Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks August 15–21, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Aug. 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm

The New Jersey NETSationals. (see Friday)

The New Jersey NETSationals. (see Friday)


Meet the artists featured in American Jewish University’s newest exhibition, “Flights of Fancy”: Dori Atlantis, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Ruth Lercher Bornstein and Anita Segalman. Their work includes site-specific installations, mixed-media sculptures, paintings and lino-cut prints. Artist reception: Sun. 3-5 p.m. Free. Gallery hours: Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Oct. 14. Platt and Borstein Galleries, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777 ext. 201. ajula.edu.

Teresa Strasser, a TV host and frequent Journal contributor, will host “A Night of Comedy” to raise funds for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. The showcase will include four young comedians, and tickets include two drinks and a raffle ticket. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $35 (prepaid), $40 (at the door). The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org/nightofcomedy.html.

The Booksteins are bidding farewell to Beach Hillel and saying hello to the JconnectLA community. The Beach Hillel board would like to honor the husband-and-wife team for their five years of Jewish communal service to college-age youth in Long Beach. Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Home of Leon and Barbara Shoag, 4120 Locust Ave., Long Beach. R.S.V.P. by Aug. 10. (562) 400-8124. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


“Branding Nonprofits: Nonprofit Brand Strategy” is an interactive seminar by Innovation Protocol that teaches organizations techniques for defining and promoting their brand in order to raise their profiles and their funding. The seminar will explore how to engage and retain staff, volunteers and donors; how to work with limited marketing budgets; and how to lay the groundwork for a sustainable nonprofit. Mon. 7-10 p.m. $30 (refunded for nonprofit employees). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 626-0660. innovationprotocol.com.


Iranian American entrepreneur Sam Nazarian will discuss “How to Succeed Without Selling Your Soul” with Rabbi David Wolpe during an exclusive ATID event for young professionals ages 21-39. The “Talk on the Terrace” of his West Hollywood restaurant XIV will include light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary parking. Co-sponsored by the L.A. Jewish Chamber of Commerce and The Jewish Federation Young Leadership Division. Tue. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $55 (members), $65 (general). XIV, 8117 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. sinaitemple.org/events/ATID/Success.


Bryan Michael Stoller, filmmaker and author of “Filmmaking for Dummies,” is an expert at succeeding on a small budget and getting big-name stars to appear in his independent films. His seminar reveals how he does it and how you too can make it on a low budget. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $49. Universal Hilton, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. (818) 506-2500. filmmakingfordummies.com.


EMET, the Young Legal Division of The Jewish Federation, invites young professionals to party for a purpose: The Mitzvah Mixer raises funds for Rosh Hashanah food baskets that will be delivered to indigent Holocaust survivors. A can of food for The Federation’s Fed Up With Hunger initiative will also get you a free drink. Thu. 7-10 p.m. $36. Stone Rose Lounge at The Sofitel, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8371. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman chronicle the role of homosexuals in Hollywood over the past 100 years in “The Celluloid Closet,” featuring footage from more than 120 films, narration by Lily Tomlin and anecdotes from Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Fierstein, Gore Vidal, Tony Curtis and others. Thu. 9-11 p.m. KCET. kcet.org.


The Laker Girls they are not, but the ladies (and one gentleman) of the New Jersey NETSationals have danced their way to center-court stardom in the documentary, “Gotta Dance,” which follows the first-of-its-kind seniors hip-hop dance team from their exhausting rehearsals to the exhilarating Nets’ basketball games. Directed and produced by Dori Berinstein. Opens today at Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Town Center 5 in Encino and West Park 8 in Irvine. gottadancethemovie.com.

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