Pick of the Week:
Between IKAR’s social justice carnival, ATID-LA’s yacht party, Friendship Circle’s concert for special-needs families and Temple Beth Am’s casino night, there’s something for everybody looking to celebrate Purim. Parties, carnivals, megillah readings and more take place this weekend, next week and the following weekend across Los Angeles. Sat. Through March 11. CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL LIST OF PURIM EVENTS.
SAT | MARCH 3
Inspired by events surrounding late activist Rachel Corrie, playwright Valerie Dillman’s family drama explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Sarah (Abica Dubay), who joins the International Solidarity Movement in the Palestinian territories against the advice of her Jewish uncle and meets a tragic end. Sat. Through March 18. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sunday). $12.50 (students), $25 (general admission), $30 (preferred). Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. freedomtheatrewest.org/sarahs-war.
SUN | MARCH 4
RUSS FEINGOLD AND ROBERT GREENWALD
Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, an advocate for campaign finance reform, a critic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and founder of grass-roots political action committee Progressives United, discusses his new book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era.” Feingold appears with Robert Greenwald, founder of documentary company Brave New World. Sun. 3 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
TUE | MARCH 6
WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN ISRAEL
The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) hosts today’s panel, featuring Shari Eshet, director of NCJW’s Israel office; Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol Ami; and Sharon Shenshav, director of the International Jewish Women’s Rights Project. At a time of Charedi bus segregation and public harassment of women, the panelists explore how religion should not determine a woman’s rights.
Jewish Journal senior writer Julie Gruenbaum Fax moderates. The City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board co-sponsors the event. Tue. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
“THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY”
Historian Timothy Snyder discusses his new book — which he co-authored with the late historian Tony Judt — with Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch. Snyder also appears March 5 at UCLA to discuss “Bloodlands: Holocaust as European History,” drawing from his 2010 book, “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” (visit cjs.ucla.edu for details). Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.
LGBTQ PRIDE AND INCLUSION IN ISRAEL
Celebrating Israel’s acceptance of LGBTQ people, the Jewish Federation’s YALA division holds a screening of Israeli documentary “Gay Days” (2009) and a panel discussion with Avner Dafni, director of Israel Gay Youth; Irit Zviely-Efrat, CEO of Hoshen, the education and information center of Israel’s LGBT communities; Iris Sass-Kochavi of Tehila, Israel’s PFLAG; and Adir Steiner, Pride coordinator for Tel Aviv. Light refreshments served. Organized by JQ International, Congregation Kol Ami, Beth Chayim Chadashim and the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Tue. 7-9 p.m. Free. Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Sanders Board Room, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000. jewishla.org.
Anne-Marie O’Connor — Gustav Klimt’s Stolen Masterpiece
The author of the new book “The Lady in Gold” recounts the history of Gustav Klimt’s painting, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” a depiction of the Jewish-Viennese salon hostess, which was stolen by the Nazis and later became the subject of a Supreme Court case brought by Angeleno Maria Altmann and won by E. Randol Schoenberg. A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Tue. 8 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
THU | MARCH 8
NCAA basketball March Madness shows the Tribe some love. Jewish Community Night at Staples Center features a Pac-12 men’s quarterfinal doubleheader, with local cantors singing the national anthem, kosher food for sale and a Purim costume competition on the City View Terrace. Thu. 6 p.m. (Men’s Quarterfinal No. 1), 8 p.m. (Men’s Quarterfinal No. 2). $25 (300 level, rows 6 and up), $35 (300 level, rows 1-5), $60 (200 level), $80 (premier level). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown. (213) 742-7199. aegtickets.com/pac12jewish