Naughty Jewish girls need love, too. Show it to 'em this weekend. "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" returns to Los Angeles for three nights at Tangiers. The variety show features comedy, music, spoken word and burlesque, with a healthy helping of kitsch. Klezmer Juice also performs.
March 2-4, 8 p.m. $15. Tangiers Restaurant, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 666-8666.
Sunday the 4th
Kumbaya event of the week is the Jewish Community Relations Committee's (JCRC) fourth annual "Interfaith Symposium: Biblical Prophets in Theology, Art and Music." They partner with Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese for a symposium, dinner and free concert of classical and contemporary compositions inspired by the biblical prophets.
2:30 p.m. (symposium), 5:30 p.m. (kosher dairy dinner), 7 p.m. (concert). $50 (symposium and dinner), free (concert). Space is limited. First come, first served. Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 623-1000.
Monday the 5th
In Richard Martin Hirsch's "Atonement," a huge personal loss rocks the foundations of a secular Jewish novelist's belief system. To find peace, he must confront his life through his relationships with three women: his wife, his lover and a mysterious third. The play premieres tonight at Theatre 40.
March 5-29. $20-$22. Theatre 40, Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills High School campus, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-0535. www.Theatre40.org
Tuesday the 6th
Composer David Lefkowitz incorporates an anti-war message into his Sephardic and Ashkenazi-inspired piano quintet, "Dreams: All of a Peace." This week, Pacific Serenades presents the world premiere of the musical composition, as well as works by Brahms and Debussy, in a program titled "We All Breathe the Same Air."
8 p.m. (March 3 and 6), 4 p.m. (March 4). $32-$55. Call for locations. (213) 534-3434. www.pacser.org.
Wednesday the 7th
In theaters this week is the documentary, "Encounter Point," a film with a clear and thought-provoking point of view. In focus are the diverse, moving stories of Israelis and Palestinians who have been affected by the conflict, but who have chosen to work towards nonviolent peace-building.
Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 981-9811. www.laemmle.com.
Thursday the 8th
The Central Library and the Skirball celebrate women today. ALOUD at the Central Library presents a play reading of Harriet Rochlin's "Desert Dwellers, Part One: The Reformer's Apprentice." The piece tells the story of a young Jewish woman in 1870s San Francisco. Meanwhile, at the Skirball, it's the opening night gala of the Reel Women International Film Festival, which features the movie "Open Window," about a newly-engaged couple's encounter with a random act of violence and its effect on their relationship.
ALOUD: 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth and Flower streets, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.
"Reel Women": Opening Night: 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Festival: March 8-14, Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. www.reelwomenfest.com.
Friday the 9th
Wondering where to see those short films you'd never heard of before your Oscar pool? The Very Short Movies Festival presents a perfect opportunity. March 8-11, the festival takes over the Egyptian Theater, where it will screen comedy, drama, documentary, animated and experimental shorts, including "The Tribe," and Oscar-winner "West Bank Story."
$8-$10 (tickets), $12-$15 (festival packages). 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (866) 376-9047. www.veryshortmovies.com.