Jewish Journal

Picks and Clicks for November 21-27, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Nov. 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde


Venezuelan playwright Moisés Kaufman brings the historical drama surrounding fallen English playwright Oscar Wilde to the stage in “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” Using transcripts and real quotes from Wilde’s infamous trials, as well as newspaper articles and the personal accounts of those involved, Kaufman chronicles how the darling of Victorian England was shunned for “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons.” An L.A. Theatre Works audio performance, recorded live without sets or costumes, to be broadcast on public and satellite radio nationwide. Sat. 2:30 p.m. Also, Sun. at 4 p.m. $40-$48. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.

Heidi Duckler, artistic director and founder of Collage Dance Theatre, and sister Merridawn Duckler read excerpts from their contributions published in a new anthology on dance, “Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces,” examining what draws the Ducklers to create for nontraditional performance spaces and the kind of creative decisions that go into seeing the pieces through. A wine and cheese reception, short dance performance and book signing follow the readings. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Also, Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (818) 784-8669. collagedancetheatre.org.


The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance’s Finegood Art Gallery is spotlighting local Israeli artists whose work has been influenced by their Israeli roots as well as their adopted home in Southern California. “7 Artists: From Israel to LA” features oils, watercolors, sculpture and mixed media by Orly Benyair, Ilana Bloch, Yona Brand, Moshe Elimelech, Yossi Govrin, Orna Livni and Malka Nedivi. Meet the Artists reception: Sun. 2-4 p.m. Exhibition runs through Jan. 18, 2010. The Finegood Art Gallery, Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3218. jewishla.org.

Get your tots ready for Turkey Day with a Thanksgiving program at the Zimmer Children’s Museum. “Gobble Gobble” is a fun, interactive arts project for the holiday and it’s part of the museum’s ongoing Sunday Family Programs. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free (members), $3 (per child for nonmembers). Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.

Join John Rothmann, author, lecturer, political consultant and San Francisco talk radio personality, as he discusses “Are We Closer to Peace in the Middle East?” Signed copies of his book, “Icon of Evil,” co-authored with David G. Dalin, will be available for sale at the program, which is sponsored by B’nai B’rith International. Sun. 2 p.m. $25. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 380-0730. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A Taste of LimmudLA in Mar Vista includes topics as varied as mind-body healing and the pursuit of pleasure in dating; presenters include Rabbi Zach Shapiro of Temple Akiba, Abby J. Leibman from the L.A. Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project, Eman Esmailzadeh of jThoughts.com, Jaime Rapaport Barry from Progressive Jewish Alliance and others. Sun. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP for location. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). limmudla.org.

Writer/performer Naomi Grossman chronicles, in vivid and abrupt detail, her love life in Los Angeles in an adult-only comedy, “Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and Other Human Oddities.” A suitor in a chicken suit, a yoga instructor, a skateboarding slacker and a touring Argentine soccer team are a few of the wacky characters who make an appearance on Grossman’s roller coaster of love. Sun. 7 p.m. Through Dec. 13. $15. The Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. (323) 930-1804. plays411.com/carnivalknowledge.


Rabbi Laibl Wolf, Australian mystic, psychologist and best-selling author, lectures on the discipline of mind consciousness and emotional intelligence using positive psychology and the wisdom of kabbalah. “Survivor’s Manual: Be Strong in the Face of Crisis — Five Powerful Tools to Spiritual, Mental and Emotional Strength” teaches how to adapt to difficult circumstances, nurture a positive way of thinking, focus on your strengths and protect your mental and physical health, among other techniques. Mon. 7 p.m. $18 (pre-sale), $22 (at the door). Chabad Jewish Center of Ventura, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (805) 658-7441. chabadventura.com.

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