June 5, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 7-13
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Imagine spending an entire night with 11 rabbis and four different Jewish communities. "The Deterioration of Public Discourse" promises to keep even the most erudite intellectuals wide awake until the wee hours. Drawing on examples of how words can cause hurt, either between Jews who disagree about Israel or political candidates who condescend one another, this community gathering dares to ask, "Can we talk?" Daven, sing and sway at the Maariv service followed by a plenary session with Rabbis Perry Netter (Temple Beth Am), Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Camp Ramah's Rabbi Dan Greyber before moving into smaller sessions on a variety of related topics. 8:45 p.m.-5:15 a.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354.
TUE | JUNE 10
(ISRAEL @ 60)
"My recent project is concerned with politics of sacred places in Palestinian communities in Israel and the myriad phenomena connected to the production, reproduction and experiences of these places among Palestinians as part of processes of resistance, collective identity and memory formation and self-empowerment," writes Nimrod Luz, a Fulbright visiting professor at Indiana University, South Bend, on the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa Web site. The Middle Eastern scholar will speak about "The Changing Face of Israel and the Future of Its Monuments" at a Skirball program celebrating Israel's 60th. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free (members), $5 (general). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
Following in the mighty large footsteps of F. Scott Fitzgerald, long-time television producer and writer Jeffrey Lewis penned a novel about the tragic lives of the extremely wealthy, "Adam the King," and will be reading excerpts from it at Book Soup. The fourth of a series about a privileged set of Yale friends tells the tale of "the wedding of the year" in Clement's Cove, Maine, that ends years later in heartbreak. The billionaire protagonist is a modest Jew who desperately wants to be accepted into the exclusive coastal community and not be viewed as a destructive outsider but puts all that in jeopardy in order to please the woman he loves. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.
Films have the power to move us to tears and to action. Facing History and Ourselves brings together powerful filmmakers and critics to discuss "Film as a Catalyst for Social Change," moderated by L.A. Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan. Edward Zwick, director of "Blood Diamond," "Glory" and the upcoming film, "Defiance," along with Diane Weyermann, executive vice president of documentary films at Participant Media, will explore the contemporary landscape of film as a vehicle for inspiring activism. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (626) 744-1177, ext. 28. http://www.facinghistory.org.
FRI | JUNE 13
Composer Richard Sherman, who won Oscars for his brilliant work on "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and recent Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree Milt Larsen are bringing another musical theater production to the stage. "Pazzazz!" sounds like it will be as jazzy as its title, with a plotline revolving around a young star before he becomes the "King of Broadway" and a couple of vaudeville comedians who run New York's most successful theater. Part of the Festival of New American Musicals, "Pazzazz!" is being co-produced by The Magic Castle -- that may add even more spark to the production. Fri. 8 p.m. Also, June 14 and 15. $24-$32. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill, Glendora. (626) 963-9411. http://www.haughpac.com.
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