Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks August 22–28, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Aug. 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts star in the romantic comedy, “Play the Game.” (see Friday)

Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts star in the romantic comedy, “Play the Game.” (see Friday)


Enjoy a picnic and a sultry Diana Krall concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Stephen S. Wise Temple’s W Group, for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Krall, a chart-topping jazz musician, is celebrating the release of her new album, “Quiet Nights,” and will be accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sat. 6 p.m. $25 (members), $30 (general). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (310) 889-2230. wisela.org/wgroupevents.

Come and find a mate before the Jewish New Year begins at a speed-dating mixer for Jewish singles. Sat. 7-10 p.m. $18 (includes refreshments). Temple Beth Ohr, 15721 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. (714) 521-6765. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Sinai Temple and its Israel Center will host a screening and discussion of “The Secrets,” a film by Avi Nesher that made waves two years ago for its provocative exploration of sexuality, kabbalah, women’s roles in the religious community and compassion. “Lights, Camera, Israel” will include a post-screening talk by Rabbi Azriel C. Fellner, a critic and lecturer on Jewish images and themes in film. Sun. 5 p.m. $10 (students), $15 (Sinai members), $18 (general). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

StandWithUs Young Professionals is hosting a poolside gathering with drinks and appetizers to encourage college grads to return to their alma mater to help spread grass-roots Israel advocacy. An open bar from 3-4 p.m. will feature the Avalon mojito bar, and information will be available on how you can stand up for Israel at your old campus. Sun. 2-5 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Upright Cabaret’s “Wicked” Summer Nights at the Ford continue with a tribute to a legendary award-winning lyricist and composer. “Stephen Schwartz: Making Good” will feature a sneak peak at his latest opera, “Séance on a Wet Afternoon,” and Schwartz classics such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” “Day by Day,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Morning Glow” and others, performed by Cabaret’s all-star cast. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $40-$80. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.com.


With Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes topping the news daily, a basic knowledge of the region’s history can be very useful. “Towards the Balfour Declaration of 1917,” a lecture by documentary producer Steve Solomon, will focus on three factors that motivated the British to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine: their own interests, belief in the Zionist cause and political gain. Q-and-A to follow. Tue. 8-9 p.m. $20. Congregation Tikvat Jacob, 1829 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


It took the Happy Minyan of Los Angeles, a traditional Carlebach-style congregation, 14 years to get around to hosting its first gala event; the participants were too busy with services, classes, concerts and other special events. The fundraising dinner under the stars will honor Stuart and Enny Wax; the entertainment will include Moshav, Sam Glaser and other special guests; and the atmosphere will be classy, funky and, of course, happy. Thu. 5:30 p.m. (cocktails), 7 p.m. (dinner, program and performances). $180. Location disclosed upon RSVP, (310) 285-7777. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts star in the romantic comedy, “Play the Game,” about a young player who teaches his lonely 89-year-old grandfather the rules of the modern dating game, only to discover that he himself has a lot to learn about pursuing women. Written and directed by Marc Fienberg, a nice Jewish boy who was inspired by his own grandpa’s dating comeback. Opens Aug. 28 at various theaters, including Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino and Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. playthegamemovie.com.

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