April 10, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 12- 18
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FRI | APRIL 18
Immerse yourself in the romantic and daring French culture during the 12th annual City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival. The Franco-American Cultural Fund presents the West Coast Strand Releasing of "A Secret," written and directed by leading French director Claude Miller. Adapted from Philippe Grimbert's best-selling novel, the film uncovers a story of deep passion and even deeper guilt during the troubled times of World War II. A young French teen discovers the truth about his parents' past and his father's illicit love affair and struggle to stay alive in Nazi-occupied France. Fri. 4 p.m. (Happy hour talk and wine and cheese reception), 6 p.m. (screening). $5-$10. Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 289 5346. http://www.colcoa.org.
Most Jewish boys become men at the age of 13. Hal Ackerman became a man much later in life -- when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In his poignant and often humorous play, "Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me," the legendary UCLA screenwriting professor and author of several books tackles the meaning of masculinity and mortality through the lens of a painful personal experience. Ackerman wrote and also stars in this play. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. Through May 10. $15 (students, seniors and cancer survivors), $20 (general). The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-3680. http://www.powerhousetheatre.com.
Why is this Passover seder different from all other seders? Because at any other seder, you drink four cups of wine, but at this feast, Elijah's callin' for grape juice. That's right, it's a Sober Seder, celebrating freedom from bondage and the oppression of an alcohol addiction. Ubiquitous grape juice makes it a pretty safe bet for the kiddies, too, so gather your loved ones and trade brut for sweet. With Chabad's famous generosity, you can be sure no one will be turned away if this is the experience they desire. Sun. April 20. 8 p.m. Suggested donation for an individual is $18 or $50 for a party of four. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. http://www.sharingthewarmth.com/ soberseder.