Rage, anger, grief, sexuality and female power are all brought to light through beautiful and emotional dances by Donna Sternberg & Dancers. The performances include skittering, whimsy and sweeping movements that portray childhood feelings of carefree giddiness, as well as a moving performance called "Scream" showing hysterical terror. $18 (general admission); $13 (students and seniors). 8 p.m. Also performs Sun., June 17, 2:30 p.m. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. For tickets or more information, call (310) 306-1854.
A junior naval officer, buffeted by the chaos of World War, is accused of undermining his raging, obsessive commander in Herman Wouk's play "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Almost as complex a character as the paranoid Captain Queeg is the Jewish lawyer sent to defend the alleged mutineer in this classic courtroom drama. $32-$36 (general admission). 4 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 827-0889.
Let's take a moment to ponder the significance of art for Jews: What does it give us, and how does it enrich us as a people? Today, Rabbi Micah Hyman, who has a master's degree in Jewish art and has worked in museums worldwide, will enlighten us in this respect with his lecture "What is Jewish Art?" and explore the various avenues Jews have embarked on to express their distinctness through art. $6-$7 (includes lunch). 11 a.m. Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena. For reservations or more information, call (626) 798-1161.
The reverberating voice of Moses in Steven Spielberg's "The Prince of Egypt" and the calculating but noble Jean Valjean in Broadway's "Les Miserables" are but two of the roles under the belt of Israeli singer David "Dudu" Fisher. Fisher has recorded more than 15 albums of opera, jazz, rock, Chassidic and modern songs. He performs tonight in a show at the Kavli Theatre that will bring tears of laughter and tears of sentimentality. $18-$72. 7:45 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (818) 991-0991.
The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra has proven that it's possible to possess brains and musical talent. This group of physicians, dentists and allied health professionals, ages 18 to 85, has joined to create beautiful music while donating the proceeds of their concerts to organizations that provide medical assistance to people less fortunate. Ivan Shulman directs this growing group of gifted and generous performers in his eleventh season tonight at the University of Judaism. $10. 7:30 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1246.
How does one face a traumatic event, such as the passing of a loved one? Impressionist painter Mark Goldberg has shown that one can cope with death as he has done, by creating powerful and deep art works. Through his landscape paintings that distinguish the difference between light and dark, muted color and boldness, Goldberg can be compared to both Claude Monet and Edward Hopper. Tonight his work will be displayed among pieces by 20 other artists at the Art Share Los Angeles 44th monthly exhibition. Singer/songwriter Cherylnn Pope will also grace the event with her sexy, velvety voice. $3 (general admission). 5-10 p.m. 801 E. Fourth Pl., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 687-4278.
Homosexuality still makes many people uncomfortable, even angry. But do we ever stop to think of the consequences of casting out people whom some mark as deviant? In "The Child," Sarah Schulman relates the desperation and abandonment caused by isolating gays in her true account of the love affair between a New Jersey teenager and a 40-year-old man. The riveting controversy is played out from the meeting of the two through the Internet to the child-abuse trials and FBI investigation. Free (on a first-come-first-serve basis). 8 p.m. Lee Strasberg Creative Center, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323) 650-7777.