With Valentine's Day comes melodrama, though if you're lucky it's just in the form of Neurotic Young Urbanites' new show, "Golden Prospects: A Los Angeles Melodrama," which promises opium, pornography, prostitution, disfigurement, blindness, and a live on-stage pianist. Enough excitement to take your mind off the day, should that be your wish. 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. (Sunday). $20. Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-3680.
We know, we know:What you really want to do is direct. Today, you at least get closer. Filmmakers Mariel McEwan and Sergio Palermo have put together 30 minutes of a projected 90-minute-long documentary titled "This Daunting Task -- Conflict, Consequence and Reconciliation: A Conversation Between Germans and Jews." They're looking for input from the public on this first segment of the doc about post-World War II Jewish and German immigrants living in the same community. Have a say in the final cut by attending a screening and discussion today at the Workmen's Circle. 2 p.m. Free (donations welcome). 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
How do the Jews do it in the O.C.? They go all out. Sixteen Jewish films screen down in Orange County this week for the Pacific Jewish Film Festival. Three are documentaries by Orthodox Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, who will discuss his stealth tactics after the screenings. Runs Feb. 15-22. $6 (family programs), $11 (general). Edwards Park Place 10 and Tarbut V'Torah Theater in Irvine. (714) 755-0340. Check ahead for sold-out shows.
Points of inspiration in the University of Judaism's Platt and Borstein Galleries' latest exhibition include Rashi, lichens, flotsam and pastel sticks. Somehow it all comes together under the banner of "Up Close and Impersonal," a show of works by David Schoffman, Gary Brewer, Roger Marshutz and Richard Parker. It runs through March 14. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday). University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.
Happy Birthday, Eddie Cantor. In honor of what would've been his 112th, Hollywood Heritage Museum throws him a little party. Join some of his old friends for refreshments and a screening of "Roman Scandals," including his co-star from the film, Gloria Stuart. Also scheduled to attend are Margaret Kerry-Wilcox ("If You Knew Susie") and Fayard Nicholas ("Kid Millions"). 7:30 p.m. $5 (members), $8 (nonmembers). Hollywood Heritage Museum, Lasky-Demille Barn, 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 874-2276.
Head to Long Beach today to celebrate the double-x chromosome's contributions to society over the last century. The Long Beach Museum of Art is the sole California venue for the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery." On view are portraits of Helen Keller, Janis Joplin and other icons, taken by photographers like Edward Steichen, Lotte Jacobi and Arnold Newman. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday). Free (members, children under 12 and first Friday of the month), $4 (students and seniors), $5 (general). 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119.
Distinguished at a young age for his extraordinary abilities on the piano, Leon Fleischer had to cope with focal dystonia, a debilitating condition that affected his right hand. Switching gears, he moved from performing to teaching and conducting, and eventually to working on repertoire for the left-hand alone. These days, he is back to performing both left-hand work and selected pieces for both hands. He plays an evening of Brahms at the Cerritos Center tonight, with a quartet featuring Cho Lang Lin and Daniel Phillips on violin and Gary Hoffman on cello. 8 p.m. $25-$50. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
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