Kinetic sculptures aimed to awe and inspire young minds are unveiled at the Huntington today. The Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden blends botanical landscaping with nature-inspired sculptures by Ned Kahn, which show the magic of the natural world. Walk under a rainbow in a circle of mist, disappear into a sea of fog and see and feel the effects of sound waves moving through water in a sonic pool. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Tues.-Sun.). $12.50 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8.50 (students), $5 (ages 5-11), free (children under 5). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Between the corned beef and cabbage, and the whole potato thing, it should come as no shock that there are Jews in Ireland. But any doubters turn believers today, as the Skirball premieres "Shalom Ireland," a documentary that reveals the history and unique culture of Irish Jewry. Producer and director Valerie Lapin Ganley participates in a Q & A following the screening. Noon. Free (members), $5-$8 (nonmembers). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 655-8587. At The Los Angeles Film Festival, the documentary, "Another Road Home," follows Israeli filmmaker Danae Elon on her quest to reconnect with Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who worked for her family for more than twenty years. Los Angeles Film Festival: 4:45 p.m. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Also, Wed., June 23, 5:15 p.m. Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. $10. www.lafilmfest.com .
Melodrama reins in the new Sony Pictures Classic, "Facing Windows," opening this week. An old man with a mysterious past, a weary young wife with two children and the handsome neighbor in the window across the way will all meet and play out a story remarkably similar to one that happened 60 years earlier, at the height of World War II. Laemmle Sunset 5, Los Angeles;Landmark Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles; Laemmle One Colorado, Pasadena; Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino. www.sonyclassics.com/facingwindows.
The Anti-Defamation League celebrates the present and future Hollywood establishment tonight at its Entertainment Industry Awards Gala. New Line Cinema executive vice president Mark Ordesky and Avenue Entertainment Group president and CEO Cary Brokaw are honored; and students Tanja Mairitsch of American Film Institute and Kristin Tichaske of Standford University each receive the Dore Shary Award for their respective films' depictions of human relations concerns. 6 p.m. $375. R.S.V.P., (310) 446-8000, ext. 255.
Hear experts tackle the weighty combo of religion and politics at today's Interfaith Alliance conference, "One Nation, Many Faiths. Vote 2004 -- A Forum of Religion in the 2004 Elections." Panelists include political consultant Bill Smith, representatives from The Human Rights Campaign and the Los Angeles Times, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, the Rev. Dr. James Lawson and, pending confirmation, Arianna Huffington. The Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy will moderate as they sound off on the role of faith in one's personal life and in the political arena. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. L.A. Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (800) 510-0969.
Fourth- through eighth-graders with musical instruments the size of their bodies perform at the New JCC at Milken today. Bring your kids to watch their peers from economically disadvantaged Los Angeles neighborhoods perform Beethoven, Vivaldi and music from the film "Apollo." A bring-your-own picnic and instrument "petting zoo" precede the concert by the Young Mentor Artists Festival Orchestra. 5:30 p.m. $5 (per person), $15 (per family). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 464-3300.
Seventy-year-old "Awake and Sing!" follows its own title's instructions this week at International City Theatre. The Clifford Odets play tells the story of three generations of a poor Jewish family in Depression-era New York, exploring themes of isolation and assimilation and personal responsibility to one's family and to one's society. Sponsored by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, he four-week run is part of its "Celebrate 350" year-long commemoration of 350 years of American Jewish life. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), through July 11. $30-$38. Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 436-4610.