TUESDAY, FEB. 5RABBI DOUGLAS KOHN
Rabbi Douglas Kohn, editor of “Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease Through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On,” leads a discussion surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their effect on the Jewish community. 10:30 a.m. $10. American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Library, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8“SAY THE WORD: BLEEDING HEARTS”
Trade the hearts and flowers for punch lines and clever one-liners as some of Hollywood’s most fearless comedy writers take aim at Cupid himself and skewer Valentine’s Day through original, first-person storytelling. 8 p.m. $8-$15. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED LECTURE
Laurie L. Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School and former U.S. senior trial attorney, addresses the rights of the accused. Her lecture, part of the Soapbox Series, accompanies Skirball’s “Creating the United States” exhibition, which examines how our nation’s Founding Fathers managed to build a strong and resilient republic despite the turmoil of the time. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission ($5-$10). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.JEWISH LIFE IN SOUND AND SPACE
The architectural sights and musical sounds of late 19th century Vienna and Berlin fill the air as UCSB music, religious studies and history scholars join Congregation B’nai B’rith Cantor Mark Childs for an informative concert and lecture. Featuring the music of Louis Lewandowski and Salomon Sulzer. 3 p.m. $7-$50. University of California, Santa Barbara, Lehmann Concert Hall. (805) 893-3660. music.ucsb.edu.
SUNDAY, FEB. 17ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE
A panel of experts, ranging from biblical scholars to experts in the literature and archaeology of ancient civilizations, examines early influences on the Israelite religion, how Israelites reacted to these influences and what remains of these influences in the Bible and why. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $55 (includes lunch). Pre-registration required. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
MONDAY, FEB. 18ANDY STATMAN TRIO
Andy Statman has been described as one of this generation’s premier klezmer clarinetists and bluegrass mandolinists. Joined by bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle, The Andy Statman Trio presents a sophisticated array of modern American music infused with rich, ancient history. 7:30 p.m. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara. Call for ticket information. (805) 964-7869. cbbsb.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20JOSHUA BELL
See why Bell has been called “powerfully gifted” and “the greatest American violinist active today” in this dazzling solo recital with accompanist Sam Haywood. Bell combines passion with refinement to mesmerize audiences with breathtaking artistic mastery and tones of rare beauty. 8 p.m. $20-$68. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. (805) 899-2222. granadasb.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23BEBE NEUWIRTH
Best known for her Emmy Award-winning role as repressed psychiatrist Lilith on the hit comedy “Cheers,” actress, singer and dancer Bebe Neuwirth is one of today’s most versatile performers. Accompanied by pianist Scott Cady, the glamorous Neuwirth brings the stage to life with “Stories With Piano,” an evening of favorite songs from her critically lauded one-woman cabaret show. 8 p.m. $40-$70. Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall. California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.“LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL”
Elle Woods and her trusty sidekick, Bruiser, paint the halls of Harvard University pink as they take law school by storm in this delightful musical based on the much-loved movie. A peppy score and delightful cast leaves any objections emphatically overruled! Presented by the Actors’ Repertory Theatre. Through March 31. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $12-$22. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. (805) 583-7900. actorsrepofsimi.org.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24PURIM
You know the spiel. Read from the megillah, shake your grogger, eat some hamantashen. Check with local synagogues for times of family-friendly Purim spiels and carnivals as well as celebrations that will have adults confused about the difference between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai.”