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  • April 20–26

    By Ryan Torok

    April 17, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    SAT APRIL 20 

    LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 

    The 18th annual Festival of Books features more than 100 panels, stage presentations, music and children’s programs. Authors include Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), singer Lisa Loeb, chef Susan Feniger and Journal contributors...

  • Moishe House a place to call home

    March 20, 2013 | 8:45 am

    Before they discovered Moishe House L.A. (MoHoLa), Rodrigo Rodarte had never led a Shabbat dinner, Jon Shoer was looking to solidify his Jewish identity, and Joshua Nathan Finn was searching for a way to create a home away from home for his Jewish peers. 

    All three found a place...

  • Feb 2–8, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    SAT FEB 2

    “THE COMPOSER IS DEAD” 

    Before it was a recording or a book, the whodunit by “A Series of Unfortunate Events” writer Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and composer Nathaniel Stookey was a work for narrator and orchestra. The tale follows an inspector who...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 5, 2012 | 9:38 am

    SUN | JULY 8

    “HAVA”
    L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10...

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  • June 2-8, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    May 30, 2012 | 11:01 am

    SAT | JUNE 2

    “A NIGHT OF ECLECTIC SOUND”
    Musicians come together to rock your soul during the Beit T’Shuvah Sisterhood concert. Performers include Craig Taubman, singer-songwriter James Fuchs, funk ensemble The Bobby Hunt Trio, folk-rocker Danny Peck, student Cantor Rachel...

  • May 26-June 1

    By Ryan Torok

    May 23, 2012 | 10:16 am

    SAT | MAY 26

    “THE IMMIGRANT”
    Haskell, a young Jewish immigrant fleeing Russian pogroms in 1909, settles in the Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas, in this musical adaptation of playwright Mark Harelik’s tale of a stranger in a strange land. As he struggles to achieve the...

  • Nov. 12-18

    By Ryan Torok

    November 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

    SAT | NOV 12

    “POETICS AND PLAYS”
    Actor David Greenspan blends two antithetical texts on theater — Aristotle’s “Poetics” and Gertrude Stein’s “Plays”— for an unlikely one-man show. A conversation with Greenspan follows today’s 3 p.m. performance at the Getty...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 22 - 28: Toots Shor, turkey and theater

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    November 20, 2008 | 8:16 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 22

    (FILM)
    Toots Shor counted Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason among his closest friends. His eponymous saloon on New York's West 51st Street attracted legendary sports heroes, movie stars, gangsters and working stiffs. Now award-winning filmmaker Kristi...
  • Social Issues Still Divide Jews, GOP

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the tale of two Mellmans.

    Mark Mellman, one of John Kerry's top four advisers, launched a talk with Jewish Democrats in Boston last month with a drasha (short sermon) on the meaning of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish fast day that happened to fall during the party convention. Then,...

  • The Gourmet

    By Jeff Hoyt

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Guests nibbling on Grilled Hoisin-Ancho Colorado Lamb Chops, Roasted Garlic and Chicken Risotto and Caramel Sauce Crème Brûlée at Century City's five-star St. Regis Hotel & Spa might not just want to thank the chef, but also a rabbi.

    Foodies may be surprised to learn that these...