Saturday, Feb. 2
An audience can help make one woman's dream come true in "15 Minutes of Fem." Produced by Steve Silverman, the show gives four women 15 minutes to exhibit their talents: from singing and dancing to stand-up comedy and everything in-between. At the end of the show, votes from the audience send one winner to the "Best of" evening where the eight women (one from each night) will vie for the chance to meet with Hollywood casting directors. $10 (general admission). Fri. and Sat., 11 p.m. Through Feb. 9. Egyptian Arena Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 243-4488.
Sunday, Feb. 3
Aaron Chwatt got the name Red Buttons at the age of 16, when Dinty Moore caught sight of the burgeoning comedian with his red hair and buttoned bellhop suit. Ever since then, the Jewish kid from the Lower East Side has been all over the stage and screen bringing laughter and tears to the faces of his audience. Tonight, the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College presents the Academy Award-winner in Command Performance: Red Buttons. Joining Buttons on stage are the Ink Spots, singer Fran Jeffries and the Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. $28 (general admission); $26 (students and seniors) 2 p.m. 1000 West Foothill Blvd., Glendora. For tickets or more information, call (626) 963-9411.
Monday, Feb. 4
What would America be without its colorful immigrants? We would have missed out on so many political leaders, entertainers and sports heroes had the United States closed the door on the many Jewish immigrants who arrived in the 1800s and 1900s. The stories of some of the men and women who mad the journey to America are told in "A Suitcase of Dreams: Immigration Stories From the Skirball Cultural Center" Written by Shelly Kale, the book traces lives and careers of Jews left their mark on America including Levi Strauss, Albert Einstein, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. $12.95 To order a copy call (310) 440-4505 or visit www.amazon.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Paul Wiancko is a typical freshman at University of Southern California, except that his extraordinary cello playing won him a place in the University of Judaism's Young Artist Concert Series. Tonight, the 18 year old will perform pieces by Bach and Crumb. Wiancko, a participant in a master class given by Yo Yo Ma, received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School and won the grand prize at the Los Angeles American String Teachers Association Solo Competition. $20 (general admission, lunch included); $18 (members, lunch included); $10 (concert only). 11 a.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 283.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Mendy, a rabbinical student, wanted to go to Jerusalem to get a "religious experience," but he gets more than he bargained for. The movie "The Holy Land," directed by Eitan Gorlin, poignantly depicts the coming-of-age story that won the Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature. Once in Jerusalem, Mendy finds himself working in a scuzzy dive bar where he meets and falls in love with Sacha, a hooker who he wants to bring back to America. Their plan to run off hits a snag when Mendy's teacher forces him to choose which life he wants. The movie is followed by a discussion with the director and one of the stars. 7 p.m. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 461-9737.
Thursday, Feb. 7
The new film "Charlotte Gray" is based on the riveting novel by Sebastian Faulkes. The Writers Bloc presents to British novelist in conversation with Patt Morrison at the Museum of Tolerance. $15. 7:30 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 655-8587.
Friday, Feb. 8
Tonight, the live radio theater show Synergy by Keith Reddin is a kooky comedy about a woman whose dentist is actually the devil. When she finds that to get out of the underworld, she must promise to secure a certain number of souls to take her place, she heads straight to ... the Disney Company. The comedy features JoBeth Williams ("The Big Chill"), Richard Kind ("Spin City") and Joey Slotnick ("Boston Public"). Presented by L.A. Theatre Works. $10-$40 (general admission); 8 p.m. Also plays Thurs., Feb. 7, and Fri., Feb. 8, 8 p.m. and Sun, Feb. 10, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 827-0889.