If you don't know the story of Leo Frank, you probably should. The Anti-Defamation League and the modern Ku Klux Klan were both sparked by Frank's infamous murder trial in which bigotry won out over justice. See the play, "The Knights of Mary Phagan" at The Space Theatre, tonight at 8 p.m. Runs through May 19. 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sundays). $15. 665 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 769-5800.
You gave your mother flowers today, but don't forget the thousands of mothers and children spending this day in a battered women's shelter. Send them a bouquet through Jewish Women International's Mother's Day Flower Project. For more information, call (800) 343-2823.
For an enchanted afternoon, catch The Museum of Television and Radio's latest screening in the series, "A Tribute to Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music." Half of the musical team of Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein, the American composer wrote more than 40 musicals, including "Oklahoma!" and "South Pacific." See a television adaptation of one of the early Rodgers and Hart musicals, in "Max Liebman Presents: Dearest Enemy" today at 12:30 p.m. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. For information on other screenings, call (310) 786-1000 or visit www.mtr.org.
Write the great American novel with the help of author Victoria Zackheim. Her "Writing Your Story" workshop may give you the friendly shove you've needed to get you started. Today at noon at the Jewish Community Library. Or, if you're a lover, not a writer (a book lover, that is), you can show up this evening for the signing and discussion of her book, "The Bone Weaver." 7 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 761-8648.
The hum-drum of everyday life and our personal escapes from it are the sources of inspiration for Deborah Kaplan Evans' art. Make this exhibit your Tuesday escape by heading over to Tag, The Artists Gallery. Runs through June 8. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday), open late on Thursdays. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.
James Carrollwas once a Catholic priest before he became a writer, and before he got married. It's an interesting footnote all by itself, but more so because of Carroll's latest book in which he addresses the Church's dark history of anti-Semitism. Hear what he has to say about "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews" at a free reading, discussion and book signing. 7 p.m. Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth and Flower streets, Downtown Los Angeles. For reservations, call (213) 228-7025.
Hey, lactose intolerants! Feeling left out of the dairy festivities this Shavuot? Take your mind off things with a good play. "Waiting for Betty Friedan" is a comedy about a 1958 suburban housewife with the dreams and the talent to be more, in a time before Friedan or Gloria Steinem had made their marks on society. 8 p.m. (special Thursday performances today and May 30), 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 2 p.m. (Sundays). $18 (general). Theatre East, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Second Floor, Studio City. For reservations and information about discounts, call (818) 788-4396.
It's scarier than any horror movie. "The Believer" is the all-too-realistic story of a young Jewish man who was once the star pupil of his yeshiva, but is now a 22-year-old neo-Nazi. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and opens today at the Landmark Nuart Theatre. 5:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. (daily). Additional weekend shows at 12:30 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. $9 (general), $6 (seniors 62+, children 12 and under and weekend bargain matinee). 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 478-6379.
Or, for some lighter entertainment, check out the Long Beach Playhouse's rendition of Neal Simon's "Biloxi Blues." The play picks up where Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" leaves off. Eugene Morris Jerome is in the army now, a young recruit during World War II who's been sent to boot camp in Biloxi, Miss. 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays) and 2 p.m. (Sundays May 12 and 19). $15. Runs through June 1. 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 494-1014.
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