Saturday, Jan. 19
Orna Porat was born in pre-World War II Germany as a Christian. The atrocities of the Nazis were too much to bear for the actress, so she gave up her German identity and moved to Israel where she became one of the country's leading performers and founded the Orna Porat Theatre for Children and Youth. Tonight, she performs her one-woman show in Hebrew at Temple Emanuel. 8 p.m. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For tickets or more information, call (323) 852-5508. Porat will also perform, along with "Young and the Restless" star Eric Braeden, The Zimriyah Chorale and SYNERGY Ensemble at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive on Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (310) 440-1546.
Sunday, Jan. 20
The Help Youth Foundation presents a Max Herman Production of Judy Fox and the Hollywood All Star Klezmer and Jazz Band at the Reseda High School Auditorium. The day also features Gerald Wiggins, Al Viola, Alan Weiss, Sam Most, Al Aarons, Hershey Bell, Richard Simon, Tony Giaimo and Leo Chelyapov. $20 (general admission). 2 p.m. 18230 Kittridge St., Reseda. For tickets or more information, call (818) 609-2107.
Monday, Jan. 21
It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the Museum of Tolerance presents a full day of events to commemorate the civil rights hero. "Heroes in Pursuit of a Dream" will be performed by Living Voices, followed by a dialogue with significant figures of the civil rights movement, including Dr. Terrence Roberts of the "Little Rock Nine" and Freedom Riders John Mack, Robert Farrell, Dr. Rick Tuttle and Dr. Robert Singleton. An art exhibit on the civil rights movement and the struggle for human rights will close the schedule of events. 11 a.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2527.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
B.J. Ward and Joseph Thalken have put a new twist on a typical opera performance. The comedienne-soprano and pianist, respectively, present Stand Up Opera, tonight, in which they perform the works of Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Menotti and Gershwin like you've never heard them before. $30 (general admission). 8 p.m. Also plays Sat., Jan. 19, at 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.; and Mon., Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
When Steve Martin look-alike, Rabbi Bob Alper realized he could intentionally get the audience to laugh at his jokes at temple, he decided to give comedy a shot as a profession. In 1986, he entered the "Jewish Comic of the Year" contest in Philadelphia, received a rousing response to his act and now performs more than 100 shows per year. Tonight, one of America's funniest rabbis brings his unorthodox act to Los Angeles -- along with flashcards for what her calls the "Judacially challenged" -- as part of the Beverly Hills Library Parlor Series. $10 (in advance); $12 (at the door). 7:30 p.m. 444 N. Rexford Drive. For tickets or more information, call (310) 471-3979.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Who would have though "D'oh!" would have become part of the American language? Possibly Rob Cohen, one of the writers on "The Simpsons." Tonight, he and others other comedy-show writers will read some of their hilarious work at the Skirball Cultural Center. "Say the Word" is the first performance in the Center's Comedy Project 2000 series and will feature additional writers including Kevin Nealon ("Saturday Night Live"), Winnie Holzman ("My So-Called Life") and more. $12 (general admission); $10 (members); $6 (students). 8 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 440-4500.
Friday, Jan. 25
A country can make far and wide advances in 30 years. Especially a country ravaged by as much war and bloodshed as Vietnam. Today, photographic artist Dr. Robert N. Rene, exhibits his images in "The View From Vietnam and Cambodia, 1999." The photos, taken in black and white, exhibit the unexpected peace that arose out of the chaos. All proceeds from the sale of the photos will benefit The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance. Opening reception: Sun., Jan. 20, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. On display through March 1. Downstairs at the Milken, West Valley Jewish Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 888-0583.