SAT | FEBRUARY 27
“What Happens in Shushan Stays in Shushan.” IKAR’s Adult Justice Carnival features DJs Solemite and Mudfoot. Costume attire a must. Sat. Megillah reading 7 p.m. Party 9 p.m. $20 (members), $25 (general). Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.
Valley Ruach hosts an Adult Purim Carnival. Young professionals, ages 21-39, can enjoy an open bar staffed by Hooters girls, free food, a moon bounce and inflatable sports games, raffles and a megillah reading. Sat. Megillah reading 7:15 p.m. Party 8-11 p.m. $10 (members), $20 (general), $25 (door). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 505-9223. valleyruach.org.
Celebrate by the ocean in Venice Beach. “The Shul on the Beach” hosts its annual Purim party. Sat. 3 p.m. Free. Pacific Jewish Center, 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 392-8749. pjcenter.com.
“An Act of Reparation” stages the true story of conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian father of three who was sentenced to death for refusing to fight with the Nazis during World War II. Thu., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. through March 7. $15 (seniors, students and groups of 10 or more), $20 (general). Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. odysseytheatre.com.
SUN | FEBRUARY 28
Sinai Temple offers hardcover books for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents during its used book sale. Sun. noon-8:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3217. sinaitemple.org.
The fifth annual Los Angeles Italia — Film, Fashion and Art Festival features “Memories of Anne Frank,” a big-screen adaptation of the 1997 novel. The story centers on the friendship between Frank and Hannah Elizabeth Pick-Goslar, neighbor of the world-famous diarist. Actress Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, who portrays Frank in the film, will attend the screening. Sun. 5:30 p.m. Free. Mann Chinese 6 Theater, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-8111. losangelesitalia.com.
Blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin performs the works of Mozart, Gershwin, Israeli composer Noam Sivan and more during “An Evening With Laurie Rubin and Friends.” The concert benefits the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $20 (students), $50 (general). Colburn School of Music Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. brownpapertickets.com.
MON | MARCH 1
Humorist Joel Stein, a regular Time magazine contributor, moderates “Love Hurts,” a post-Valentine’s Day panel and Q&A for singles, ages 21 and up. Relationship writers Lori Gottlieb, Greg Behrendt and Sascha Rothchild participate. Drinking and mingling follow. Presented by 826 LA and Book Soup. Mon. 8-10 p.m. $25 (includes one drink). Busby’s, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. lovehurts.eventbrite.com.
TUE | MARCH 2
TribeLive presents “Out on the Bimah: An Open and Honest Conversation With Gay Clergy in Los Angeles,” featuring Rabbis Lisa Edwards (Beth Chayim Chadashim), Denise Eger (Congregation Kol Ami), J.B. Sacks (Academy for Jewish Religion, California), Zachary Shapiro (Temple Akiba) and Jocee Hudson (Temple Israel of Hollywood). The Jewish Journal Managing Editor Susan Freudenheim moderates. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (213) 368-1661 ext. 251. outonthebimah.eventbritecom.
WED | MARCH 3
The 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series features renowned atheist pundit Christopher Hitchens speaking on “Varieties of Anti-Semitism.” Presented by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA. Wed. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. UCLA Korn Convocation Hall, Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles. (310) 206-1458. international.ucla.edu.
“Where Was God in Haiti?” — a panel featuring Rabbi Shmuley Boteach — asks one of Judaism’s toughest questions: Why does God allow innocents to die? David Suissa moderates. A book signing follows. Wed. 8 p.m. $10 (students), $20 (adults), $15 (students-door), $25 (adults-door). Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. thisworld.us.