Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks May 30–June 5, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on May. 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Cantor Danny Maseng of Temple Israel of Hollywood

Cantor Danny Maseng of Temple Israel of Hollywood

SAT | MAY 30

Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band, will perform many of the British group’s biggest hits in a live concert using authentic instruments and costumes. The Simi Valley-based group has convincingly re-created the sound of The Beatles for audiences around the world, including at Shea Stadium in New York, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Sat. 8:15 p.m. $10 (under 18), $25 (adults). Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881. www.tickettoridelive.com.

SUN | MAY 31

The Lodzer Organization, founded by survivors of the Polish city of Lodz, performed mitzvot after the war by delivering a bowl of borscht or a plate of kugel to people in need. Recently, the philanthropy dedicated to helping Jews around the world donated 10 ambulances to Israel’s Magen David Adom. The American Friends of Magen David Adom are honoring the Lodzer Organization for doing this mitzvah and many others at Cantors Sing for Life, a concert including many of the city’s talented cantors. Sun. 5 p.m. $54. Congregation Beth Israel sanctuary, 8056 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 905-5099. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.afmda.org.

Political cartoonist Steve Greenberg, whose work appears in The Jewish Journal and on the news blog LA Observed, has published his first book, “Fine-Tooning the Planet.” The book is a collection of 120 cartoons from his 30-year career of commenting on environmental topics such as global warming, oil, pollution and overpopulation. Denis Hayes, the father of Earth Day, wrote the foreword. Greenberg will be on hand at Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring to discuss his environmental work and his creative process as well as sign books. Sun. 3 p.m. Free. Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. www.circlesocal.org.

The Jazz Bakery is moving after hosting jazz performances in the Historic Helms Bakery Complex for 16 years. Pianist George Kahn, who recently released his newest album, “Cover Up!” and won last summer’s Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, will emcee the farewell tribute and perform with his West Coast Jazz Quartet. The final show will also feature the 18-piece Santa Monica High School Jazz Band, which will receive all the proceeds from the concert to purchase instruments. Sun. 3:30-6 p.m. $15 (students), $25 (general). Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 271-9039. www.georgekahn.com.

The Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club is hosting a lecture by Sarah Moskovitz, who will discuss the Polish Yiddish poet Miriam Ulinover and read excerpts of her poetry. Refreshments will be served. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Free (members), $4 (general). Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 275-8455.

Orange County is celebrating Israel with a free communitywide festival, dubbed Israel 61. There will be live entertainment by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan and the InJoy Orchestra, as well as attractions, games and food booths. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine. www.jewishorangecounty.org/Israel61.


Jay Sanderson will be the subject of a tribute and roast marking his 20th anniversary as CEO of JTN Productions. Founded in 1981 as a Los Angeles cable television programming service, JTN has since grown into a national producer and distributor of Jewish TV and broadband programming. All funds raised from the tribute will go toward program development on JTN’s Web site. Mon. 6:30 p.m. (cocktails), 7:30 p.m. (dinner and roast). $250. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (818) 789-5891. www.jewishtvnetwork.com.


YULA senior Lauren Weintraub was moved by her experience at the Emunah Bet Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel, where 180 children removed from abusive and dysfunctional families are placed to regain emotional and physical health. Weintraub has organized a charity fashion show called “WILD” (for female audiences only) to raise money for the home. She’s also collecting clothes in good condition to send to the children at the home. Tue. 7-9:30 p.m. $18-$20 (prepaid), $20-$25 (at the door). The Mark, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 547-4143. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Dick Van Dyke, Carol Lawrence, Pat Boone, June Lockhart and Jordan Bennett will perform selections from the Broadway musicals that put them on the map — “Show Boat,” “State Fair,” “West Side Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Les Miz” — at the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra’s 72nd anniversary concert. Founder-conductor Ernst Katz will be honored at “A Concert, A Celebration and A Salute to Broadway” at Disney Hall. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($30 tickets sold out). Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets through Ticketmaster: (213) 365-3500. www.jrphil.org/tickets.html.

The B’nai Brith Foundation is hosting two free continuing-education seminar luncheons on timely financial planning topics. The first one, “Estate Planning in the Current Environment and Anticipated Changes to the Estate and Gift Tax Laws,” will be led by Allan Cutrow, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP. Wed. Noon (lunch), 12:30-1:30 p.m. (program). Free. Montage Hotel, 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. Jonathan C. Lurie, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, will speak on “Charitable Lead Trusts ... Teach Your Client to Give AND Receive” at the second luncheon on June 4. Noon (lunch), 12:30-1:30 p.m. (program). Free. Courtyard Marriott, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. R.S.V.P. required for both events and kosher lunches are available upon request. (818) 387-8264. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A second screening of “This American Life” episode “John Smith” was added after the June 3 screening, hosted by creator Ira Glass, sold out. The hour-long segment from the Showtime series based on the popular radio show is about the lives of seven people all named John Smith. (Glass will not be attending this second screening.) Presented by KCRW 89.9 FM. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $10. Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 314-4635. www.kcrw.com.


Reasons to go Israeli folk dancing: it’s great exercise, it’s fun, you meet new people, you listen to Israeli music and you may even find a mate (many people have, including me!). Israel Yakovee is a longtime Israeli folk dance teacher and choreographer whose Thursday-night sessions include lessons followed by open circle dances and couple dances the rest of the night. Thu. 8 p.m. (lessons), 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (mixed program). Free for students, $9 (general). Westwood IFD Center, 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 389-1955. www.iyakovee.com.


Big-screen stars Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles are stepping away from the cameras this summer to star in David Mamet’s provocative drama, “Oleanna,” about a power struggle between a university professor and his female student. Both actors have had stage experience, and Stiles earned rave reviews for her performance in London’s West End production of “Oleanna” in 2004. Fri. 8 p.m. Through July 12. $55-$65. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.

Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch penned a Holocaust-themed play that combines horror and humor in an unexpected way. “East of Berlin” is about the next generation and how they grapple with the legacy that has been left to them, including discovering a father who was a Nazi war criminal and bringing home a German lover to a mother who survived Auschwitz. Fri. 8 p.m. Through July 19. $25. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-7101, ext. 7. www.thenohoartscenter.com.

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