Jewish Journal

July 8-16, 2010

by Ryan Torok

Posted on Jul. 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

"Jewtopia" (see Saturday)

"Jewtopia" (see Saturday)


The works of Mozart, Brahms and Schumann can be heard in one night, performed by Nikolaj Znaider, a renowned Danish violinist of Polish-Israeli descent. The Los Angeles Philharmonic accompanies Znaider for the concert, part of the Thursday Classics series at the Hollywood Bowl. Thu. 8 p.m. $8-$99. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

“Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos,” a listening party, offers attendees the opportunity to boogie to Latin-Jewish music — Yiddish mambos, “Fiddler on the Roof,” charangas and more — bridging the cultural divide between two worlds with rich and distinct musical heritages. Enjoy the ongoing “Jews on Vinyl” exhibition as well. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $6 (students), $8 (members), $10 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


Friday Night Live mixes it up, this time doubling as a Social Action Shabbat, where attendees can make sandwiches to be distributed to the homeless via the West Hollywood Food Coalition. More than a dozen charitable organizations participate. The evening also features academics participating in UC Santa Barbara’s Pluralism and Public Presence Summer Institute, representing countries from all over the world. Fri. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

Comedian, sketch artist and celebrity parodist Nadya Ginsburg performs “Nadyalogues,” an offbeat show with singing, original characters and twisted live portraits of Madonna and Cher. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. $20. Renberg Theatre, 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 993-7400. laglc.org.


“Jewtopia,” the successful off-Broadway production, returns to Los Angeles. The comedic tale, newly updated by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, follows two 30-year-old single guys — one Jewish and hopelessly inept in love, the other a gentile seeking a Jewish woman so, absurdly, he’ll never have to decide anything for himself again. After meeting at a singles mixer, the two form a pact to help each other. Sat. Through Aug. 22. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m., Sun. 3:30 p.m. $39.50-$49.50. Greenway Court Theater, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 595-4849. jewtopiaplay.com.

“The Shock Doctrine” brings the compelling politics of Naomi Klein’s best-selling book to the big screen, exploring how corporations exploit man-made crises for profit. Mat Whitecross (“Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”) and Michael Winterbottom (“The Killer Inside Me”) co-directed the documentary. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 206-3456. www.cinema.ucla.edu.

Don’t miss the final days of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “First Thirty Years,” an exhibition that celebrates MOCA’s 30th anniversary and showcases more than 500 works by more than 200 artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Diane Arbus, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (seniors), $5 (students), $10 (general). MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 626-6222. moca.org.

L.A.-based quartet Extreme Klezmer Makeover fuses traditional pre-1917 Eastern European music with contemporary klezmer, R&B and jazz. Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6052. thetalkingstick.net.

The Interfaith Amigos, featuring Rabbi Ted Falcon, Sheikh Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, lecture on “Challenges to Interfaith: A Rabbi, a Pastor and an Imam Walk Into a Bar ...” Sat. 7:30 p.m. $36 (advance), $40 (door). Makom Ohr Shalom, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. (818) 725-7600. interfaithamigos.com.

Israeli director Ye’ela Rosenfeld adapts two one-act plays by Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic’s first president, in “Ferdinand!” Sat. 8 p.m. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third St., Santa Monica. (818) 658-2572. promenadeplayhouse.com.


The 30th annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy provides in-depth resources for uncovering familial roots and building family trees, attracting attendees from all over the world. The event features more than 130 speakers, 250 programs, film screenings, live concert performances and more. Sun. Through July 16. JW Marriot Hotel at L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. jgsla2010.com.


Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”) stars as Franklin Robertson, a misunderstood 13-year-old who seeks escapist entertainment via black-and-white horror movies, in “Doctor Cerberus.” Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Wed. Through July 18. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2:30 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. $20-$48. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0808. latw.org.


Comic book legend Stan Lee, responsible for creating Spider-Man, X-Men and countless other iconic superheroes, signs copies of his new manga series, “Karakuridoji Ultimo.” Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

A vampire writes a bizarre stage version of “Hamlet” in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead,” a new murder mystery-cum-comedy starring Jake Hoffman, the son of Dustin Hoffman, as the naïve director of the doomed play. Original “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio co-stars in the film, which features original music by Sean Lennon. Fri. $11. Various times. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

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