SAT SEPTEMBER 26
Join local author April Halprin Wayland for a signing and lively reading of her new children’s book, “New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story.” The story features a young boy performing the High Holy Days tradition of tashlich, in which people apologize for mistakes made during the previous year and symbolically cast them into a body of water to start a new year with a clean slate. But there’s one mistake the boy has a difficult time atoning for. Ages 5 and up. Sat. 10:30 a.m. Free. Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 559-2665. childrensbookworld.com.
SUN SEPTEMBER 27
For those who wish to experience the High Holy Days from the comfort of their own homes, Jewish Television Network brings Kol Nidre to living rooms with a live webcast of Nashuva’s Yom Kippur service. Rabbi Naomi Levy and the multicultural Nashuva band will lead the High Holy Day service with music, prayer, meditation and wise words for the New Year. The webcast, which drew 220,000 online viewers last year, will stream live as the service is conducted and will also be available on demand immediately afterward. Sun. 6 p.m. jewishtvnetwork.com.
WED SEPTEMBER 30
Lior Kaminetsky, a violinist, cantor and seventh-generation Jerusalamite, has traveled to Jewish communities in Africa, Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East to study the origins of Jewish music, the influence surrounding cultures had on Jewish musicians and the fate of ancient Temple tunes. The USC doctoral candidate will perform a concert for the High Holy Days, “What Jewish Music Is,” featuring a revival of a forgotten concerto by Joseph Achron that is based on the Ashkenazic cantillation. Following the recital, he will discuss his music studies and his travels during a reception. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. USC Newman Hall, South Figueroa Street and McCarthy Way, Los Angeles. (310) 694-3613. liorviolin.com.
THU OCTOBER 1
Starz Entertainment will air five Holocaust-related documentaries on its IndiePlex channel to commemorate the anniversary of the mass execution of 1,000 Jews in Luboml, Poland, in 1942. The films, acquired from Moriah Films of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, are: Academy Award-winner “Genocide” (1982), Academy Award-winner “The Long Way Home” (1998), “I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal” (2007), “Unlikely Heroes” (2003) and “Liberation” (1994). Thu. 4 p.m. IndiePlex. starz.com/channels/movieplex/indieplex.
FRI OCTOBER 2
The stars of the musical revue, “Rockin’ With the Ages,” firmly believe that the only way to spend their golden years is singing and dancing on stage. The revue’s producer, Jackie Goldberg, aka The Pink Lady, who is herself “77 years young,” took the opportunity to advance her life philosophy by showcasing these talented and vivacious seniors over 60, many of whom have appeared in films, on television, in comedy clubs and on Broadway. Fri. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Oct. 25. $17 (seniors), $20 (general). Actors Forum Theatre, 10655 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 506-0600.
The West Coast Jewish Theatre begins its 2009-2010 season with a play whose theme is particularly relevant this time of year: forgiveness. “The Value of Names” by Jeffrey Sweet explores the depth of friendship and the limits of forgiveness between two old-time friends, one an actor who was blacklisted in 1950s Hollywood, and the other a director who gave his friend’s name to the House Un-American Activities Committee in order to save himself. Having severed their connection, circumstances bring the two together 30 years later and the question arises whether forgiveness for such a betrayal is possible, even so many years later. Fri. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Nov. 22. $22-$35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 506-8024. wcjt.org.
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