December 18, 2011
Chanukah events around Los Angeles
TUE DEC 20
The Original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue and The Jewish Journal host an outdoor Chanukah bash for all ages. Kids can help build a giant Lego chanukiyah, families can play Chanukah bingo, make dreidels and play games with DJ Groovy David. Arts and crafts, snacks and more highlight the occasion, which closes with the menorah lighting ceremony and sing-a-long. Community participants include Temple Israel of Hollywood, Miracle Mile Chabad and the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Tue. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. The Original Farmers Market at Third St. and Fairfax Ave., 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com.
LIGHTS OF CHANUKAH FAMILY TOUR
Peruse Skirball’s display of chanukiyot and meet Judah the Maccabee. Part of the museum’s core exhibition, “Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America,” the tours are for families, providing an opportunity to learn the history and significance of Chanukah, according to the Skirball’s Web site. Tue. Through Dec. 24. 1 p.m. (daily tours). $10 (general), $7 (seniors 65-and-over and full-time students), $5 (children 2-12), free (children under 2 and Skirball members and everyone on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
WED DEC 21
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Head to Atwater Crossing for an evening of funny stories and deep music on the second night of Chanukah. Organized by East Side Jews, Reboot and the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, tonight’s performers include former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Michaela Watkins, “How I Met Your Mother” writer Tami Sagher and folk-pop band The Wellspring. Dinner, beer and wine available for purchase. Wed. 7-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. eastsidejews.com, atwatercrossing.com.
THU DEC 22
Westfield Century City Mall hosts live ice menorah carving, face painting, kosher treats and festive music — what more could a person want out of a Chanukah festival? Organized by Chabad of Century City. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Westfield Plaza, near Brooks Brothers, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-3898. westfield.com/centurycity/news-and-events.
LIGHT UP HANUKKAH
Blending contemporary electronic beats with world sounds from the Middle East, India and beyond, music trio Naked Rhythm perform at tonight’s charity concert, organized by Jewlicious and progressive synagogue IKAR. Proceeds benefit Jewish Heart for Africa, which brings Israeli solar technology to African villages, and Tomchei Shabbas, a weekly food-delivery agency. Thu. 8-11 p.m. $18 (presale), $25 (door), $20 (with two cans for food donation). The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com, ikar-la.com.
UCB ORPHANS AND JEWS HOLIDAY IMPROV HOUR
Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz; Curtis Gwinn (Onion Nets Network); UCB instructors Todd Fasen and David Harris; video game designer/writer Nick Wiger and others take improv to Jewy heights, performing scenes based on audience members’ stories about their best, worst and craziest holiday memories. Lineup subject to change. Thu. 11 p.m. $5. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.
FRI DEC 23
Book a room at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club for the third annual Jewish Soulstice Weekend. This two-night Chanukah retreat features performances by singer-songwriters and comedians, buffet-style dinners and more. Clergy will be in the mix, with Rabbis Sharon Brous (IKAR), Susan Goldberg (Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock) and David Kasher (UC Berkeley’s Hillel) leading discussions. Plus, get outdoors and embark on an audio-guided hike in the desert. Singles, couples and families welcome. Kids will enjoy the hotel pool and supervised arts and crafts. Hosted by East Side Jews, Reboot and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Fri. Through Dec. 25. Rooms starting at $189 (based on availability; two-night minimum; book online with code “Laexodus” and get 10 percent off your stay). Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. acehotel.com/la-exodus.
SAT DEC 24
DINNER, MOVIE AND MENORAH LIGHTING
If you’re in the San Fernando Valley and looking for an intimate way to spend Christmas Eve, consider tonight’s event at Temple Judea, featuring Chinese food (of course) and a screening of “Sixty-Six,” a critically well-received 2008 British comedy-drama about a boy whose bar mitzvah is the same night as the 1966 World Cup. England is competing, and so many of the invited guests make excuses to stay home and watch the game. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, the film is based on the real-life experience of director Paul Weiland (“Mr. Bean”). “Not so much a bar mitzvah film as the story of a boy who is desperate to be noticed,” Weiland told The Journal in 2008. Sat. 6-8:30 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (children, 12 and under). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.
Tonight’s celebration of Neo Jewish Rock features a diverse lineup of bands, conjuring up jammy sounds, acoustic folk, soul, hip-hop and alternative rock. Moshav Band, Jared Stein with Mikey Pauker and Friends, Brad Wallace and Mendi Baron perform. All ages welcome. A menorah lighting kicks off the evening. Proceeds benefit Kids of Courage, a nonprofit that helps families with seriously ill children. Sat. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $15. The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 980-2555. thefederalbar.com.
