October 11, 2011
Pick of the Week: Sunday, October 16
JEWISH COUNTY FAIR
Spend Sukkot partying it up with the Shalom Institute in Malibu, home of Camp JCA Shalom, and Craig ’n Co. This all-day, family-friendly bash features live concerts, nature activities and more — all in the name of Jewish unity. Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel headlines with more than a dozen acts, including Michelle Citrin, Moshe Hecht, Elana Jagoda, Yael Meyer, Josh Nelson and Eric Schwartz. With carnival rides and games, kosher food, a zipline, farm animals and crafts, how can you skip this? Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $6 (advance), $9 (gate), free (children, 3 and younger). Shalom Institute in Malibu, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. bigjewishtent.com.
THU | OCT 13
The New York City-based songwriter performs in support of his recently released album, “Where Are the Arms,” a collection of modern folk-pop songs. Classical music ensemble the Calder Quartet accompanies Kahane, who was born in Venice Beach and raised on both coasts. Thu. 8 p.m. $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
“ORNAMENT OF THE WORLD”
Soprano choral trio Voxfire and Arabic music ensemble Kan Zaman join together to explore the song tradition of medieval Spain, when Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities lived among each other in relative peace. The performers evoke the wistful and plaintive longing of Jewish Sephardic romances, the sensuous poetry of Arabic ring-songs, the religious fervor of Spanish cantigas and more. Part of the fifth annual World Festival of Sacred Music, the program draws inspiration from Maria Rosa Menocal’s 2002 book, “Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.” Thu. 8-10 p.m. $8 (students), $10 (general). St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 747-6285. festivalofsacredmusic.org.
SAT | OCT 15
“BACK DOOR CHANNELS: THE PRICE OF PEACE”
On Sept. 17, 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat laid down their arms and embraced peace during the Camp David Accords. Director Harry Hunkele goes behind the scenes to look at backroom negotiations that made the peace treaty possible and the people who operated in the shadows as spies for peace. Sat. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children, 12 and younger; seniors, 62 and older). Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7, Music Hall 3 and Town Center 5. laemmle.com.
SUN | OCT 16
“CELEBRATING PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: 1945-1980”
Attend a free “meet the artists” opening reception at American Jewish University’s Platt and Borstein Galleries, one of 60 museums, galleries and other sites participating in this citywide exhibition of post-World War II art. Curators Elizabeth Bloom and Elaine Levin have selected 18 Jewish artists who work in a variety of media, including Judy Chicago, Julius Shulman and Ruth Weisberg. Sun. 3-5 p.m. Free. Platt and Borstein Galleries, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1201. ajula.edu.
The Israeli American pianist performs with a chamber ensemble featuring violinists Phillip Levy and Julie Gigante, violist Andrew Duckles and cellist David Low. Dokshitsky, who made her debut at 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, has won several major international piano competitions, including first prize at the Jerusalem Symphony’s Young Artists Competition. Today’s concert — featuring Brahms’ Sonata-Scherzo “FAE” (Sonatensatz), Op. Posthume, and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 — kicks off the Le Salon de Musiques’ second season. Sun. 4 p.m. $65 (regular), $45 (students). Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 498-0257. lesalondemusiques.com.
SUKKOT FAMILY CELEBRATION
Live music, dancing, a nature walk and a Sukkot-related art activity highlight this family-friendly event at the Skirball. South Central Farmers, an organic farming co-op, provides fresh veggies, and the Shalom Institute and Habitat for Humanity team up to conduct hands-on activities. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner, or you can purchase food at Zeidler’s Cart prior to 5 p.m. Beverages and extra goodies provided. Sun. 5-7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
CONCERT FOR WORLD PEACE
Honoring the memory of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by al-Qaeda militants in 2002, the Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble performs as part of the 10th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, organized by the Daniel Pearl Music Foundation. The ensemble performs works that reflect the life and career of Pearl, including works by Johannes Brahms, Bohuslav Martinu, Zigmund Schul and others. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. jewishmusicla.org.
TUE | OCT 18
TOWN HALL ON MIDDLE EAST
Rep. Brad Sherman hosts a special town hall meeting tonight with Gil Artzyeli, deputy consul general of the State of Israel, to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship, terrorism and Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Kosher refreshments provided. Tue. 7 p.m. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 501-9200. templejudea.com.
SONGS OF PEACE
Celebrate Sukkot and Daniel Pearl World Music Days with a festival featuring the music of composer and pianist Russell Steinberg; mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin; Yiddish performance artist Lisa Fishman; the Kirtan Rabbi, Andrew Hahn; Cantor Doug Cotler and the Or Ami Chorale. Sponsored by LimmudLA and Congregation Or Ami. Tue. 8 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
WED | OCT 19
“AND IN THE END WAS COMMENTARY”
Jack Miles, author of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “God: A Biography,” and UC Davis professor David Biale, author of “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought,” explore the distinction between Scripture and commentary. The discussion is part of the Getty’s “In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination” exhibition, which runs through November. Wed. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7330. getty.edu.