SAT | NOVEMBER 28
MON | NOVEMBER 30
Leading advocates of Darwinism and intelligent design go head to head in “The Origins of Life Debate,” featuring Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com; Donald Prothero, a geology professor at Occidental College and lecturer in geobiology at CalTech; Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute; and Richard Sternberg, research scientist at the Biologic Institute and a research collaborator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $10 (students), $20 (general). Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. www.americanfreedomalliance.org.
A provocative new book, “Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism,” argues that America’s foreign policy is failing across the Middle East. Contributors Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and institute fellows Elan Journo and Alex Epstein will discuss various aspects of American foreign policy in the Middle East at an event co-sponsored by the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Mon. 7 p.m. $10. Luxe Hotel Sunset, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. cjhsla.org.
WED | DECEMBER 2
Join ATID, Rabbi Nicole Guzik and other young professionals as doctors share “Medical Miracles,” recounting real-life miracles they’ve witnessed firsthand and discussing the meaning of life, death and the unexplainable. ATID will be collecting unwrapped toys and packaged food for donation. Ages 21-39. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (prepaid guests), $14 (at the door). Prices include dessert and coffee. Sinai Temple, Elikann Room, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3275. atidla.com.
THU | DECEMBER 3
In “Boxes Exposed,” L.A. artist Dwora Fried showcases her shadow boxes — multimedia works of art that combine photographs, watercolors and found objects into powerful and often humorous depictions of people and places. Opening reception: Thu. 6-9 p.m. Exhibition runs through Jan. 30, 2010. Free. The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Advocate and Gochis Galleries, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. (323) 860-7337. lagaycenter.org.
FRI | DECEMBER 4
Mordechai Rosenstein, an observant Jewish artist who uses Jewish calligraphy, biblical texts, nature, spices and Hebrew lettering in his contemporary silk-screen designs, is the featured artist-in-residence for a weekend that includes Rosenstein creating an original piece of art before attendees’ eyes, a Shabbat dinner, several discussions with the artist and the opportunity to purchase his works of art. Fri. 10:30 a.m. through Sunday. Complimentary admission to most of the weekend’s events. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.
Janice Kamenir-Reznik, president and co-founder of Jewish World Watch, recently returned from a human rights fact-finding mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo and shares her experience and insights into the region’s gravest challenges, and how the group intends to address them. Sponsored by Temple Israel of Hollywood and Congregation Kol Ami. Fri. 6:30 p.m. (services), 7:45 p.m. (dinner/program). $10-$18. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd.. (818) 501-1836. jewishworldwatch.org.