It's Washington's birthday today. Why not celebrate another national treasure? Three Shuls in Concert, a cooperative venture of three Westside synagogues: B'nai Tikvah, Kehillat Ma'arav and Mishkon Tephilo, presents "Theodore Bikel in Concert." The folk singer, storyteller and stage and screen actor will perform international selections from Broadway to Jacques Brel. 7:30 p.m. $36-$150. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500.
Or, on a less musical note, we suggest Paul Linke's one-man show "Time Flies When You're Alive." Based on Linke's experiences when his pregnant wife was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, the show originally played at Los Angeles' Tiffany Theatre and a version filmed for HBO was nominated for a cable Ace Award. Linke performs tonight at the Westside JCC. 7:30 p.m. $50 (patrons), $25 (general), $20 (seniors and members). 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2250.
Missing poetry in your life? Soak it up through Julia Stein's new book of poems, "Walker Woman." We're told this fourth book is about "living in Los Angeles, fighting cutbacks in education, earthquakes, forest fires, a broken romance, a difficult father and other challenges along the social, historic and political journey of women." Heavy stuff, sure. But those in the mood for some depth can stop by Duttons today to pick up a copy and meet Stein herself, who'll be onhand to celebrate the book's publication. 2 p.m. Dutton's Bookstore, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263.
The Writers Bloc does it again. Two more great writers in conversation, today. This time, Carol Muske-Dukes ("Life After Death") interviews the elusive Norman Mailer (now 80). In light of his new book, "The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing," they'll discuss observations on writing. 7:30 p.m. $18. The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 335-0917.
Too bad, lactose intolerants. Today's UJ Department of Continuing Education cooking class is definitely geared toward the pro-dairy crowd. In fact, it's called "Totally Dairy." That means Judy Zeidler suggests a dinner that is deliciously animal-free. Reason for rejoicing for all you kosher and lacto-ovo vegetarian cooks. Sad little vegans may join the intolerants in their sulking. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $60. Brentwood location. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1246.
Images of Jewish life are as varied as a Jewish boy who prays with a closed fist at the Western Wall and a Jewish woman, her navel pierced with a star of David ring. These are just two of the 80 photographic images chosen by Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries for their "Jewish Visions" amateur photography contest and exhibit, on display through April 6. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on March 2. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Sunday-Friday). 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (323) 769-1399.
More Jewish visions today. This time it's Joshua Eli Plaut's "Spice of Life: Markets and Jewish Merchants the World Over" photo exhibit at the Skirball. Merchants of Venice may have gone overlooked, but he's snapped shots of markets and Jewish vendors in Central Asia, Israel, Turkey, Greece, France, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sundays). Runs through April 27. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Formerly of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Colin Carr struggled with the decision to continue performing together after the death of their partner, pianist David Golub, in 2000. But with a new name and a new Israeli pianist, Yael Weiss, Sequenza, pays tribute to Golub with their name, saying, "We are pleased that it looks toward the future, pleased also with its literal meaning of 'following.'" They perform works by Haydn, Brahms, Sheng and Ravel tonight, in a UCLA Live event. 8 p.m. $30 (general), $15 (students). UCLA Schoenberg Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.