November 22, 2011
Nov. 22-Dec. 2
Pick of the Week: Tuesday, November 29
While procrastinating on her second screenplay, “The Future,” in 2009, July became obsessed with reading the classified ads in the PennySaver. She set out across Los Angeles to meet with PennySaver sellers, documenting the experiences in her latest book, “It Chooses You,” which blends narrative, interviews, photographs and deadpan humor. July appears in conversation with “This American Life” contributor Joshuah Bearman. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.
TUE | NOV 22
The irreverent author discusses his latest memoir, “Drunken Angel,” divulging how growing up as the son of a French Holocaust survivor affected him, and how his alcoholism alienated those around him, including his daughter, before he got clean at 40. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com.
THU | NOV 24
SKI WEEKEND IN WHISTLER
Spend Thanksgiving Weekend with Jewish professionals (25-45) on the slopes in Whistler. The trip includes a three-night hotel stay, a Friday night Shabbat dinner, a Saturday Shabbat lunch and barbecue, and more. Contact the Chotzen Sisters, who organized the excursion, for discounted rates for ski tickets as well as ski and snowboard rentals. Airfare not included. Thu. Through Nov. 27. 7:30 p.m. $199 (per person). $225 (per person, two-bedroom suite), $320 (per person, two-person occupancy). (604) 738-7060. thekollel.com/events.
FRI | NOV 25
ANNIVERSARY SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS
Sephardic singles (40s-60s) host tonight’s Shabbat celebration, featuring a catered Middle Eastern dinner and a musical performance by Zirzuvi, a band from Santa Cruz that plays mostly Sephardic music in Ladino, Jewish music in Hebrew and Turkish folk songs. Fri. 6 p.m. $30 (door), $25 (prepaid by Nov. 20), $20 (prepaid chavurah members). Culver City Clubhouse. Call (818) 564-0153 or (323) 294-6084 for more information.
SAT | NOV 26
THE 14th THREE STOOGES BIG-SCREEN EVENT
Whether you’re a knucklehead or a newbie, you soitenly wouldn’t want to miss the annual Stooge-Fest. Spend Thanksgiving Weekend with Larry, Moe, Curly and Shemp as the Alex Theatre screens selected shorts, including “Back to the Woods” (1937), “Goofs and Saddles” (1937), “Mummy’s Dummies” (1948) and “Wee Wee Monsieur” (1938). Lineup is subject to change. Sat. 2 p.m. $15. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. alextheatre.org.
SUN | NOV 27
“PEACE IN OUR TIME”
Casey Stangl directs Noël Coward’s 1946 anti-war melodrama, which imagines a Nazi-occupied England after losing the Battle of Britain to Germany. Set in a South London pub, with a cast of characters affected by the German invasion, the adaptation by Barry Creyton adds 11 songs to the revival and different troupes take turns starring during The Antaeus Company’s run. Sun. Through Dec. 18. 2:30 p.m. $34. Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 506-1983. antaeus.org.
“MITCH ALBOM’S HAVE A LITTLE FAITH”
Bradley Whitford (“West Wing”) stars as Albom in this inspirational made-for-TV movie based on the writer’s first nonfiction book after “Tuesdays With Morrie.” Albom connects with two men of faith — a New Jersey rabbi (Martin Landau) who asks him to write his eulogy, and a Detroit pastor (Laurence Fishburne) whose life was once mired in drugs and crime. Affected by the men’s outlooks on life, Albom reconnects with his beliefs and learns the value of helping others. Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls,” “Caroline, or Change”) co-stars. Sun. 9 p.m. abc.go.com/shows/have-a-little-faith.
MON | NOV 28
Mooly Landesman’s 2009 documentary explores the search for identity in the kibbutz movement of the 1960s. The film follows a group of non-Jewish Europeans who traveled to the Jewish state and looks at the realities that emerge when individuals from different backgrounds start families. Mon. 6-8 p.m. Free. UCLA Campus, Royce Hall 362, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel.
TUE | NOV 29
TOM BROKAW AND MARTY KAPLAN
The veteran broadcaster discusses his recently released book, “The Time of Our Lives,” which raises questions about our relationship to our communities and our country, with Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
THU | DEC 1
“THEY WERE AMONG US: REMBERING 30 YEARS OF AIDS”
Beth Chayim Chadashim and Project Chicken Soup co-sponsor a program of history, testimony and memory on World AIDS Day, featuring people who experienced the early years of AIDS, including long-term survivors, physicians, activists, writers and performers. Buffet, beverages and no-host bar. Thu. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free (reservation required). ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 909 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. oneworldaidsday2011.org.
FRI | DEC 2
IT’S A GUY THING: A WEEKEND RETREAT
Eighth- and ninth-grade boys and the men who raise them unplug from their busy lives for some bonding time during this weekend retreat in Simi Valley. Fri. Through Dec. 4. $150 (per adult/teen pair). Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University, 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley. (323) 761-8243. jewishla.org/guything.
SOUL SOUNDS SHABBAT
Shabbat is hardly ever this eclectic. South American bossa nova and Sephardic music collide with jazz, rock, folk and classical sounds during this musical Shabbat experience at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. If you really want to complete the experience, you’re going to have to eat: Visit the synagogue’s Web site and order a picnic dinner from Factor’s Deli in advance of the event. 6 p.m. Free (picnic dinner not included). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wilshireboulevardtemple.org.