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Dirty Dancing, Requiem for a Dream, Driving Miss Daisy: What do these films have in common? Besides sucking with abandon, all three prominently feature female Jewish characters. And scholars—far too focused on shiksa studies and Patrick Swayze—have yet, in my opinion, to adequately weigh in on this aspect of cinema history. But Rabbi Azriel Fellner’s talk on Jewish women in film is a step in the right direction— and a good way to pass the time while awaiting the release of Standing in the Shadows of Yentl. Fellner, who seems to believe that interpreting a movie and studying the scripture are parallel experiences, will discuss how portrayals have changed over the years and which have become ingrained as stereotypes. It’s possible, though highly unlikely, that the rabbi might have an advance print of Marci X—the upcoming Lisa Kudrow vehicle which has that Friend portraying an M.O.T. who takes over a gangsta-rap label. Ask the rabbi about the social implications of Christina Applegate’s portrayal of a JAP in The Big Hit when the discussion begins at 7 p.m. at the Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. $36. For reservations call (800) 343-2823. (Josh Levin)