Pick of the Week: Thursday, October 27
“WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY”
Inspired by the best-selling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the Skirball’s new exhibition of photography, graphics and visual art addresses how women have persevered in the face of sex trafficking, gender-based violence and maternal mortality in the developing world. Museum visitors can learn more about ways to advocate on behalf of victims. Thu. Through March 11. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors and full-time students), $5 (children, 2 to 12), free (members and children, 2 and under; everyone on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.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.
SAT | OCT 22
Romance blossoms between computer scientist Elliot (Jason Ritter) and molecular biologist Molly (Mandy Siegfried), but their new relationship proves as complex as algorithms and microbes in this comedic play by Itamar Moses (“Boardwalk Empire”) about love in the 21st century. Tonight’s show will be recorded by L.A. Theatre Works. Sat. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Through Oct. 23. $49. The James Bridges Theatre, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, Melnitz Hall, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. Enter UCLA from Hilgard Avenue, near Sunset Boulevard, and park in Lot 3. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.
SUN | OCT 23
“ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE”
It’s 1946, and Hollywood mogul Sam Baum, an assimilated Jew, hires non-Jewish screenwriter Garfield Hampson Jr. to pen a script about the American Jewish experience. As Baum lavishes affection on his son Adam, who is preparing for his bar mitzvah, the mogul berates Hampson over the screenplay: “You have betrayed me. You wrote it like a Jew.” Playwright Daniel Goldfarb’s off-Broadway satire is based on the true story of Sam Goldwyn hiring Ring Lardner Jr. in the hope of beating “Gentleman’s Agreement” to the silver screen. Sun. 2 p.m. $16 (general), $14 (members, students, seniors), $12 (senior members, student members). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531. westsidejcc.org.
“CAPITOL STEPS: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF POLITICS”
The D.C.-based comedy troupe of former congressional staffers returns to American Jewish University with song parodies, skits and stand-up that satirize the politicians and culture of Capitol Hill. Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
TUE | OCT 25
“WTF LIVE WITH MARC MARON”
Critically acclaimed comedian Marc Maron kicks off a new live version of his hit podcast, “WTF,” at the Steve Allen Theater on the last Tuesday of each month. A top download on iTunes, the podcast features Maron’s insightful interviews with today’s top comedians. Standing-room-only ticket lineup at 6:30 p.m. Tue. 8 p.m. $10 (door). Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (800) 595-4849. steveallentheater.com.
WED | OCT 26
BREAST CANCER EDUCATION FORUM
West Hollywood City Councilwoman Abbe Land moderates today’s panel with medical personnel from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USC and Tower Hematology Oncology, including Dr. C. Michele Burnison, a radiation oncologist; Dr. Catherine Dang, breast surgeon and associate director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program; Dr. Ora Gordon, director of the GeneRISK Adult Genetics Program; Dr. Dung Nguyen, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr. Dorothy Park, hematology oncology; and Dr. B.J. Rimel, gynecologic oncologist. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women /LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. ncjwla.org.
“TRIPLE ART OPENING”
A special reception with artists Michael Cohen, J.J. L’Heureux and Ilan Laks highlights tonight’s art show, hosted by the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel. Attendees can view three very different exhibitions at once, including “Ultra-Orthodox in Israel,” a photography exhibit by Cohen, showing candid moments in the lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews; “Faces From the Southern Ocean,” L’Heureux’s photographs of wildlife in the Southern Ocean, its islands and Antarctica; and “Galactic Infinity,” Laks’ attempt to capture the galaxies of the collective unconscious in large-scale paintings. Wed. 7-9 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108. ucla.hillel.org.
“MAKING THE BEST MEDICAL DECISIONS”
Harvard oncologist and New Yorker medical writer Dr. Jerome Groopman and physician Dr. Pamela Hartzband, the husband-and-wife team behind the recently released book “Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You” (Penguin Press), join Dr. David Feinberg, associate vice chancellor and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, for a discussion on how patients can make medical decisions — from the “right” doctor to the best treatment — that make sense for them. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.