If you like babbling brooks and floating waterlilies, City of Hope probably has your idea of an interesting and unusual Saturday afternoon. It's the second annual Parade of Ponds, a self-guided tour of neighborhood water gardens. You'll get a map of the more than 50 homes on the tour, which cover more than 20 Los Angeles suburbs. Then you're free to peruse at your own pace.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sunday). $10 (general), free (children under 12). Tickets are on sale through Waterscapes Plus, (877) 540-7663, and the Rainbow Garden Nursery, (626) 914-6718. Proceeds will be donated to the City of Hope Cancer Center.
On the list of features at this year's Outfest, Los Angeles' Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, is an Israeli docudrama titled "Tomer Ve Hasrutim" ("It Kinda Scares Me"). The filmmaker, Tomer Heymann, is a youth group leader for at-risk young men, each with something to hide. While Heymann works to get the boys to trust him, he avoids divulging his own secret that he is gay. But it is his eventual revelation that becomes their catalyst for growth.
Noon. $10 (general), $9 (OUTFEST members). Subtitled. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, Renberg Theater, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (213) 480-7065.
We Jews pride ourselves on carrying our traditions with us no matter where we wander. Stacie Chaiken's grandparents were no different. But while they carried on their traditions, they left their stories behind. As a grown woman, Chaiken longed to know the secrets her grandfather determined to leave in Russia. In her one-woman play "Looking for Louie," Chaiken shares her tale -- her search for the untold story of her mysterious great-grandfather.
Runs through Aug. 26. 8 p.m. (Mondays and Saturdays), 4 p.m. (Sundays). $15 (general), $12 (students, seniors and groups). Stages Theatre Center, 1540 McCadden Place, Los Angeles. For reservations, call (323) 465-1010.
Using subjects including nature, animals, seasons and biblical stories, six women artists interpret "Archetypal Allusions" in the University of Judaism's new exhibition. But though their subjects overlap, their treatments vary widely. Susanna Meiers' drawings of animals shift forms, while Suvan Geer's birds allude to Buddhist mythology. Also featured are works by Lorraine Bubar, Mayde Herberg, Anne Scheid and Freda Nessim.
Runs through Sept. 29. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Fridays). An artist reception will be held on Sun., July 28, from 3-5 p.m. Platt and Borstein Gallery, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.
MOCA may have Warhol, but Jack Rutberg Fine Arts has Chagall, de Kooning, Matisse and more. With more artistic headliners than we can name, the exhibition titled "Modern and Contemporary: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture," features American, European and Latin American works.
Runs through Aug. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday). 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-5222.
Chew on this: TAG, The Artist's Gallery is presenting an all-member show with a theme you can really sink your teeth into. Check out different artists' takes on the common subject of food in "Food for Thought." Various talks are scheduled over the course of the exhibit's run, including tonight's Art Salon on "Appetizing Ideas."
Runs through Aug. 3. 7 p.m. (Art Salon). 11-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), open till 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.
"The Sex Show" debuts tonight at Highways. No, it isn't live porn, but don't rush to bring the kids, either. Nurit Siegel directs an ensemble production investigating the art of sex with a post-feminist twist. Think "Vagina Monologues," only racier.
8:30 p.m. Fri., July 26 and Sat., July 27 only. $15 (general), $13 (students and members). 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 315-1459.