SAT JULY 13
“SONGFEST SINGS AMERICA: CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN”
Celebrating America’s great composer, SongFest 2013 partners with Grand Performances to present a concert, the centerpiece of which will be the unpublished “Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra,” a 1977 song cycle by Bernstein. Other works include favorites from “Candide” and “West Side Story.” Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, will recite the poems. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. Grand Performances, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
Misery loves company, but it loves to laugh more. Comedian and troublemaker extraordinaire Kindler brings a little of that New York nag to California, and it’s bound to get funny. Journal contributor Annie Korzen and Vicki Juditz also perform. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $25. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783. templeakiba.net.
“MGM MOVIE CLASSICS”
Veteran singer-pianist Michael Feinstein conducts the Pasadena POPS symphony orchestra as they journey back through all the familiar sounds of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Performing rare and original orchestrations, the golden age of movies can be yours again, and it won’t be anything short of that movie music magic. Guest artists include Rob Raines and Christine Ebersole. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $20-$100. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 793-7172. pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
It’s the world premiere of a very old story. Zombie Joe directs longtime collaborator Robert Riemer’s reimagined toil between King David and Saul, and their greed-fueled power struggle to possess the throne of man. Moving back and forth between biblical times and times a bit more modern, the play will explore the king we’ve long glorified and some of his imperfections we’ve long overlooked. Sat. Through Aug. 10. 8:30 p.m. $15. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 202-4120. zombiejoes.homestead.com.
SUN JULY 14
“OUT IN THE DARK”
Some loves are especially vulnerable. Nimr, a handsome Palestinian psychology student, is in the closet at home. But while studying in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy, a dashing Israeli attorney, and quickly falls in love. Making its L.A. premiere as part of “Outfest,” director Michael Mayer’s moving drama underscores the more-than-relevant struggle of not just two men falling in love, but two people in love divided by the hostile world in which they live. Post-screening reception (July 14 only). Sun. 7 p.m. Also Sun., July 21, 2:45 p.m. $13. Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 480-7065. outfest.org.
“BECOMING LOS ANGELES”
Featuring contemporary design, exceptional objects and multimedia, this 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibition offers a unique take on Los Angeles: Inside a suite of four galleries, a visually striking canopy symbolizes the sweep of history and leads visitors through major sections or historical eras: the pre-Spanish landscape, the Mission era, the Mexican rancho era, the early years of the American period, the emergence of a new American city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and L.A. as a global city of the 21st century. Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 (adults), $9 (seniors, college students, ages 13-17), $5 (ages 3-12). The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466. nhm.org.
MON JULY 15-TUE JULY 16
Commemorate the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, which observes the destruction of both Temples as well as a plague and the expulsion of Jews from Spain, with events at L.A. area synagogues, including “Tisha B’Av Reimagined at Leo Baeck Temple,” “A Time to Mourn, a Time for Hope” at Temple Aliyah, “Visions of Redemption” at Temple Beth Am and a discussion on “Lithuania: The Paradise We Lost” with Rabbi David Lapin at Beth Jacob Congregation.
TUE JULY 16
TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET
Meet us at Third and Fairfax — and come hungry. Located in the middle of our beloved Fairfax Village, the original outdoor market is serving up a feast. This fifth annual event promises to be the tastiest yet with more than 50 restaurants and grocers serving samples of their mouth-watering fare. And if you have an appetite for more than just eating, participating Farmers Market retail stores will be offering special deals on merchandise. Tue. 5-9 p.m. $35 (advance), $40 (door). Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com.
WED JULY 17
SERGIO MENDES, HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL
These multi-Grammy winners and longtime friends are reuniting in a way that will feel so good. With a selection that ranges from jazz standards to pieces from the Great American Songbook, to Rio-pop grooves, Hollywood will be humming the whole night through. Wed. 8 p.m. $17-$62. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
FRI JULY 19
“I have a motto that if something isn’t blatantly impossible, there must be a way of doing it.” For Nicholas Winton, living by his motto meant the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. In this historical documentary, producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass tell what was untold for 50 year. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children 11 and under, seniors). Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.