May 26, 2005
7 Days in the Arts
Our most beloved alien alights on planet Earth once again as Steven Spielberg's "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" screens under the stars tonight in Pasadena. It's part of Old Pasadena Management District's free "Cinema in the Park" series, which benefits the cancer relief fund, "Cinema Fighting Cancer." Picnicking is encouraged, although no alcohol is permitted. Bring the kids.
7 p.m. Free (but tickets are required). Tickets distributed through Heritage Wine Company, 155 N. Raymond Ave. Screening at Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park, corner of Walnut and Raymond, Old Pasadena. www.oldpasadena.org.
More somber but important family fare takes place at the Aero Theater today. Parents and children are invited to watch Ed Wynn and Shelley Winters in the Oscar-winning 1959 film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank," adapted from the young girl's writings while in hiding with her family during the Holocaust.
2 p.m. $9. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456.
Jewish philatelists, rejoice! Through June 5, Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay features an exhibit of more than 200 postal stamps of Jewish-American interest. "First Day Stamp Covers: Jewish Contributions to American Society" displays stamps in various categories, including government, sports, the military, the arts and history. Other highlights include Ken and Barbie and Bugs Bunny stamps.
5721 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-6986.
Dark Russian drama descends on Orange County. Opening tonight at the Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall is Eifman Ballet's production of "Don Juan and Moliere," incorporating the lives of the Spanish Cassanova and the playwright in a fantastical dance. Then, next week, it's "Red Giselle," the story of a Soviet ballerina who loses her mind.
Through June 5. $25-$75. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.
Do-gooder Hollywood Jews are honored today at Jewish Family Service's annual gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis plays MC, while the Spirit of Humanity Award goes to big cheeses Howard Kurtzman of Twentieth Century Fox, Rick Kurtzman of Creative Artists Agency and David Lonner of William Morris Agency's Motion Picture Department.
6:30 p.m. For more information, call (323) 761-8800, ext. 1220.
Show's over people, but that doesn't mean the lovefest is. Everybody who still loves "Raymond" can attend the Writers' Guild Foundation's latest in its Spring Storytellers Series. This evening it's "Secrets of a No. 1 Sitcom: Inside the Writers Room" with "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and the rest of the writing staff.
7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-4692.
What's the deal with Jewish guys and Asian girls? Read the story of one couple in Jack Botwink's autobiographical "Chicken Soup With Chopsticks." This one goes beyond the phenomenon to the heart of the couple's journey, which, interestingly, led them to religious Judaism.