The city moves indoors for Milla Angelina Gallery's "The L.A. Show." Depictions of homelessness, nightlife, religious and cultural diversity and economic and class structures of Los Angeles adorn the walls of the new Melrose gallery dedicated to the expression of social commentary through art. The show runs through July 21. Noon-6 p.m. (daily). 73201Â¼2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 930-0391.
Today, kids get out the red, white and blue streamers and deck out their bicycles for Community Action Team's "Great American Fourth of July Bike Parade and Contest." Bikes are to be outfitted in patriotic style, and those voted the top 10 decorators will receive cash prizes of $10 each. The two-mile parade route travels east along the Belmont Shore bike path from Ocean Boulevard at Granada Avenue. Certificates of participation will be given to anyone registering via e-mail at least 24 hours in advance. 10 a.m. Helmets required, and children must be escorted by a parent or guardian. 1 South Granada Ave., Long Beach. www.bikeparade.com
Fine artist Tobi Kahn is also acclaimed for his designs of Jewish ritual objects. In a new book, "Objects of the Spirit: Ritual and the Art of Tobi Kahn," edited by Emily Bilski, photographs of Kahn's work are displayed alongside commentary by Bilski, Leora Auslander, Tom Freudenhaim, Terrence E. Dempsey, Jonathan Rosen and Ruth Weisberg. A series of meditations by Nessa Rapoport concludes the book. Hudson Hills Press, $34. www.amazon.com
Tonight, you might actually want to sit in on a little domestic conflict. Zócalo public forum welcomes Nick Goldberg and Amy Wilentz, who, in addition to being husband and wife, are also Los Angeles Times op-ed editor and former Middle Eastern Bureau chief for New York Newsday, and author and former New Yorker correspondent in Jerusalem, respectively. Hear them discuss and disagree on Iraq, Israel, Sept. 11 and peace in the Middle East. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025.
Today we're inspired to recommend some summer romance, care of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Get gussied and take in the fountain, some wine ... and "A Little Night Music." The new production of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical features a distinguished cast including Victor Garber ("Alias"), Judith Ivey ("Designing Women") and Zoe Caldwell ("Master Class"). Whether you splurge on Patina is up to you. Through July 31. $20-$90. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500
The gay and lesbian community keeps fighting the good fight. But this week it calls for celebration, as well. Tonight marks the opening of Outfest 2004, the 22nd annual Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The opening night t begins by giving writer/director Tod Haynes ("Far From Heaven") the Outfest Achievement Award, follows with the film, "D.E.B.S.," and closes out with a party with food from 30 Los Angeles restaurants. www.outfest.org. (213) 480-7065.
Nick Starr's new play, "Slow Boat," covers topics from metaphysics and body-switching (as in, "I don't like my body. I think I'll inhabit my dead grandpa's for a while") to Jewish identity and Eastern philosophy. The story's hero is Nathan Beagle, a guy who's recently been inducted into a Chinese body-switching cult and decides to seek answers in China. Through Aug. 14. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). $15. Los Angeles Repertory Theatre, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 470-9899.