So you got a screenplay in your back pocket? Welcome to Hollywood. Now all you have to do is get it made. Enter the Writers Guild Foundation. Today, It offers an all-day masters seminar in "Writing the Original Screenplay." You'll hear leading screenwriters and execs discuss topics including "Invention and Reinvention," "A Saleable Premise" and "Getting It Made." Then down a few cocktails at the party that follows.
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $110-$150. Writers Guild, 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 782-4692.
We can't promise it'll be Val Kilmer, but cast members
from "The Ten Commandments" musical give a preview performance of a couple of
songs this evening. Part of a special event sponsored by The Jewish Journal, the
night also features a panel discussion on the Ten Commandments by Rabbis Isaac
Jeret, Daniel Bouskila and others, moderated by Rabbi Richard Spiegel, as well
as an art exhibition of angel paintings by Mel Blatt and catered reception by
Delice. For those who can't make it tonight, the Museum of Tolerance hosts the
same event on Sun., Aug. 8. 7 p.m. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 Janss Road, Thousand
Oaks. R.S.V.P. for either date to firstname.lastname@example.org
Â or call (213) 368-1661.
In 1992, Mona Sue Weissmark brought together 22 Jews and
Germans, the sons and daughters of camp survivors and of Nazis, for a four-day
meeting. In her new book, "Justice Matters: Legacies of the Holocaust and World
War II," she explores her findings from that meeting and examines the extent to
which injustices experienced by parents come to influence their children. Oxford
University Press, $26. www.amazon.com
Playing live, 24/6 is Five Towns Radio, a Jewish music
station based out of Cedarhurst, N.Y. (part of the Five Towns). Lucky for us,
though, they're online, which means you can still gloat about the weather to
your relatives back East, while enjoying their radio station. www.fivetownsradio.com
Decked out in contemporary clownwear and natural spiky red hair, Elliot Zimet is the host of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's "Three-Ring Adventure" -- and he's also an MOT. Let him entertain you. The circus comes to Anaheim today.
7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 8 (show times vary). $13-$75. Arrowhead Pond, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. (714) 704-2500.
Together, Arab, Jewish and Muslim singers and musicians from Nazareth and Galilee form the Arab-Israeli Orchestra of Nazareth. The group promotes the appreciation of Arab music throughout the world, and today makes its U.S. debut at the Skirball Cultural Center. Resident singer Lubna Salameh takes centerstage, reinterpreting Arab standards, including songs by the late Egyptian diva, Oum Kulthum, as well as film stars Layla Mourad and Ismahan.
8 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Go beyond "Where the Sidewalk Ends" today, as GuerriLA Theatre presents "Signs of the Times: An Evening of Shel's Shorts," an 80-minute seriocomedy of nine short plays written by Shel Silverstein. You'll be introduced to characters including one woman who tries to convince a beach resort manager that a "No Dogs Allowed" sign doesn't apply to her (the dog is her husband), and a waitress who won't explain the curious sign she holds, which reads, "No Skronking."
8 p.m. Runs Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 28. $20. The Kutting Room, 1221 Second St., Santa Monica. (323) 650-2493.