October 20, 2018

Tap dancing klezmer, Ed Asner, 147 different films, Melanie Chartoff and Laraine Newman

Saturday the 28th

Hoof it downtown to the George and Skaye Aratani/Japan America Theatre this evening for Rhapsody in Taps’ 25th Anniversary Concert. In addition to repertoire highlights like “Tribute to Gregory Hines,” the program also features the world premiere Klezmer/Tap Project “Laughing With Tears,” choreographed by Linda Sohl-Ellison and performed by composer and clarinetist Leo Chelyapov, violinist Claire Bergen, as well as company musicians and dancers.

7:30 p.m. $24-$40. 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 680-3700.

Sunday the 29th

Alexandra More’s fabulous Celebrity Staged Play Readings series is back for another season with this weekend’s “Benya the King,” a comedy inspired by the story of Benya in Isaac Babel’s “Tales of Odessa.” Incomplete without its practically trademark star helming at least one show, the series is kicked off right with the distinguished and faithful Ed Asner playing the lead. A Q-&-A with playwright Richard Schotter follows.

$12-$16. Oct. 28: 7:30 p.m. Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310. Oct. 29: 2 p.m. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225.

Monday the 30th

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Anat Klausner stars in “Frozen Days”

There are 147 films being shown at this year’s AFI Fest. How to choose? Consider two of Jewish interest. From Israel comes the low-budget film “Frozen Days” (“Yamim Kfuim”), about a lonely young woman who unintentionally takes on an Internet buddy’s identity while he lies in a coma in the hospital after surviving a suicide bombing. And from Australia, Palestinian-Australian filmmaker Sherine Salama follows “The Last Days of Yasser Arafat.” In September 2003 Salama was working on trying to get an interview with Arafat, but did not succeed in doing so until October 2004. The film shows her work speaking with his aides, lobbying officials and seeking help from her own Palestinian friends, to try to gain access; and documents her interview with the PA leader, which was the last he gave before he died.

Nov. 1-12. $12 (per film). Arclight Cinema Complex and Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles.