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Tom Brokaw, social documentary photos and controlling your closet

by Dikla Kadosh

November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Saturday

In the 1950s, Milton Rogovin was a Jewish American optometrist with a passion for social justice, living in Buffalo. He spent his free time promoting workers' rights and registering black voters. In 1957, The Buffalo News decided to brand him "The Top Red in Buffalo" and turned his life upside down. Rogovin refused to be intimated; he picked up a camera and began documenting the city's poor, disenfranchised and marginalized residents as a form of protest and activism. Now 97, Rogovin is considered one of America's premiere social documentary photographers and is the subject of the inspiring documentary "The Rich Have Their Own Photographers" by Ezra Bookstein. The film will be screened as part of the Artivist Film Festival, which promotes the union of filmmaking and global activism (photo above).
6:15 p.m. $10 (student), $12 (general). Egyptian Theater, Spielberg Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 712-1222. http://www.artivists.org.


Sunday

Beware of what deep, dark secrets you reveal to close friends -- you never know what they'll do with that sensitive information! That is the cautionary message behind "It Was One of Us," a made-for-TV drama by Nell Scovell, who created the TV series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and has written for "The Simpsons," "Monk," "Charmed" and Vanity Fair. The movie tells the story of five former college roommates, including Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winoukur, who reunite years later for a weekend of bonding and secret-spilling. A week later, the women receive a blackmail note demanding $20,000 in cash or their secrets will be revealed. Friendships are torn, jealousies are revealed and the women are forced to take a closer look at each other in this gripping film perfectly suited for Lifetime.
9 p.m. Lifetime. http://www.lifetimetv.com/on-tv/movies/it-was-one-us.


Monday

tom brokaw
If you've missed Tom Brokaw's steady voice bringing you the latest world stories on NBC Nightly News, you won't want to miss tonight's engaging Town Hall Writers Bloc program. The veteran anchor, whose last broadcast on Dec. 1, 2004 was watched by 15.7 million viewers, will present his latest book, "Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today." Fellow broadcast journalist Judy Muller will shape the conversation. Muller reports for "Nightline," "20/20" and other ABC News broadcasts.
7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (213) 628-8141. http://www.townhall-la.org/programs.


Tuesday

barb horowitz
How many times have you stood in front of your closet wishing you could burn all your clothes and start fresh with a whole new wardrobe? Before you douse your jeans jacket and faded T-shirts with gasoline, take a trip to Barnes & Noble at The Grove to get valuable advice from pro-stylist Barbra Horowitz on how to breathe new life into your closet duds. The fashionista recently came out with a book "Closet Control," which she will be signing at this event, as well as demonstrating some of her innovative tricks, like how to transform a boring guy's T-shirt into a sexy top in under three minutes. Now that's a skill every girl should have!
7:30 p.m. Free. The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. http://www.barnesandnoble.com.


Wednesday

Justine Bateman
An all-star cast has been assembled for Lydia R. Diamond's L.A. Theatre Works production of "Stick Fly." Justine Bateman of "Family Ties" fame and Tessa Thompson from "Veronica Mars" are just two of the talented actors recruited to stage one of the most provocative new playwrights' works. "Stick Fly" is about a wealthy African American family living on Martha's Vineyard and the shocking secrets accidentally exposed by sons visiting for the weekend with their girlfriends.
8 p.m. Additional performances at various times, through Nov. 18. $20-$47. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. http://www.latw.org.


Thursday

Idan Raichel
Dreadlocked and delightful, the Idan Raichel Project is back in Los Angeles with their soulful ballads, exotic instruments and multiethnic rhythms. The ensemble, led by the talented young musician-producer-composer, blew Israelis away with their distinctive sounds and many of their tracks became enormous hits: the haunting "Bo'ee" (Come With Me) and the melancholy "Im Telech" (If You Go) are just two examples. Singing in Hebrew, Arabic and various South African dialects, they have succeeded in captivating audiences around the globe, and their story is the subject of a documentary scheduled for release this year. UCLA Live enthusiastically hosts the Idan Raichel Project, sponsored in part by KPCC 89.3 FM.
8 p.m. $ 20-$76. Royce hall, UCLA campus, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.


Friday


Creatively fusing religion and the arts, Rabbi David Baron and the Temple of the Arts are formally launching the Temple Arts Company, an organization dedicated to Jewish-infused professional productions of music, dance and theatre. Their first production promises to be nothing short of grand: a fully staged reading of "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry with music from the Oscar-winning film "Gone With the Wind" by Max Steiner. The Tony Award-winning play delves into the complex lives of upper crust German Jewish Southerners trying to assimilate in 1939 Atlanta, Ga.
8 p.m. $25-$100. Temple Arts Company at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-0892.



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