Saturday, Nov. 10
Allan Felix, a San Francisco film critic obsessed with "Casablanca," finds himself taking love advice from a fantasy Humphrey Bogart after his wife leaves him. Before long Felix finds himself drawn to his best friend's wife, Linda, in the Knightsbridge Theatre's adaptation of Woody Allen's "Play it Again, Sam." $22 (adults); $16 (students and seniors). Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Knightsbridge Theatre Los Angeles, 1944 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (626) 440-0821.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Director Alexandra More paints a poignant picture of old wounds and painful encounters as Helga, the German wife of a Nazi war criminal, confronts the Jewish woman her husband helped liberate from a concentration camp 40 years before. Edith Fields stars as Ella in tonight's staged reading of H. W. Freedman's play "Ella's Secret." $10 (members, senior and students); $12 (nonmembers). 2 p.m. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2228.
Monday, Nov. 12
"Foreign films ... transport foreign mentalities, fears, ways of life, histories, dreams and hopes," says Corina Danckwertz, festival director of the Second Annual Festival of German Cinema in Los Angeles. True to her words, the program brings nine features and a variety of short films to the Laemmle Music Hall this week, capturing the essence of German love affairs, teen angst and physical disability against a backdrop of German culture. Tonight, "Gripsholm" tells the story of two couples caught up in erotic liaisons amidst the chaos of pre-Nazi Europe. The festival continues through Thurs., Nov. 15, featuring such films as "Anna Wunder", "As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me", "Crazy" and "Passing Summer". $7 (general admission); $5 (students and seniors). 7:30 p.m. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, visit www.germanfilmfestival.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
In his newest work, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People" (Viking, $24.95), best-selling author Jonathan Kirsch journeys through Jewish history to gain insight into the complex diversity of today's Jewish world. Tonight, Kirsch offers fresh answers to the difficult question, "Who is a Jew?," during his own "Friends and Family" book party at Dutton's Brentwood Books. 7:30 p.m. 11975 San Vicente Blvd. For more information, call (310) 871-6230.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Melissa Maxfield, a promising young artist and recent CSULB graduate with study in art history, pottery and basketry, employs fiberglass, fabric and fired clay to produce containers with complex textures and shading. Maxfield's show, "Initiation 1," kicks off galerie yoramgil's Initiation series, which seeks to introduce the public to new talent. Opening reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.
Thursday, Nov. 15
The Skirball's Voices series concludes tonight with Vocolot, a six-woman ensemble that combines folk, classical, jazz and cantorial traditions to create soaring a cappella melodies in English, Hebrew, Ladino, Arabic and Yiddish. $21 (general admission); $18 (members); $15 (students). 8 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-8587.
Friday, Nov. 16
Artist Sylvia Gavurin, 90, has worked in several different media, including oil painting, assemblage and watercolors, to capture the spirit of socially relevant topics. An overview of her life's work is now available in the retrospective "Gavurin Plus," which also includes portraits, landscapes, animal studies and urban scenes. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Jan. 4, 2002. Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring's A Shenere Velt Gallery, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.