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Far too few people outside Hitler’s dominion saved far too few people within it, but one group that did its best was the Jewish Labor Committee, which managed to get emergency visas for some 1,500 European Jews. The story of its Holocaust-era rescue efforts is told in They Were Not Silent, a 30-minute documentary making its local debut tonight. Following the screening, Gail Malmgreen, the film’s co-producer and an archivist at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, will discuss the role of the Jewish labor movement during World War II with two other panelists representing the Jewish Labor Committee: its former executive director, Marty Lapan, and its director of public information, Arieh Lebowitz. At 7:15 p.m. at the Meany Center for Labor Studies’ Chapel Building, 10,000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. (301) 431-6400. (Mark Jenkins)
After several years of obscurity, Panasonic, the band, was finally noticed by Panasonic, the Japanese electronics company. The corporate giant insisted that the duo change its name, which it did, to Pan Sonicand the deleted “A” became the title of its latest CD. On this and earlier recordings, Pan Sonic utilizes tape hiss, clicks, and drones from tone generatorsin other words, noise. Just as hiphop DJs emulate records’ “defects,” their scratches and skips, Pan Sonic employs sounds most recording engineers are paid to filter out. The band’s sculpted atmospheres seem custom-made for art installations, as, indeed, they have been. However, the duo draws as much from techno as from Stockhausen, adding beats that, live, are played at ear-bludgeoning volume, turning concerts into brutal endurance tests. Pan Sonic performs with Storm & Stress and Trans Am at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Mark W. Sullivan)