January 22, 2010
January 23-29, 2010
SAT | JANUARY 23
Former “Blossom” star Mayim Bialik discusses her involvement in the Holistic Moms Network on an 11 a.m. panel at the Go Green Expo, which features innovations in energy-efficient products, seminars with experts in green living, a career fair, film screenings, free yoga classes, organic food tastings and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10 (weekend pass). Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. gogreenexpo.com.
The 2010 season of Celebrity Staged Play Readings begins with “Two Jews Walk Into a War” by Seth Rozin, inspired by a true story about the last two Jews in Afghanistan. Starring Alan Blumenfeld and Ron Orbach. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. The JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. jccatmilken.org. Also, Sun. 2 p.m. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5225. westsidejcc.org.
“Just a Song at Twilight” is Willard Manus’ autobiographical drama, which centers on a Jewish American family coping with adult deafness. Sat. Through Feb. 28. $20-$25. Write Act Repertory Theatre, 6128 Yucca Ave., Hollywood. (323) 469-3113. writeactrep.org.
SUN | JANUARY 24
Local artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik is blending comic book aesthetics, fine art and Torah text in “Paper Midrash,” a collection of papercuts he terms “visual biblical commentary.” Sun. 2-5 p.m. Through Feb. 27. Free. Merage Jewish Community Center, 1 Federation Way, Suite 200, Irvine. jccoc.org. nicejewishartist.com.
The 2010 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Valley Annual Dinner will feature a host of dignitaries, politicians and special guests, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Sun. 5:30 p.m. $110. Call for location. (323) 937-1184. aipac.org.
Americans for Peace Now honors Irwin Levin at its Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award Luncheon, with Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Van Nuys), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivering the keynote address. Sun. 11:30 a.m. $200 (per person), $350 (per couple). Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 934-3480. peacenow.org/entries/rabin_event.
The experiences of Shalhevet High School students on a trip to Auschwitz and Israel is documented in the exhibit, “To Learn, to Remember, to Hope: The Shalhevet High School Poland/Israel Trip.” The opening today will include a screening of the documentary as well as reflections from tour guide Renee Firestone, a Holocaust survivor, photographer Eddie Friedman and students from the trip. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Through April 1. $10. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 303, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated husband-and-wife team Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna star in an autobiographical comedy about their lifelong acting and writing collaboration, “If You Ever Leave Me ... I’m Going With You!” Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University Whizin Center for Continuing Education, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
TUE | JANUARY 26
Mark Kleiman, blogger, scholar and author of “When Brute Force Fails,” discusses crime and punishment in America with Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, in a Writers Bloc program. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 855-0005. writersblocpresents.com.
Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic and best-selling author of “Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace” and “Kaddish,” lectures on “What About God? God Sublime and Unsublime.” Q-and-A with Rabbi David Wolpe follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
THU | JANUARY 28
A series of three lectures tackle the subject of male attrition in Jewish life in the Giving Men Meaning seminar, featuring Gurian Institute’s Adie Goldberg (author of “It’s a Boy”), Kol Echad’s Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin and Men of Reform Judaism Educational Director Doug Barden. Thu. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $36 (clergy, teachers), $18 (young professionals), free (students). The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8342. jewishla.org/givingmenmeaning.