MON | SEP 16
“THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT IN WORLD CINEMA”
It’s no secret: as a people, we wander. Lawrence Baron discusses the various migrations of Jews in world history and how global cinema has portrayed these movements. Author of “The Wandering View: Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema and Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present,” Baron knows a thing or two about Jews and movies. Film clips will be shown. Mon. 11 a.m. Free. Reserved seating. California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Sierra Hall 268, Northridge. (818) 667-4724. csun.edu.
The author discusses and signs her new novel, “The Gallery of Vanished Husbands.” After her husband disappears, a young Jewish woman and mother of two has to reconcile the conservative community in which she lives with the growing sexual revolution that is happening in her 1958 London town. With a young artist eager to paint her, Juliet Montague embarks on a journey of fame, fortune and love. Mon. 7 pm. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.
WED | SEP 18
Ahoy, me hearties! Join the “X Factor” judge and talk-show host on Erev Talk Like a Pirate Day as she signs her merry yarn for your wee pirates-in-training, “Mama Hook Knows Best: A Pirate Parent’s Favorite Fables.” Mama Hook, voiced by Osbourne on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” takes a swim down memory lane, recalling her adventures on the Never Sea and all the tales she shared with a young James Hook. Yaar! It’s gonna get piratey and playful! Wed. 7 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.
“LAYERS OF IDENTITY — PRINTS FROM THE JERUSALEM PRINT WORKSHOP”
The Los Angeles Print Making Society and the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities host an opening reception for its international exchange. Engage with the etchings, screen printings and woodcuts of 17 contemporary Israeli artists as they explore subjective and collective identities through processes of construction and deconstruction. Wed. 5:30-8 pm. The exhibition runs through Nov. 1. Free. LA Print Space, Design Lab at the PDC, 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite No. B273, West Hollywood. (310) 776-2414. laprintmaking.com.
THU | SEP 19
The best-selling author who brought you “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” Bender reads from her new short-story collection, “The Color Master.” Whether it’s a tale of two sisters in Malaysia mending tigers or a woman marrying an ogre, Bender beautifully masters the layers and complexities of being ourselves. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. skylightbooks.com.
FRI | SEP 20
“A SINGLE SHOT”
When hunter John Moon pulls the trigger on a lone deer, it singularly alters his life. Director David M. Rosenthal (“Janie Jones”) presents a backwoods thriller starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Wright. Screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, “A Single Shot” is the chilling tale of a man trying to survive a cat-and-mouse struggle. Fri. Various times. Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
It was the “oy” heard around the world! The long-running off-Broadway play is now a feature film. Cultures collide as two childhood friends, Adam Lipschitz (Jewish) and Christian O’Connell (not so much), try to find the women of their dreams. Stars Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Camryn Manheim, Rita Wilson, Jon Lovitz and Tom Arnold. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
The brazen beauty takes the mic and will undoubtedly have a lot to say. Star of the hit Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedian is making her mark in the ever-growing world of independent funny females. With experience on Broadway, in films and writing for magazines, it’s becoming hard to miss her — so, don’t. Fri. 7 p.m. $51. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-1400. livenation.com.
Think you can’t have a great time while being offended? Wrong! This stand-up will be weird, disturbing and unflappably funny. Winner of the Andy Kaufman Award, Weinbach is the kind of comedian you want to say you knew before everybody else discovered him. Ages 18 and over. Fri. 8 p.m. $15. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.