The Olmert family name makes headlines again this week as a play, written by the with of the mayor of Jerusalem, makes its Los Angeles premiere. "Fantasy for Piano," written by Aliza Olmert, debuts as part of the Celebrity Staged Reading series. Alexandra More directs a cast that includes Barbara Bain in the show about a woman's return to her childhood home in Poland.
2 p.m. $18. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (213) 388-2401.
Thank the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys for picking up Los Angeles' slack this month. You may have to drive a little farther, but you can still partake in the National Jewish Book Month festivities. This week, authors Sylvia Rouss ("Sammy Spider")and Rochelle Krich ("Blues in the Night") each have a book signing. And later this month, you can hear discussions with Joseph Telushkin, Jonathan Safran Foer and Sheila Kaufman, among others.
For more information, call (626) 967-3656 or visit www.jewishsgpv.org .
The road to rockstardom is rough, and achieving it doesn't necessarily mean you'll have enough money to pay the rent. Just ask TLC, one band who had to declare bankruptcy at the height of their fame. Or better yet, see Jewish filmmaker Dov Kelemer's documentary "Won't Anybody Listen." The film examines the music business today, following the band NC-17 as they hustle to make it in Los Angeles. It plays on the Sundance Channel this week.
Plays Fri., Oct. 25 at 9 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27 at 3:05 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 29 at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.sundancechannel.com.
For some people, imitating crazy Jewish family members is how they cope. For Sherry Glaser, it's a career. She stars as five members of a Jewish family from the Bronx who recently settled in Southern California in her one-woman show "Family Secrets." The New York Times called it "exhilarating ... an evening of bountiful pleasures." Watch her become Mort, Bev, Fern, Sandra and Rose tonight at the University of Judaism.
2 p.m. $30-35. Runs through Nov. 3. University of Judaism, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For reservations and additional performance times, call (310) 440-1547.
The fall of the twin towers spurred Israeli playwright Roy Avigdori to write something personal about terrorism. The result is the play "The Palestinian Connection." The play focuses on two Israelis who find a Palestinian with a bag of explosives in Tel Aviv, their decision to kidnap and interrogate him and the resulting events they did not anticipate. Avigdori's bio describes his difficulty in finding a producer here in Los Angeles. "Everywhere he went he received the same answer; 'I wouldn't want to put my hands in a play that speaks about terrorism.'" Avigdori is, therefore, producing it himself. You can support his endeavor by seeing the show tonight.
8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 4 p.m. (Sundays). Runs through Dec. 22. $20. The Complex - Theatre 6470, 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 856-4200.
To the old school L.A. Jewish theater buffs, we need only say that Pavel Cerny is back. For the new-schoolers and preschoolers, however, we will elaborate a bit. Writer and director of the long-running Yiddish cabaret musical "BELZ!," Cerny's other productions have included "Purim Play," "Dybbuk" and "Portraits of My People." He has recently returned to our fair city after several years directing in Europe, and is now directing the sexy Strindberg play, "Miss Julie." You can catch it for one more week at The Complex.
8 p.m. (Thursdays and Fridays). Runs through Nov. 8. $15. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 465-0383.