MOISHE HOUSES’ HANUKKAH
Drink and party it up with 20-somethings from Moishe House LA (aka MoHoLA) and Moishe House San Fernando (aka Moishe House SFV). Celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah, the two young adult groups leave their home-based communities for the Hollywood bar Happy Endings. Bar games will be in the mix as well. Sat. 9 p.m. (approximately). Free (entry only). Happy Endings, 7038 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. 818 620 7573. moishehouse.org.
“HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH??”
Veteran comic actors Marc Silver and Douglas Dickerman dissect the mysteries of Chanukah in this two-man stage show. A self-described “Jewish alternative to usual holiday fare,” Silver and Dickerman co-wrote the production. HaSharim, Temple Isaiah’s adult choir, performs Chanukah songs at the conclusion of the evening. Sat. 7 p.m. (show). Free (must pre-register by phone). Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 720-3558 (please call and leave you name, contact number and how many will be attending). templeisaiah.com.
SUN DEC 25
LATKES AND VODKAS CHANUKAH PARTY
Young, Jewish and have nothing to do on Christmas? Jewish young professionals are invited to celebrate Chanukah with latkes, vodka drinks and plenty of ruach. Israeli dancing, stand-up comedy and a menorah lighting will be part of the festivities. Ages 21 plus. $5 entry fee includes two drink tickets. Sun., Dec. 25, 7-10 p.m. Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, visit “Latkes & Vodkas Chanukah Party” on Facebook or call (818) 788-4664.
RU-JU-LA SECOND ANNUAL HANUKKAH BASH
Party it up with the Los Angeles Russian Jewish Network at South Restaurant and Bar, located in the Santa Monica area. Come for the free drink and appetizers included in the price of admission. Stay for the DJ, dancing and upscale sports-bar ambience. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $18 (advance), $20 (door). South Restaurant and Bar, 3001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 658-7302. jewishla.org.
“NOT A CHRISTMAS PARTY”
Most singles events are for specific age groups (e.g., young adults or seniors). Tonight’s party proves that age ain’t nothing but a number, as it’s open to ages 21-55. Organized by transdenominational nonprofit the Chai Center, the event features an open bar, refreshments and a DJ. Sun. 2-5 p.m. $10 (presale expires Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.), $15 (door), Private Encino mansion, 5324 Genesta Ave., Encino. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org.
BACK TO THE FUTURE-RETURNING TO THE BREED STREET SHUL
The Breed Street Shul serves as a symbolic reminder of the Jewish community that once thrived in its neighborhood. Today, a minyan will be held at the historic site for the first time in more than 25 years, with a morning service highlighting the fifth day of Chanukah. Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad of the Conejo, Rabbi Yossi Baitelman of Chabad of Studio City, Rabbi Ahud Sela of Temple Ramat Zion, Rabbi Yanke Lunger of Shaarey Tzedek,Rabbi Yaakov Vann of the Calabasas Shul and lay leaders conduct prayers. A light Kiddush and shiur follow. Sun. 9 a.m. Free. Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Boyle Heights. (818) 349-3932. campchesed.com.
FEDERATION FAMILY FUN DAY
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Zimmer Children’s Museum host a day of Chanukah-themed kids activities. A dance party, Chanukah bingo, storytime and a concert performance by children’s singer-songwriter David Tobocman and his band are among the day’s programming. Sun. 11 a.m. $10 (per family). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.
MON DEC 26
“HA HA HANUKKAH”
Now that Christmas is over, and with Chanukah on the way out as well (tonight’s the seventh night), you might need a pick-me-up. Comedians Steve Mittleman, Mark Schiff, Al Lubel and Stephanie Blum step up, performing tonight with some surprise guests. Cantor Kenny Ellis hosts the event, appearing with his big band, Hanukkah Swings, playing re-arrangements of Chanukah classics. 18 and over only. Mon. 8 p.m. $15 (two-drink minimum not included). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 656-1336. laughfactory.com.
TUE DEC 27
MOSHAV AND THE WELLSPRING
Moshav Band and The Wellspring perform on the last night of Chanukah at the intimate concert venue The Mint. 18 and over only. Tue. 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (Wellspring), 9 pm. (Moshav). $10. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 954-9400. themintla.com.
Like a little politics with your party? Join Democrats for Israel for a holiday bash, and bring your menorah. Tue. 7-9 p.m. free (members), $25 (general, online), $30 (general, door). Workmen’s Circle Cultural Center, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. dfi.10point10.com.