Film, tv, radio


“Refusenik.” Shortened screening of 2008 documentary about the struggle of Jews emigrating from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Followed by a panel discussion with activist Gina Waldman and author Philip Spiegel. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way,

Palo Alto. 6:30 p.m. $7-$10.




Bruce on the loose. Bruce Vilanch, the six-time Emmy Award winner and former regular on Hollywood Squares, is coming to the Bay Area for an evening of comic delight. As the head writer for the Academy Awards since 2000, Vilanch specializes in comedy that appeals to a worldwide audience. Join him at the Addison-Penzak JCC for a night destined to be filled with laughter. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $15-$20.



“American Jerusalem.” Documentary about Jews in Gold Rush–era San Francisco. Followed by a discussion with executive producer Jackie Krentzman. At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5 p.m. Free. RSVP at