SAT | SEPTEMBER 12
A-list celebrities and award-winning playwrights join forces to support the fight for gay rights with “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” a one-night Attic Theatre benefit reading for the Human Rights Campaign. The performance features 12 short plays, which address the issue of gay marriage in America or Proposition 8 in California, and features Miss Coco Peru as the host. Debra Messing, Jason Alexander, Lisa Edelstein, Dan Lauria, Peter Paige and Chad Allen are a few of the actors performing in the show. A reception including cocktails, a photographer and wedding cake will follow. Sat. 7 p.m. $60-$80. El Portal Theatre, 5267 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. attictheatre.org.
Rachael Sage, a self-taught musician, poet and producer from New York, will debut her Edinburgh Fringe show, “Sequins & Shpiel,” on the West Coast this month. The songstress, who is also an improvisational keyboardist and has performed with the New York City Ballet, will weave songs from her eight-album discography with anecdotes about life as a ballerina, her time on the road and her self-described “wacky Jewish family.” Sat. 7 p.m. $10. Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com. rachaelsage.com.
SUN | SEPTEMBER 13
Even faced with the worst of circumstances — war, poverty, illness and hunger — children make use of what’s around them to create toys. “The Power to Play — From Trash to Treasure” is a new ChildFund International and Museum of Tolerance exhibit that displays this indomitable spirit, showcasing more than 200 toys handmade by disadvantaged children around the world, using scraps of metal, discarded bottles and other waste to entertain themselves. Former Miss USA, Shauntay Hinton, who was sponsored by the same organization — ChildFund — as the young toymakers, will share her inspiring story. Children will also have the chance to create their own toy from recycled materials. Sun. 1:30-4 p.m. Through Dec. 31. Free. Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (804) 756-8987. childfund.org.
Spend the day gambling to benefit Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. The No Limit Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament raises money for the organization’s mentoring programs and is an entire day of adult fun: screens with the first football games of the season, free football pools, blackjack, prize wheels, a full bar and lunch, lessons and the main event — a poker tournament where players compete for the chance to win $7,500 in cash or a $10,000 buy-in at the World Series of Poker. Sun. Noon-8 p.m. $200 (prepaid), $230 (at the door). Hustler Casino, 1000 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena. (323) 456-1158. jbbbsla.org/poker.
This year’s Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention will feature Larry Hama, who wrote the majority of the “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” comic books; voice actors from the 1980s “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” animated series; actress Juliet Landau from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; and a dealer’s room full of books, toys, trading cards, collectibles, movie memorabilia and more. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles. (818) 954-8432. comicbookscifi.com.
MON | SEPTEMBER 14
Tired of being overlooked at conferences that failed to address the unique needs and interests of documentary and reality programming producers, Jewish filmmaker Chuck Braverman and executive Richard Propper decided to organize a conference on their own terms. Westdoc: The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference is an intensive three-day program that connects filmmakers with top executives from PBS, TLC, Discovery Channel, ABC, MTV and other networks, and teaches them what the networks are looking for and how to market their ideas. The conference will include speakers, seminars, panels, a live pitching event and networking parties. Sept. 14-16. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $750. Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica, 1707 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-3332. thewestdoc.com.
TUE | SEPTEMBER 15
WED | SEPTEMBER 16
Monotonix, a vibrant rock and roll band from Israel, will be performing songs from its new album, “Where Were You When It Happened?” The band’s music can best be described as raw and energetic, with acid guitar licks and riffs, screaming choruses and a wildness that inspires crowd pummeling. The only way to experience Monotonix is live, performing along with Anavan Signals and Tweak Bird. The show is open to all ages. Wed. 8 p.m. $10. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., Downtown Los Angeles. thesmell.org. myspace.com/monotonix.
THU | SEPTEMBER 17
The Sway Machinery, a modern cantorial indie band, will headline JDub Records’ oh-so-mysterious “Hidden Melodies Revealed,” a “secret” multimedia celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Part ritual and part rock concert, the hip Holy Days performance includes an open bar reception before the show, free entrance and free parking — what more could you want from an L.A. event? Sponsors include Tablet, Reboot, The Jewish Federation, The Jewish Journal, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and others. Thu. 8 p.m. (reception), 9 p.m. (show). Free. Piness Auditorium, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. jdubrecords.org.
Malabomba!, an international dance party with Romani flavoring, is hosting local klezmer band The Shpil, for a raucous night of jumping, dancing and rocking to good music. The Shpil is a cosmopolitan quartet blending folk, rock, jazz and classical influences. Equally comfortable in a bar or at a bar mitzvah, The Shpil will be joined by percussionist T.J. Troy for a performance that fits right into Malabomba’s mission statement of rejecting homogeneity. Twice a month Malabomba! puts on dance parties that feature Balkan beats, Israeli garage, Persian mambo, Bollywood funk, Soviet disco and other innovative genres of dance music. Thu. 9 p.m. $5. Bordello, 901 E. First St., Downtown Los Angeles. malabomba.com.
FRI | SEPTEMBER 18
Reinhard Heydrich, considered the chief architect of the Nazis’ Final Solution, and Heinrich Himmler, his immediate superior and rival, scheme against one another in a bid to gain policital power in the play “Heydrick/Hitler/Holocaust” by Cornelius Schnauber. The novelist and scholar is the director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss studies at USC and has received numerous honors for his scholarly work. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 3 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $15. The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. (323) 957-1152. themettheatre.com.