May 21, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for May 24-30
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Get behind the wheel of a sleek Beemer and raise money for breast cancer at the same time. Sound too good to be true? It's not! Join breast cancer survivors and their families for the 12th annual BMW Ultimate Drive supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit selected California BMW dealerships throughout the week and test drive the car of your dreams, decorated with pink ribbons, to raise $1 for every mile you drive. Money raised will go toward advancing breast cancer research, education, screenings and community outreach programs. Tue. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through June 1. South Bay BMW, 18800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. For additional dates and dealership locations visit http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Experience/Events/Komen/Default.aspx.
WED | MAY 28
The breast cancer epidemic has not only infected the bodies and spirits of those who suffer from it, but also the hearts and minds of loved ones who share in the pain. "Dear God, Do I Have Breast Cancer?" will address this vital health issue and the way it affects the Jewish community through a series of workshops explaining, educating and orienting the community to the realities of breast cancer, a disease that affects a woman's very sense of identity. Beginning tonight, "Gossip Girl" writer/producer Jessica Queller will share her personal story of trauma and triumph, how her discovery that she carried the "breast cancer gene" transformed her life. On June 4, "What Do I Do Now?" will navigate the terrain of healthcare, physicians and treatments, and "Cancer in the Soul, Cancer in the Family" on June 11 will bring together counselors and cancer patients to discuss the intimate ways the cancer experience impacts relationships and self-image. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, Lopaty Chapel, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4056. http://www.vbs.org.
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The dynamic Jewish community on UCLA's campus is celebrating Israel's 60th with an Art Gala Open House, sponsored by the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts. Mix and mingle with distinguished academics, roam the halls lined with exciting new art exhibits, view a student art show or a photography contest while grooving to live music and munching on down-home Jewish comfort food. Most of all, step out to show your support for Bruins For Israel, the productive and proactive pro-Israel group on campus. Wed. 6-8 p.m. Free. UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. Park at Lot No. 2 at Hilgard and Westholme. (310) 208-3081 ext. 125. http://www.uclahillel.org.
With more than 200,000 lives lost and 2.5 million Darfurians displaced from their homes, there is still a great need for humanitarian aid in the Sudan. Actors such as Don Cheadle and George Clooney, along with other Hollywood stars, have stepped up to the plate in an effort to stop the genocide, but ordinary folk like you and me can get involved as well. Gather with humanitarians and friends for a screening of "Darfur Now," a powerful documentary produced by Cheadle during "The Darfur Now College Tour." Five colleges from across the country will host musical guests such as OK Go, Rock & Roll, Rhymefest, Nico Vega and Ana Dim Mak to accompany the screening. Wed. 6 p.m. (film screening). UCLA Moore 100, 555 Westwood Plaza, Westwood. Park in lots 4 and 6. Wed. 7-11 p.m. (Mighty Mic Save Darfur Concert). All events free (donations encouraged). UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom, 308 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. http://www.darfurnowtour.com.
THU | MAY 29
The name Ronald McDonald conjures up visions of big red clown shoes and a bright yellow jumpsuit. The Young Leadership Division of Orange County's Jewish Federation joins Gesher City to put a new picture of the fast-food clown in your head: one of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Volunteers -- singles and couples in their mid-20s to mid-40s -- will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Orange, a home-away-from-home for families who have seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals, and cook dinner for 15 families. Do a mitzvah, make a new friend and show off your frying finesse -- by the end of the night you'll never look at those golden arches the same way again. Thu. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Call or e-mail for meeting location, (714) 673-2300, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucinda Franks seemed to grow up with two different fathers -- one was distant and rarely showed any signs of emotion while the other was an intrepid secret agent who infiltrated the Nazi regime during World War II and succeeded in blowing up numerous ammunition caches. Franks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, only discovered her father's heroic past in the last years of his life. She detailed his wartime exploits in her memoir, "My Father's Secret War," which she will be speaking about and signing at the Museum of Tolerance tonight. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P. required, (310) 772-2526. http://www.museumoftolerance.com.
Jack Gould is best known for human and environmental portraiture. This exhibition is about human nature and how it is revealed through material attachments. "People and Things: A Photographic Meditation and Exploration" features triptych photograph portraits of his subjects with their possessions, from the serious (a paraplegic focuses on his high-tech wheelchair) to the sublime (a boy admires his soccer trophies) and captures the relationships people have with their most treasured belongings. Tue.-Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Through Aug. 15. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518.