December 22, 2011
Dec. 22-Jan. 4
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Pick of the Week: Thurday, December
WOODY ALLEN’S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The iconic director’s New Orleans-style jazz ensemble makes a rare appearance in Los Angeles. Allen plays clarinet in this group, which has performed in small venues — mainly in New York — for more than 35 years. Drawing on a repertoire of more than 1,200 songs, the shows feature no set play list, nor do the musicians know what song Allen, in collaboration with band director Eddy Davis, will call out next. Thu. 8 p.m. $55-$115. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. uclalive.org.
THU | DEC 22
LIGHT UP CHANUKAH
Blending contemporary electronic beats with world sounds from the Middle East, India and beyond, music trio Naked Rhythm perform at tonight’s charity concert, organized by Jewlicious and progressive synagogue IKAR. Proceeds benefit Jewish Heart for Africa, which brings Israeli solar technology to African villages, and Tomchei Shabbos, a weekly food delivery agency. Thu. 8-11 p.m. $18 (presale), $25 (door), $20 (with two cans for food donation). The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com, ikar-la.com.
SAT | DEC 24
What better way to spend tonight than in a Ukrainian village? Come sing along with your favorite numbers (“If I Were a Rich Man,” “To Life,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition”) during the Laemmle Theatre’s annual sing-along screening of “Fiddler.” Attendees receive lyric sheets on the way in. There might even be some “Fiddler” trivia in the mix as well. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $11 (general), $8 (children, under 12), $8 (seniors, 62 and older). Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. laemmle.com.
Whether you’re looking for that special someone or just want to mix and mingle, don’t miss the chai life at the annual Stu & Lew singles fest, sponsored by J Date. DJ Ian Gotler plays eclectic sounds in the Roosevelt Hotel’s main ballroom. Looking for something mellower? Escape to Teddy’s, the hotel’s nightclub. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Concern Foundation, which funds cancer research. Sat. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 (general admission), $55 (door, general admission), $100 (VIP, includes two drink tickets), $125 (VIP, includes two drink tickets, door). Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 453-3861. jdate.com/schmooza.
Spend Erev Xmas with Jewish comedians at Flapper’s Comedy Club. Tonight’s lineup includes Matty Goldberg, Abby Krom, Amy Dresner, David Zasloff, Rus Gutin, Sandy Danto and a special guest. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $10 (half off if you mention The Jewish Journal at the door). Flapper’s Comedy Club Burbank, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. comedycasting.com.
SUN | DEC 25
CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THE HUNGRY & HOMELESS
Temple Israel of Hollywood continues its tradition of tikkun olam for the holidays by holding its 26th annual Christmas Dinner Project. The synagogue feeds more than 1,000 people in Hollywood’s homeless community, distributing toys and toiletries and inviting children to take photos with Santa. Families, groups of friends and individuals are welcome to volunteer to cook, serve and pass out gifts. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturday). Free (complimentary parking at the Magic Castle). Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
BACK TO THE BREED STREET SHUL
Camp Chesed hosts a minyan at the historic site for the first time in more than 25 years. Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad of the Conejo, Rabbi Yossi Baitelman of Chabad of Studio City, Rabbi Ahud Sela of Temple Ramat Zion, Rabbi Yanke Lunger of Shaarey Tzedek, Rabbi Yaakov Vann of the Calabasas Shul and lay leaders conduct prayers. A light Kiddush and shiur follow. Sun. 9 a.m. Free. Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Boyle Heights. (818) 349-3932. campchesed.com.
RU-JU-LA CHANUKAH BASH
Party it up with the Los Angeles Russian Jewish Network. DJ and dancing in an upscale sports bar with free drink and appetizers included in the price of admission. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $18 (advance), $20 (door). South Restaurant and Bar, 3001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 658-7302. jewishla.org.
MON | DEC 26
“HA HA HANUKKAH”
Comedians Steve Mittleman, Mark Schiff, Al Lubel and Stephanie Blum step up, performing tonight with surprise guests. Cantor Kenny Ellis hosts the event, appearing with his big band, Hanukkah Swings, playing re-arrangements of holiday classics. 18 and over only. Mon. 8 p.m. $15 (two-drink minimum not included). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 656-1336. laughfactory.com.
TUE | JAN 3
The L.A.-based folk-pop singer plays Pershing Square today, performing songs from her recently released sophomore album, “Everything Will Be Alright,” which HEEB called “sublime” and “wistful.” All ages are welcome at today’s free concert, part of the Downtown on Ice Lunchtime Concert Series. Tue. Noon-2 p.m. Free. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. (213) 847-4970. yaelmeyermusic.com.