Conceptual artist Mel Bochner is, as this paper goes to press, chalking up the walls at Grant Selwyn Fine Art Gallery. Bochner's blue pigment wall drawings, freshly completed in time for tonight's opening, are based on his influential drawings on paper from the late 1960s. The geometric shapes and grids applied to the gallery walls put the viewer in the middle of the artwork. Opening reception, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through March 3. Grant Selwyn Fine Art, 341 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 777-2400.
"Lights, Camera, Music," a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS), offers a behind-the-scenes opportunity to hear about the process of film scoring from some of Hollywood's top composers. William Goldstein, Charles Fox, Cliff Eidelman and Maria Newman participate in a group discussion of movie music. The event is held at Fox Studios' Newman Scoring Stage, named after longtime Fox music director Alfred Newman, who will be the subject of LAJS's March 4 tribute concert. $125. 2 p.m. 10201 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (818) 753-6681.
More music tonight as Kehillat Israel celebrates its 50th anniversary in style. Tonight's K-I Cabaret features the torchy melodies of Steven March Tormé (skiddle-ee-bat-doo-he's-Mel's-son) with his trio. Also on the bill are cabaret duo Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin, singing standards and their own sophisticated tunes. $50. 7 p.m. 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. For tickets or more information, call (310) 459-2328.
More than music tonight, as the Anti-Defamation League hosts the second in this year's "The Power of the Media" lecture series. "The Power of Hip-Hop," a panel discussion moderated by Spin Magazine editor-in-chief Alan Light, investigates the profound influence of hip-hop culture on contemporary life. $29. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (310) 446-8000 ext. 230.
Sculptor Bea Mego's cleanly stylized images of ancient figures and stories are inspired by nature, myths and religion. The artist's exhibition at the Long Beach JCC, "Eve and the Serpent: Icons and images in marble, wood, bronze and resin" features her hand-carved, contemporary sculpture in a variety of materials. Mon.-Thu. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Jan. 29. 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-7601.
Remembering the 20th century for its effective use of nonviolence may seem a bit idealized, but the PBS documentary "A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict" shows just how effective and lasting nonviolent efforts at change were during the past hundred years. A panel discussion tonight at the Museum of Tolerance, inspired by the documentary, includes the civil rights movement's architect of nonviolence, the Rev. James Lawson. 7 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 772-2528. Also at the Museum of Tolerance, go see Thursday evening's screening of "From Swastika to Jim Crow," a fascinating look at the Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany to find teaching positions at Black colleges in the segregated South. Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 7 p.m. For reservations, call (310) 553-8403 ext. 2806.
"The Kingdom of Brooklyn," a semi-autobiographical novel by Merrill Joan Gerber, follows the dysfunctional adventures of a young Jewish girl and her working-class family in what seemed to a child like an infinite borough. The book won an award from Hadassah Magazine for "Best English-language book of fiction on a Jewish theme." This afternoon, meet the author and hear her read from the novel, the sixth from this writing teacher at CalTech. 2:30 p.m. Friends Hall, Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For more information, call (626) 405-2100.
At the end of the week, check out the beginning of the run of "The Last of the Aztecs." The first produced play by Marina del Rey septuagenarian Joe Feinstein, "Aztecs" introduces us to Danny, the last surviving male of his social club. Distraught over his deceased best friend's dark secret (along with his ghost), his wife's failing health and his granddaughter's lesbian romance, Danny must be reminded of the wonders and joys of life after 65. $20 (general admission); $12 (seniors and students). Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. Through March 4. The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 957-1152.