Performance artist Dan Froot makes the transition from the street to the set in "Shlammer," a play that follows Danny Kleinman, an Eastern European immigrant in early 20th-century New York, as he evolves from gangster to Vaudevillian. The play includes music, monologues and comedy acts and is preceded by a Diavolo Dance Theater performance. $10 (general admission); $5 (with arts card). 8 p.m. Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (213) 485-1681.
We tend to take our local ambulance services for granted. In Israel, Magen David Adom has lost over 50 emergency vehicles to stoning and terrorism. By watching the South African Sydenham Shul Men's Choir perform traditional songs in a contemporary fashion you can help Magen David Adom administer aid to the victims of the Israeli-Palestinian terror. $36 and up (general admission). 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. For tickets or more information, call (310) 393-6511.
Anti-Semitism and an attraction towards Jewish men may seem like an oxymoron, but this is the case for Alma Schindler, the subject of "Bride of the Wind." Set in early 1900s Vienna, the movie portrays a young beauty who falls in love with composer Gustav Mahler and enters a series of flings before marrying writer Franz Werfel, who whisks her off to Hollywood. At select theaters in Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 777-3456.
What do you do when your feelings just can't be conveyed in words? Paint a picture like the adults with developmental disabilities from L.A. Goal. In the exhibit, "In Search of Home," artists have created works on canvas relaying their distinct views on life. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ruby Gallery, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
Who would lug a ton of evening gowns, makeup, jewelry, shoes, baby oil and hair accessories while backpacking through Israel? Rachel and Louise would. Their two-woman comedy show, "A Strange Duet," is laced with crazy antics reminiscent of "Laverne and Shirley." $10 (cover with a two-drink minimum). Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 467-7444.
Tonight, you can shake your hips to the euphoric Middle Eastern melodies of the Ali Jihad Racy Ensemble in "Mystical Legacies: An Evening of Music From the Arab World." $21 (general admission); $18 (members); $15 (students). 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 440-4500.
What was life for Jews like before World War II? Few have attempted to answer these questions through art like Franceil Masi, whose paintings of pre-Holocaust Jews in the workplace have been on display in a exhibit titled "Jews: A Work in Progress." Tonight, celebrate the last day of the exhibition with a potluck Shabbat dinner and "Three Rebel Poets," a program of music and poems by Morris Rosenfeld, Joseph Bovshover and David Edelshtadt. $5 (suggested donation). 6:30 p.m. The Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-2007.
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