SUN AUGUST 16
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.
MON AUGUST 17
“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.
TUE AUGUST 18
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.
WED AUGUST 19
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.
THU AUGUST 20
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.
FRI AUGUST 21
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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