Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica presents the latest installment in its "Documental" documentary and experimental film series. This evening's screenings include "Passages," Gabriela Bohm's personal record of her search for family history and secrets. Through Europe, Israel, South Africa and Los Angeles, she discovers connections between her parents' lives and her own. Three short experimental films by Alexis Krasilovsky are also showing, including the three-minute "Earthquake Haggadah." 7 p.m. 1318 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 393-2923.
Twenty artists join composer and conductor Alan Eder for Reggae Passover: Songs of Freedom. The Alan Eder and Friends ensemble brings together reggae artists, cantors, drummers and dancers, a combined church and temple choir and the uplifting energy of the Passover holiday for a community-building musical celebration of the exodus. The performance also includes the group's unique versions of Bob Marley songs. 1:30 p.m. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 763-9148.
A bit of April foolishness to combat the tax-return blues, "Taxpayer! Taxpayer!" is a song and dance parody revue by IRS archnemesis Stanley Rich. The L.A. accountant won a 15-year court battle with the tax collector, then vented/celebrated by writing this collection of takeoffs, including a Willie Nelson-inspired "On My Case Again," and a Fagen-like character singing "They're Reviewing My Situation." Enjoy your April Fools Day, and as Stanley Rich says, "many happy returns". $25. 7:30 p.m. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For reservations or more information, call (310) 441-7231.
The treasure trove of contemporary Israeli art that is Galerie Yoramgil presents its new gallery show titled "About Being Human," featuring sculptor Dalit Tayar and painter Moti Cohen. American-born Tayar, who lives and works in Israel, creates figures in stoneware and porcelain. Included in the exhibit are haunting figures enclosed in stone boxes, seen through a rough opening. Cohen, in his U.S. debut, offers sparse, semi-figurative paintings. Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through April 17. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.
Immobilizing pain caused by interstitial cystitis may not be the most obvious basis for comedy, but in the hands of playwright Dori Fram, the telephone carries the comedic load to the stage. As our heroine, a novelist, lies confined in her bedroom, news of the world comes flying in via the constant beep of the call waiting. "Call Waiting...A Painful Comedy" dials up all the antics an elusive husband, soon to be married daughter and droves of friends can deliver. $30-$37.50. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tiffany Theatre, 8532 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. For tickets, call (310) 289-2999.
Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry in 2000, C.K. Williams presents his work tonight at the Skirball, a highlight of the center's Rattle Poetry Series. Williams claims to have discovered his poetic voice while working on a poem called "A Day for Anne Frank," and other examinations of the Holocaust. The poet now teaches creative writing at Princeton and lives part of each year in Paris, so catch him in Los Angeles while you can. $5 (free to students). 7:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 655-8587.
Michal Rovner's exhibit featuring digitally altered photographs of figures in the Israeli desert opens this week at Shoshana Wayne Gallery. At a time when events in Israel can seem a nightmare, Rovner's photos offer a hazy dream-like version of reality. In addition to the photos, the gallery will screen Rovner's film "Border" weekly throughout the exhibit. The film, shot on the Israel-Lebanon border, examines the emotional and symbolic significance common to all barriers. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. "Border" screens Sat. 3 p.m. Through April 28. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 453-7535.
Watch this page over the next few months for the three plays in the inaugural season of Padua Playwrights Productions, featuring the work of playwright Murray Mednick which share what he calls "a certain self-conscious Judaism on a poetic level." The first five-week run goes to "16 Routines," an edgy investigation of vaudeville set in a home for distressed actors. $15 (student, senior and group discounts available). Thurs.-Sun. 8 p.m. Through May 5. 2100 Square Feet, 5615 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 692-2652.
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