The urban world beats of Hyim and the Fat Foakland Orchestra travel south from Oakland in honor of UC Santa Barbara's Earth Day festivities today. Leave the smog behind in favor of the daylong celebration at Isla Vista's Anisq' Oyo' Park, which features Hyim and his crew as well as other bands, cultural performances and info booths aplenty. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. At Embarcadero del Mar and Seville Road, Isla Vista. (805) 893-5165. Bookish types looking to stay a little closer to home this weekend find literary paradise at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The annual fest features conversations, readings and signings with some of the most celebrated writers, as well as booths by booksellers or other reading enthusiasts, like the one shared by The Jewish Journal and KOREH L.A. literacy program. Tribemembers expected to make appearances include Larry King, Laura Schlesinger, Henry Winkler, Ayelet Waldman, Aimee Bender, Bruce Kimmel and Jonathan Safran Foer. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). UCLA, Westwood. www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks
Dress tonight calls for L.A. chic accented by pink ribbon, for the premiere of the Anthony Minghella's play "Whale Music" and special event gala co-sponsored by City of Hope and Erinys Productions. Erinys, a San Francisco-based, all-female theater company, presents the play about five women who reunite to support their friend, Caroline, as she prepares to give up her child for adoption. Other highlights this evening include live music, paintings by local female artists, a cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from tonight's event, as well as the play's two-week run, benefit the City of Hope Cancer Center. 5 p.m. $75. The Coronet Theatre, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 384-3060.
The historical backstory is as engaging as the music itself in Willy Schwarz's new "Jewish Music Around the World" CD. Celebrate Israel Independence Day today by celebrating Jewish freedom of choice -- to live in Israel or in the varied Diaspora communities -- through this compilation of songs from some such communities, including Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Iran and India. Hatikvah Music International, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-7083.
Doctor of musical arts candidate Brian Asher Alhadeff conducts the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra in concert tonight. Hear Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," Steve Rothstein's "Tales of Cork and Onion -- A New Overture" and Beethoven's "Triple Concerto, Opus 56 for Piano Violin and Violoncello." 8 p.m. Free. Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 206-6652.
The old "liberty and justice for all" ideal gets some fundage behind it. California Women's Law Center holds its annual benefit, "Justa Taste, Justa Laugh, Justice for Women" at the Directors Guild, where good food and good laughs get center stage tonight. Food and wine from some 20 L.A. restaurants and caterers with women at the helm will be served, performers Wanda Sykes, Rain Pryor and Esther Goodhart will entertain and Lily Tomlin will present an award to Emily Levine, the night's emcee. 6:15 p.m. $225. 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 860-1300.
Another chance to support Cedars (and your home décor) this evening. Kicking off the weekend's L.A. Antique Show, Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai presents an opening night gala at Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar. Get a preview of the goods and a glimpse of other A-list attendees including honorary chairs Mavis and Jay Leno. $250 (gala), $15 (weekend general admission). 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 423-3667.
Jesus, a rabbi and T.E. Lawrence are a sampling of the cast of characters appearing in tonight's show at the Lillian Theater. The humorous epic, "[home] or The Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur," uses Martha Graham-based movement, Levantine sounds, puppets and masks to challenge ideas about religion, politics, history and identity. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 7 p.m. (Sun.). Runs through May 22. $20. 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. (323) 769-5674.