Treat Mom to a special performance of the music and dance of Renaissance Italy, as UCLA's Early Music collective Musica Humana and Renaissance dance specialists Danzado gather at Temple Emanuel. The concert, an exploration of the exchange between Jewish and Catholic Italian cultures, features compositions by Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi, with dance by Jewish choreographer Guglielmo da Pesaro. 3 p.m. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (323) 428-8405.
Beautifully designed ketubot, paintings of Israel's natural beauty and other alluring Judaica adorn the walls of Long Beach's Alpert JCC, courtesy of artist Ayala Ben David. With her work featured in a number of Southern California synagogues and private collections, Ben David's art focuses on the relationships between nature and Judaism. 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 May 31. 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-7601.
Sherrie Levine offers her latest collection of challenging, multimedia artworks at Margo Leavin Gallery. Known for re-creations of modern art masterpieces in photography, painting and sculpture, Levine's exhibit features a series of bronze castings inspired by Rene Magritte. Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through May 26. 812 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 273-0603.
Through the tireless efforts of L.A. poet Rick Lupert, program director for Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges, and thanks to a grant from the Jewish Federation's Valley Alliance, local Jewish college students finally have their own arts magazine. Ohmanut features the poetry, essays and photography of thirteen talented Jewish San Fernando Valley college students, and you have two chances to see them present their work. Pick up copies of the magazine and support future issues. Tonight: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lulu's Beehive, 13203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Also Mon., May 21, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Common Grounds, 9250 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. For more information, call (818) 887-5901 or visit www.hillelatpv.com. For more great poetry, visit www.poetrysuperhighway.com.
A sensation in Los Angeles following its 1978 Mark Taper Forum debut, Luis Valdez's gripping true-life drama "Zoot Suit" virtually disappeared after a short run on Broadway. Now the story of Los Angeles' notorious "Sleepy Lagoon" murder trial of 1942 and the racially motivated "Zoot Suit riots" returns to Los Angeles theater, directed by the playwright and featuring original cast members. $32-$36. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Through May 20. L.A. Theater Works at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 827-0889.
The charming, surreal imagery of Karen Silton's paintings would seem at home in a child's storybook, but Silton's Chagall and Dali-inspired work adds a deeper, dreamlike layer of meaning. The twenty acrylic paintings, with two mosaic and ceramic tile murals and handcrafted ceramic works collected for the "Saturnalia" exhibit feature Silton's cast of fantasy characters, rainbows, moons and animals. For those who just can't get enough of Silton's whimsical style, the artist-in-residence at Pacific Palisades' Kehillat Israel will debut a mosaic mural there in July. "Saturnalia": Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through May 27. Howell Green Fine Art Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Pine Tree Circle '107, Topanga. For more information, call (310) 455-3991.