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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

Saturday-

A quiet coastal town outside of Cornwall, England is upset by the arrival of a young stranger in director Charles Dance's "Ladies in Lavender." Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and Miriam Margolyes star in the pre-World War II period film, which opens this week.

www.ladiesinlavenderthemovie.com.

Sunday-

It ain't easy being the son of overbearing dedicated American communist parents. Just ask Josh Kornbluth, or better yet, watch his 90-minute monologue titled "Red Diaper Baby," screening this month on the Sundance Channel. The writer/performer works out his childhood angst in a manner that is both witty and sincere.

9 p.m. www.sundancechannel.com

Monday-

Those feeling the post-Passover withdrawal take comfort today. We may be done with the "four questions" but there's plenty more where they came from. Like why we're still Jewish in the first place. Tonight, The Journal's Rob Eshman moderates a panel to discuss that very thing. Weighing in on the convo of "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus" will be David Klinghoffer, author of the same-titled book; Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; and the Rev. Alexei Smith of the L.A. Archdiocese.

7:30 p.m. $10-$15. University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1246.

Tuesday-

Yom HaShoah events take place throughout the month. Included among them is the Museum of Tolerance's new exhibit, "Liberation! Revealing the Unspeakable," which continues through September in the museum's Sohacheski Gallery. It includes many never-before-seen images documenting the liberation of the camps, as well as artifacts.

9786 W. Pico Blvd. , Los Angeles . (310) 553-8403.

Wednesday-

Commemorate Yom HaShoah in a more personal and private way with Orange County Klezmers' new CD "Echoes of Vilna: Songs of Remembrance from the Ghettos." The group was originally inspired when they played for the Fifth Annual Holocaust Writing Contest Awards Ceremony held at Chapman University.

$15. www.ocklezmers.com.

Thursday-

The issue of aging is at the heart of the new play " Sunset Park," now at the Zephyr Theatre. Writers Marley Sims ("Home Improvement") and Elliot Shoenman ("Maude," "The Cosby Show") focus on 75-year-old Evelyn, who lives on her own in an apartment across the hall from her best friend, Rose. After overhearing a conversation between her children about nursing homes, however, Evelyn is forced to confront her age and her future.

Through June 5. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sun.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $15-$20. 7456 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (866) 811-4111.

Friday-

Described as "Diasporic Mideast Poet-Wanderers," Palestinian American Nathalie Handal and Iranian American Sholeh Wolpé read from their respective new books this evening at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts center and sponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center. Their intriguing titles: "The Lives of Rain" and "The Scar Saloon."

8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $8-$10. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. R.S.V.P., (310) 559-5544.

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