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July 6–12

by Laura Donney

July 2, 2013 | 11:06 am

From left: Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman Photo by Firooz Zahedi. (See Tuesday)

From left: Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman Photo by Firooz Zahedi. (See Tuesday)

SUN JULY 7

KLEZMER JUICE

Join Gustavo Bulgach as he leads his band in a unique exploration of gypsy jazz, old European street songs and Jewish folk music. Representing a new generation of musicians reviving some ancient rhythmic traditions, Klezmer Juice will make noise that the whole family can enjoy. The international group has offered fresh interpretations of classics like “Ot Azoi” and “Zemer Atik,” which promises to be familiar but never dull. All ages. Sun. Noon and 2 p.m. Included with admission. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), $5 (ages 2-12), free (ages 2 and under). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


TUE JULY 9

“FREUD’S MISTRESS”

Having an affair with your sister’s husband? There’s something Freudian there, and we should probably talk about it. Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack discuss and sign their new novel about love, loyalty and betrayal. Seamlessly blending fact and fiction, these two award-winning writers, who have previously collaborated on “Literacy and Longing in L.A.” and “A Version of the Truth,” create a compelling portrait of an unforgettable woman and the mythic father of psychoanalysis. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Diesel, 225 26th St., Brentwood. (310) 576-9960. dieselbookstore.com


WED JULY 10

“A PARALLELOGRAM”

Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Bruce Norris follows up his monster hit “Clybourne Park” with this mind-scrambling comedy that distorts the audience’s perspective and poses profound questions about the choices we make. Directed by Tony-winning director Anna Shapiro (“August: Osage County”), “A Parallelogram” follows Bee, for whom the past, present and future collide when strange new revelations rock her seemingly normal suburban life and take her down a rabbit hole. Through Aug. 18. Wed. 8 p.m. $35-$50. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org.


THU JULY 11

“SOPHIA”

In Michael Antins’ musical comedy, the beautiful and bright Sophia consults a therapist as she tries to reconcile her unlucky-in-love life. Presented by the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, this staged reading, under the direction of Darrel Friedman and featuring much of the original cast, guarantees an evening of laughter, music and maybe even some relating as Sophia deconstructs her romantic past in order to find her romantic present. Contains adult language and content. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. jewishmusicla.org

GIL SHAHAM

Israeli-American violinist Shaham performs Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl. Recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Award, Shaham will undoubtedly bring expertise and feeling to this brooding and virtuosic 20th century classic. The evening’s program also includes the L.A. Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Thu. 8 p.m. $11.50-$98.50 (general). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.


FRI JULY 12

SIMONE GAD

Born in Brussels, but raised in Boyle Heights, Gad presents a spoken word performance about growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors and entering show biz at the tender age of 4. The veteran assemblage and collage artist and painter has been a part of the L.A. art scene since the 1970s. Her familiarity with Hollywood and her own unique heritage promise a certain kind of poetry at this Armory Show and Tell. Adults only. Fri. 12:45 p.m. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 792-5101. armoryarts.org/exhibitions.

BETH LAPIDES’ “UNCABARET” 

Idiosyncratic blends with the conversational to form actress, writer and producer Lapides’ weekly stand-up showcase. Over its 25 years of existence, “Uncabaret” has fostered the careers of stars Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Jeff Garlin. This time the magic happens at the summer series Grand Performances. Fri. 8 p.m. Free.  Grand Performances, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. (213) 687-2159. grandperformances.org.

“INTO THE NIGHT: SECRETS AND TRUTH” 

Celebrate the creative universe of artist, illustrator, animator and toy designer Gary Baseman, whose whimsical exhibition “The Door Is Always Open” is currently on display at the Skirball. The festive “Into the Night” soiree features live bands, DJ sets, gallery explorations, art making, film screenings and a special appearance by the artist himself. Ages 21 and over. Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

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