May 21, 2009
Calendar Picks and Clicks May 23–29
SUN | MAY 24
Sababa is toasting Memorial Day weekend with a bash in Beverly Hills. “Doin’ It Right!” will feature a centrally located venue; DJs Ziv and Titus spinning hip-hop, house and Israeli music; dancing; and a room full of (mostly single) Jews. Sun. 9:30 p.m. (doors open). $15 (before 10:30 p.m.), $20 (after 10:30 p.m.). Aqualounge, 424 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 657-6650. www.sababaparties.com.
TUE | MAY 26
As Elizabeth Mann lay in a hospital bed recovering from the horrors of the Holocaust, one of her first requests was for drawing materials. “The Art of Elizabeth Mann” showcases this Hungarian Jewish artist’s work, from the concentration camp images that still haunt her today to the beauty of a nature scene. Tue. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibit runs Sun.-Fri. through July 3. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. www.lamoth.org.
WED | MAY 27
Discover what Nes Gadol has to offer your child at its open house. The Vista Del Mar program for Jewish children with autism and other special needs focuses its multisensory education around Jewish values, traditions, Torah, tikkun olam and building community. Wed. 6 p.m. Free. Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223, ext. 322. www.vistadelmar.org.
THU | MAY 28
Rabbis from the Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal movements will lead swtudy sessions at the weekendlong Shavuot retreat, “Uniting Heaven and Earth: How Revelation and Mystical Experience Are Lived in the Details of Our Lives.” On the schedule is an all-night Tikkun Leyl Shavuot session, meditation, prayer, study opportunities, singing, yoga and sound healing. Thu.-Sat. $295 (including kosher food, lodging and programming), $395 (single room), $195 (just meals and programming). American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Conference Center, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (805) 915-0728. www.opentowonder.com.
The Coexist? Comedy Tour was Jewless for a while, but the traveling comedy troupe, consisting of a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and atheist is now whole again with the recent addition of Los Angeles comedian Moshe Kasher. Thu. 10 p.m. $14, plus two-item minimum. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. http://www.symfonee.com/Improv/hollywood. Also, May 29 at 8 p.m. $15. Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach. www.arttheatrelongbeach.com.
In addition to the requisite late-night learning, JConnectLA’s Shavuot celebration, “Simply Shavuot,” will also include candles, wine, dinner and talks by Isralight’s Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld, Journal columnist David Suissa, Beach Hillel’s Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and others. Thu. 7:30 p.m. (dinner), 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (discussions). $36 (per person), $55 (per couple). David Suissa’s home, 1500 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 405-2336. www.jconnectla.com.
FRI | MAY 29
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay homage to Oscar-winning songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman at a ceremony hosted by music producer and composer Quincy Jones. Partners in life and in writing, the prolific Bergmans have been working together for 50 years and won awards for songs featured in “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Way We Were” and “Yentl.” The evening will include film clips, anecdotes from colleagues and friends and performances of several of their Oscar-nominated songs. Fri. 8 p.m. $5. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 247-3600. www.oscars.org.