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Mar. 30-Apr. 8

by Ryan Torok

March 30, 2011 | 10:18 am

WED | MARCH 30

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
If you’re looking for work, needing financial assistance or just hoping to network, don’t miss out on this day of workshops on topics like job searches and debtor’s rights; face-to-face meetings with staff from social service and governmental agencies; and information and referrals to local resources. Janet Spiegel, a consultant and social media expert, delivers the event’s keynote speech. Kosher refreshments provided. Wed. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. RSVP required, (323) 761-8239. jewishla.org/resource-fair.

CULTIVATING A SELF-RELIANT CHILD
Parenting expert Betsy Brown Braun, author of “You’re Not the Boss of Me,” leads tonight’s discussion on cultivating character traits that are tried-and-true brat-busters. Braun appears in dialogue with Rabbi David Wolpe. A book signing follows. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to park in building. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.

“THE SOUL OF JEWISH MUSIC”
Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzhok Meir Helfgot perform live, accompanied by a klezmer ensemble and a chamber orchestra. Comedian Elon Gold introduces the evening’s program, and proceeds benefit the Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Jewish Network. Wed. 6:30 p.m. $75-$350. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. ticketmaster.com. To read Journal writer Tom Tugend’s article on the concert, click here.


FRI | APRIL 1

VIDAL SASSOON
Spend an evening with the man who has been on the cutting edge of hairstyling since the 1960s. Sassoon discusses and signs “Vidal: The Autobiography,” his recently released memoir, which follows his youth in a London Jewish orphanage, his time spent fighting in the Israeli army and, of course, his wildly successful career. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com

SAT | APRIL 2

“THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS”
Psychologist Joel Crohn, co-author of “Beyond the Chuppah: A Jewish Guide to Happy Marriages,” and Farzana Nayani, president of Multiracial Americans of Southern California, instruct parents and parents-to-be on raising children with intercultural, interracial and interreligious backgrounds. The workshop addresses societal pressures and prejudices while emphasizing what’s best for a child’s upbringing. Second session on April 9. Sat. 1-4 p.m. $20 (full-time students), $30 (Skirball members), $40 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


SUN | APRIL 3

“DANCING WITH THE RABBIS”
L.A. rabbis Bradley Shavit Artson, Mark Borovitz, Elliot Dorff, Nina Feinstein and Zoë Klein partner with professional dancers for an evening of competition inspired by the hit television series “Dancing With the Stars,” as each team vies for a mirror-ball trophy and a donation to its chosen charity. Karina Smirnoff and Louis Van Amstel, regulars on the ABC series, also perform. Sun. 6 p.m. $45 (open seating), $60 (reserved seating), $100 (VIP seating, reserved parking and special-edition kippah). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.

NOT YOUR PARENTS’ COMICS
Former Marvel Comics executive editor Sid Jacobson (“Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography”), 2011 Sydney Taylor Award-winning cartoonist Barry Deutsch (“Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword”), Nachshon Press executive editor William Rubin (“Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel”) and education professional Anastasia Betts, an expert in graphic literature, are the featured speakers at this conference promoting Jewish literature for children. Local authors autograph their work at a literature marketplace, and manuscript consultations are available. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes lunch. $45 (Association of Jewish Libraries members), $45 (manuscript consultation), $55 (general). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 886-6415. ajula.edu.

“MIXED BLESSINGS”
The shadow of the Holocaust looms large over a straight Jewish college student and his gay German roommate as they struggle with their respective identities. Today’s reading marks a reunion of the original cast, which performed the play in 2010 at the NoHo Actors’ Studio. A Q-and-A follows with Jeff Bernhardt, the show’s writer and director, as well as the cast. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
 


THU | APRIL 7

“FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION”
Pamela and Randol Schoenberg host a free community concert featuring liturgical compositions for organ and chorus by composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl. Timed to the bat mitzvah of Dora Schoenberg, Arnold Schoenberg’s great-granddaughter, the musical tribute also includes the premiere of Samuel Adler’s “From Generation to Generation.” Thu. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Sinai Temple, main sanctuary, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. generationconcert.eventbrite.com. generationconcert.org.

“DIVINE CASE”
A lawyer sues God for allowing human suffering in the first of five one-act plays performed during “Lost and Found,” a four-day festival featuring works written, directed and produced by high school students at Shalhevet. Thu. 7 p.m. (also April 10, 11 and 13). $10 (Shalhevet students, staff), $15 (adults), $25 (patron front row seats). Shalhevet School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 932-1741. shalhevet.org.

JOSEPH SILVERSTEIN
The veteran violinist and the University of Southern California’s Thornton Chamber Orchestra perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat Major, Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F Minor “La Passione” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major. The concert marks the culmination of Silverstein’s two-week residency at USC. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free (USC students, staff and faculty), $12 (seniors, USC alumni and non-USC students), $18 (general). USC School of Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (213) 740-4672. usc.edu/music.


FRI | APRIL 8

ARTRIBE LA
Showcasing artwork by high school students around Los Angeles, tonight’s art show raises funds for the SPIRAL Foundation, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works to provide medical and prenatal care in Nepal and Vietnam. Fri. 6-10 p.m. $10 (students), $20 (adults). Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 397-7449. spiralfoundation.org.

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