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  • Calendar December 13-19

    By Laura Donney

    1 week ago

    SAT | DEC 13

    “MIDDLE EAST COMIC RELIEF” 

    Maybe the best way to achieve peace is to laugh our way there. Comedy troupe Sultans of Satire bring the funny to benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, the only Middle Eastern and North African cultural center in the Southland. Hosted...

  • Calendar: December 6-12

    By Laura Donney

    2 weeks ago

    SUN | DEC 7

    JACOB EBRIANI & JENIK COOK GALLERY OPENING

    Spice up your Sunday with a little artistic flair. American Art Award winners Jacob Ebriani and Jenik Cook are showcasing their masterpieces to the public. Ebriani chooses to make art a spiritual act — a sur-naturalist, his...

  • Calendar: Holiday preview 2014

    By Laura Donney

    November 21, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    FRI | NOV 28

    “THE COMEDIC GENIUS OF RODNEY DANGERFIELD”

    Have some respect! Curated with the help of Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, Joan, this temporary exhibit offers an intimate look into the iconic career of a comedy favorite. Featuring the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Comedy...

  • Calendar November 22-28

    By Laura Donney

    November 19, 2014 | 11:42 am

    SAT | NOV 22

    “HANNAH AND HER SISTERS”

    If you think your family’s Thanksgiving dinners are complicated, just consult this Woody Allen classic. The 1986 film tells the story of Hannah (Mia Farrow), her husband, Elliot (Michael Caine), and the infidelities and lives of a...

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  • Calendar November 1-7

    By Laura Donney

    October 29, 2014 | 9:50 am

    SAT | NOV 1/SUN | NOV 2

    “DAY OF THE DEAD”

    Oh, how quickly love becomes — something else. Years ago, in the cornfields of Mexico, a young man and woman fell into a passionate romance. Now old and living in Los Angeles on Olvera Street, the man is tricked into temptation for...

  • Calendar October 25-31

    By Laura Donney

    October 22, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    SAT | OCT 25 
     
    B.J. NOVAK 
     
    While a book with the title “A Book With No Pictures” might initially sound like a turn off to children, this former “The Office” writer and actor guarantees a good time for both kids and parents. Demanding that every single word on...
  • Calendar: October 18-24

    By Laura Donney

    October 14, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | OCT 18/SUN | OCT 19

    STEVE ISSERLIS

    Hello, cello! He’s not The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, but this is a British import we’re just as happy to welcome. Recognized worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and author, Isserlis has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, the...

  • Calendar Oct. 11-17

    By Laura Donney

    October 7, 2014 | 10:44 am

    SUN | OCT 12

    “PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ”

    If you’re a senior or a boomer and are looking for a Roaring ’20s-themed afternoon filled with comedians, music, fun décor, video clips and Fred Astaire, you’re in luck. Celebrate the third year of “Senior Comedy Afternoons” — for seniors, by...

  • Calendar: Fall preview Sept. 26 - Nov. 23

    By Laura Donney

    September 18, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    FRI | SEPT 26

    “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU”

    Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel with the same title, the book tells the story of Judd Foxman, returning home to sit shivah for his late father. Citing legal clearances, the film has altered the Foxman name to a less overtly Jewish...

  • Calendar August 23-29

    By Laura Donney

    August 20, 2014 | 10:07 am

    SAT | AUG 23

    RACHEL DEWOSKIN

    Emma Sasha Silver is only 15 when she loses her eyesight in a terrible accident in DeWoskin’s young adult debut,“Blind.” On top of having to relearn basic functions, the teen is also confronted with untangling the apparent suicide of a fellow...

  • Calendar August 16-22

    By Laura Donney

    August 13, 2014 | 10:05 am

    SAT | AUG 16

    “BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS”

    It’s a big night for Broadway’s home away from home — Hollywood! Under the direction of David Galligan and the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach, some of the stage’s best will perform some stage favorites. Showstoppers include Tony...

  • Calendar August 9-15

    By Laura Donney

    August 6, 2014 | 10:32 am

    SAT | AUG 9

    “THE GOOD DOCTOR”

    Neil Simon’s play is a treat for anyone who likes comedy, music and Anton Chekhov. As a writer suffering from creative blockage, our nameless protagonist narrates several of his stories to his audience. With titles that include “The Sneeze,”...

  • Calendar August 2-8

    By Laura Donney

    July 30, 2014 | 9:59 am

    SAT | AUG 2

    “THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS”

    Say “Bravo” to the 11th annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival! Temple Emanuel and Greystone Mansion host a week and a half of concerts and programs that celebrate sounds from all over. Tonight’s festivities focus on a...

  • Calendar June 28 - July 4

    By Laura Donney

    June 25, 2014 | 10:34 am

    SAT | JUN 28

    JOANNA RAKOFF

    So many writers, so little time. In her new book, “My Salinger Year,” Rakoff tells of her own literary journey, beginning with the prized position of assistant to J.D. Salinger’s agent. A transplant to New York City, Rakoff is tasked with responding...

  • Calendar June 21-27

    By Laura Donney

    June 18, 2014 | 9:14 am

    SUN | JUN 22

    DANIEL SCHLOSBERG

    A little summer piano is never a bad idea, and with favorable reviews from both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, the former featured soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is unlikely to disappoint as he plays a bit of Bach, Debussy...

