Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose relationships were affected by World War II. "Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good," and "Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House" will also be shown as part of the morning screening series this weekend, at the Laemmle Fallbrook and Sunset 5, respectively. Bagels not included. www.laemmle.com
Short and stout? Think again. Encouraging a reexamination of such houseware stereotypes, Long Beach Museum of Art unveils its new exhibition today, "Teapots Everywhere." Designs by Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring are just two of the more than 250 mold-breaking variations featured in the show. Other contributors include Cindy Sherman, Ron Nagle and Tony Marsh, promising kettles in every size, shape and material imaginable. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday). Runs through Sept. 14. $5 (general), $4 (students and seniors), free (children under 12 and for everyone on the first Friday of the month). 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119. "Mona Lisa/Van Gogh" by Noi Volkoy.
Zehava Ben lends her unique voice and singing style to two new CDs that manage to feature many of the same Israeli standards and, at the same time, sound completely different. In "Beit Avi" ("My Father's House") Ben is accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Hadera, lending a soulful, classic Mediterranean sound to songs like "Hanasich Hakatan" ("The Little Prince") and "Zemer Noge" ("Sentimental Tune"). In "Laroz Variations," Ben's pairing with top Israeli electronic music producer Haim Laroz adds trance beats for a world-fusion treatment of those same melodies and others. $15-$17. www.israel-music.com
The tale begins when Ivy League-educated Richard Rubin takes a job as a reporter in the small Mississippi town of Greenwood. Part coming-of-age story, part courtroom drama, "Confederacy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South" dispels some assumptions about the New South just as it corroborates others, and is out in paperback this month. Atria Books, $14.
Do you aspire to hobnob, but can't afford the grand-a-plate dinners quite yet? Benefiting Lifeline to Argentina, an emergency relief project that helps Argentine Jews, Charity Stars sponsors an art exhibition and wine tasting on the beach in Santa Monica. At $25 a ticket (in advance), it's a good deed you can afford, plus excellent preparation for players-in-training. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $25 (in advance), $35 (at the door). Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 936-5674 or email@example.com
Grab a date and head out for good jazz and good food tonight. Steve March Torme (as in Mel Torme's offspring) performs at The Vic in Santa Monica, the upstairs part of the romantic Victorian. Expect some old standards like "Blue Skies" and "Stardust," both from his new album "The Essence of Love." Just be sure to make a reservation. That's the only way you'll find out the password required to gain entry to this modern-day speakeasy. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10 (cover). 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (888) 367-5299.
Jennifer Maisel's "The Last Seder" tells the story of a family's last gathering before the father, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, will be placed in a care facility. Through the course of the play, the ritual of the seder becomes a channel for the family's healing. Having helped launch the careers of playwrights like Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein, the Ensemble Studio Theatre (through their West Coast branch, "The L.A. Project") presents a staged reading of this new play tonight and Sunday. 8 p.m. (June 27 and 29). $10. Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., fourth floor, Hollywood. (213) 368-9552.
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