Betty Green's paintings work on so many levels -- seriously. Her latest collection of mixed-media works, titled "Worlds Within," refers to the layers of paint and found objects that cover her canvas, as well as to the infinite nature of the visual space they inhabit. Orlando Gallery hosts an opening reception for the exhibition today. 7-9:30 p.m. 18376 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. (818) 705-5368.
Socially conscious kicks are just what the doctor ordered this evening. Presented by Physicians for Social Responsibility, tonight's engagement is titled "Rx" and features performances and art to benefit the organization of doctors and health professionals working toward a world "free from violence, weapons of mass destruction and environmental threats to human health." Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and Nurit Siegel co-host the event, with acts by osseus labyrint, Paul Zaloom, Danielle Brazell and others. 7 p.m. $20. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. (213) 386-4901, ext. 125.
Congrats to Wilshire Boulevard Temple for making the cut. New out this month is Samuel D. Gruber's survey of the evolution of the American Jewish house of worship over the past 100 years. With photographs by Paul Rocheleau, the book "American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community" features 36 of the country's most beautiful or architecturally significant temples. Wilshire is the lone edifice representing our fine state, but other highlights include designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Walter Gropius and Minoru Yamasaki. $40. Rizzoli International. www.barnesandnoble.com .
Pick up the carpool and head to Borders in Westwood this afternoon for Shalom Time. Kids and parents enjoy Jewish quality time with songs, stories and finger-puppet theater, sponsored by the Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel, better known simply as LINK. 4 p.m. Borders Books and Music, 1360 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (310) 470-5465
Aaron Sorkin's repartee writing for television is known for being both prolific and distinctive. But is his live banter as good as his "West Wing" scripts? Find out this evening, as the Museum of Television and Radio invites you to participate in "A Conversation With Aaron Sorkin." As the creator, writer and executive producer of the shows "The West Wing" and "Sports Night," he'll discuss how he constructs dialogue and how he moves an episode through production. 7-8:30 p.m. $12-$15. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (310) 786-1091.
One of only three military rabbis in the theater of battle comes to Los Angeles this Sept. 11. Capt. Avrohom Horovitz of the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion, 27th Artillery Regiment, Ft. Bragg, N.C., will share observations from the Iraqi front lines and discuss the spiritual struggles in the war on terror. 8 p.m. $5-$7. Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel, 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood. (310) 470-5465.
Don the goofy glasses for some retro fun tonight. The World 3-D Film Expo kicks off tonight, hosted by the Egyptian Theatre. Movie trailer archivist Jeff Joseph has organized the festival, which will feature more than 33 classic and rare feature length 1950s 3-D films and more than 20 short subjects. Tonight, see "House of Wax" and the short, "Motor Rhythm," followed by "Stranger Wore a Gun." Other festival highlights include screenings of "Kiss Me Kate" and "Creature From the Black Lagoon." 7 p.m. Runs through Sept. 21. $10 (per screening), $320 (festival pass, plus souvenir booklet). The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (661) 538-9259.