The schmatte business in Depression-era New York sets the backdrop for the Harold Rome and Jerome Weidman musical about a Jewish momma's boy who'll do anything to rise to the top of the industry. Best remembered today as the musical that brought renown to Barbra Streisand in the role of Miss Marmelstein, and brought Streisand and Elliot Gould together, "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" comes to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza today for just two performances. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $38. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 583-8700.
Pick your cause today: This afternoon, Craig Taubman performs at the Skirball to benefit FD Hope, a foundation working to cure the fatal Jewish genetic disease familial dysautonomia.This evening, StandWithUs presents "Laugh With Us," featuring Hollywood funny guys Jim Brogan, Wayne Federman, Juda Friedlander, Avi Lieberman, Larry Miler, Alan Murray and Mark Schiff. Proceeds will send comedians to Israel. Craig Taubman: 3:30 p.m. $36-$108. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (562) 234-9579."Laugh With Us": 8 p.m. $50-$100. Improv Theater, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-6140.
Parents claiming veteran status in choosing their battles might get a break today with the help of Ergo Media, Inc., at least where their kids and the issue of Judaic learning are involved. The publisher and distributor of Jewish-oriented video has recently launched its Jewish Children's Video of the Month Club. Every month, a new Jewish age-appropriate video arrives for your kid. Subjects include holidays, values, life in Israel, Jewish history and genealogy. 'Cause if you can't bring Moses to the mountain (Hebrew school being that proverbial mountain, folks), you can now bring the mountain to Moses. www.jewishvideo.com
The MET Theatre wrangles up a host of celebrity readers for its 12-installment "The Great Writers Series: Western Literature." They begin tonight with what they dub "The Precursors" of cowboy lit; Jesse Bradford, Mitchell Ryan, James Gammon, Harris Yulin and Amy Madigan read from Frank James, O. Henry, Jack London, Edward Wheeler and Pat F. Garrett. Readers to come include Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Eric Balfour and Julianna Margulies. 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through June 30. $20-$25 (single tickets), $90 (half-series), $120 (full series). 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. (323) 957-1152.
Happy Shavuot. Celebrate the day of the first fruits by protecting the environment. Activist Arts, a multimedia arts-based fund-raising organization, presents a benefit concert for the South Bay chapter of Surfrider this evening. Show up for live music, giveaways and a silent raffle, and help protect and restore coastal ecosystems in the process. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Patrick Malloy's, 50 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 314-0599.
Benefiting the Institute of the American Musical, Theatre Comique sings tonight, to the tune of just $20 a person ($15 for seniors). Three singers present "Songs of Jerome Kern and His Contemporaries," namely Victor Herbert, Irving Berlin, Vincent Youmans and Rodgers and Hart. Kern is, of course, best known for songs like "Old Man River" and "The Way You Look Tonight." But for the exact set list, you'll have to see the show. 8 p.m. John Raitt Theatre, 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 882-6605.
Opening today is the film, "Wake," a dark, sometimes comic, drama starring legendary actor Martin Landau. The story revolves around four brothers reunited after many years at the deathbed of their mother. But her illness has not served to unite them emotionally. As the brothers go about their individual plans concerning her impending death, their cross purposes become evident. Before the night is out, chaos and violence ensue -- and somebody dies. $6-$9.50. Laemmle's Regent Showcase Theatre, 614 La Brea Ave., Hollywood. (323) 934-2944.
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