Beverly Hills Community Theatre is putting on a show to raise money for a permanent home. The Beverly Hills Talent Extravaganza will highlight the gifts of this local troupe, which includes Fran Leslie, the self-styled "last of the last of the red hot mamas," a veteran of Grossinger's, "The Gong Show," and Broadway, who will perform songs from "Gypsy." 7 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Ron Brown Auditorium, Horace Mann School, 8701 Charleville Blvd.
Fiesta Shalom is just what it sounds like, Los Angeles' first Latino Jewish festival. The event, co-chaired by State Senator Richard Alarcon and Councilman Hal Bernson, will feature performances by Yiddish singer Archie Barkin, the Andean folk music of Los Angeles Inca, along with Kadima String Quartet, Ballet Argentina, and a host of other performers representing a range of both cultures. In addition, craft and food booths and a fine art exhibit will highlight the vitality of Jewish and Latino cultures in Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. For more information, call (818) 781-7926.
Forging documents, changing identities, hiding people, smuggling others to safety,guerrilla tactics in the forest - these are not the typical rebellious actions of a teenage girl. Three women who as Jewish teenagers in Holland, Hungary and Poland turned their defiance against the Nazis and made important contributions to the Resistance tell their stories in the one-hour documentary "Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust." Narrated by Janeane Garofalo, the film won the International Jewish Video Competition of the Judah L. Magnes Museum and airs tonight at 10:30 on KCET (Channel 28). For more information about the film, call (212) 925-0606.
"Oxygen: Flipping through Frederick Kiesler," opening today at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, is a multimedia tribute to Kiesler's architecture and design work. Architect of the first theater in America designed solely for film projection, as well as the Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem's home for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the famously quirky Kiesler advocated a blurring of lines between high and low culture, with the result that very few of his designs were ever built. This exhibit explores both his work and the influence of his ideas. Opening reception tonight, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., free. Regular admission, $5. Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Oct. 15. MAK Center at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 651-1510.
"Conversations on Roots and Identity," a successful, informal living-room dialogue series in New York, is setting up a Los Angeles version. Hosted by Ivri - New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists and Writers International, the monthly series examines issues of Jewish cultural heritage and identity. Tonight, the first L.A. "Conversations" evening will focus on Morocco through fiction and music. 7:30 p.m. For reservations, directions or more information, call (323) 650-3157 or visit www.ivri-nasawi.org
Polish-born artist, illustrator and political cartoonistArthur Szyk worked tirelessly in the 1930s and '40s to draw the world's attention to the plight of Europe's Jews. A large-scale survey of Szyk's career, with illuminated manuscripts, detailed miniature works, a haggadah and a series of paintings depicting Jewish holidays, among other works that have not been displayed in Los Angeles for more than a decade, are now on view at the University of Judaism's Platt and Bor-stein Galleries. Opening reception Sun., Sept. 24, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Platt and Borstein Galleries, University of Judaism, 15600 Mul-holland Dr., Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1282.
Local NPR station KCRW-FM gets in the High Holy Days spirit with two Jewish programs. At 1 p.m., listen for selections from the station's "Jewish Stories" series. Theodore Bikel reads I.L Peretz's story "Joy Beyond Measure," and Walter Matthau's reading of "Chava"by Sholem Aleichem will be broadcast. The evening program at 7 p.m., "In Celebration," honors the High Holy Days with poems, prayers, music and readings and includes Barbra Streisand's rendition of "Avinu Malkeinu." KCRW (89.9 FM). Both programs also air on Thurs., Sept. 28: "In Celebration" at 1 p.m., "Jewish Stories" at 7 p.m. For more information, call (310) 450-5183 or visit www.kcrw.com