The "Los Angeles International Short Film Festival" continues at the ArcLight with a screening of "Tel Aviv." Filmmakers Richard Goldgewicht, Jeremy Goldscheider and The Journal's Amy Klein explore what happens when an American Jewish businessman is picked up by a vanload of Arab Palestinians in the Jordan Valley desert. 8 p.m., 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 464-4226. www.lashortsfest.com. Commemorate Sept. 11 today at Beth Shir Shalom. This weekend only, the synagogue hosts the American Spirit Quilt Project, a series of 12 handmade quilts memorializing the 2001 attacks. This will be the national exhibit's only Los Angeles stop. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sat.), Noon-5 p.m. (Sunday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Monday). 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361.
Songstress Shalva Berti was an Israeli child star when she performed in the military choir during the Lebanon war. Many years and six CDs later, she's all grown up and still performing for Israeli and international audiences. The Consulate General in Los Angeles, the Israeli Cultural Awareness Foundation and the Sinai Temple-Israel Action Committee sponsor her concert at Sinai Temple tonight. 6:30 p.m. $35-$70. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 273-8710.
Tonight, the Ford Amphitheatre offers chamber music less likely to make you sleepy. Los Angeles' hot young Calder Quartet has been a foursome since their days at USC's Thornton School of Music. More recently, they participated in Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart Festival," and this evening offer up Haydn's Quartet Op. 76, No. 1 and the Bartók Quartet No. 4, reinvigorated. 8 p.m. $12-$25. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673.
Renowned political satirist and septuagenarian Mort Sahl shows the younguns how it's done as he kicks off the first in the "Entertaining Politics" series at Magicopolis tonight. Six more Tuesdays of political humor follow, featuring Paul Krassner, Roy Zimmerman, Robbie Conal, Howard Rosenberg, Emily Levine and Darryl Henriques, among others. 7:15 p.m. $35. 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 471-3979.
Get in the holiday spirit tonight with Manhattan's Congregation B'nai Jeshurun's new CD, "TekiYah: Echoes of the High Holy Days at BJ." The recording features songs from the Days of Awe sung by Cantor Ari Priven, Rabbis Marcelo Bronstein, Rolando Matalon and Felicia Sol, as well as Lizzie Draiem and the B'nai Jeshurun Choir. www.hatikvahmusic.com
Unique events and services abound this Rosh Hashanah, many of which are highlighted in our calendar listings on page 63. One we found intriguing: Rabbi Naomi Levy's Nashuva service tonight at Venice Beach. Bring bread to throw, a picnic dinner and a percussion instrument -- spoons, we're told, will work -- for Tashlich drumming and a shofar service on the sand, led by the Nashuva Band. 5:15 p.m. Where Venice Boulevard meets the beach. www.nashuva.com
Drop some cool cash for a good cause this weekend as Cedars-Sinai holds their 32nd annual Merchant of Tennis/Monty Hall/Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Tennis Tournament. Stanley Black is honored for his philanthropy at tonight's fab kick-off cocktail reception hosted by Monty Hall. The rest of the weekend is devoted to tennis and easy living. Tomorrow it's mixed doubles and men's doubles at MountainGate. On Sunday, show up for the championship finals or, you know, whatever at the Playboy Mansion, where casual gourmet cuisine will also be served up. $175 (Friday reception), $200 (Sunday championship), $450 (per person, men's doubles), $800 (mixed doubles). (310) 996-1188. www.tennistournament.org