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Portnoy, shekels, Himmelstern, Darfur

May 26-June 1, 2007

by Dikla Kadosh

May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

Richard Benjamin and Karen Black star in 'Portnoy's Complaint' (see Saturday)

Richard Benjamin and Karen Black star in 'Portnoy's Complaint' (see Saturday)

Saturday the 26th

If you look up "Portnoy's Complaint," the 1972 film adaptation of Philip Roth's bestseller, on the Intenet Movie Datebase, the keywords listed under plot are masturbation, neurosis, sex, prostitution and maple syrup. Enough said. Part of American Cinematheque's series, "The Seventies: The Good, The Bad and The Strange," this flick makes for an obscenely entertaining Saturday night.

7:30 p.m. (screening is a double feature with Otto Preminger's "Such Good Friends"). $7-$10. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 466-3456. http://www.americancinematheque.com.


Sunday the 27th

power in numbers 2 art exhibit
Nancy Brinker's story of the promise she made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to fight breast cancer will bring you to tears. "Power in Numbers 2," an art exhibition featuring work by more than 150 artists benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, will bring you to the forefront of that fight. Postcard-sized images will be sold at $50-$100 each, and 20 percent of the profits go to this grass-roots network of survivors and activists.

Through May 28. Gallery Nucleus, 30 W. Main St., Alhambra. (626) 458-7482. http://www.gallerynucleus.com.


Monday the 28th

ancient coins
Silver shekels issued during the First Revolt (66-70 C.E.) may not be accepted at a falafel stand in Tel Aviv, but with an estimated worth of $5,000-$45,000, they can buy you the entire stand! Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers will be auctioning off nearly 1,000 extremely rare ancient Judaean coins -- bronze prutahs depicting the Temple Menorah, silver tetradrachms issued by Simon Bar Kochba in 132 C.E. and coins featuring the lulav and etrog. Don't miss this opportunity to own a piece of Jewish monetary history. For the complete Alan Levin Collection catalog, visit http://www.goldbergcoins.com.

1 p.m. Crowne Plaza, 1150 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (800) 978-2646.


Tuesday the 29th

Peter Himmelman
Peter Himmelman is a rock musician who occasionally takes his audiences on spontaneous field trips. He's also an Emmy-nominated TV composer who has worked on shows such as "Judging Amy." Himmelman has also made three children's albums. The talented performer will be at the Cinema Bar tonight (the oldest bar in Culver City), but good luck guessing what kind of show he'll put on!

8 p.m. Free. The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 390-1328. http://www.peterhimmelman.com. (21 and over).

Wednesday the 30th

Bob Bergen
When 5-year-old Bob Bergen told his parents what he wanted to do when he grew up, his mom gently replied, "Honey, you can't be Porky Pig. You're Jewish." Guess what? Mom was wrong. Bergen not only grew up to be Porky Pig (his voice at least), he grew up to be Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Bucky and hundreds of other animated characters. Tonight is the prolific voice-over actor's last performance of his one-man show "Not Just Another Pretty Voice," and then "Th-th-th-that's all folks!" Sorry, I couldn't resist.

8 p.m. $20. Stella Adler Theater, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Second floor, Hollywood. (323) 960-5771. http://www.plays411.com.


Thursday the 31st

A bleed rail is a moving conveyer that transports slaughtered animals to be skinned, dismembered and eviscerated. The slaughterhouse term is the title of Mickey Birnbaum's dark play about the struggles of a young guy at the bottom of the economic ladder. Directed by Jessica Kubzansky, "Bleed Rail" not only explores the flip side of the American dream, it also tackles gory subjects like failing relationships, fragile mental health and, surprise, surprise: the meat industry.

Thurs.-Sun., through June 17. $30. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. http://www.bostoncourt.com.


Friday the 1st

The Devil Came on Horseback
Filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern are good examples of how Jews and social action often go hand in hand. Their haunting documentary, "The Devil Came on Horseback," exposes the atrocities of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. You may have read articles on the subject, but nothing can compare to the thousands of exclusive photographs in this film taken by former U.S. Marine Capt. Brian Steidle. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to areas that no journalist was able to reach and documented the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its African citizens.

Through June 7. $7-$10. Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. http://thedevilcameonhorseback.com.


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