Saturday, October 2
A- and B-listers do Brecht for a pricey cause tonight. The one-year anniversary of The Edgemar Center for the Arts is occasion enough to bring out Jason Alexander, David Duchovny, Sally Field, Jessica Capshaw, Sally Kellerman and others for a benefit staged reading of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui." The play is a satirical look at Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, Attorney General Bill Lockyear and Garry Shandling will also attend.
6 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (performance). $400-$2,000. 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 576-7517.
Sunday, October 3
Yiddish tango? Yeah, apparently it's a real thing, and Argentine mezzo-soprano Lloica Czackis shows and tells you all about it this evening. "Passion and Pluck: Yiddish Tango" is the title of the lecture and performance sponsored by the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language. Selections will include the entire Yiddish tango repertoire, spanning from its origins in Argentina in the late 1800s through the post-World War II years where it flourished in North and South America.
5 p.m. $8-$18. Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 745-1190.
Monday, October 4
David Milch shames us all with his success this evening, holding court at the Museum of Television and Radio. Daily Variety critic and columnist Brian Lowry hosts "Hill Street Blues, Murder One and Deadwood: A Conversation with David Milch," where the two discuss Milch's career, from his humble beginnings as a Yale University lecturer to his writing days on the aforementioned television shows and "NYPD Blue" to his Emmys.
7 p.m. $7-$15. 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1091 (from noon-5 p.m. daily).
Tuesday, October 5
This is why you live in L.A. Tonight, you get Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Griffin, Mindy Sterling, Michael Hitchcock and Julia Sweeney in one room together, among numerous other hilarious celebs. Nope, it's not a class at the Kabbalah Centre -- it's the Groundlings 30th Anniversary Reunion Gala, and far from another stuffy benefit dinner, all these Groundlings veterans have promised to perform at this one.
6:30 p.m. (VIP reception), 8:45 p.m. (evening performance). $100-$500 (general and VIP individual seats). Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 817-2310.
Wednesday, October 6
The tradition of oral storytelling lives on through Story Salon, a group that invites the public weekly to come share their tales at a Studio City coffeehouse. Today begins their four-night Storyfest '04, in which more than 20 storytellers will spin yarns in one or more of 11 thematically linked shows. This evening, listen to stories falling under the banner of "My Rude Awakening" followed by "Date Hard (it's about the love, baby...)." See their Web site for details on the other nights' programs.
8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Coffee Fix, 12508 Moorpark St., Studio City. (818) 762-0181. www.storysalon.com.
Thursday, October 7
Irit Batsry's film depicts a journey taken by a Western filmmaker accompanied by a half-blind guide. What it is about, however, becomes a much more complicated question. "These Are Not My Images (neither there nor here)" is film as high art, as in, you won't even catch it at the Laemmle. Attend the screening at the Hammer Museum, then stick around for the Q-and-A with the artist, where she'll offer some hints on the real issues at work in her piece.
7 p.m. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000.
Friday, October 8
Crooked businessmen go down in the Howard Teichmann/George S. Kaufman comedic play, "The Solid Gold Cadillac," and at the hands of a grandmother, no less. At the annual company stockholder's meeting, the gray-haired minority stockholder gets a little too nosy for the officers' tastes, but their attempts to hush her up will backfire hugely. Watch the little old lady have the last laugh tonight at the Long Beach Playhouse.
Through Nov. 6. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. (562) 494-1014.