Step away from the Raid can and lean in for a closer look at that bug you're about to zap into oblivion. After all, that cockroach is in the same scientific class as Jiminy Cricket and deserves some of your respect. Not convinced? Well, we can't say we blame you. But before you go spray-crazy, head to Pages Books in Tarzana today for a little reminder that we are all a part of the kingdom animalia. Storyteller Shari Sack tells tales of "Bugliest Bug and Other Creepy Crawlies." The kids'll enjoy the craft project that follows, and you'll emerge enlightened, feeling as warm and fuzzy as a tarantula. 11 a.m. $3 (materials fee). Ages 3-8. 18399 Ventura Blvd., No. 15, Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 342-6657.
You may think of a rotating exhibition of gallery inventory as a fancy term for "leftovers on display." But we prefer to think of it as an all-you-can-eat art buffet. Check out galerie yoramgil's current smorgasbord of Israeli and American art. You're bound to find something you like at this "Group Show." Runs through Sept. 1. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sundays), 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays), closed Mondays. 319 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 275-8130.
Tonight, the The Jewish Federation's Legal Division and Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsor a panel discussion addressing constitutional issues and a presentation on Holocaust reparations. But starting out the evening is the play, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." The one-act drama is sure to keep the legal mumbo-jumbo in proper perspective, as it chronicles the story of life behind the walls of the Terezin ghetto, as seen through the eyes of the children. 6 p.m. (outdoor barbecue dinner), 7 p.m. (program). $35 (pre-registration), $50 (at the door). Santa Monica College Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (323) 761-8297.
Looking for the Zabar's bagel of theatrical experiences? Well, the Denver Post's Alan Stern says he's found it in Donald Margulies' comedic-drama "Collected Stories." Guess that makes his characters Ruth Steiner and Lisa Morrison the ultimate toppers. We're just wondering which one's the lox and which one's the schmeer? Runs through Sept. 4. 8 p.m. (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays). $15 (general), $7.50 (students and theatrical union members on stand-by basis). Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Located on the Beverly High School Campus. For reservations, call (310) 364-0535.
Any musician who pays tribute to the great Barry "Oh Mandy" Manilow deserves to be lauded. (Hey, bet you didn't know he wrote the song that makes the whole world sing, "State Farm Is There." That's right, Manilow is responsible for lots of commercial ditties now part of pop-culture consciousness. So back off, man.) But back to the subject at hand. Dale Gonyea, who wrote Grammy-nominated song spoof, "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow," has been compared to Dudley Moore, Garrison Keillor and Victor Borge and is performing "Gonyeaville, Here I Come!" tonight at the University of Judaism. 7:30 p.m. $12. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For reservations, call (310) 440-1246.
Could be the Basque origins or the fact that you can't understand what he's singing about, but Kepa Junkera (with the help of his band) sure does put the "sex" in sextet. Playing tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center, Junkera blends rock, jazz and blues influences with Malagasy folk and Spanish pop trends. He apparently plays a mean trikitixas (that's a two-row diatonic button accordion for you gringos). And the band accompanies on other well-named instruments, including the cuatro (Puerto Rican guitar) and txalaparta (percussion instrument). Don't you just love the sound of that? 7:30 p.m. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
No excuses tonight. Take a nap when you get home and gear up for the Nuart Theatre's midnight movie. Tonight only, super-Jew Alan Arkin plays Captain Invincible in the musical, "The Return of Captain Invincible." It's the 1980s and the captain is a washed-up former "Legend in Leotards" who's forgotten how to fly. But when the evil Mr. Midnight (Christopher Lee) threatens to destroy the world with his hypno-ray, only C.I. himself can stop him. Midnight. $9 (general), $6 (seniors and children 12 and under). 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 478-6379.