  • Calendar June 14-20

    By Laura Donney

    June 11, 2014 | 9:08 am

    SAT | JUN 14

    “CENTRIFUGE”

    There’s really no one way to capture what life in Israel is like. This exhibit, which debuted in New York, features artists who use photography, video, sculpture and work on paper as a way to tap into the complexities and multiplicities of Israeli...

  • Calendar May 24-30

    By Laura Donney

    May 21, 2014 | 10:16 am

    SAT | MAY 24

    “UNKNOWN STORIES OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS”

    The Jewish Women’s Theatre invites you to the world premiere of a show that takes ancient Bible stories and weaves them into music, poetry and plays — modernizing the text. From comparing Eve’s fig leaf to a tattoo, to...

  • Calendar May 17-23

    By Laura Donney

    May 14, 2014 | 9:51 am

    SAT/SUN | MAY 17/18

    BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

    Big Sunday Weekend continues with every possible volunteer opportunity, from hosting kids-in-need on a harbor ride to repainting and planting gardens at Bethune Middle School to making new friends at a Beverly Hills retirement home....

  • Calendar: April 26 to May 2

    By Laura Donney

    April 23, 2014 | 10:31 am

    SAT | APR 26

    RUSSELL STEINBERG

    It’s the world premiere of the composer’s new piece, “Cosmic Dust.” Steinberg, who received a doctorate in music from Harvard, currently serves as artistic director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and is winner of an ASCAPLUS Award and Gold...

  • Calendar April 12-18

    By Laura Donney

    April 9, 2014 | 9:53 am

    SAT | APR 12

    “CLUELESS”

    As if! For all you ’90s cult-classic types who also have an affection for the 1950s drive-in, this evening will offer you perfect harmony, so fill up the tank and clean the windshield: Amy Heckerling’s tale of the teen is back on the big screen. Take a...

  • Calendar April 5-11

    By Laura Donney

    April 2, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    SAT | APR 5

    “SONGS IN THE KEY OF LOS ANGELES”

    University of Southern California professor Josh Kun has done some digging to bring you little-known songs about, and from, our City of Angels. Using sheet music archives, Kun shares the evolution of song in our city and how those...

  • Calendar March 15-21

    By Laura Donney

    March 12, 2014 | 11:53 am

    SAT | MAR 15

    LEWIS BLACK

    He’s probably yelling, but it’s definitely not at you; it’s with you! The irritated comic is known for his smart, funny, passionate commentary. Maybe you know his “Back in Black” segment on “The Daily Show,” maybe you have his two Grammy-winning comedy...

  • Calendar February 22-28

    By Laura Donney

    February 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    SAT | FEB 22

    PEACE OVER VIOLENCE SUMMIT

    Temple Isaiah and First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) are joining forces to remind us all how powerful a bit of peace can be. The program will inclulde prayer, songs and stories. Former gang members, victims of violence and...

  • Calendar February 15-21

    By Laura Donney

    February 12, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    SAT | FEB 15

    “THE WRONG MAN”

    If you’ve ever been interested in an indie-musical inspired by a character in a Johnny Cash song, you can rejoice! Writer and musician Ross Golan uniquely tells the story of a man wrongly accused of the crime committed in “Folsom Prison Blues.” It’s...

  • Calendar February 8-14

    By Laura Donney

    February 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

    SAT | FEB 8

    YIDDISH ART TRIO

    A clarinetist, an accordionist and a bassist walk into a temple — but there is no punch line here, just a great concert. Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell and Benjy Fox-Rosen are three of the top klezmer musicians out there, and they have a new song...

  • Calendar February 1-7

    By Laura Donney

    January 29, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    TUE | FEB 4 

    “OUT OF THE SHADOWS: BIBLICAL WOMEN IN THE PERSIAN PERIOD”

    Tamara Cohn Eskenazi explores the Persian period of the Hebrew Bible not only as an example of reconstruction of Jewish life under Persian rule, but as a moment when women became pronounced participants in...

  • Calendar January 25-31

    By Laura Donney

    January 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

    SAT | JAN 25

    MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL

    Sometimes there is such thing as a free lunch. SoCal Museums is bringing you its ninth annual day of free art and culture, with 20 Southern California museums banding together to get you through their doors. From the Skirball to LACMA, to the...

  • Calendar: January 18-24

    By Laura Donney

    January 15, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | JAN 18

    PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

    The acclaimed violinist conducts one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious orchestras through some Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. Born in Tel Aviv, Zukerman trained at Juilliard before playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York...

  • Calendar: January 11-17

    By Laura Donney

    January 8, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    SAT | JAN 11

    CINDY CHUPACK

    She’s a screenwriter who has offered you her biting observations and keen advice through the voices of some of your favorite TV characters, from “Sex and the City” to “Modern Family.” But, if you’re not watching as much television as the rest of us,...

  • Jan. 4-10, 2014

    By Laura Donney

    January 3, 2014 | 10:33 pm

    SAT | JAN 4

    ILIZA SHLESINGER

    She’s the first female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s had a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents,” she’s worked with “Pauly Shore & Friends” on Showtime, Chelsea Handler on E!, Joel McHale on “The Soup” and...

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