Fantasizing about your teacher is not a big deal. We've all done it, right? But having sex with your teacher when you're 13 years old and she's 31 is quite a different story. This provocative subject has been covered ad nauseum in the tabloids and now makes its way onto the theatrical stage with Linda Felton Steinbaum's "Mustang Sally." The insightful drama treats the matter with a sensitive touch and urges the audience to ponder the teacher's and student's actions, rather than judge them.
Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 18. $20. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (866) 811-4111. http://www.mustangsallytheplay.com.
Familial dysautonomia is a neurological genetic disease carried by one in 27 descendants of Central or Eastern European Jews. Scientists estimate that around 600 children are living with this disease, which, if not treated, could become fatal before they reach the age of 18. Help these children get the care they need, and researchers get the funding they need to continue their amazing advances by attending the Cure FD Foundation's "Making Music for a Cure" benefit. Not only will you be fulfilling a great mitzvah, you'll also be treated to a fabulous afternoon of live comedy, award-winning magic and a variety of musical performances.
2-4:15 p.m. $18 (students), $36 (adults). Stephen S.Wise Temple, Hershenson Hall, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 459-1056. http://www.curefd.org.
So many worthy causes -- how do you choose which to support? We wish we could help you with that one, but that would be extraordinarily difficult. What we can do is recommend important philanthropic events we think you'll enjoy. The "Acts of Love" celebration, benefiting Autism Speaks, will be a very special evening of readings by some of Hollywood's finest actors, including Jason Alexander, Minnie Driver, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine O'Hara. VIP packages include a celebrity preshow dinner and an after party. All tickets include a warm and fuzzy feeling for having aided organizations fighting a poorly understood disorder.
5 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (performance). $150-$1,000. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. (888) 828-8476. http://www.autismspeaks.org.
Judy Gelles was rummaging through the boxes in her attic when she stumbled across World War II artifacts that belonged to her father-in-law. Thus began "Family Ties: Three Generations," an intriguing photography exhibit that examines the objects we consider meaningful and keep as reminders of our past. Some of the objects in the 20 pairs of juxtaposed photographs include her husband's Cub Scout uniform, her wedding gown and her son's tallit from 1987. "What began as a personal recording has turned into a social document," said the artist in a Skirball press release.
Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 6. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, Ruby Gallery, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
Yoav Galai is one of millions of Israelis who watched the 2006 Lebanon War with shock and dismay. Except he watched it from the front lines. As the only embedded journalist chronicling the war, Galai captured stunningly graphic photos of the IDF engineering platoon he was with, even as they came under heavy fire in the village of Ainata. "Under Fire in Lebanon," which has won Galai numerous awards in Israel, is being shown for the first time in its entirety at the UCLA Hillel opening and artist reception today.
7-9 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108. http://www.yoavgalai.com.
"A (Piece of) Work in Progress" is a new West Side story; there's no dueling ethnic posses in this play, but it does include original music, tales of love and a charismatic leading lady. Written and performed by Juliette Marshall, this in-the-works production gives a glimpse of life on the West Side through a host of women battling their issues at "The Brentwood Divorcee Club," "The Winners Only Dating Service" and "Spinners Anonymous."
8 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse, Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (323) 960-7792. http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Oscar and Felix become Olive and Florence in Los Angeles City College Theatre's production of "The Odd Couple" -- the female version. Both versions were penned by comic genius Neil Simon -- 20 years apart -- and had successful runs on Broadway, but only the female version features Latin brothers who live upstairs! Simon breathed new life into the super popular play-turned-movie-turned-television show, and the advanced students of LACC will be delivering those punchy lines for your entertainment through this month.
Wed.-Sat., through Oct. 27. $6-$10. LACC, Camino Theatre, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood. (323) 664-2787.
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