Craig Taubman's regular "One Shabbat Morning" service gets a special theme for this one Shabbat. Dedicated to families who have children with special needs, this morning's affair will begin with guest speaker and educator Dr. David Ackerman discussing his experiences with the special-needs community, followed by a service of song and celebration and Kiddush lunch.
9:15 a.m. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. www.adatariel.org.
Another special Shabbat service today honors the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The choirs of Temples Kol Tikvah, Judea and Aliyah join voices with St. Bernadine of Siena, Calvary Baptist and New Christ Memorial church choirs in a community concert titled, "Keeping the Dream Alive!"
7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.
Sunday the 14th
He looks like he can't be more than 16, but pianist Daniel Schlosberg's maturity is made evident by his distinguished bio, and, no doubt, by his musicianship. This evening, he performs works by Beethoven at LACMA's "Sundays Live" chamber music series. The concert will also be broadcast live on K-Mozart 105.1 FM and streamed live on kmozart.com.
6 p.m. Free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.
Monday the 15th
The city offers many opportunities to remember and pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Today, consider a visit to the Museum of Tolerance, a place that honors his legacy daily, and this afternoon presents two performances of "Living Voices: The Right to Dream." The presentation is described as "a unique combination of theater, video and live interaction that brings to life the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America." It is followed by a discussion.
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 772-2527. www.museumoftolerance.com.
Tuesday the 16th
Patricia Marx, who is hilarious for a living, has written for the Harvard Lampoon (first woman ever elected), "Saturday Night Live," and The New Yorker. Today, she comes to Dutton's Brentwood to hock her first foray into fiction, "Him Her Him Again The End of Him." If praise by Steve Martin and Susan Orlean isn't enough to get you to pick it up, check out an excerpt at simonsays.com.
7 p.m. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263. www.duttonsbrentwood.com.
Wednesday the 17th
In a colorful, patchwork-reminiscent style, painter Bonnie Stone touches on themes of women's roles and family life, as well as Judaic subjects. Tobey C. Moss Gallery presents some of her recent watercolors, in "Bonnie Stone: A Woman's Touch," featuring works like "Game of Chance" and Voyager," which pay homage to both Marc Chagall and Stone's Jewish heritage.
Opening reception Jan. 13, 2-5 p.m. Jan. 13-March 10. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. www.tobeycmossgallery.com.
Thursday the 18th
Released this week is the Nick Cassavetes close-to-home true-crime film, "Alpha Dog," based on the 2000 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Valley teen Nicholas Markowitz by a group of his half-brother's peers. Controversy has surrounded the movie that will be released before the alleged "alpha dog" of the group, Jesse James Hollywood, stands trial. But Cassavetes has defended his choice throughout the process, and recently told the Los Angeles Times that his goal was to "just tell the story, and let the audience judge how they want to judge."
Friday the 19th
End the week on a spiritual note with one more event honoring the message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This evening, Rabbi Stewart Vogel and the Temple Aliyah choirs collaborate with Grammy-winning gospel artist and pastor Andrae Crouch and the choir of his New Christ Memorial Church. The result will be a Gospel Shabbat, weaving ancient liturgy with gospel music for an inspirational interfaith service.
8:15 p.m. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.