THURSDAY, NOV. 1

“THE RABBI AND THE SHIKSA”

Scandal. Romance. Duty. Friendship. Rabbi Jacob Persky, a widower, finds his life turned upside down by his attraction to a non-Jew in a reprise of this play by Art Shulman. Through Nov. 18. $17-$22. Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (877) 620-7673. secretrose.com.


SUNDAY, NOV. 4

MITZVAH DAY 2012

Do some good, and feel good doing it! Donate blood, volunteer at an animal shelter, gather food items for a local food pantry or lend a hand at your local soup kitchen. There are limitless ways to help make a difference. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance in partnership with local Jewish organizations. Contact your local synagogue or any Jewish social services agency to learn about projects in your area. For more information, call (818) 464-3200. jewishla.org.

EUGENE BERGMAN

Author of “Survival Artist,” Bergman lost his hearing as a child during the Holocaust when he was struck by the butt of a German soldier’s rifle. Learn why he believes being deaf may have saved his life several times. 1 p.m. Free. California State University, Northridge, University Student Union, Grand Salon, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-2054. csun.edu/ncod.

“AMERYKA”

United States Hoi Fellow Nancy Keystone and her Critical Mass Performance Group present a dramatic staged reading that explores the connections between American revolutionary ideals and Poland’s desire for freedom. Part of the Skirball’s “Democracy Matters” program. 2 p.m. $12-$15. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


TUESDAY, NOV. 6

LAURIE RUBIN

“Like an afternoon in the meadow with birds singing” or “chocolate chip ice cream” are just two of the ways mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin, who is blind, likes to describe the various notes she effortlessly warbles. The author of “Do You Dream in Color?” will share the story of her life and the amazing experiences that led to her career as an international opera singer. 10 a.m. $10-$20. American Jewish University, Colen Conference Center, Room 108, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. RSVP to Betty Carmona: (310) 440-1283. ajula.edu.


THURSDAY, NOV. 8

Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein

Award-winning singer and pianist Michael Feinstein landed his first big break working for Ira Gershwin when he was just 20 years old. The experience laid the foundation for both a friendship and Feinstein’s career. Travel back to the Golden Age of American songwriting as he shares behind-the-scenes accounts from his book “The Gershwins and Me” and gems from Ira and George Gershwin’s epic music catalog. Book signing follows. 7:30 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14

“THE MORINI STRAD”

When world-renowned musician Erica Morini damages her prized violin, an act akin to defacing the “Mona Lisa,” she secretly hires a violinmaker for necessary repairs. The two develop an unexpected friendship that rocks the world of classical music. Through Dec. 6. $20-$50. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. (818) 558-7000. colonytheater.org.


SATURDAY, NOV. 17

RAUL ESPARZA SINGS SONDHEIM

Tony Award-nominated television, film and Broadway star Raul Esparza presents an evening of songs from Stephen Sondheim’s most famous ballads. Esparza’s recent work includes two Sondheim revivals, “Sunday in the Park With George” and “Company,” and he’s sure to delight the audience with his cool voice and dazzling personality. 8 p.m. $25-$70. Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.


SUNDAY, NOV. 18

SUPER SUNDAY AND GLOBAL DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING

“Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” Help raise funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara while sharing the gift of a mitzvah of giving and thanking donors for their generosity. Fun for the whole family and a great way for students to fulfill community service hours as you enjoy drawings, prizes, food and more. While you’re there, don’t miss stories on the theme of gratitude and Rabbi Steve Cohen’s adult discussion, “What Is ‘Shema’?” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.


TUESDAY, NOV. 20

“WOMEN, SORCERY AND TALMUD”

Maggie Anton, author of the “Rashi’s Daughters” series, will discuss her new historical novel, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” the involvement of Jewish women in religious ceremonies and her research into the lives of women in the ancient Persian Empire. 11 a.m. Free. California State University, Northridge, Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 245, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Reservations required by phone at (818) 677-4724 or by e-mail to jewish.studies@csun.edu.


THURSDAY, NOV. 29

SUSAN CAIN

Join writer and lecturer Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” as she explains why introverts think and work in ways that are crucial to the survival of today’s organizations. Insatiably curious about human behavior, Cain uses research in neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate why we should pay close attention to “the quiet ones.” 8 p.m. $10-$15. University of California, Santa Barbara, Campbell Hall. (805) 893-3535. artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.