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Feb 2–8, 2013

by Ryan Torok

January 30, 2013 | 4:24 pm

SAT FEB 2

“THE COMPOSER IS DEAD” 

Before it was a recording or a book, the whodunit by “A Series of Unfortunate Events” writer Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and composer Nathaniel Stookey was a work for narrator and orchestra. The tale follows an inspector who interrogates each section of a personified orchestra to find out who killed the composer. Conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic and others in a performance of “The Composer Is Dead” as part of Toyota Symphonies for Youth, family-friendly concerts that make symphonic music come alive for children. Sat. 11 a.m. $27.50. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

 

DARA FRIEDMAN

Friedman’s first exhibition in Los Angeles showcases the video artist’s poetic films and videos, which explore notions of performativity, urban space and the individual in the public sphere. The German native’s 2011 film, “Dancer,” a centerpiece of the exhibition, follows more than 50 performers dancing on the sidewalks and streets of Miami, practicing a multitude of dance styles from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom dancing and salsa. Part of the Hammer Projects series focusing on the work of emerging artists. Sat. Through April 14. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday). $10 (adults), $5 (seniors), free (Hammer Museum members, students with ID). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.

 

“IN THE BLOOD” 

They each have their own style, but these West Coast artists have one thing in common: family ties. The four living members of the Shultz family — father Jack and siblings Adam Stone, Rachel and JD — discuss their work as well as selected pieces by mother Carole, who dreamed of being part of a gallery show with her entire family. A percentage of the proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Carole, who lost her battle with the rare respiratory disease in 2004. Sat. 6-10 p.m. (opening reception, includes wine and music). Exhibition runs through March 16. Free. The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main St., Culver City. (310) 836-4600. thewhole9.com.

 

TUE FEB 5

AMBASSADOR RON PROSOR

Prosor, Israel’s 16th permanent representative to the United Nations, discusses how personal experiences have shaped his values during a conversation with Rabbi David Woznica at Stephen S. Wise Temple. One of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats, Prosor has more than two decades of experience with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served four years as Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 889-2299. wisela.org.

 

“ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE”

An Anti-Defamation League 2012 poll on attitudes in European countries found high levels of anti-Semitism in 10 European nations. Karin Proidl, consul general of Austria; Axel Cruau, consul general of France; Bernd Fischer, consul general of Germany; and Laszlo Kalman, consul general of Hungary, address the findings during this panel discussion. The Anti-Defamation League and Shomrei Torah Synagogue co-sponsor this event. Tue 8-9:30 p.m. Free (advanced registration required by Feb. 1). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (310) 446-4241. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.

 

FRI FEB 8

SHABBAT SHEKALIM: INCLUSION AWARENESS MONTH

This Shabbat weekend, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles partners with synagogues across Los Angeles to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with special needs. Congregation Or Ami’s inclusion-awareness Shabbat, providing a warm welcome for people with special needs and their families; Adat Ari El’s Assistant Rabbi Deborah Silver’s sermon at Shabbat morning services, focusing on inclusion; and Temple Judea’s Shabbat services, lunch and art project, designed for adults with special needs; are among the slated programs, activities and dedications. Check with your local synagogue to see what it has planned. Fri. Through Feb 9. Various times and locations. (866) 968-7333. jewishla.org/inclusion.

 

RANDI WEINGARTEN

The president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, appears at Temple Isaiah, a Reform congregation committed to community organizing efforts in Westside schools. Weingarten, an advocate for education reform and innovation, will discuss the current and future state of public education, the role of labor unions and the politics of change. Jewish public school teachers; member congregations of OneLA, a broad-based organizing coalition; and the general public are invited. Fri. 6:15 p.m. (Shabbat service), 7:45 p.m. (Weingarten speaks). Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.

 
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