August 23, 2011
Aug. 23-Sep. 2
PICK: SUNDAY, AUG. 28
“RHYTHM & ROOTS”
American r&b and soul singer Macy Gray and Israeli singer-songwriter Harel Skaat headline tonight’s Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble benefit concert, which celebrates the connection and diversity of the world’s cultures through music and dance. Keshet Chaim, the L.A.-based Israeli modern dance company, shares the stage with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a modern dance ensemble that celebrates African American history and culture. Agape International Choir, a multiethnic vocal group of the Agape International Spiritual Center, ’90s hip-hop star MC Lyte and r&b singer Abraham McDonald round out the lineup. The concert supports Children Uniting Nations, a nonprofit that advocates for at-risk and foster youth in L.A. County, and Keshet Chaim’s educational programs. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $75-$150. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. kcdancers.org.
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.
SAT | AUG 27
The author and educator signs copies of her “Pop Star” book series for tweens, including “My Sister’s a Pop Star,” “The Fame Game and Me” and, most recently, “My Life on TV,” which follows down-to-earth Sam, who deals with the craziness of life with a celebrity sister. Sat. 3 p.m. Free. JennyBec’s, 11710 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 820-0500. thisiskimberly.com.
SUN | AUG 28
“THAT TAKES OVARIES: BOLD WOMEN, BRAZEN ACTS”
Author and former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell and actress-singer Thea Gill (“Queer as Folk”) participate in a staged reading of Rivka Solomon’s play, based on her book, which recounts stories of women demonstrating an uncommon dose of courage and strength. Proceeds from the L.A. premiere benefit the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project. An open mic, wine and cheese reception, and book signing with co-playwright Bobbi Ausubel, Solomon’s mother, follow. Sun. 1 p.m. $35. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 471-9100. lawomenstheatreproject.com.
“THE WORLD IS A ROOM”
The USC Hillel Art Gallery Committee hosts a special reception for this exhibition, which features the work of artists Will Deutsch, whose paintings depict contemporary Jewish life, and Los Angles artist Marcie Kaufman, whose work investigates the interconnected relationship between body and landscape through the convergence of painting, photography and digital graphics. An interactive workshop with Deutsch follows remarks by professor Ruth Weisberg, former dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. Sun. Exhibition continues through Nov. 10. 2-5 p.m. Free. USC Hillel, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 973-1204. uschillel.org.
PJ LIBRARY GOES TO CAMP JCA SHALOM
PJ Library, the Jewish literacy program that provides children’s books and music to families, comes to the scenic grounds of Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu. The day of family-friendly activities includes pita making, a ride on the smoothie-blending bike, arts and crafts, zip-line rides, wall climbing, nature walks and more. Water and popsicles provided. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 (children, 8 and under), $10 (adults). Camp JCA Shalom, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 464-2853. jewishla.org.
ULTIMATE YOGA DAY
JConnectLA and the Jewish Yoga Network host an all-day yoga festival, featuring “Om Shalom Yoga,” a yoga class that blends Vinyasa flow yoga with live music; “Soul Revival,” a discussion that examines the relationship between yoga and kabbalah; and “Yoga to Unleash Our Ultimate Potential,” a workshop on kosher sutras, which mixes Hebrew with classic yoga and shows how yoga leads to teshuvah. The day wraps up with a special musical guest performing live. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $40 (advance), $50 (day of event). $15 (optional kosher vegetarian lunch from Real Food Daily). Jewish Federation Wellness Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.
TUE | AUG 30
SHOFARON FOR MASTER BLASTERS
Part of the International Day of Shofar Study and marking Rosh Chodesh Elul, skilled shofar blasters are invited to meet, share techniques and play the shofar. Hosted by Shalom House in Woodland Hills. Attendees may try out shofars in the store, but it’s recommended that each person bring his or her own. Tue. 7-9 p.m. Free. Shalom House, 19740 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. RSVP to (818) 704-7100. shalomhouse.com.
WED | AUG 31
SOLEIL MOON FRYE
Star of the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” now a married mom of two and co-founder of the Larchmont Village kids clothing shop The Little Seed, signs copies of her new book, “Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between.” Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.