Another weekend chock-full of Jewish arts features the 20th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah. The festival opens tonight with a gala concert by Grammy-winning gospel performer Rev. Andrae Crouch and Cantor Evan Kent, followed by an artist reception and preview sale. Sunday, 30 professional artists from across the U.S., Israel and Italy exhibit and sell original Judaica, including metalwork, paintings, glass, ceramics, textiles and more. Concert and preview sale: $18 (general); $15 (seniors). 8 p.m. Artisans exhibit and sale: $4 (adults); $2 (children). Sun., noon-5 p.m. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. For more information, call (310) 277-2772.
"I Remember Me" is Shana Susman's comedy, drama and song odyssey of one Jewish girl's childhood memories, therapy and dark family secrets. $10. 8 p.m. Working Stage Theatre, 1516 N. Gardner Ave., Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 951-1132. The Performing Arts Center at CSUN presents "Gershwin the Klezmer," a partly biographical musical which draws the connections between Gershwin's gorgeous melodies and the music of his youth - klezmer, Yiddish theater and cantorial tunes. The Minnesota Klezmer Band performs the show's varied styles of music. $29. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; also Sunday 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (818) 785-8885.
"Two Festivals of Light" by Steven Korbor will be the first of five staged readings of popular comedies by Jewish authors in the University of Judaism's Festival of the Arts series. Set in Boyle Heights in the 1940s, the play follows the lives of two neighboring families - one Jewish, one Italian. $15. 2 p.m. Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 203.
Also today, the Jewish Women's Theatre Project presents "Freefall," a collage of comedy, music and drama that weaves together the stories of three Jewish women at turning points in their lives. Developed for the Edge of the World Theater Festival, the work was created by Ellen Sandler from original material by Ronda Spinak, Susan Merson and Stacie Chaiken. $7 suggested donation. 3 p.m. Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., fourth floor. For more information, call (323) 878-5695.
On April 19, 1943, a deportation train bound for Auschwitz was attacked by the Belgian Resistance. Journalist Marion Schreiber, longtime staff writer for the German weekly Der Spiegel, has written "Stille Rebellen," an account of the attack and of the Belgian Resistance, which she will discuss tonight at Goethe Institut Los Angeles. $3. 7:30 p.m. 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 525-3388.
Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps has long been suspected as a hiding place for evidence of Nazi crimes during World War II. Tonight on "60 Minutes II," the suspicion is confirmed in a two-part report, "Hitler's Lake." The report chronicles the four-week underwater expedition that uncovered the remains of an extensive counterfeiting operation. Adolf Burger, a concentration camp survivor who was forced to work on the counterfeiting, contributes to the investigation. 9 p.m. CBS, Channel 2.
The mixed-media artwork of Betty Sheinbaum joins a group show titled "Less is More, More or Less" at TAG: The Artists' Gallery. Sheinbaum, admired as much for her social activism as for her painting and sculpture, joins ceramic artists Jilda Schwartz and Kaija Keel and the mixed-media works of Michael Knight. Artist reception Sat., Dec. 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 8 p.m. on Thurs. Through Dec. 23. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.
One of the most controversial artists of the last two decades, Julian Schnabel is best known for his highly personal subject matter and his use of unconventional materials like broken plates in his paintings. On view now at the Remba Gallery, Schnabel's recent prints include a series of portraits and many more stylized, emotional works. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 29. 462 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 657-1101.
After a popular run this summer at the Cinegrill, actress/writer/producer Deborah Pearl's one-woman show "Chick Singers" is back on stage at Odyssey Theater Ensemble. The musical comedy about eight different women, each a singer of a different style of music, includes popular, classic songs from "Over the Rainbow" to a Jewish country singer-turned-cantor's rendition of "Kol Nidre," as well as original compositions. $18-$20. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. Through Dec. 17. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 477-2055.
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