SUN | JANUARY 10
Archaeologists and biblical scholars examine how monotheism has shaped our current religious landscape in a Whizin Center program, “What Do We Mean When We Say Monotheism?” The panel includes Steven Fine of Yeshiva University New York, Ziony Zevit of American Jewish University, Jeffrey Tigay of University of Pennsylvania and others. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $55 (lunch included). AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
(MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY)
The Marcus Shelby Jazz Quartet, featuring vocalist Faye Carol, performs music from its “MLK and Jazz” suite in a program honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and paying tribute to the Civil Rights movement. The work includes original compositions as well as arrangements of freedom songs, spirituals, blues and jazz songs written during that era. Sun. 7 p.m. $10-$20. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. skirball.org.
Andrea Lisa Leeb was a nurse, scuba diving instructor and attorney before discovering her passion for writing. The Venice-based Jewish writer’s “Painted Bicycles” and other stories will be performed by spoken-word artist Sally Shore and a guest cast in The New Short Fiction Series’ 14th season kickoff. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Sun. 7 p.m. $10 (prepaid), $15 (at the door). Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 811-4111. newshortfictionseries.com.
TUE | JANUARY 12
Creator Paul Reubens returns with a re-imagined production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” his wildly popular 1980s children’s show, which expanded into a CBS television series and several films. The new version, only for those age 16 and above, has been adapted from the original production and involves many of the show’s original artists, both on stage and behind the scenes. Tue. 8 p.m. Through Feb. 7. $30-$125. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 745-3000. clubnokia.com.
WED | JANUARY 13
The UCLA Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts is hosting three art openings and a book event — all in one night. “Jews in Cuba” is Debbie Rosenfeld’s black-and-white photography exhibition chronicling the hardships of life in Cuba as a Jew; the Student Fine Art Exhibit features works by students from the UCLA School of Art and Architecture; and “Discovering Hope: Faces of the Holocaust” by 23-year-old photographer Eli Rubel is showcased on the Emerging Artist Staircase. That same evening, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie will be on hand to discuss and sign her book, “Bending Toward the Sun.” Wed. 7-9 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108. uclahillel.org/bookandartevent.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of “The Kosher Sutra” and founder of This World: The Values Network, meets up with Dennis Prager, syndicated talk show host, author and public speaker, to discuss a topic we’ve all pondered at one point or another: “Why Men Cheat: Are Men Naturally Polygamous?” Wed. 8 p.m. $20 (presale), $25 (at the door). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. thisworld.us.
JDub Records and LA Record’s free monthly DJ party with free drinks is back with Milk & Honey V featuring music by DJ Joro Boro and an open vodka bar for the first hour. Wed. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Bar Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. jdubrecords.org.
Jewish playwright Clifford Odets’ 1935 tale of a Jewish family struggling through the Great Depression was revived in 2006 in a Tony Award-winning production — “Awake and Sing!” The classic returns once again, this time as an L.A. Theatre Works radio series starring Mark Ruffalo, Jane Kaczmarek and Ben Gazzara. Wed. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 17. $20-$48. L.A. Theatre Works at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. latw.org.
FRI | JANUARY 15
Jeff Bernhardt, author of the dramatic readings, “Who Shall Live…?” and “Standing at Sinai” and a Jewish Journal contributor, wrote, produced and directed “Mixed Blessings,” a light drama that explores identity via the tale of a gay German college student and his straight, Jewish roommate. Fri. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 31. $20. NoHo Actors’ Studio, 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (800) 838-3006. mixedblessingstheplay.com.
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