August 17, 2011
Aug. 17-Aug. 26
WED | AUG 17
“DOOR OF HANDS”
The work of Brazilian visual artist Michel Groisman combines visual art, the human body and everyday materials like water, candles and playing cards. In his meditative movement piece, “Door of Hands,” Groisman uses only his hands to create kaleidoscopic forms, demonstrating the human body’s role in artistic expression. Wed. 8 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (members), $6 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THU | AUG 18
A music festival atmosphere mixes with summer camp fun during the second annual overnight camp for young professionals, featuring live concerts, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and more. Visit jewliciousfestival.com for concert lineup details. Thu. Through Aug. 21. $99-$299. Brandeis Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (310) 277-5544.
Fast-talking, self-deprecating and occasionally dark, the up-and-coming comic often explores topics such as his sexuality, Bernie Madoff and why heaven sounds just as bad as hell. Thu. 8 p.m. $14. Improv Hollywood, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. improv.com.
SAT | AUG 20
CAFÉ EUROPA: PORTRAITS IN BLACK AND WHITE
Photographer Barbara Mack looks deep into the faces and lives of Holocaust survivors who participate in the social and educational group Café Europa. Some subjects pose with cherished objects from their past — like John Gordon, holding in his hands a cut-glass goblet; and Sophie Hamburger, appearing with a garment she wore when she escaped a death march — adding to the personal narrative. A biographical statement, written by Jane Jelenko, accompanies each photograph. Sat. Through Sept 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.-Thu.), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Fri.). Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
PHRANC AND PETER CASE
The self-described “all-American Jewish lesbian folk singer” performs opposite Case, a Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter, as part of downtown’s Grand Performances series. Born Susan Gottlieb, Santa Monica native Phranc started out in the ’70s and ’80s L.A. punk scene before turning to folk, crafting songs that are as whimsical and political as they are emotional. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT
The Israel- and New York-based ensemble performs Beethoven’s “Trio,” Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim’s “Three Songs Without Words,” De Falla’s “Spanish Songs” and Brahms’ “Trio” during the closing concert at the first annual iCadenza Future of Music Festival. Sat. 8-9:30 p.m. $90. The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (310) 896-8527. aicf.org.
SUN | AUG 21
He yells so you don’t have to. Best-known for his curmudgeonly commentaries on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Black returns to SoCal with more social and political rants as part of his “In God We Rust” tour. Sun. 8 p.m. $57.50-$73. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2700. lewisblack.com.
TUE | AUG 23
YIDDISH, HEBREW AND BROADWAY MUSIC
Sinai Temple’s Yiddish Club welcomes Café Europa for an afternoon of music featuring Cantor Arianne Brown, Aryell Cohen and Cantor Joseph Gole. Tue. 2-3 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple’s Ziegler Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
WED | AUG 24
“HEBREW SCHOOL HORROR”
Encino native Aysha Wax stars in this comedic one-woman show as a college grad who teaches Hebrew school and must deal with spoiled Jewish princes and princesses in the awkward throes of puberty. Wed. 10 p.m. $5. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 908-8702. ucbtheatre.com.
THU | AUG 25
POOLSIDE BUSINESS MIXER
The Los Angeles Jewish Chamber of Commerce hosts a joint poolside mixer with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel. Complimentary self-parking. Thu. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25 (door), $20 (general, advance RSVP), $10 (members, advance RSVP). Sheraton Delfina, 530 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (866) 257-6117. lajewishchamber.com.
DANI AND EYTAN KOLLIN
The Prometheus Award-winning sci-fi author siblings — sons of Rabbi Gilbert Kollin, rabbi emeritus of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center — sign their latest novel, “The Unincorporated Woman,” the third book in their “Unincorporated” series, which is set in a future society where people ostensibly live forever and buy shares in each other. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
AN EVENING WITH MIRI BEN-ARI
The Grammy-winning Israeli violinist’s style blends classical with hip-hop, winning over fans like Jay-Z and Michelle Obama. Presented by the American Friends of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, the 32-year-old musician performs tonight at Stephen S. Wise Temple. Thu. 8 p.m. $45 (general admission), $60 (reserved seating), $70 (VIP). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (773) 875-2425. afiscd.org.
FRI | AUG 26
A series regular on the syndicated hidden-camera show “Girls Behaving Badly,” stand-up comedian Soltanovich was born in the former Soviet Union and raised by immigrant parents in San Francisco. “Like most kids, my parents took me to Disneyland — not for the rides, for the lines. They assumed there’d be food at the end of them.” Fri. 10 p.m. $17. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. comedycasting.com.