Purim Carnivals • February 28, 11:30am-2:30pm, free
The Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., 310.453.4276.
3pm, free, The Shul on the Beach (Pacific Jewish Center)
505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 310.392.8749.
The Jewish holiday Purim, commemorating the rescue of the Persian Jews from genocide, is an irreverent festival much beloved of kids, who get to dress up in costumes and enjoy goodies. Both of these Purim Carnivals promise games, music, crafts, and refreshments. Also the Shul’s Purim features a talk, “Why Is Purim Hiding?” by Rabbi Finkwill.
March 3-4, dinner 7:15pm, show 8pm
$15-$20 (does not include dinner), upstairs at Bravo Cucina, 1319 Third Street Promenade, thepeoplestheatre.com.
Here’s a theme evening—dinner at one of Santa Monica’s favorite Italian restaurants, followed by the critically acclaimed play, Italian-American Reconciliation, described as “a fanciful, lighthearted, and zestfully comic exploration of male/female relationships.”