Pick of the Week: Sunday, Oct. 2
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR
Amy Ephron (“Loose Diamonds”), Hope Edelman (“The Possibility of Everything”), Jackie Collins (“Goddess of Vengeance”) and Lisa See (“Shanghai Girls”) are among the 300 authors and artists appearing at the 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair. The literary event will also attract celebrity guests, including Meredith Baxter, Dyan Cannon, Marg Helgenberger, Steve-O and Kevin Sorbo. Catch panels, live performances and readings, book signings, writer workshops and more than 125 exhibitors — including the National Council of Jewish Women/LA and the Levantine Cultural Center. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6515. westhollywoodbookfair.org.
TUE | SEPT 27
The all-female retro pop band — led by MOT vocalist-guitarist Susanna Hoffs — performs and signs copies of their long-awaited album, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” Best-known for hits like “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame,” The Bangles celebrate their 30th anniversary with “Sweetheart,” their first album in nearly eight years. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
“GUNFIGHT: THE BATTLE OVER THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN AMERICA”
Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean at the UC Irvine School of Law, joins UCLA School of Law professor Adam Winkler for tonight’s ALOUD discussion about how guns — rather than abortion, race or religion — have caused the American cultural divide. The two prominent law experts take their cues from Winkler’s recently released book, “Gunfight.” Tue. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.
SAT | OCT 1
DOWN TO THE RIVER
Join East Side Jews, Silverlake Independent JCC and Reboot for this transformative High Holy Days celebration at the Los Angeles River. The evening features a picnic with wine, water and apples; a musical service with spoken essays, text study, meditation and contemplation; tashlich; Havdalah; and, finally, a brown bag dinner from Heirloom-LA. Ticket includes food, drinks, introspection and reflection. Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $40 (per person). Marsh Park, 2960 Marsh St., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. eastsidejews.com.
“GOD OF ISAAC”
Playwright James Sherman’s comedy follows a second-generation American Jew who learns that a Nazi group plans to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Ill., and wonders what — if anything — he should do about it. The play is part of the West Coast Jewish Theatre’s 2011 season. Sat. Through Nov. 27. 8 p.m. $20-$35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. wcjt.org.
“WAY TO HEAVEN”
It’s 1944, and the Nazis construct a fake Jewish village at the Theresienstadt concentration camp to fool Red Cross inspectors and quell extermination rumors. Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga adapts this true story for the stage, and Ron Sossi directs. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 18. 8 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $25-$30. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. odysseytheatre.com.
ART OF THE BRAIN
Art of the Brain, celebrating art and patients undefeated by brain cancer, will celebrate its 12th anniversary during tonight’s gala, featuring hundreds of friends, food, art works, music and a special theme this year – honoring the Art of Care Giving. Warm and casual attire. Sat. 6:30 p.m. $250. UCLA, Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5074. artofthebrain.org.
SUN | OCT 2
Jewish Community Children’s Choir Vocal Placement
“THE SOUL OF SPAIN” — THE YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron (“West Bank Story”) leads a group of Jewish, Arab and Christian musicians at the Broad Stage. Accompanied by Gypsy flamenco singer Jesus Montoya, flamenco dancer Briseyda Zarate and flamenco guitarist José Tanaka, they explore the Jewish and Gypsy traditions of Andalusia in the Middle Ages. Sun. 4 p.m. $47-$60. The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
TUE | OCT 4
“HITLER’S FIRST ANTI-SEMITIC WRITING”
The Museum of Tolerance puts on view the most significant document that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has acquired in its 34-year history: a four-page letter written by Adolf Hitler on Sept. 16, 1919, six years before the publication of “Mein Kampf.” In the letter, Hitler calls for “The uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether,” warns against an “emotional anti-Semitism which will always find its expression in the form of pogroms” and seeks a “legal … removal of the rights of the Jew,” demonstrating his long incubating hated of the Jewish people. The document will be on permanent display at the entrance to the museum’s Holocaust section. Tue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors, 65 and over), $11 (students and children, ages 5-18). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com.
WED | OCT 5
NANCY SILVERTON AND EVAN KLEIMAN
Celebrity chef Silverton discusses her new book, “The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes From Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria,” with Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food.” A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Wed. 8 p.m. Free (advance reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.