On stage

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135 years and counting

Around the time Jewish Family and Children’s Services was established in the East Bay in 1877, rail lines were taking the place of horse cars. That’s a long time ago, and a long time to be doing good works for the community. On Oct. 28, JFCS will celebrate its 135-year history, enjoying a performance produced and directed by Joy Carlin and contributions from playwright, director and actress Naomi Newman and the klezmer band Veretski Pass (pictured), among others.

5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. $75-$135. www.jfcs-eastbay.org


“Let Us Find the Words.” Dramatized reading of letters between poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 1 p.m. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org.


“Evening of ‘Mostly’ Political Comedy.” With host Johnny Steele and comedians Scott Blakeman, Michael Davis, Keith Lowell Jensen, Alex Koll and Mike Drucker. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 8:30 p.m. $24.50-$39.50. www.marinjcc.org.


“Laugh Out Loud.” Playwright and actor Charlie Varon performs short monologues about elderly Jews living in a retirement community. At Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 2 p.m. $4. www.pjcc.org.