Fine art becomes performance in Highways Performance Space's "Spirit Dances 8: Blank Canvas" tonight. Dance, music and art come together on the stage as choreographer Marion Scott collaborates with artist Jean Edelstein, who will draw/paint the dance as it unfolds for the audience. 8:30 p.m. (June 4-5), 2 p.m. (June 6). $14-$16. 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1459.
For the first time, Jerome Witkin's large-scale, six-panel artistic exploration of Dachau's 1945 liberation, "Entering Darkness," is on view outside of a museum. The work is part of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts' "Jerome Witkin: Site and Insight" exhibition, which opened yesterday. With works that vary from small figure studies to moody landscapes and portraits to expansive tableaux that reference seminal historical moments, the artist has been hailed as a contemporary great. His show runs through Aug. 31. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.). 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 938-5222.
Know your brassie from your belly putter? Then tee off today for the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS). The 12 o'clock shotgun marks the start of the fun, as Woodland Hills Country Club hosts LAJS's fund-raising golf tournament and reception. Money raised will benefit the symphony in its continued endeavors to bring Jewish music to the community. Noon shotgun. $300 (per person), $1,000 (per foursome). 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. (310) 478-9311.
Coordinating a panel on the subject of Jewish women on television may beg the question, "What's to talk about?" But therein lies the point. "Created in G-d's Image: Jewish Women on TV" is the title of Morningstar Commission's panel discussion on the need for Jewish female characters on television. Actress Caroline Aaron, producer Jim Hayman and writer Tracey Newman sound off on the subject, with moderator Olivia Cohen-Cutler, senior vice president for ABC standards and practices. Special guests will be producer Samantha Daniels and actress Laraine Newman. 7-9 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 712-5400.
Workmen's Circle makes space for the women with their latest exhibition. In her show, "Domestic Security: Women at Work in War and Peace," Jane Richlovsky incorporates found textiles to inform her paintings. The artist's usage of the patterns she finds in old aprons and tablecloths works to create texture while bringing an honesty to her portrayals of 1950s working women.Runs through June 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Fri.). 1525 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
The Writers Guild Foundation continues its Spring Storytellers Series today with Lawrence Kasdan. Name ring a bell? Yeah, Larry's done a few things. But for those of you who skipped the '80s, we indulge you now with ashort list of highlights: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bodyheat, The Big Chill. Still lost? Might wanna make it a Blockbuster night. 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-4692.
"Alila" finally comes west this week, after a premiere at the 2004 New York Jewish Film Festival and a successful New York run. The Israeli film, whose English title is "Returning Lost Loves," is directed by Amos Gitai, well-known for previous films like "Kadosh," "Kippur" and "Kedma." In "Alila," he weaves the stories of 10 people living in an apartment complex in Tel Aviv, depicting struggles both particular to their Israeli culture (immigration, compulsory military service) and universal (violence, relationships), as well.$6.50-$9.50. Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869.
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