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Picks and Clicks for December 5-11, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

December 4, 2009 | 12:59 am

Wed., Dec. 9

Wed., Dec. 9

SAT | DECEMBER 5

(CHANUKAH)
The Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership Division pairs two holiday staples at its Chanukah party, Vodka Latka. Bring at least eight non-perishables to enter the prize drawing, and enjoy a latka bar, desserts, DJ and dancing. Sat. 8 p.m. $26 (presale), $35 (at the door). The Spanish Kitchen, 826 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). jewishla.org.

SUN | DECEMBER 6

(BOOK TALK)
Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels and author of “Business Mensch: Timeless Wisdom for Today’s Entrepreneur,” is making the rounds and will be the guest speaker at Beit T’Shuvah for “The Business Mensch Meets the Holy Thief” and for JconnectLA’s Business Wisdom networking series. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. nina@beittshuvahla.org. And, Dec. 7. 6:30 p.m. Free. A Cow Jumped Over the Moon, 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. jconnectla.com.

(CHANUKAH)
As part of the Skirball’s continued focus on Jewish life in Latin America, Fiesta Hanukkah is a family festival with Latin Jewish music by Klezmer Juice and Mariachi Guadalajara, art workshops, acrobatic storytelling by Karen Golden and Kinetic Theory and holiday food favorites with a Latin flair. Families can also take the Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (members and children under 12), $7-$10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

(CONCERT)
Singer, songwriter and actress Lesley Wolman performs her one-woman cabaret act, Jewish Women in Song, at American Jewish University. Wolman, who has appeared on Broadway, television, film and radio, celebrates 14 female Jewish composers, lyricists and performers. Backed by the Michael Asher Quintet, the show features a wide range of music with songs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. Sun. 4 p.m. $25. AJU Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.

(FAMILY)
Mama Doni & the Mama Doni Band brings its funky music with a Jewish twist to Los Angeles for an all-ages family Chanukah show. The band performs indie rock for kids with a Jewish message and a sense of humor. This show features new songs from the band’s upcoming release, “Chanukah Fever,” including pop songs, a hip-hop dance tune and an island-style number featuring a steel drum. Sun. 11:30 a.m. $10 (children), $18 (adults). Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985. adatshalomla.org.

(FAMILY)
Jacqueline Dembar Greene, the author of more than 30 books for young readers, including the six-book fiction series about Rebecca Rubin, American Girl’s newest historical character, is the guest of honor at a tea party and book signing at the Jack M. and Bel Ostrow Library. Don’t forget to bring Rebecca along! Sun. 2 p.m. $10. Ostrow Library, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.

WED | DECEMBER 9

(GALA)
Steven Spielberg receives the Anti-Defamation League’s top honor — America’s Democratic Legacy Award — presented by ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman at the organization’s annual dinner celebration. Spielberg joins the ranks of previous recipients, including former presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Justice Earl Warren, Cardinal John O’Conner and others. “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert sings the U.S. national anthem and Israeli singer-songwriter Noa Dori sings the Israeli national anthem. Wed. 6:30 p.m. $500. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 446-4263. adl.org/spielberg.

(CHANUKAH)
“Party with a purpose” is all the rage and the W Group of Stephen S. Wise Temple is on trend. Its Chanukah bash is a fundraiser for Jewish World Watch, an organization dedicated to eradicating genocide and human injustices. Candy-themed cocktails sweeten the deal. Wed. 8:30 p.m. $15. Coco de Ville, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

(GALA)
Edythe and Eli Broad, Anne and Kirk Douglas and Richard Ziman co-chair a celebration in honor of Zubin Mehta’s 40th year as music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Pianist Yefim Bronfman performs at the event, which is followed by a post-concert supper celebration. Wed. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (212) 697-2949. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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