February 1, 2012
Pick of the week: Wed., Feb. 8:
The 85-year-old comedy icon signs DVD copies of “The Jazz Singer,” the 1959 television remake that features Lewis as Joey Rabinowitz, a nightclub singer torn between show business and his faith. Wristbands will be distributed at 9 a.m., and Lewis will only sign copies of “The Jazz Singer.” Wed. 6-7 p.m. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com
WED | FEB 1
“JUDAISM AND THE IPAD GENERATION”
Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR leads today’s conversation, a response to radical discontinuity and spiritual disorientation in the Jewish community. She offers her take on how Judaism can be translated for the next generation. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $8 (Sinai Temple members), $16 (general). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
SAT | FEB 4
SHABBAT SHIRA CONCERT
Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center hosts a night of Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Israeli music featuring Argentine Cantors Ruth Berman Harris and Diego Rubinsztein. Child care available for ages 5-10. Co-sponsored by the PJTC Sisterhood and the Adult Education Committee. Sat. 6 p.m. (pizza dinner), 6:45 p.m. (Havdalah), 7 p.m. (concert). $5 (dinner), $10 (suggested donation for concert). Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 798-1161. pjtc.net.
‘BIG LEBOWSKI’ FILM FESTIVAL
Throw on your favorite bathrobe or bowling shirt and pull up a couch to watch the Coen brothers’ L.A. noir comedy, featuring The Dude and Walter “I don’t roll on Shabbos!” Sobchak. JWood, Temple Israel of Hollywood’s young adult group, hosts the screening, which includes food, drinks (BYOB) and table games. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of Temple Israel. Sat. 7 p.m. $18. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. www.tioh.org.
SUN | FEB 5
WHAT’S COOKING WITH HADASSAH
Hadassah Southern California kicks off its 100th anniversary celebration on Super Bowl Sunday with an Italian cooking demonstration, tasting and storytelling by Judy Zeidler, renowned restaurateur, chef and cookbook author. Zeidler signs copies of her latest cookbook, “Italy Cooks,” which contains recipes from the Tuscan countryside, Piedmont, Florence and Umbria. Sun. 11 a.m. $40 (reservations required). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 234-8300. southerncalifornia.hadassah.org.
Tue | FEB 7
‘In Darkness’ sneak preview
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and The Jewish Journal host a free screening of Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama “In Darkness.” Discussion with Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum and Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor Naomi Pfefferman follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. To RSVP, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/224629.
THU | FEB 9
“JUSTICE ILLUMINATED: THE ART OF ARTHUR SZYK”
Opening today, this new exhibition introduces viewers to the life and art of Szyk, a Polish-born illustrator and caricaturist who used art to fight fascism during World War II. Described by Eleanor Roosevelt as “a one-man army,” Szyk focused on three themes in his work: World War II, America and the Jewish response. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and Hillel at UCLA. Thu. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Dortort Gallery and Spiegel Auditorium, Third Floor, Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. ucla.hillel.org.
Writer-director Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, denounces the media’s portrayal of women in this 2011 documentary. Blending portrayals of teen girls and interviews with figures like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow, Newsom argues that the mainstream media’s focus on women’s youth, beauty and sexuality contributes to the under-representation of women as leaders. A selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, “Miss Representation” was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network. A panel discussion follows the screening. Sponsored by Z’havah Valley Beth Shalom Young Sisterhood. Thu. 7-10 p.m. $18. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
Zeek magazine’s founding editor and Forward contributing editor discusses and reads from his latest book, “God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality,” which debunks the idea that Scripture is anti-gay and argues that religious people should support equality for gays and lesbians not despite their religion, but because of it. Beth Chayim Chadashim and IKAR co-sponsor. Thu. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
FRI | FEB 10
Follow the excommunication proceedings of Baruch de Spinoza, the 17th century philosopher who alienated himself from his fellow Dutch Jews. Spinoza’s ideas are the center of the debate in “New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656,” a play by David Ives (“Venus in Fur”). The West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the West Coast premiere. Fri. Through April 1. 8 p.m. $30 (adults), $28 (seniors), $20 (students). Pico Playhouse, 10508 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. westcoastjewishtheatre.org.