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Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 26–August 5

by Ryan Torok

July 26, 2011 | 6:38 pm

TUE | JULY 26

NICK KROLL & FRIENDS
You might know him as the incorrigible Rodney Ruxin, a Jewish product-liability attorney, on “The League,” Stu from HBO’s “The Life and Times of Tim,” or El Chupacabra, Reno’s only Latin radio show DJ, on “Reno 911.” Kroll, co-author of “Bar Mitzvah Disco,” performs and hosts an evening of stand-up. Comedian Aziz Ansari and another special guest are slated to appear. Tue. 9 p.m. $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.


WED | JULY 27

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PAJAMA-RAMA
Kids and toddlers get to party with their PJs on at the Zimmer Children’s Museum during this monthly summer-only event, featuring Krazy Kid Karaoke and Rock-a-bye Storytime. Wed. 5-7:30 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (children 2-17), free (children under 2). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8989. zimmermuseum.org.


THU | JULY 28

Film: “LIVE FROM JERUSALEM”
Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic with soprano Renée Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja in this one-night-only performance. Filled with majestic arias and duets, the concert honors the legacy of American tenor Richard Tucker and will screen at more than 400 theaters nationwide. The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Associates (ages 21-45) hosts Margaritas and Music, a special reception with drinks and appetizers at Pink Taco prior to the live delayed HD broadcast at the Century City AMC. Thu. 5:30 p.m. (pre-concert refreshments at Pink Taco), 7 p.m. (film). $35 (includes Pink Taco reception and AMC admission). Westfield Century City Mall (level 2), 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles). (212) 697-2949. afipo.eventbrite.com.

“CHOICE: AN INTERFAITH PERSPECTIVE”
The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles hosts a community panel discussion and workshop on women’s choice and how it pertains to various faiths. Learn how to lobby on choice, how to get your letter to the editor published and how to meet with your legislators. Light refreshments served. Thu. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.


FRI | JULY 29

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
Feinstein, one of the foremost interpreters of American standards, joins the Singing Stars of Television — Wayne Brady, Florence Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson and Dick Van Dyke — and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform songs from the Great American Songbook. Second show Sat., July 30. Fri. 8:30 p.m. $11-$158. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
The Anti-Defamation League Latino-Jewish Roundtable and Valley Beth Shalom host state Sens. Alex Padilla and Kevin de León as well as Assemblymen Bob Blumenfield, Mike Feuer and Felipe Fuentes for a discussion on “The State of Higher Education in California.” Kosher dietary laws observed. Fri. 8 a.m. Free (advance registration required). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. RSVP to (310) 446-4241. vbs.org.


SUN | JULY 31

CAMP JCA ALUMNI DAY
Calling all Camp JCA Shalom alumni — if you attended either Barton Flats or Malibu, bring the entire family and friends to share camp memories, see old friends, nosh on some barbecue, brave the zip line and climbing wall, make arts and crafts, and more. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Free (barbecue lunch included). Camp JCA Shalom, 34342 Mulholland Drive, Malibu. RSVP to (818) 889-5500, ext. 107. campjcashalom.com/alumni.

UNITED THROUGH MUSIC: LOS ANGELES & JERUSALEM
Classical musicians Daniel and Dolly Kessner (flute and piano), Limor Toren-Immerman (violin), Irina Brener (piano) and others perform music by prominent Israeli and local composers. Presented by Music Together and the Young Russian Jewish Professionals Group; sponsored by Jewish Agency for Israel and Genesis Philanthropy Group. Sun. 2 p.m. $15 (online, before July 30), $20 (door). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (323) 658-7302. tinyurl.com/united-through-music.


WED | AUG 3

“DEFENDING ISRAEL: IMPEACHING THE LIES”
Citing an increase in delegitimization campaigns against the Jewish state, L.A. civil trial attorney Baruch C. Cohen argues that defending Israel is more important than ever. Tonight’s lecture is presented by CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) and Beth Jacob Congregation. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-9606. camera.org/events.

FOOL’S GOLD
The L.A. Afro-pop band opens for Swedish pop star Lykke Li and indie rockers Best Coast. Led by Israeli-born musicians Luke Top (bass, vocals) and Lewis Pesacov (guitar), Fool’s Gold performs new material from its upcoming album, “Leave No Trace,” the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$35. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-5857. greektheatrela.com.

MATISYAHU
Expect melodic vocals, hip-hop-inspired beat-boxing and spiritually resonant lyrics from the Chasidic reggae star, best known for the hit songs “King Without a Crown” and “One Day.” San Francisco’s bluesy jam-band Tea Leaf Green opens. Wed. 8 p.m. $25-$30. Club Nokia at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 765-7000 or (800) 745-3000. clubnokia.com.


THU | AUG 4

YEMEN BLUES
Blending traditional Jewish Yemenite melodies with blues, funk and jazz, the music by this nine-piece ensemble reflects singer Ravid Kahalani’s journey from West African roots to Western influences. Yemen Blues performs tonight as part of the Skirball’s free Summer Sunset concert series. Also, roam around and enjoy the “Houdini: Art and Magic” and “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age” exhibitions, open until 10 p.m. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (parking not included). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

“APPALACHIAN SPRING”
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and clarinetists Kari Kriikku and Paul Meyer perform Aaron Copland’s orchestral suite and his “Clarinet Concerto” as well as renditions of Carl Nielsen’s “Maskarade Overture” and Magnus Lindberg’s “Clarinet Concerto.” Thu. 8 p.m. $1-$130. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.


FRI | AUG 5

MIDSUMMER NIGHT SHABBAT
Music, spirituality and nature come together for this Big Jewish Tent event, a joint project of Craig ’n Co. and the Shalom Institute, at TreePeople. Chart-topping Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, who blends Middle Eastern and Ethiopian music with electronics and traditional Hebrew texts, joins an interfaith lineup of musicians, including Kenneth Crouch, Stuart K. Robinson, Lisbeth Scott, Duvid Swirsky and Craig Taubman. The evening kicks off with a bird walk hosted by Wild Wings and continues with dinner and drink, a Shabbat celebration and a moonlight hike. Fri. 7 p.m. (dinner), 8:30 p.m. (program). $15 (TreePeople members), $20 (general). TreePeople, South Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 623-4877. bigjewishtent.com.

“SARAH’S KEY”
Kristen Scott Thomas has garnered critical praise for her role as an expatriate American journalist in Paris who finds her life entwined with that of a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942. The film, adapted from the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, opens today at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex and Fallbrook 7. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children, 12 and under; seniors, 62 and over). Laemmle Monica 4-plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 478-3836. Laemmle Fallbrook 7, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. (818) 340-8710. Also playing at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 844-6500. laemmle.com.

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