SAT | JAN 14
Whether starring in Broadway productions like “Hairspray” or indie fare, such as “The Kvetching Continues,” Hoffman’s wit never fails. In her new solo show, “Jackie Five-Oh,” the veteran actress grieves about aging and pokes fun at the Tony Awards, Broadway hierarchy and even Holocaust films. Sat. Through Jan 22. 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. (Sunday). $25. The Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles. (323) 860-7300. lagaycenter.org.
REBBETZIN ESTHER JUNGREIS
She’s an inspirational speaker popular with ba’alei and ba’alot teshuvah as well as Orthodox singles. Founder of Hineni and author of several books, including the recently released “Life Is a Test,” Jungreis speaks tonight at Shaarei Tefila. Students and parents are encouraged to attend. Sat. 7:45 p.m. Free. Congregation Shaarei Tefila, 7269 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-2476 or (323) 333-4133.
TUE | JAN 17
“PARTING OF THE WAYS: WHEN CHRISTIANS CEASED BEING JEWS”
Rabbi Joshua Garroway, assistant professor of early Christianity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discusses the separation of Christianity and Judaism that took place 100 years after Jesus’ death and key ideas for the parting. Tue. 7-9 p.m. Free. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
DAVE BARRY AND ALAN ZWEIBEL
The Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist and the prolific Hollywood producer discuss their new comic novel, “Lunatics.” Comedian David Steinberg moderates, and a Q-and-A and book signing follow. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (advance reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED | JAN 18
ROE V. WADE
The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles hosts its annual education program, marking 39 years since the legalization of abortion. Leaders in the pro-choice movement — including Amy Everitt, state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California; Serena Josel, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Kaya Masler, USC student and political organizer; Joyce Schorr, founder and president of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project; and Gabriela Valle, senior director for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice — will cover issues such as education in schools, treatment of women in the military regarding abortion, proposed changes to health insurance affecting abortion and parental notification initiatives. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
AMY WALDMAN AND AYAD AKHTAR
The acclaimed writers appear in conversation with Louise Steinman, curator of the library’s ALOUD series, to discuss their debut novels, “The Submission” and “American Dervish,” respectively, which explore the lives of Muslim Americans before and after 9/11. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.
THU | JAN 19
“HAUNTED BY HITLER: A FASCINATION REVISITED”
Eric Rentschler, professor of Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University, examines the role fascist aesthetics play in a postwar and postmillennial world, drawing on the seminal essay “Fascinating Fascism,” by the late author Susan Sontag. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages. Thu. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
LIVE READ, DIRECTED BY JASON REITMAN
The film and actors for the latest installment of Reitman’s table-read series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) haven’t been announced yet, but based on the previous films in the series (“Princess Bride,” “The Apartment” and “The Breakfast Club”) and the stars who’ve participated (Natalie Portman, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner) expect high-quality comedy and A-list names. Visit Reitman’s Twitter (@JasonReitman) in the days leading up to the event for announcements. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Stand-by tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at 6 p.m. at the Hammer Building Ticket Office: $10 (general), $7 (LACMA members, seniors and students), $5 (LACMA film club members, Film Independent and New York Times Film Club members). LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. lacma.org.
L.A. KINGS JEWISH COMMUNITY NIGHT
The Kings play the Calgary Flames during Jewish Community Night at Staples Center, sponsored by the Consulate of Israel. Temple Menorah’s Cantor Jessica Hutchings sings the national anthem, kosher food will be available, and a free limited-edition L.A. Kings yarmulke comes with every ticket purchased. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $29-$97 (individuals), $28-$91 (groups 15 and more). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 742-7209. lakings.com/israel.
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