March 3, 2010
March 6-12, 2010
SAT | MARCH 6
Jewish jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner, performs with his trio. Sat. 8 p.m. $30-$40. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 343-6656. luckmanarts.org.
Comedian Wendy Hammers (nee Kamenoff), creator and host of the Westside spoken-word salon Tasty Words, revives her confessional one-woman show “Undressing New Jersey (And Other States of Mind)” as a benefit for Santa Monica synagogue Beth Shir Shalom. Sat. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $36 (advance), $50 (door), $100 (VIP). Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361. bethshirshalom.org.
SUN | MARCH 7
L.A. artist Carol Es gives sweatshops the mixed-media treatment with her new exhibition, “Visions, Dreams, Patterns and Memories.” Es creates personal, visual narratives, incorporating Hebrew letters, text and compositions. Sun. 2-5 p.m. (opening reception). Runs through April 7. Free. Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, Slutzky Art Gallery, 1 Federation Way, Suite 200, Irvine. (949) 435-3400. esart.com.
Let your canines run wild or express inner yearnings with doggy arts and crafts during the Shalom Institute’s Doggy Day Camp. Owners can enjoy carnival games, raffles and giveaways. A barbecue lunch and snacks are available for purchase. RSVP required. Sun. noon-4 p.m. $5. Shalom Institute, Camp JCA Shalom, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500, ext. 107. campjcashalom.com.
The inaugural Sinai Temple Israel Center Advocacy Day features best-selling author and economist George Gilder addressing “The Role of Israel in the Defense of Western Civilization.” A dialogue with Rabbi David Wolpe and a panel on “The Threat of Iran” follows. Sun. 2:30-6:30 p.m. $10 (members and students, includes snacks), $15 (general, includes snacks), $36 (sponsors, includes pre-event with Gilder). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3246. sinaitemple.org.
The London musical “Imagine This” airs on KCET. A group of actors keeps hope for freedom alive in the Warsaw ghetto by performing Isaac Lamdan’s epic Hebrew poem, “Masada.” Sun. 7 p.m. kcet.com.
MON | MARCH 8
The USC Global Trio features doctoral students Lior Kaminetsky, an Israel-born violinist, as well as Anna Cho (cello) and Yeonju Kim (piano), performing Mozart and Ravel. Reception follows. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. USC Alfred Newman Recital Hall, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6935. usc.edu/schools/music.
WED | MARCH 10
Sergio DellaPergola, an Italian Jewish professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explores pivotal moments in 2,000 years of Italian Jewish history, with “The Jews of Italy’s Response to Challenge: Past, Present and Future,” an event cosponsored by UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies and its Italian department. Wed. 4 p.m. Free. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.
Actor Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) stages “Performing Your Life,” part one-man show, part seminar, part Q-and-A. Wed. 8 p.m. $10 (students), $40 (general). Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (800) 982-2787. arts.pepperdine.edu.
THU | MARCH 11
Hila Plittman, a Grammy-winning Israeli soprano, sings composer Andrea Clearfield’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated cantata, “The Long Bright,” a one-night only West Coast premiere.The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and women’s choir Kol Isha accompany Plitmann for this multimovement piece, which contains lyrics from the poetry of author/playwright David Wolman. Paying tribute to Wolman’s late wife, who died of breast cancer, the performance illustrates “the transformative process from grief and loss to transcendence,” said Noreen Green, L.A. Jewish Symphony conductor and artistic director. The evening also honors previous Cedar-Sinai board members Irving Feintech and Robert Silverstein, who helped raised over 500 million dollars for the hospital. “We all know that the languages of music and science are universal,” said event chair Barbara Lazaroff. “This concert speaks to the emotional aspects of hope and courage.“All proceeds benefit the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $18 (students), $36 (general). UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-1200. longbright.org.