Jewish Journal

Picks and Clicks for October 31– November 6, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Oct. 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Yariv Oppenheimer (SEE TUESDAY, NOV. 3)

Yariv Oppenheimer (SEE TUESDAY, NOV. 3)


“Jump,” Joshua Sinclair’s film about the 1928 patricide trial of Philippe Halsman in Austria and the anti-Semitism that surrounded it, features a powerful performance by Patrick Swayze as a Jewish lawyer. Halsman later fled to the United States and became a renowned photographer, lauded for his portraits of Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, JFK and others. His famous “Jump” series featured celebrities captured in midair. Sat. and Sun. various show times. Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9741. jump-movie.com.

Alan Mandell and Lawrence Pressman star in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s production of “No Man’s Land.” Jewish playwright Harold Pinter’s tragicomic tale focuses on two aging writers who debate philosophical differences. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 20. $25-$30. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055. odysseytheatre.com.

Actress and first-time playwright Jillian Crane wrote and will star in “High Ceilings,” a zany Jewish wedding comedy that involves a reluctant bride-to-be, a narcoleptic father of the bride, a Midwestern diva mother and a blossoming love affair with the wedding florist. Sat. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 8. $25. Hayworth Theater, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4442. thehayworth.com.


The latest film out of Israel to generate enormous buzz is the country’s official submission for the 2010 Academy Awards. “Ajami,” which won a special mention during the Camera d’Or competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, zooms in on the Ajami neighborhood within the Israeli city of Jaffa, a gritty jumble of cultures, religions and factions struggling for power and control. Co-directors, producers and writers Scandar Copti, a Palestinian resident of Ajami, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew, used local amateurs, not trained actors, and guerrilla filmmaking that blurred the lines between documentary and fiction. This screening, part of AFI Fest, which runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7, is the first opportunity for Angelenos to see this provocative film. Sun. 10:30 p.m. Free tickets can be reserved online or over the phone. Mann Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood and Highland Center, Hollywood. (866) 234-3378. afi.com.

Rita Lurie and daughter Leslie Gilbert-Lurie explore the long-range effects of the Holocaust over the course of three generations of women in their memoir, “Bending Toward the Sun.” The authors present their book and sign copies in an event co-sponsored by Book Soup and The Jewish Journal. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

Pizmon, Hebrew for the chorus of a song, is a Jewish a cappella group composed of students from Columbia University, Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. The group performs their mix of liturgical pieces, Israeli rock and pop, Yiddish classics and children’s songs at a community concert open to the public. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $10. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 571-3922. pizmon.org.

Join Homeschooling Jews for Fall Festival 5770, an afternoon of fun, learning and networking with other home-schooling families at Balboa Lake Park in Encino. Enjoy free food, games, a bouncer and a kids program led by a professional youth director. Adults can learn more about the organization and what it provides for families who choose home schooling. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free with RSVP. Exact location disclosed upon RSVP. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

An 11-year-old kid explores his family background for a school assignment in “Answer the Call,” a Jewish-themed musical comedy for the entire family. The tales of family history include World War II, a Jewish horse thief, card dealing on a Nashville riverboat and romantic love stories. Sun. 2 p.m. Through Nov. 22. $25. Hollywood Court Theatre, United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 960-7735. plays411.com/answerthecall.

Jason Alexander, Faith Prince and Megan Hilty star in Reprise Theatre Company’s staged reading of Richard Rodger’s “Two by Two,” the final event in the company’s month-long celebration of the Broadway composer. Alexander plays Noah in this modern musical take on the story of Noah’s Ark, a production that includes a 15-piece orchestra. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Also, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. $55. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 954-1595. reprise.org.


Dore Gold, Israel’s 11th ambassador to the United Nations and a foreign policy expert, discusses his new book, “The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West,” and the political battle being waged in America over which course of action would best eliminate the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Co-sponsored by the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Mere Rhetoric Media and One Jerusalem. Mon. 7 p.m. $10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). cjhsla.org.

Rabbi David Wolpe delivers the keynote address, “Why Faith Matters,” at a one-day conference sponsored by Pepperdine University’s Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies. “Finding Common Ground: Reconciliation Among the Children of Abraham” features voices from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities and will explore topics such as interpreting sacred texts, dealing with the outsider in our midst, national identity and religious pluralism. Mon. 8 a.m. (registration)-3:30 p.m. Free. Pepperdine University Elkins Auditorium, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-7626. pepperdine.edu/glazer-institute.


Yariv Oppenheimer, once the commander of new recruits in the Israeli Defense Forces, is now the general director and spokesperson of Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) in Israel. A leading advocate of peace, regular media commentator and blogger with The Jerusalem Post, Oppenheimer is speaking at two local events: “Is Israel-Palestinian Peace Possible?” through the UCLA Israel Studies Program. Tue. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCLA School of Law, Room 1357, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. “Fourteen Years After: Working to Fulfill the Peace Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin.” Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 934-3480. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Brüno” meets “An Inconvenient Truth” in this humorous political documentary that sets out to expose corporate greed and the dangers of an unregulated free market economy with elaborate spoofs and clever cons. “The Yes Men Fix the World,” a project co-directed by and starring Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, is alternately disturbing, alarming and hilarious. Opens today in theaters. theyesmenfixtheworld.com.

“The Wedding Song,” in French, German and Arabic with English subtitles, is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls living in Tunis in 1942, as the German army invades and throws their lives into upheaval. The childhood friends — one Muslim, one Jewish — secretly envy each other and share the joys and misfortunes that come their way. Directed by Karin Albou. Opens today at Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Check theater for show times. (818) 981-9811. laemmle.com.

Two-time Grammy-winner and Fingerstyle Guitar magazine “Guitarist of the Year” Laurence Juber performs his blend of folk, jazz, pop and classical — with a single instrument — at McCabe’s. The former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings, Juber has released 14 solo albums and developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso. Fri. 8 p.m. $20. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-4497. mccabes.com. laurencejuber.com.

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