June 20, 2012
SAT | JUNE 23
“KINDRED SPIRITS: A WORLD HUMANITARIAN CONCERT”
Folk performer Julie Silver, Broadway stars Amick and Cassie Byram, tenor Ilan Davidson, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Noreen Green and others perform at this interfaith concert, which raises funds for Jewish World Watch. The event will also feature celebrity guest appearances by Ed Asner, Michael Strahan and Denzel Whitaker. Sat. 8 p.m. $36-$180. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (323) 319-4849. kindredspiritslive.org.
“UNDER AFRICAN SKIES”
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark cross-cultural album, “Graceland,” in this new documentary. Celebrated director Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost”) explores the acclaim and the controversy — Simon was accused of breaking a U.N. cultural boycott — and follows the legendary folk musician as he stages a reunion concert. Screening tonight at Grand Performances. Sat. 8 p.m. Free. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.
“(MOSTLY UNPLUGGED) UN-CONVENTIONAL MUSIC HAPPENING”
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock’s concert at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles features performances by a diverse lineup of folksy musicians and singer-songwriters, including Eleni Mandell, The Haden Sisters, Little Dawnee Frinta & Chris Roque. While adults party at this mini-festival, children (4-12) enjoy a Dance Party/Movie Night at South Pasadena’s Celebration Kids, including pizza and snacks. Concert: 8 p.m. $36-$118. Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, 1238 W. First St., Los Angeles. (323) 255-5416. tbila.org. Childcare: 5 p.m.-midnight. $50 for one child, $30 for each sibling. Celebration Kids, 1101 Arroyo Verde Road, South Pasadena. (323) 258-9890. celebrationkids.net.
SUN | JUNE 24
YALA DOG CLUSTER
Schmooze with other young adults as you stroll the bustling cafes and shops of Larchmont Village and the historic homes of Hancock Park with your canine companion. Organized by Young Adults of Los Angeles — The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ young adults group — today’s dog-walking tour begins in the commercial Larchmont district before heading south to the Windsor Square neighborhood. Sun. 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Free. Meeting place: Larchmont Grill, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8324. jewishla.org/yala.
TUE | JUNE 26
A Jerusalem-born multimedia artist and lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Guez appears in person at Royal/T in Culver City to discuss his first major museum exhibition in the United States, “Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean,” which opens at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum in September. A mix of photograph and video installations, Guez’s work explores Israeli multiculturalism and gives voice to the country’s minorities. Tue. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-6300. artiscontemporary.org.
WED | JUNE 27
AMI ALONI TRIBUTE CONCERT
Artists from the contemporary Jewish music scene celebrate the work of Aminadav Aloni, former music director and composer-in-residence at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) for almost 30 years, with a tribute concert and the CD release of “Ami Aloni — A Tribute From a New Generation.” Performers include Sam Glaser, Cantors Herschel Fox and Phil Baron, and the VBS Congregational Choir, directed by Chris Hardin, offering new and original interpretations of Aloni melodies. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 907-7194. jewishmusicla.org.
The irreverent cultural critic — who, in his various works of poetry and nonfiction, examines the psychology of humiliation, gay men’s predilection for opera and comedian Harpo Marx’s pathos and Jewishness — appears in conversation tonight with writer Jim Krusoe. Koestenbaum, an English professor at City University of New York, comes to town as part of the Hammer’s New American Writing Series. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 433-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
FRI | JUNE 29
Arik, 16, scouts prospects and investigates clients for his matchmaker employer, a Holocaust survivor named Yankele, in director Avi Nesher’s Israeli Oscar-winning comedy-drama. In Haifa’s gritty Lower City during the summer of 1968, Arik sees his world transformed as he falls for U.S.-raised Tamara, who talks about rock ’n’ roll, women’s liberation and free love. When the disparate parts of Arik’s life collide, he is changed forever. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12 and seniors). Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills; Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; and Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.