SAT | OCTOBER 24
The 2009 Arpa International Film Festival hosts its Peace in the Middle East/Armin T. Wegner Program, featuring two films: “Voices From Inside — Israelis Speak,” a documentary highlighting the stories of 16 Israelis active in the peace movement, and “When the Voices Fade,” a 21-minute short exploring the Lebanese-Israeli conflict through the tale of a Lebanese dance instructor and an Israeli army pilot. Sat. 3:30 p.m. $11. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. affma.org.
SUN | OCTOBER 25
Oscar-nominated Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, whose 2008 film, “Waltz With Bashir,” generated tremendous buzz last year, will be the keynote speaker at the USC Casden Institute’s Jerome Nemer Lecture. The two-part event includes a screening of the film tonight, followed by a lecture by Folman tomorrow titled, “Who Decides Where Fiction Begins: The Truth and Lies of Documentary Filmmaking.” Sun. 6:30 p.m. Free. Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre, USC University Park Campus. Mon. 4:45 p.m. (reception), 5:30 p.m. (lecture). Free. Radisson Hotel at USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 740-3405. usc.edu/casdeninstitute.
THU | OCTOBER 29
The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has assembled a diverse lineup of Jewish authors for its 11th annual Jewish Book Festival: comedian Carol Leifer, who wrote “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win”; Peter Manseau, who just received the National Jewish Book Award for fiction with “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter”; sports writer Ira Berkow; children’s author April Halprin Wayland; Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels and author of “Business Mensch”; and others. First event (Carol Leifer): Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, Shaarei Torah Campus, 550 S. Second Ave., Arcadia. Festival runs through Dec. 5 at various venues. (626) 332-0700. jewishsgpv.org.
The UCLA Israel Studies Program and the School of Law International Human Rights Program host a symposium that examines how the Israeli legal system balances the rights of religious minorities with often-conflicting Western values. Various experts will share their views in “Religious Minorities in a Liberal Society: Israeli and American Perspectives.” Thu. 4 p.m. Free. UCLA School of Law, Room 1357, UCLA campus, Westwood. international.ucla.edu/israel.
Local musical collective Fool’s Gold perform their blend of Western pop, African melodies and Hebrew lyrics as part of KCRW’s Sounds Around Town series of free concerts at Westfield Century City’s outdoor terrace. Thu. 7-9 p.m. Free. Westfield Century City, Dining Terrace, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City. kcrw.com/events/sounds-around-town. myspace.com/foolsgold.