Filmmakers, actors and writers take a stab at stills for a change. Tonight the National Council of Jewish Women presents "L.A. Seen," a public exhibition of photography aimed at raising funds for the organization's art education programs. Industry members focus their lenses on our city, zooming in on "the daily life, community and style of Los Angeles."
5-8 p.m. Free. National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8508.
What does the Washington Post think of Israeli pianist Ory Shihor? "He powered through Beethoven's 'Appassionata Sonata' with a sure sense of line and structure but was not afraid to take risks -- his arm-weighted sforzandos rang like gunshots." What does Seven Days think of Shihor? Sounds like quite a man to us. He's performing Part III of his continuing Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle at the Colburn School of Performing Arts today. Might want to bring the smelling-salts.
3 p.m. Free. Colburn School of Performing Arts, Zipper Hall, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 621-2200.
Speaking of pianists, Mona Golabek and Renee Golabek-Kaye reunite on stage for a benefit concert tonight at Temple Beth Am. 7 p.m. $25 (reserved), $50 (preferred). 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 223.
Replace sugar plum fairies with a Latke Queen and you're beginning to get the idea behind the CD "The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker for Chanukah." Ellen Kushner narrates and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra plays this klezmerized take on the old Christmas-season tradition. Still Tchaikovsky, just heavier on the clarinet. $14.98. www.rykodisc.com .
"Who now remembers the Armenians?" It's a question Hitler posed in making the argument for the idea that years from then, no one would remember the Holocaust. Turkey still denies the Armenian genocide ever happened, and has worked to prevent Armenian Canadian director Atom Egoyan's film "Ararat" from being made. Despite its efforts, the film opens this week in limited release. Supporting the film is an important step in ensuring this other holocaust is also never forgotten.
Last chance to catch "The Oldest Man in Show Business" this week at Hudson Backstage Theatre. Steve Rudnick stars in the show he also wrote about being fifty in Hollywood. According to his funny math, he's the oldest because everyone else has stayed the same age. Steve longs for a time before his own, when the biz was run by "old Jews who learned how to run a business in the streets." We think Steve's play sounds funny, even if the white guy does sound like a bit of a whiner.
8 p.m. (Wednesday and Thursday). $12. Runs through tomorrow. Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 856-4200.
Princess Peter-Raboff's poetry is bound to be interesting with her unusual background. The Gwich'in Athabascan and Jewish poet (who was born in Israel and raised in Alaska) shares her work along with fellow Native American poet Deborah Iyall in today's Autry Museum reading titled "Native Words: Native Americans."
7-8:30 p.m. $7.50 (adults), $5 (seniors and students), $3 (children 12 and under). Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Wells Fargo Theatre, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000.
Robert Motherwell was one of those rare breeds -- an artist who was recognized for his talent during his lifetime. And not just recognized -- turns out he received almost every major award over the course of his five-decade-spanning career. Titled "Robert Motherwell: Themes and Variations Including the Dedalus Sketchbook," an exhibition of the Jewish painter's works from 1947 until his death in 1991 can be seen at Manny Silverman Gallery through Dec. 21.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday). 619 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 659-8256.