Debbie Friedman strums and sings old and new favorites from her Jewish folk repertoire tonight at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Twenty bucks gets you in the door, or splurge on the $100 patron seats for preferred seating and parking, plus a copy of her new CD, "One People," and entree to the exclusive meet-and-greet with the artist herself.
7:30 p.m. $10 (ages 18 and under), $20 (general), $100 (patron). 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 346-0811.
Sunday the 4th
Lost works of Jewish composers silenced by the Holocaust are the focus of the L.A. Opera's "Recovered Voices" multiyear project, helmed by music director James Conlon. In March, the opera will present its first of many concerts honoring these musicians. Today, attend a symposium presenting the first phase of the venture, hosted by the Sigi Ziering Institute at the University of Judaism. Conlon, along with other guest scholars, will discuss the program's composers. A small chamber music concert by the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity's Synergy Ensemble follows.
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. University of Judaism Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1278.
Monday the 5th
An American returns from Paris in writer Adam Gopnik's new book of essays, "Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York." The longtime correspondent for "The New Yorker" is in Los Angeles to discuss and sign the book, this evening.
7:30 p.m. $5-$8. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.
Tuesday the 6th
Not many would dare tackle the question of how Hitler became a monster, or about the nature of evil itself. But not many are Norman Mailer. This evening, the literary god speaks with Los Angeles Times Book Review editor David Ulin about his new novel, "The Castle in the Forest," which attempts to imagine what made Adolf Hitler evil.
7:30 p.m. $20. The Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 335-0917.
Wednesday the 7th
The money-mindedness of Hollywood executives is an old story, but count on David Mamet to turn the question of money vs. art into a compelling piece of theater. "Speed the Plow" is his satirical take on the industry, and stars Greg Germann, Alicia Silverstone and Jon Tenney at the Geffen Playhouse through March 25.
$35-$69. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454.
Thursday the 8th
From her last exhibition, "Light Lands," photographer Elinor Milchan moves into darker territory with her series of documentary-style images from last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war. "Raw: A Diary of Unknown Faces" features her shots taken in northern Israeli bomb shelters and army bases. It is on view at The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery as the kickoff for this year's Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership, an annual series of cultural and educational exchanges now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Through April 13. Jewish Federation Bell Family Gallery, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000.
Friday the 9th
Former "L.A. Law"-yer Alan Rachins goes live and solo this week. Gleaned from writer/performer Stacie Chaiken's 'What's the Story?" solo performance workshop, the Powerhouse Theatre kicks off a full-length solo performance series, aptly titled, "'What's the Story?' Festival of New Solo Performance Works," which will include eight voices in all. On Feb. 8 and 9, Rachins kicks off the thing with his "Ready! Aim! Slit Your Wrists: My Army Story."
8 p.m. $10-$15 (single performance), $15-$20 (Sat./Sun. double-headers), $35-$40 (festival pass). 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. (800) 383-3006.