Saturday the 12th
Self-described "red-diaper baby boomer" and "singer-songfighter" Ross Altman performs with his partner and fellow protest singer Len Chandler tonight at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Part of the FolkWorks concert series, tonight's performance will feature the duo's folky left-wing topical tunes.
8 p.m. $12-$15. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 785-3839. www.folkworks.org.
Sunday the 13th
On Aug. 12, 1952, a number of Soviet Yiddish writers, poets and leaders were sentenced and executed in a secret Stalinist regime trial. Today, they are remembered by a coalition of secular L.A. Jewish organizations. "Tyrants and Poets: Remembering Stalin's Victims" features poems and songs set to the words of Soviet poets, with music by Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin.
2 p.m. Free. Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Monday the 14th
Lebanon may be front-page news, but Gaza's far from settled. Stay in tonight and view the television premiere of "5 Days." The feature-length Israeli documentary by director Yoav Shamir offers an in-the-moment, on-the-ground look at Israel's disengagement from Gaza less than a year ago. Regardless of one's political siding, this moment in recent Israeli history remains relevant.
9 p.m. Sundance Channel. www.sundancechannel.com.
Tuesday the 15th
Norbert Leo Butz reprises his Tony Award-winning role in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which arrives in Los Angeles for a two-week engagement beginning tonight. See him play scam artist Freddy Benson, who strikes a bet to out-con smooth operator Lawrence Jameson, in the musical take on the classic 1988 MGM comedy of the same name.
Through Aug. 27. $25-$80. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 365-3500, (714) 740-7878. www.BroadwayLA.org.
Wednesday the 16th
Tonight, choice comedians and singer-songwriters shouldn't have to work too hard. "Bush Roast," a night of stand-up and satirical music skewering our easy-target president, is brought to you by Levantine Cultural Center, Progressive Democrats of America and Cafe-Club Fais Do-Do. Performers include Mike Batayeh, Jeremy Saville and special guest speaker Marcy Winograd.
8 p.m. $10 (suggested donation to Progressive Democrats of America). 5257 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 931-4636, ext. 11.
Thursday the 17th
Head to Fullerton to catch the latest concert in the St. Paul Concert Series at the Muckenthaler this evening. The humbly-titled "Klezmer Shmezmer" features clarinetist Gary Gould and company performing world music with an emphasis on traditional klezmer tunes.
8 p.m. $25. The Amphitheatre at the Muckenthaler Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6340. www.muckenthaler.org.
Friday the 18th
Makom Ohr Shalom encourages you to blow it this year -- the shofar, that is. Sure, it's August, but you'll be eating apples 'n' honey sooner than you think. Attend the synagogue's free shofar blowing class today to be prepared to trumpet in the new year.
7 p.m. Free. 5619 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 989-3410. www.makom.org.