March 20, 2009
Picks and Clicks for March 21–27, 2009
SAT | MARCH 21
The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) is marking its 25th anniversary of fundraising for HIV/AIDS services and programs with a two-night production of “The Brothers Gershwin: George & Ira.” Proceeds from the show will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. Among those volunteering their time to star in this production are Shoshana Bean, who played Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked”; Lucas Grabeel from “High School Musical”; “American Idol” runner-up Kimberley Locke; and Broadway stage actor John Lloyd Young. Sat. 8 p.m. Also, Sun. 3 p.m. $50-$220. Sponsorships available. Saban Theater (formerly Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills), 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (866) 679-0958. http://www.stagela.com.
Party promoter LiAmi Lawrence is hosting Simply Sababa Baby, a no-theme social event for Jewish professionals of all ages and nationalities. Sababa’s resident DJs Ziv and Titus will be playing ’70s, ’80s, house, hip-hop and Israeli music. Kosher sushi and other appetizers are available for purchase at the restaurant-bar. Sababa will donate 10 percent of the night’s proceeds to Yad B’Yad, which helps abused children in Israel. Ages 21 and over. Sat. 9:30 p.m. (doors open). $15 (before 10:30 p.m.), $20 (after). A Cow Jumped Over the Moon, 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 657-6650. http://www.sababaparties.com.
SUN | MARCH 22
Filmmaker Michael Yohay’s documentary, “The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost,” based on Alan Dershowitz’s best-selling book, features interviews with Ehud Barak, Dershowitz, Tzipi Livni, Benjamin Netanyahu, Natan Sharansky and others. Tonight’s L.A. premiere will feature a discussion afterward with Michael Oren, Middle East historian and journalist. The Jewish Federation, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, L.A. Jewish Film Festival and Doc Emet Productions are co-sponsoring this event. Sun. 7 p.m. (cocktails), 8 p.m. (screening). $18. The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, 1310 11 St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P. required. (323) 761-8160. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.jewishla.org.
Collage Dance Theatre, the site-specific interdisciplinary dance company, will be retelling the story of Eve in a feminist light in “Really, All About Eve.” Director and choreographer Heidi Duckler, who helms the dance company, selected Temple Akiba in Culver City as the stage on which to explore the question: “Was Eve framed?” Daniel Rosenboom and Plotz! provide original live music. Sun. 4 p.m. $15 (seniors and students), $20 (includes an appletini). Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (818) 784-8669. http://www.collagedancetheatre.org.
Willamette University professor Ellen Eisenberg will discuss her new book, “The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII,” at the Autry National Center’s Goldsmith Foundation Lecture on Violence and the Justice in the West. The L.A. Jewish community’s response to Japanese American internment ranged from opposition and silence to support for the policy, according to Eisenberg’s research. A book signing will follow the talk. Sun. 1-2:30 p.m. Free (includes admission to the museum). Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required. (323) 667-2000, ext. 340. http://www.autrynationalcenter.org.
MON | MARCH 23
“What is a good Jew?” That’s the question facing five guest rabbis tonight at Torah Slam 2, a follow-up to last year’s sold-out community discussion. Speakers include Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, Rabbi Eli Herscher of Stephen S. Wise Temple and Rabbi Daniel Bouskila of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel. David Suissa will be moderating the discussion, which is co-sponsored by The Jewish Journal and LimmudLA. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $5 (donation in advance), $10 (at the door). Saban Theater (formerly Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills), 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 368-1661. http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_slam.
TUE | MARCH 24
Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the popular “Loveline” radio show and VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” has co-authored a new book, “The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America,” with S. Mark Young. Pinsky, an addiction and behavioral specialist, and Young, a USC economics professor who specializes in the psychology and economics of celebrity, will be discussing the effects of our society’s obsession with the rich and famous in a lecture co-sponsored by Book Soup. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Advance registration is required. (877) 722-4849. http://www.skirball.org.
MAZON’s Los Angeles Jewish Hunger Summit will bring together clergy, lay leaders, synagogue and Jewish communal professionals, as well as Jewish educators to discuss our obligation as a community to alleviate hunger and its causes. The assembly will analyze current strategies used to address hunger, study texts on the subject and formulate action plans the community can implement in the future. Featured speakers will include MAZON founder Leonard Fein and Dan Glickman, former U.S. agriculture secretary. Tue. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $18 registration (a portion will be donated to MAZON). The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8602. http://www.mazon.org/jewish-hunger-summit.
THU | MARCH 26
The first Padua Playwrights Masters Tribute Series honors L.A. playwright Murray Mednick with three full-length world premieres of his work. Titled, “New Works by Murray Mednick,” the series includes “Clown Show for Bruno,” an homage to Polish writer and artist Bruno Schultz, who was enslaved by a Nazi officer in 1939 and later killed by the officer’s personal rival. The other two works are “The Destruction of the Fourth World” and a film adaptation of Mednick’s play, “Girl on a Bed.” All three shows can be seen on these dates March 28, April 4, April 11 and April 18 in a special package for $50. Regular performances run March 26-April 19. $20. Art Share L.A., 801 E. Fourth Place, Los Angeles. (213) 625-1766. http://www.paduaplaywrights.net.
Doni Silver Simons is an Orthodox Jewish painter whose latest art exhibition, “...lines…,” consists of paintings that document the passing of time with a series of tiny marks, a theme she has focused on for much of her career. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition at Sherry Frumkin Gallery. Silver Simon’s work is also currently on display in an exhibition, “Marked,” at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Thu. 6-9 p.m. (artist’s reception). Show runs through May 30. Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sherry Frumkin Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Studio 21, Santa Monica. (310) 397-7493. http://www.frumkingallery.com. http://www.donisilversimons.com.
Pharaoh’s Daughter, led by singer-songwriter Basya Schechter, will perform at the Skirball tonight. The young ensemble’s pan-Mediterranean music, which includes a mix of Chasidic chants, electronica, as well as Mizrachic and Sephardic folk-rock, is inspired by Schechter’s Chasidic background and the cultural influences she came across as she traveled the world. Co-presented by Yiddishkayt Los Angeles. Thu. 8 p.m. $25 (members), $30 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. http://www.skirball.org.
Academy Award-winner “Toyland,” which earned this year’s Oscar for best live-action short, will be one of several films featured at the sixth annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival. Also on the festival’s roster are “The Debt,” an Israeli thriller; “The Little Traitor,” the recent Israeli hit starring Alfred Molina; “Dancing Alfonso,” a documentary about seniors; and “Tulip Time,” a documentary that profiles the Trio Lescano, a European version of the Andrews Sisters. Lead actors Tony Daly and Robyn Cohen will be attending the March 29 screening of their romantic comedy, “Beau Jest.” Opening night screening of “The Little Traitor” is tonight, 7 p.m. The festival runs through March 29. $36 (festival pass), $10 (advanced purchase per screening), $15 (at the door per screening). Temple Beth Torah Meister Hall, 7620 Foothill Blvd., Ventura and Regency Theatre Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura. (805) 647-4181. http://www.vcjff.org.
FRI | MARCH 27
As part of its “Brave New World” season, The Rubicon Theatre Company will be staging its largest production ever — the Tony Award-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Directed by James O’Neil with original choreography recreated by Lee Martino, the show features actors from the Canadian and New York stages, including Jay Brazeau in the lead role of Tevye, and a set designed by Tom Giamario, which will surround the audience. Ten performance dates are already sold out, including opening night on March 21. Regular performances, Wed.-Sun. through April 26. $49-$69. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900. http://www.rubicontheatre.org.