This weekend's your last chance to see Sam Bobrick's new mystery-drama "The Stanway Case" at the Horseshoe Theatre at L.A. Valley College. Fellow jurors on a murder case, Maura and Scott, get romantic despite their divergent personalities and views on the defendant's guilt. But that's just where it starts to get complicated. Aaron J. Bronsal directs the offbeat -- and at times funny and mysterious -- play. 8 p.m. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Runs through March 16. $8 (students, seniors and industry), $12 (general). 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 947-2791.
Kehillat Israel calls upon a star from the membership roster this evening in the name of Jews in Crisis. Congregant Dinah Manoff ("Empty Nest," "State of Grace") and Palisades local Ron Rifkin ("Alias") perform in a world premiere reading of Wendy Graf's "In the Time of Elephants." Narrated by Rabbi Steven Carr Rueben, the play tells the story of a rabbi who's lost her faith and a Jew who turns to her for support. 7 p.m. $20 (suggested minimum donation). 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. R.S.V.P., (310) 573-2068.
Hip young Jews hit the town in leprechaun costumes tonight, in search of the ultimate Purim/St. Paddy's festivities. Where to work your lucky charms? Purim Extravaganza 3 at the Century Club definitely looks promising. Complete with Megillah readings every hour on the hour, and entertainment by MC Schwartzie, The Happy Minyan Band and comedians from Leno and Letterman, the party's expected to attract hundreds of singles and unavailables alike. Better start practicing that "Kiss Me, I'm Jewish" come-hither gaze. 21+. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. 10131 Constellation Ave., Century City. (310) 285-7777. For more hot, hip Purim events, go to page 22.
Two suitcases of some 5,000 poems and drawings by children of the Holocaust were found 10 years after liberation. The children had been students of Bauhaus artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis at Terezin concentration camp, and later at Auschwitz, where most of them were murdered. Dicker-Brandeis' and the students' works can be viewed through September at the Museum of Tolerance. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Fridays), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). $6 (children and students), $8 (seniors), $10 (adults). 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403.
In the mood for a live rendition of "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" or other Groucho memorables? Frank Ferrante apes the mustachioed Marx brother, delivering one-liners, anecdotes and old songs in "An Evening With Groucho." The acclaimed Ferrante's one-man show plays tonight at the University of Judaism, with just three additional performances. Now that's the most ridiculous thing we ever heard! 2 p.m. (Wednesday and Sunday), 8 p.m. (Thursday), 8:30 p.m. (Saturday). Runs March 19, 20, 22 and 23. $30 and $35. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1547.
From Opie to the Oscars, we've watched little Ronnie Howard grow up. Chronicling that journey in her new book, "Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon," is Journal contributing writer Beverly Gray. She'll be at Dutton's for a signing today, in celebration of the new bio's publication. 7 p.m. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263.
Also on the queen tip this week, Writers Bloc welcomes Queen Noor of Jordan to the Skirball tonight. The equally regal Arianna Huffington joins her majesty in a discussion on Middle East politics, the queen's new book, "Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life," and her advocacy work for women and children, education, the environment and democracy. 7:30 p.m. $18. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 335-0917.