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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 26

Actresses, including Lainie Kazan ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and Liz Sheridan ("Seinfeld"), say the "V" word loud and proud today, in honor of V Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls. They present "The Vagina Monologues" along with Eva Tamargo Lemus ("Passions"), April Madson ("Quintuplets"), Jerri Manthey ("Survivor") and Rolanda Watts ("Sister, Sister") in a special benefit performance for The Women of Iraq: Under Siege, Jewish Family Service – Family Violence Project and National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles– Women Helping Women.

7 p.m. (silent auction) 8 p.m. (show) $25-$30. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 628-6094.


Eva Tamargo Lemus from "Passions."

Sunday, February 27

Future Spielbergs show their stuff at this weekend's sixth annual International Jewish Student Film Festival at USC. Friday night Shabbat dinner includes a guest panel discussion with industry execs Page Ostrow, Richard Propper and Ken Topolsky; Saturday offers screenings of episodes of honoree Gabe Sachs' shows "Freaks and Geeks" and "Life as We Know It," followed by a Q and A. And the official festival takes place today at noon, giving you plenty of time to catch some up-and-comers and still get home for the arrived.

www.jfffilmfest.com.


Offering on the festival bill.

Monday, February 28

Poker's the latest craze, baby. So it should come as no shock that New Line Cinema's jumped on the bandwagon. Playing tonight on Starz! – and throughout the month – is their film, "High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story." Michael Imperioli of "The Sopranos" stars as the young Jewish gambler from Brooklyn who became the youngest World Series of Poker champion. Actor Michael Pasternak, creator of "The Amazing Bottle Dancers," also appears.

7:05 p.m. www.starz.com.


Michael Imperioli in "High Roller: The Stu Unger Story." Photo courtesy New Line Home Entertainment

Tuesday, March 1

The last days of Hitler are portrayed in the German film, "Downfall," which comes to Los Angeles theaters this week. Actor Bruno Ganz stars as the Aryan leader in this Academy Award-nominated film.

Opens this week at: Pacific Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood; Landmark Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills; and Laemmle Royal Theatre, Los Angeles. www.downfallthefilm.com.


"Downfall"

Wednesday, March 2

Nineteen relief agencies, including American Jewish World Service, will benefit from the new interfaith Tsunami relief CD, "New Hope, New Music." The collaborators include Craig Taubman, Debbie Friedman, Peter, Paul and Mary's Peter Yarrow, King Krimson's Adrian Belew, folksinger Tom Paxton and Christian pop singers Bryan Duncan, Pam Thum and Stephen Marshall.

www.tower.com.



Thursday, March 3

The age-old debate over segregated education for boys and girls continues in San Pedro this evening. Author Ilana DeBare will discuss and sign her book, "Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools," which is released in paperback today. DeBare promises her talk will include "historic slides of girls schools from the 1800s," as well as "humor" and "drama."

7 p.m. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. www.wheregirlscomefirst.com.


Friday, March 4

The trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager falsely accused of murdering a young girl in 1913, was a dark moment in American history but also galvanized the newly created Anti-Defamation League. The play, "The Knights of Mary Phagan," is based on the story of the Frank trial and its aftermath, and plays at Theatre 68 through March 20.

8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). $20. 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. www.68centcrew.com.


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