8/SaturdayPart of what makes artist Jenny Hellman's work so unique are her tradional paintings on untraditional sufaces. The Paris-educated art history major also trademarks her paintings by incorporating pieces such as dry leaves. Her subjects commonly include urban L.A. scenes with human figures scattered throughout. Her work "Recent Paintings: A West Coast Debut" is on display today. Opening reception: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Oct. 2. Galerie Yoramgil, 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-2238.
9/SundayThe Second Sunday Staged Play Readings continue with Emmy Award-winning Ed Asner in "Chaim's Love Song" by Marvin Chernoff. The performance, directed by Alexandra More, is full of both comedy and tragedy. $10 (members); $12 (nonmembers). Student and senior discounts available. 2 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225. Like HBO's "Queer as Folk," Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon's two-woman play "Real Girls" deals with conflicts related to being gay or bisexual in today's society. This poignant, yet hilarious, autobiographical account tells the story of two women who are dealing with coming out, searching for true love and the dilemma of whether to follow head or heart. The performance is being held as a fundraiser for Beth Chayim Chadashim. $18 (members); $25 (friends of members and VIP seating for members); $35 (VIP seating for friends of members). 3 p.m. The Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For tickets or more information, call (323) 931-7023.
10/MondayWhen the Hollywood Blacklist came out, many Jews thought it was secretly an act of anti-Semitism. "The Value of Names," a staged reading starring Ed Asner of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Howard Morris of "The Andy Griffith Show," traces this controversial period in Tinseltown's history. The story centers on Benny (Morris), a famous comedian, who is brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Years later, when his daughter is cast for a role in a movie, the replacement director (Asner) turns out to be the very snitch who gave Benny's name to HUAC. Free admission. 8 p.m. Matrix, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 852-1445.
11/TuesdayFor its first juried exhibition, A Shenere Velt Gallery requested art on the subject of prejudice. The result is today's exhibit "You & Eye: Art Responds to Prejudice," displaying the work of 34 contributors. The multiracial group of young artists submitted pieces reflecting homelessness, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, poverty, social inequalities, sexuality, homophobia and other themes. The goal of this project is to promote the notion that everybody is equal, regardless of race, color or creed. Opening reception: Sun., Sept. 9, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 4. Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.
12/WednesdayIn 1942, actor Robert Clary was sent to the concentration camps along with 12 members of his family. Lucky for "Hogan's Heroes" that he survived, because when he returned to his hometown, Paris, he was whisked off to fame, eventually starring in the highly acclaimed show. Today, along with Magda Bass, lecturer for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Clary will speak on the influences of free will versus destiny on our lives. The lecture is a result of Clary's newfound interest in expressing his account of the Holocaust, which originated from his 1982 appearance in the NBC TV movie "Remembrance of Love" with Kirk Douglas. $4 (members); $5 (nonmembers). 7 p.m. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 21. "Blame it on Rio" at tonight's Skirball fall World Mosaic features Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim. The recipient of four Downbeat awards for Best Female Singer, Purim has collaborated with big names such as Carlos Santana and Mickey Hart to produce "electric jazz." Her partner, Grammy Award-winning producer and composer Airto Moreira, adds the percussion to the soulful jazz performance. Moreira has performed with jazz legends Paul Simon and Dizzy Gillespie, who have influenced him in his latest album, Homeless. $28 (general admission); $25 (members); $20 (students). 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 440-4500.
14/FridayPostville, Iowa, is truly a representation of the American melting pot. The multicultural city and its mix of Chassidic Jews, Mexicans, Guatemalans, Russians and Ukrainians is portrayed in KCET's documentary tonight, titled "Postville: When Cultures Collide." The program brings to light the various cultural clashes that arise in such a colorful population. The film kicks off KCET's Jewish films series honoring the High Holy Days. 10 p.m.-11 p.m. For more information, call (323) 666-6500.