[SUN OCT 7]
Gloria Steinem: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Votes”
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem discusses reproductive rights and their importance in the upcoming presidential election. While this free event is open to the public, seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. UCLA campus, Broad Art Center, Room 2160E, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4601. history.ucla.edu/events/gloria-steinem-lecture.
“Proposition 30: What’s Really at Stake”
Jewish perspectives, policy analyses and personal testimony highlight a discussion about what Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, means for schools, health care and other public services. Organized by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8350.
“The Sota Project”
Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani creates an immersive, multilayered video installation that re-enacts “Sota,” a controversial story from the Talmud of two sisters bound together in symbiotic loyalty that unfolds in time and three-dimensional space. Cnaani appears today in a panel discussion, “The Sota Project: Women in ConTEXT,” joined by talmudist Dvora Weisberg, director of the school of rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Megan Hibler Reid, assistant professor of religion, gender studies and law at USC; and contemporary art critic James Trainor. The speakers discuss contemporary Israeli art and culture as well as its increasing importance to the art world. Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, moderates. Sun. 2-3:30 p.m. (panel discussion, reception follows). Through Dec. 1. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), noon-4 p.m. (Saturday). Free. USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 740-4561. fisher.usc.edu.
[WED OCT 10]
Jeff Goldblum stars in Theresa Rebeck’s (“Omnium Gatherum”) comic play. Leonard, an embittered and former literary star, leads a creative writing workshop out of an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As he bullies and abuses his students — four young aspiring novelists — a world of sex, fear, competition and power struggle comes alive, as do the layers of Leonard’s painful past. Sun. Through Nov. 18. Various showtimes (2, 6:30 and 8 p.m.). $30-$110. Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772 or (213) 972-4400. centertheatregroup.org.
[THU OCT 11]
“The Invisible War”
The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that there were 19,000 violent sex crimes in the U.S. military in 2010. Filmmaker Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” “Twist of Faith”) uncovers this epidemic of sexual violence against women in the U.S. military, interviewing victims and examining their uphill fight as they seek justice within the military legal system. A Q-and-A with the film’s producer, Amy Ziering, follows the screening. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
Following the death of his grandmother, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger finds copies of Der Angriff, a Nazi propaganda newspaper, as he clears out her Tel Aviv apartment. Flipping through its pages, Goldfinger discovers that his grandparents had accompanied a high-ranking Nazi official, Leopold von Mildenstein, on a prewar trip to Palestine. Winner of the Israeli Oscar for best documentary, Goldfinger’s 2011 film plays like a suspense thriller as he seeks the truth about his grandparents and the man who was Adolf Eichmann’s predecessor. A Q-and-A with Goldfinger follows the screening. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (Museum of Tolerance members, students, seniors), $12 (general). Advance ticket purchase recommended. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505.
“Real Housewives of the Bible: Eve/Lilith”
Eve is considered the first “housewife” of the Bible. But was she? According to Jewish folklore, Adam had a starter marriage with Lilith. Tonight’s discussion, led by IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous, kicks off American Jewish University’s second series looking at the Bible’s desperate housewives, including Dinah and Tamar. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25 (individual class), $100 (series, nine classes). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.