A free outdoor concert is one of the most pleasant ways to spend a summer afternoon. The Skirball kicks off its sixth season of these enjoyable performances today with the Open Door Orchestra. The experimental ensemble features a revolving set of players from around the world who blend ancient instruments and modern sounds for a unique musical journey. No reservations are necessary for Cafe Z concerts and all are welcome to stay for the companion Cinema Z film series immediately following the performances.
Noon-2 p.m., every Saturday through June 30. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.org.
Sunday the 13th
You've planned a delicious brunch for Mother's Day, but have you thought about what you'll do with mom once all the bagels are consumed? How about a rousing klezmer concert at the Workmen's Circle? "Oy, My Son the Klezmer!" will feature violinist Yale Strom, vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz and bassist Mark Dresser performing classic Yiddish songs and new tunes from Romania and Hungary.
3 p.m. $15 (members), $20 (general). Advance purchase recommended. Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Monday the 14th
May is National Hamburger Month. It's also National Bike Month and National Museums Month. For the remainder of May, anyone with a Bank of America credit or check card and one guest can visit more than 20 museums in California for free. The bank's "Museums on Us" program has been running for nine years, but this is the first time it has been extended to our state. So hop on your bike, grab a burger and head to the nearest museum tonight.
For a list of participating museums, visit http://www.bankofamerica.com/museums.
Tuesday the 15th
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match ... in the Orthodox Jewish community. Suzannah Warlick's documentary, "Match and Marry," chronicles the age-old Jewish tradition of shiduchim, but focuses on the specific experience of the most observant. The flick includes tales, anecdotes and guest appearances by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis and Rabbi Manis Friedman. Warlick and others from the film will be on hand to answer questions and perhaps make a match, after the screening.
7:30 p.m. $10. Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8644. http://www.jclla.org.
Wednesday the 16th
Jay Rivkin was a prolific artist who worked in many mediums, and the Tobey C. Moss gallery has been presenting her art since 1982, including a 25-year retrospective in 2004. Rivkin, who died last year at 90, designed dresses, catalogs, movie set backgrounds, furniture, tile murals and cookbooks before creating the compelling collages, assemblages and pencil drawings that will be on display at this memorial exhibition.
Tue.-Sat., May 12-June 30. Tobey C. Moss Gallery, 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-5523. http://www.tobeycmossgallery.com.
Thursday the 17th
Start with a romantic comedy by Shakespeare; add an all-female multicultural cast; throw in a Wild West theme, complete with trigger-happy gunslingers, love-struck cowboys and a live bluegrass band and what do you get? "As You Like It," a play co-presented by the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company and Rosalind Productions. Lisa Wolpe not only directs this gender-bending performance, she also stars in it.
Thu.-Sun., through June 3. $15 (students and seniors), $20 (groups), $25 (general). Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (800) 595-4849. http://www.rosalindproductions.com.
Friday the 18th
There is a long way to go before the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan is resolved. Help raise long overdue awareness and much needed funds at the Los Angeles Darfur Observance Day reception and art show tonight, a joint effort by many organizations, including Jewish World Watch and the American Jewish Committee. Artists were invited to create artwork using a photo by Brian Steidle of a young Sudanese girl and her brother, which will be displayed and auctioned at the reception.
7 p.m. $20. Bradley Tower, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. http://www.hopeartists.org.
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