March 8, 2012
SAT | MARCH 10
“SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT ...”
He’s been a starship captain, a hard-boiled cop and high-powered attorney. William Shatner’s career and his willingness to poke fun at himself has culminated in this one-man show, which just wrapped on Broadway. Through anecdotes, jokes and songs, the 80-year-old renaissance man traces his career, starting with his beginnings as a classically trained Shakespearean actor. Sat. 8 p.m. $40-$105. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 468-1770. shatnersworld.com.
HAVDALLAH ON THE BEACH
When was the last time you celebrated Havdallah on the beach? Heck, when was the last time you went to the beach? Tonight, Moishe House West L.A., a young adults organization, marks the end of Shabbat with a bonfire on the sands of Dockweiler Beach. Sat. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Dockweiler Beach, 12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. (510) 452-3800. moishehouse.org.
The Broadway actor joins Rabbi David Wolpe and faith-rocker Craig Taubman to celebrate Shabbat at Sinai Temple. Bikel’s singing and storytelling, Wolpe’s teachings, Taubman’s musical talent and Sinai Temple’s religious school students’ choreographed dance highlight the Feit Family Shabbat Morning Live service. Sat. 8:45 a.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Ziegler Sanctuary, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
MON | MARCH 12
“WALTER ARLEN: A LIFE IN MUSIC”
The Viennese composer’s life has been filled with art, culture and near-tragedy: After escaping from Nazi rule in 1939 and coming to the United States, he worked as a Los Angeles Times music critic and founded the Loyola Marymount University’s music department. Today, he discusses his journey with UCLA music professor Neal Stulberg. Mon. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCLA, Popper Auditorium-Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
TUE | MARCH 13
The child star (“Blossom”) turned neuroscientist turned “The Big Bang Theory” star, discusses “Beyond the Sling,” her new book on attachment parenting. She also appears at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Thursday. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at Third Street Promenade, 1201 Third Street, Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110. barnesandnoble.com.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The author of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “Everything Is Illuminated” sits down with Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin to discuss the “New American Haggadah,” which Foer co-created with Nathan Englander (“The Ministry of Special Cases,” “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges”). In addition to Foer’s editing and Englander’s Hebrew translation, “New American Haggadah” includes commentary from Jeffrey Goldberg, Rebecca Newberger Deutsch and Lemony Snicket as well as illustrations by Israeli typographer Oded Ezer. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
“FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN”
Joan Adler, executive director of the Straus Family Historical Society, discusses “Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.” As historian for the Lazarus Straus family, Adler has examined recently discovered letters between Frank, who was Anne Frank’s father, and Straus, U.S. housing administrator at the time, who tried to help Frank’s family. Organized by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. Adler also appears at the Museum of Tolerance on Wednesday. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (JGSLA members), $5 general). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. jgsla.org.
WED | MARCH 14
JEWISH EXPECTANT PARENTS WORKSHOP
Rabbis and educators — male and female, from Orthodox to Reform — lead Cedars-Sinai’s parenthood preparation class. Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior manager of spiritual care at Cedars-Sinai, and Ilana Mills, a rabbinical student a Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discuss such topics as naming traditions, baby ceremonies and new rituals for your Jewish home. Wed. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $18. Cedars-Sinai Chapel, plaza level, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 423-5168. cedars-sinai.edu/prenatal.