The yearlong celebration of the music of composer Kurt Weill for his centenary year gets a grand finale tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre. A 27-member big band led by Roger Kellaway, featuring blues guitarist Robben Ford and vocalist Anne Kerry Ford, leads the musical celebration, presented free for the start of Memorial Day weekend and the Ford. s 2001 season. 8 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 461-3673.
When violinist Israel Chorberg isn' t busy with his concertmaster duties for ballet companies across Europe, he finds time to lend his bow to recordings for artists from Wynton Marsalis to Portishead. Catch him live in Los Angeles today as the Uruguay-born, Soviet-trained violinist performs a program, with piano accompaniment, featuring the music of Schubert, Schumann and Franck. General admission $15; students and seniors $8. 3 p.m. Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School for the Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (323) 936-9937.
An Armenian emigre, artist Evrika Zatikyan spent eight years imprisoned in Siberia for the anti-Soviet nature of his art. An exhibit of Zatikyan. s oil and acrylic paintings now on display at the Bernard Milken JCC includes a range of the artist. s works, from the dark, haunting images of his imprisonment in the 1970s to bright and joyous depictions of freedom in his new home. Through June 22. Downstairs at the Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 888-0583.
Attention Rainy Day Women and Tambourine Men: Bob Dylan turns 60 this week, and Los Angeles is gearing up for a tribute. Since 1962, the former Robert Zimmerman has been alternately shocking, soothing, irritating and inspiring the world with his poetic and powerful songs. Tonight, the Knitting Factory is bringing it all back home with a birthday tribute concert featuring bluesy folk-rock troubadour Peter Case (of . 80s band The Plimsouls) and others covering Dylan. s extensive catalogue of classics. $8. Knitting Factory Los Angeles, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 463-0204.
The City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) supports distinguished local artists with annual fellowships to encourage the creation of new work; this year. s new work is on view now in the C.O.L.A. 2001 exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center. The 10 artists receiving 2000-2001 C.O.L.A fellowships present a broad range of styles and media, from Sandow Birk. s Hogarth-inspired paintings and etchings depicting the Rampart police scandal to Jennifer Steinkamp. s computer-animated light projection . Tra-La-La-Boom.. $8 (general admission); $6 (seniors and students); free (members and children under 12). Tue.-Sat. noon-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 15. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.
The Social Circle of Stephen S. Wise plus friends and guests are in for a theatrical treat when dramatist Roberta Randall presents her solo performance of the drama . A Woman of Independent Means.. Adapted from Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. s novel, the play tells the story of iron-willed Bess Steed Gardner. As the audience watches, a remarkable woman. s tale unfolds as she grows older before their eyes. The play, originated for the stage by Barbara Rush, has also been an NBC miniseries with Sally Field. $12 (members); $16 (guests). 7 p.m. Hershenson Hall, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 204-1240.
Tonight and Saturday, the New Beverly Cinema screens two fine examples of the ever-popular . Woody Allen playing the Woody Allen character. film genre. First in the double feature, . Stardust Memories. offers Allen in the role of a filmmaker at a retrospective of his work. . Love and Death. makes it a double, wherein Woody the Russian soldier fights the French. $6 (general admission); $5 (students); $3 (seniors and children). Tonight: 7 p.m. and 10:25 p.m.; Sat, June 2, 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-4038.