Today is Rosh Hashanah. Happy Rosh Hashanah, or mazel tov, if you prefer. Did you know most synagogues require paid tickets in order to attend High Holy Day services? We call that “pay to pray,” and Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada is having none of it. This is the 26th year of his free Rosh Hashanah services. “Comedians, actors, other members of the entertainment community, as well as the general public are invited and welcome to attend. Services are conducted in the Reform Jewish tradition by Rabbi Bob Jacobs and led by cantor, Sandy Lasarow.” The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tues., Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; free. (323) 656-1336, Ext. 1.
It’s one of the most uncomfortable venues in the history of live music, there are those annoying poles to block your view — and there’s no booze! Why do we love McCabe’s? Find out at McCabe’s 50th Anniversary: A Living History of Music, with performances by Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, Odetta, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Peter Rowan, Peter Case, the Ditty Bops and more. (Also see our feature on McCabe’s in this issue.) Royce Hall, Westwood; Thurs., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; $17-$60. www.uclalive.org; (310) 825-2101.