango Club covers lots of bases. Come groove to its contemporary interpretation of the traditional. Sun. Noon and 2 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors, students, children over 12), $5 (ages 2-12), free (members, children under 2). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
“POLONSKY IN THE PANTHEON OF SOVIET YIDDISH MUSIC”
Klezmer revivalists Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz host a commemoration of Soviet Yiddish culture. Musicians perform composer Shmuel Polonsky’s work with lyrics by revered Soviet Yiddish lyricists, including Itzik Feffer, Perets Markish and Izi Kharik. Sun. 2 p.m. $15 (suggested donation). Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. circlesocal.org.
It’s a book signing and film screening all in one. Henry Jaglom — the indie director behind films like “Déjà Vu” and “Eating” — introduces a double feature of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons” and signs his new book, “My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles.” Get the inside scoop from a Welles confidante. Sun. 6:30 p.m. (book signing), 7:30 p.m. (screenings). $7-$11. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. americancinemathequecalendar.com.
PRE-HIGH HOLY DAYS DINNER AT LENNY’S
SAKI Jewish Singles hosts a dinner for people ready to meet more people! Whether you want to shmooze with a side of dinner or dine with a side of shmooze, it will be a great kickoff to the High Holy Days. The menu includes options like chopped liver, homemade challah, roasted chicken, brisket and rugelach. Ages 50-69. Sun. 7 p.m. $22. Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 625-1833. meetup.com/S-KI-Jewish-Singles.
WED AUG 28
ROSH HASHANAH COOKING CLASS
Put on the apron and learn to cook dishes that will impress your guests! YALA and JCC Without Walls sponsor an evening of hands-on culinary instruction from a professional chef. Ages 25-40. 7 p.m. $50 per person. Sur La Table, The Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8247. jewishla.org/highholidaycooking.
END OF SUMMER/ROSH HASHANAH PARTY
BINA invites you to an end-of-summer blowout. Young professionals mingle, dance and eat at Santa Monica’s beautiful and historic mansion The Victorian. Enjoy an open wine and beer bar because, while summer might be ending, there is a new year to celebrate! Ages 25-45. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $25 (general), $30 (at door). The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. (818) 206-3177. israeliamerican.org.
THU AUG 29
DENDE & BAND
If your spirit needs lifting, look no further. Under the leadership of master percussionist Dende, this Afro-Brazilian band combines reggae, merengue and basically a lot of joy. A musician since age 14, Dende has honed his craft by playing with artists that range from Mongo Santamaria to David Byrne. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole will spin records in the courtyard starting at 7 p.m. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.