B'nai B'rith is one more organization hopping onto the "shop for Israel" bandwagon. And who can blame them? Frankly, we commend them on merging our two favorite hobbies: shopping and supporting Israel. Worth the shlep today (or tomorrow) is their Fine Art Show: Israel's Most Renowned Painters in Costa Mesa. Fifteen works by three top Israeli painters on sale with a portion of the money going toward the Crisis in Israel Fund.
Noon-7 p.m., Oct. 19 and 20. Free. Marriott Suites, 500 Anton Blvd., South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (818) 227-6588.
Playing on all sorts of bizarre '80s nostalgia this week is Warner Bros. Television's original movie, "Big Time." A very blonde Molly Ringwald is unrecognizable at first glance in her role as a television network head's new bride. And in another eerie turn, Christopher Lloyd comes 'back to the future,' again playing a character named Doc. The drama takes place in the early days of television and centers around the people working in the burgeoning field. Michael B. Silver, probably best known for his role as Leo Cohen on "NYPD Blue," plays Walt Kaplan, a floor manager who really wants to direct.
Airs at 8 p.m. on TNT with an encore at 10 p.m. For more information visit www.tnt.tv.
It just keeps getting stranger. Those of you who cried when they took "Growing Pains" off the air or wished for a fifth installment in the "Karate Kid" saga, may take comfort in the knowledge that Alan Thicke and Pat Morita are still hard at work too. They join Shari Lewis, her daughter Mallory and their sock puppet friends as "Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah" and "Shari's Passover Surprise" is released on double feature DVD. Let's everyone breathe a sigh of relief.
$19.98. Available wherever DVDs are sold.
Public television junkies rejoice tonight as "The Writers Bloc Presents..." reunites Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil at the Skirball. All of you who've been missing "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" can get another dose of the duo as they discuss their latest writings.
7:30 p.m. $15. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 335-0917.
Images of Turner Classic Movies execs plotting ways to compete with "Shark Week" spring to mind, as we learn that October is the channel's Nazi month. Officially, they're calling it "America's Ultimate Enemy: Hollywood Takes on the Nazis." There are all sorts of Nazi movies playing through Halloween. This morning you can catch Lana Turner, Laraine Day and Agnes Moorehead in "Keep Your Powder Dry." Might just want to set that alarm.
Airs at 2 a.m. on TCM. For more information visit www.turnerclassicmovies.com.
Speaking of Lehrers, this guy's been described as "a latter-day Tom Lehrer" by the Los Angeles Times. His name's Roy Zimmerman, and he and New York transplant Marc Maron work to make you laugh and raise money for the Aero Theatre tonight. Maron's been hailed by the New Yorker and the Village Voice, who said his "manic inventiveness recalls Robin Williams at his best." All we know is two funny Jews sounds like good times to us.
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 395-4990.
Is it possible that the man who gave hope to every 1950s geeky Jewish boy was also a war criminal? Kissinger may have proved to his generation that power was indeed the greatest aphrodisiac, but the new film "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" brings to light some weightier questions about his career. The film opens its West Coast exclusive one-week engagement tonight at the Nuart Theatre.
$9 (general), $6 (seniors, children 12 and under and weekend matinees). Landmark's Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 478-6379.
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