Making its West Coast debut today at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company. The troupe, headed by choreographer and dancer Ronen Koresh (no relation to the Waco guy), performs a blend of ballet, modern and jazz that is influenced by Koresh's eclectic resume. Born and raised in Israel, he had early training in Yemenite folk dancing and studied with Martha Graham's Bat Sheva Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 8 p.m. $25-$45. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival ends tomorrow, along with the perfect opportunity to see a wealth of foreign films. Some of possible interest screening Friday and Saturday include "Patuvane kam Erusalim," ("Journey to Jerusalem"), a Bulgarian film about two young German Jews trying to escape the Holocaust; "Moving Malcolm," a Canadian film about Gene, a Jewish guy whose fiancée leaves him at the altar; and two Israeli films, "Massa'ot James Be'Eretz Hakodesh," ("James' Journey to Jerusalem"), and "Miss Entebbe." Or dub today "Palm" Sunday and catch "Un Monde Presque Paisible" ("Almost Peaceful"), a French film about a little tailor's shop in post-World War II Paris. (760) 322-2930. www.psfilmfest.org
We have a dream that you will spend this day observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a way that is meaningful and mall shopping-free. The Museum of Tolerance offers a special program today remembering King with the music and words of scholar and organist James Hurd and a dialogue with National Service Learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye, who will moderate an open discussion on current issues and suggest ways to engage in social action. 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 772-2526.
Tonight, it's a classy L.A. evening of classical music, with violinist Gidon Kremer and his ensemble, Kremerata Musica performing at the shiny new Walt Disney Concert Hall. This Los Angeles Philharmonic Colburn Celebrity Recital will feature works by Russian and Eastern European composers, including Valentin Silvestrov's "Postludio DSCH" for soprano, violin, cello and piano and Alfred Schnittke's Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano. 8 p.m. $30-$75. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Be avante garde this evening and take in some dance/performance art at Arts in Action. The event begins with tango-inspired and other modern dance pieces, followed by "Coital Canvas," a collaboration of music by the group Telepathy, live performance painting by Nancy Ostrovsky and innovative dance by Dandelion Dancetheater, choreographed by Eric Kupers (a graduate of the Sholem Institute). 7:30 p.m. $10-$15 (no one turned away for lack of funds). 1919 W. Seventh St., fourth floor, Los Angeles. (213) 483-3504.
Those not heading to the homeland these days can still absorb a small piece of it at The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery. On display in the new Jerusalem Print Workshop exhibition are the works of leading Israeli artists like Moshe Gershuni, Larry Abramson and Dov Heller. Local Tobey C. Moss Gallery, a major lender in this show, also sponsors a larger Los Angeles Fine Print Fair this weekend at LACMA West. Jerusalem Print Workshop: 6-8 p.m. (opening reception). Runs through April 23. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8077. Los Angeles Fine Print Fair: $25 (per person), $40 (per couple). Runs Jan. 23-25. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6558.
Head indoors to White Room Gallery for a rainy-day feel even in sunny SoCal winter weather. Ken Rosenthal's (mostly) black and (a bit of) white photography evokes just that mood, which, he writes, "Comes from looking at old family albums." The exhibition of his shadowy, nostalgic images, "The Shadow Behind Your Eyes," is on display through Feb. 14. Noon-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). 8810 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 859-2402.