Early birds in the know have already snatched up today's juiciest worm: tickets to "An Evening With Theodore Bikel" at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, where the ubiquitous singer and actor will be performing. But for those who've had their heads in the sand, there's still a good reason to shake it off and come up for air. This evening's Bikel appearance coincides with the release of his new CD, "Theodore Bikel's Treasury of Yiddish Folk and Theatre Songs." Pick yourself up -- and pick yourself up a copy. www.hatikvahmusic.com .
The Byrds offered their interpretation in the '60s. Now it's someone else's turn, turn, turn. The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles presents an interfaith concert today titled "Ecclesiastes (Koheleth)." The program explores different interpretations of the book perhaps best known for the section that begins, "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven." The Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation, the Zimriyah Chorale and the Los Angeles Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble will perform at the event, which will also include a dialogue between Rabbi Ed Feinstein and the Rev. Vahe Simonian. 3:30 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 907-7194.
Tony Kushner (to'ne kush'nur) n. 1. 1993 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of "Angels in America" 2. gay, Jewish socialist and activist 3. UCLA Live's guest speaker this evening. Discover what Kushner's doing and thinking about, straight from the playwright's mouth. 8 p.m. $17-$35. Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org
A neurotic, insecure Jewish writer guy pairs up with an immature, emotionally abusive, free-spirited girl in Woody Allen's latest variation on the Woody Allen romantic comedy. "Anything Else" stars Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci as the aforementioned couple, with Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito and Jimmy Fallon adding their backup talents. We don't know if it's better than anything else, but probably worth a look. It opens this week. www.anythingelse-themovie.com
Rebecca Levy makes art of architecture in her latest show, "Rebecca Levy: A Visual Wanderer's Retrospective." Levy depicts buildings from around the world with surprising emotion and personality. Attend Saturday's artist reception at A Shenere Velt Gallery to give her your compliments, or stop by today for a quieter viewing. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Friday). Sat., Sept. 20, 4-7 p.m. (artist reception). The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Tomorrow's Rosh Hashanah eve. Are you prepared? If not, it might not be too late. The Meaningful Life Center and author Simon Jacobson come to your aid with a new book, titled "60 Days: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays." Now, yes, technically, you're a little late to follow the day-by-day guide as it indicates -- you're supposed to start on the 30th of Av (Aug. 28 this year on the Western calendar -- don't worry, they cover that), but better late than never is our motto here at 7 Days. So hit up that Web site to get some help on the way. $24.95. www.meaningfullife.com
You? Procrastinate? Ha! You laugh in the faces of last-minute Charlies. You reserved your Theo Bikel tickets last month, and your Rosh Hashanah brisket's been prepared since yesterday (just awaiting a quick reheat at go time). So what to do with all that free time today? World musician and comedian David Zasloff has planned a noon concert with you in mind, complete with shofar, autoharp, guitar, trumpet and shakuhachi (a Japanese bamboo flute). Head downtown this afternoon for an hour of traditional and contemporary Jewish music to get you in the holiday spirit. And try to avoid too much gloating tonight. There's enough to repent for, after all. Noon. California Plaza, Watercourt, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 687-2159. www.grandperformances.org