Southwest Chamber Music performs works by musicians on the fringes of society in their latest series, "Exiles and Outcasts: Vienna and Hollywood." Six concerts at three different venues feature music by Third Reich exiles Eric Zeisl and Hanns Eisler along with pieces by older Viennese musicians -- also considered outsiders in their day -- Joseph Joachim, Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner. Tonight, it's Mozart, Zeisl and Mendelssohn at the Norton Simon Museum Theater in Pasadena. 7 p.m. (prelude talk), 8 p.m. (concert). $10-$25. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (800) 726-7147. Future shows also held at Colburn School of Performing Arts and Armory Center for the Arts.
Hopefully stopping short of a round of "Kumbaya" is today's USC Office of Religious Life interfaith panel and screening of "God and Allah Need to Talk." See Ruth Broyde-Sharone's film and hear scholars representing four Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity, Baha'i and Judaism. Also planned is a performance of international music by Alula from Ethiopia, Tardu Yegin from Turkey and Stephen Longfellow Fiske from Los Angeles. 6-9 p.m. $15. Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 101, USC Campus. R.S.V.P., (310) 837-2294.
Mrs. Romano and Schneider take on different roles tonight as the leads in Classic and Contemporary American Plays' staged reading of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." Actress Bonnie Franklin of television's "One Day At a Time" founded the nonprofit that introduces public school children to theatrical classics. She also performs this time, with ex-co-star Pat Harrington. Proceeds from their public performances tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday make the school performances possible, so do your part. 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
More "Kumbaya" good times this afternoon. Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in partnership with the Nimoy Concert Series has created "A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection." The program for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Jewish Day School and LAUSD public school kids teaches them commonalities between Sephardic Jews and Latinos. It culminates in a free concert today for the kids as well as the general public. Noon. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. R.S.V.P., (310) 478-6332.
Be schooled by a master today as UCLA Live! presents Art Spiegelman in "Comix 101." Described as "a visual exploration of the history of comics, from Hogarth to R. Crumb," the evening also promises a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic book writer's Sept. 11-inspired work, "In the Shadow of No Towers." 8 p.m. $25-$35. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus. (310) 825-2101.
And yet more intercultural exploration today, as Cal State L.A. presents the 22nd annual David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture, featuring National Poetry Prize-winner Estela Alicia Lopez Lomas of Mexico. The poet reads from her collection titled "El Fuego Tras el Espejo," ("The Blaze Behind the Mirror"), about the Holocaust -- a surprising choice for someone with no personal ties to the subject matter. English translation will also be provided, and a discussion follows. 6:30-8:30 p.m. California State University, Los Angeles. (323) 343-4289.
The Yiddishe weekend begins tonight. California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language presents performer and founder of Vilnius Yiddish Institute Mendy Cahan and television's Mayim Bialik ("Blossom") in a program titled "The New World Welcomes the Old: A Celebration of Yiddish Vilna." This evening, the "virtual journey to Yiddish Vilna" comes in the form of a Shabbos tish of Chasidic melodies, Yiddish songs and traditional storytelling. Similar stuff tomorrow night, but in a multimedia program. Friday: free (students), $20 (general). Saturday: $8 (students), $26 (general). $40 (both nights, general). UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard, Westwood. (310) 745-1190.