Saturday the 29th
The most avant-garde comics find a gorgeous forum, once again, with the release of the sixth edition of editor Sammy Harkham's anthology, "Kramer's Ergot 6." Geeks celebrate its release tonight at the Hammer Museum, which features performances by Kites and The Mystical Unionists, films by Paper Rad and a presentation by painter and "Raw" contributor Jerry Moriarty.
9 p.m. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Sunday the 30th
TV aims to inspire today on The Learning Channel. Last week, the quest began to find "the next great inspirational speaker," with the series premiere of "The Messengers." Competing are 10 individuals from different walks of life, including spiritual guide Zahava "Z" Zaidoff, who operates the Hessed House recovery community in Carlsbad. Catch up this afternoon with an encore of the first episode, then watch tonight for episode two.
"Charity" (episode one), 2 p.m. "Struggle" (episode two), 10 p.m. TLC. www.tlc.discovery.com.
Monday the 31st
"Look, but don't touch" is the unspoken challenge to viewers of the Gatov Gallery's new exhibit, "Soft Art." On view are the vibrant textile works of Israeli artists Udi Merioz and Johanan Herson, created with a technique employed by only four known artists in the world. Pieces come together by applying brilliant colored textiles onto a soft canvas, and pressing them into one another with a special needle. The gallery at the Alpert JCC hosts the show through Aug. 15.
Open daily, times vary. Free. Alpert JCC, Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, 3601 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601.
Tuesday the 1st
Our interest in, and relationships with varied species of the animal kingdom makes up Fahey/Klein Gallery's new show, "Not All of Man's Best Friends Are Dogs." Photographers Richard Avedon, Garry Winogrand, Shelby Lee Adams and Steve Schapiro are a few of the contributors who depict people's interactions with bird and beast.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.). Through Sept. 2. 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com.
Wednesday the 2nd
Assorted Tisha B'Av services take place today and tomorrow around the city, with highlights listed in our Calendar section. One to consider, Chief Rabbi of England, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, serves as keynote speaker at Young Israel of Century City's Orthodox services today and tomorrow. His talks are a prelude to the launching of the Orthodox Union West Coast Region's fall program memorializing the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, "Sixty Days for Six Million."
7:45 p.m. (Aug. 2), 8:30 a.m. (Aug. 3). 9317 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 273-6954. www.yicc.org.
Thursday the 3rd
Multiple loveless affairs, a lustless marriage and in-vitro pregnancy are some of the bigger manifestations of one young woman's fear of abandonment. Her journey to lead an emotional life appropriate with her age is the subject of Jessica Bern's one-woman comedy, "Days of Whine and Roses." It opens today.
8 p.m. (Thursdays). Through Aug. 31. $20 (in advance). Elephant Lab Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles. (323) 960-1056.
Friday the 4th
Neil Simon laughs for all this month. In the Valley, the Secret Rose Theater offers the classic "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." Simon's homage to the time in his career spent writing for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" takes us into a 1950s TV writer's room. Or, head to the 90212 for "Rumors," in which hilarity ensues when an anniversary party goes awry; the host shoots himself in the head (a flesh wound), his wife goes missing and the guests must entertain themse lves.
"Laughter": Through Aug. 20. Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111.
"Rumors": Through Sept. 3. Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills High Campus. (310) 364-0535.