Go Westside, young man, for some innovative approaches to the performing arts. A.S.K. Theater Projects brings Common Ground 2002: "Is This Theater?" to UCLA's North Campus, an opportunity for the public to see four theatrical works-in-progress. Life-sized puppets, musical "spectacle theater," contemporary modern dance and Gertrude Stein's classic children's book-turned-opera are all on stage this weekend. Shows June 22 and 23 only. Free. 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. For reservations and show times, call (310) 478-9275.
Yes, it's only 9 a.m. on Sunday, but KLAC 570 has a new radio show called, "The Jay Sanderson Show," sponsored by the Jewish Television Network and dedicated to discussing issues affecting L.A.'s Jewish community. So wake up, listen and call-in to: (866) 570-5522.
If you thought Zen and motorcycle maintenance an unusual pairing, here's one more that isn't exactly intuitive. Jonathan Rosen's book, "The Talmud and the Internet," is a meditation on modern technology and Jewish philosophy. He discusses it in "An Afternoon With Jonathan Rosen" today at 2 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center. $8 (general), $6 (members), $4 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 655-8587.
As part of its international showcase, IFP/West's Los Angeles Film Festival has included two Israeli films. A documentary titled, "The Inner Tour," follows a group of Palestinians on a tour through Israel. "Yellow Asphalt" is a feature that deals with the Bedouin experience in Israel, using a road through the desert to weave three different stories together. Each show is $10. For information on screening times and locations, visit www.lafilmfest.com
Ram Dass has led quite a life. Born into a wealthy Jewish family, his name was still Richard Alpert when he was kicked out of Harvard in 1963 with Timothy Leary for experimenting with LSD. Since then, he's become Baba Ram Dass, the spiritual leader and best-selling author of "Be Here Now." Five years ago, he suffered a massive stroke. His recovery process and thoughts on suffering provide the subject of "Fierce Grace," Mickey Lemle's latest documentary. Plays this week only at the Nuart Theatre, starting June 21. $9 (adults), $6 (seniors, children 12 and under, bargain matinees). 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. For show times and more information, call (310) 478-6379.
We Angelenos may be "over" star-sightings, but there are advantages to living among the rich and famous. One example is L.A. Theatre Works' "The Credeaux Canvas," a play by Keith Bunin (up and coming New York City playwright), directed by Abby Epstein and starring Hilary Swank and hubby Chad Lowe. The play tells the story of three young New Yorkers whose get-rich-quick scheme goes awry.
See the stars do what they're famous for at the Skirball Cultural Center, at 8 p.m. $10-$42. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more performance dates and reservations, call (310) 827-0089.
"Uncommon" is an understatement in describing Bernat Rosner and Frederic C. Tubach's friendship. The two became good friends as adults only to realize their related and starkly different pasts. Rosner is a Holocaust survivor, while Tubach's destiny, had he been a bit older, would have been to join the Hitler Youth. Their joint memoir is told in their book, "An Uncommon Friendship." Meet the authors today at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Tolerance. Free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 772-2526.
A gay Jewish midget, an ex-teen heartthrob and an excellent retro soundtrack seem like three pretty good reasons to check out "Cherish," an independent film about a pretty computer geek who wrongly winds up in house arrest. The film includes a performance by Jason Priestly (the heartthrob) and music by The Turtles, Human League and Soft Cell (excellent retro). Check it out at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 848-3500; or Laemmle Monica, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica, (310) 394-9741.
Travel through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind....Your next stop, the "Twilight Zone" -- the play, that is. Written by Rod Serling, the live stage production of two "Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" and "The Odyssey of Flight 33" plays at El Portal Center's Circle Theatre at 11 p.m. Shows every Friday and Saturday night through July 6. $10. 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 628-1021.