Dr. Deborah Lipstadt offers her perspectives on her five-year battle against Holocaust denier David Irving, ultimately achieving a victory in a British courtroom against that destructive revisionist history. The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) lecture program also includes Rabbi Douglas Kahn, who will discuss "Jews in America: Rethinking Our Values as a Minority Community." After these intriguing lectures, stick around for a dinner concert with the BBI Classical Chamber Ensemble. Day program: $15. Rabbi Kahn, 3 p.m.; Dr. Lipstadt, 5 p.m. Dinner Concert: $30. 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. For reservations or more information, call (805) 582-4450.
Alfred Newman, music director at 20th Century Fox for more than 40 years, scored over 250 films and won nine OscarsÂ®. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony pays tribute to this giant of movie music in their program Cinema Judaica II, playing the music from his movies that resonate with Jewish heritage. The Symphony keeps it all in the family with arrangements of Newman's work by his daughter Maria, an accomplished composer in her own right. The evening performance also grants guest conducting duties to Newman's nephew, singer-songwriter and fellow film scorer Randy Newman. $25-$45. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets, call (818) 753-6681.
Some of the most gifted artists, writers and musicians of their time were imprisoned in the Terezin Ghetto, where they continued to create in a spirit of rebellion and hope. Tonight, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple hosts the Schidlof Quartet in a concert of chamber music celebrating this triumph of the spirit. $36. 3 p.m. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 954-4300.
The Alpert JCC is offering three days of big-name lectures in A Celebration of Art and Literature. Tonight, Ed Asner shares insight into his acting career and his politics. You might also want to cook with Judy Zeidler on Sunday, or gab with Arianna Huffington on Tuesday. Go ahead. Sunday: Judy Zeidler, "What's Cooking for Passover?" $75. 1 p.m., "Entertaining With a Touch of Class." $15. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; Monday: Ed Asner, "Frankly Speaking." $15. 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday: Arianna Huffington, "Hot Topics." $15. 7:30 p.m. Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. To register, call (562) 426-7601.
The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich remain a dark stain on Olympic history, with massacre of 11 Israeli athletes still fresh in many minds. The tragic events of that day are the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "One Day in September." UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present the free screening as part of their joint Contemporary Documentary series. 7:30 p.m. James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA. For more information, call (310) 206-3456.
Lack of communication is not the problem for the three couples in Peter Ackerman's "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight." Questions arise out of the comedy as stereotypes, fantasies and relationship angst slip out in this "comedy in three beds." The L.A. Theatre Works production features among its cast TV stars Richard Kind and Joey Slotnick. $32-$36. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 827-0889.
From black-and-white photos of Nazi-era Europe, artist Barbara Shilo has created paintings to put a human face on that history. Shilo herself left Germany as a child with her family in 1933; her exhibit, titled "Silent Voices Speak: Remembering the Holocaust," tells stories of those who did not escape. Mon., Wed. and Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Through March 11.
Morris Kagan has led a life of photography, with a career as a photojournalist and movie set photographer. "A Life of Photography," an exhibit at the Consulate General of Germany, presents another side of Kagan's imagery. The former president of the children of Holocaust survivors organization Second Generation, Kagan's lens has also focused on the community of survivors in Los Angeles and the remains of the era in Germany. These photos are featured in his exhibit alongside some of his L.A. photos. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or by appointment. Through April 5. 6222 Wilshire Blvd. '500, Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 930-2703.
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