The Workmen's Circle focuses inward with the opening of its latest exhibit, "A Jewish Portrait Gallery." The group show is filled with Jewish portraits with the intent of begging questions like, "How does a Jew look?" "How does a Jew see the world?" and "How does a Jewish artspace show its face to the world?" Get some answers at tonight's artist reception.
7-10 p.m. 1525 S. Roberston Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Screenwriter Robert Avrech has launched a new young adult press for Jewish teens, in memory of his son, Ariel. The debut novel off Seraphic Press is his own, titled, "The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden." The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosts the book launch party this afternoon, at which Avrech will speak. A dramatic reading of selections from the book by high schoolers, as well as a panel discussion with high school newspaper editors moderated by The Journal's Education Editor, Julie Gruenbaum Fax, is also scheduled.
3 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403.
Celebrity violinist Itzhak Perlman makes his debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with just one performance this evening. Playing pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Smetana, he is joined by collaborator Janet Goodman Guggenheim on piano.
8 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Orthodox hottie rockstars Evan and Jaron may be best known for their 2001 Top 10 hit, "Crazy for This Girl," but they've since abandoned their label in favor of doing things themselves. Perhaps that explains their appearances all month long at the intimate Molly Malones. Catch them there Tuesdays in January, up close and personal.
9 p.m. $5 (cover). 575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 935-1577.
A semi-staged musical production of classical Voltaire, "Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' with the New York Philharmonic," airs this evening on PBS. Broadway actor-director Lonny Price stages the musical with Bernstein protÃ(c)gÃ(c) Marin Alsop leading the production. Kristin Chenoweth plays Cunegonde, with Paul Groves as Candide and Patti LuPone as the Old Lady.
8-10 p.m. KCET. www.kcet.org.
Begin with this question: "Is it really just coincidence that the birth of cinema as we know it (1895) and the theory of relativity (1905) occurred at approximately the same moment in history?" The Getty and the Skirball don't think so. Tonight, they present "Inner and Outer Space: Film Artists Explore the Universe," in which filmmakers discuss how the two have "radically re-oriented our perception of time and space."
7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Her rendition of "Three Times a Lady" in the movie, "Garden State," may be reason enough to see Jackie Hoffman's new one-woman-show, "The Kvetching Continues." The character actress doesn't play leads, but you'd know her from other roles in "Kissing Jessica Stein," "Legally Blonde 2" and in the Broadway musical, "Hairspray."
8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays). Through Jan. 16. $20. The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. (323) 860-7300.