Saturday, Aug. 4
The timeless story of Tevye, the milkman with five daughters, is back on stage in the classic musical "Fiddler On the Roof." Based on the tales of Sholom Aleichem, the show tells the tale of a man who tries to hang on to his traditional values amid the tides of change in Czarist Russia through songs like "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition!" The production at the Canyon Club Theatre includes a pre-show buffet brunch $31 (general admission). Senior, child and group discounts are available. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. For tickets or more information, call (818) 879-5016.
Sunday, Aug. 5
Singer Neshama Carlebach, the daughter of the late singer/storyteller Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach will reach into her Eastern European roots for tonight's vocal performance. The daughter of the Jewish legend will combine Yiddish, Hebrew and English songs as part of Brandeis-Bardin's Summer Under the Stars series. Both adults and children will enjoy the way she, like her father, can weave story with song. $25 (adults). Student discounts available. 7:30 p.m. Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. For reservations or more information, call (805) 582-4450.
Monday, August 6
Olympia Dukasis gave a riveting performance in "Steel Magnolias" as the talkative and kindhearted Clairee and won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Cher's mother in Moonstruck. Tonight, she's performing a staged benefit reading of Martin Sherman's "Rose," the story of woman whose life takes her from a Russian village to the Warsaw Ghetto and eventually to the crazy world of modern Jewish America. The Jewish Repertory Theatre, a non-profit corporation committed to highlighting Jewish arts and culture, is sponsoring this event with a reception after the performance at Mistral. $100 (suggested donation); $300-$500 (preferred seating). 7:30 p.m. Canon Theatre, 205 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (323) 293-7257.
Tuesday, Aug. 7
PBS takes a behind-the-scenes look at Mel Brooks's highly acclaimed Broadway musical "The Producers," based on the 1968 comedy. The show, about a desperate producer who, with his accountant, set out to make tons of money by funding what they hope is the worst show ever, won a record 14 Tony awards. With tickets starting at $100 for the Broadway show starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick tonight's program "Recording 'The Producers': A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks," is a less expensive, and more local, alternative. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. KCET, TV-PG. For more information, call (212) 560-3053.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Dennis Karmazyn, the principal cellist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and pianist Beth Sussman enjoy drawing crowds into an interactive concert experience. They not only play the music of Beethoven, Strauss and Rachmaninoff, but they enjoy sharing anecdotes of the composers with the audience. $10 (general admission). 7:30 p.m. University of Judaism, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1246.
Thursday, Aug. 9
An American Rhapsody is a powerfully moving true coming-of-age account of a young girl. As a family flees war-torn Hungary for a new life in the West, their youngest child is left behind and adopted by a loving, but poor, couple who lives on a farm. After the war is over, Suzanne, (played as an adult by Nastassja Kinski) is forced to reside in America with her biological parents. She has trouble adjusting to her new life and finds that in order to face her past, she must cross the Hungarian border. Director Eva Gardos successfully relates her story of searching for identity amid drastic change. $7 (general admission); $6 (museum members). Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Plaza, 1399 S. Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 772-2452.
Friday, Aug. 10
"IntimiDating Strangers," is an evening of two short plays that deal with the quirks of relationships. The drama "Necropolis," relays a dangerous affair in war-torn Eastern Europe between an American journalist and a woman with a dark past. "Do Over" is comedy about a woman who is confronted with both her boyfriend of the present and the same young man from seven years in the future. Net proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals' Children Amputee Prosthesis program, helping kids who are missing limbs because of injury or birth defects. $12 (general admission). Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Through Sep. 1. Third Street Theater, 8140 W. Third St., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 289-2999.
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