A Leonard Cohen love fest takes place at Royce Hall this evening. The enigmatic genius poet/songwriter is paid tribute in an event titled "The Gospel According to Leonard Cohen," which is presented by Perla Batalla, a vocalist with whom he has frequently worked. While surprise guests are promised, confirmed performers include Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Howard Tate, Bill Gable, Bill Frisell and Don Was.
8 p.m. $17-$52. UCLA Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org.
Sunday the 25th
The Journal's own editorial cartoonist gets his first one-man show at the Workmen's Circle's A Shenere Velt Gallery. "Burning Bushes: Editorial Cartoons by Steve Greenberg" exhibits his visual commentaries on Bush, Darfur, the environment and Jewish themes. Greenberg's work has also appeared in the Ventura County Star, San Francisco Examiner and has been reprinted in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times (among many others). You can meet him at this afternoon's opening reception, and see the exhibit through March 30.
3-5 p.m. (opening reception). 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Monday the 26th
Filmmaker Barry Avrich may have received threats while making his Lew Wasserman documentary, "The Last Mogul," but don't let that stop you from checking it out. The guy lived to see it made, after all. Plus, you don't have to leave your house to watch the story about the legendary Hollywood powerbroker. It airs on the Sundance channel tonight.
6 p.m. www.sundancechannel.com.
Tuesday the 27th
Despite what we feel is a terrible title, "Melanoma My Love" may be worth your attention. The interesting premise of this Israeli film is a tragic tale about a young dancer who is diagnosed with melanoma at age 30, and given only three months to live. Not wanting to shatter her spirit with such precious time left, her husband chooses to hide the prognosis from her. The film screens -- with a conversation with star Sharon Zukerman to follow -- at UC Irvine tonight, and Pomona College tomorrow.
Feb. 27, UC Irvine.
Feb. 28, Pomona College International Theater, Pomona. Israeliconsulatela.org.
Wednesday the 28th
Brother and sister Sam and Gray have a lot in common -- so much so that they fall in love with the same woman. This comes as a shock to all concerned, most notably Gray, who has never entertained feelings for a woman before. Thomas Cavanagh and Heather Graham star as siblings, friends and rivals in "Gray Matters," which is in theaters this week. The movie marks the debut of writer/director Sue Kramer, who was inspired, in part, by her own close relationship with her sister, who is a lesbian.
Thursday the 1st
Local author T Cooper signs her new acclaimed novel, "Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes" at Malibu's Diesel bookstore on Wednesday, and Skylight Books today. To quote Publisher's Weekly's assessment of her latest, "[Cooper] takes apart the usual Jewish heritage tale and the themes of assimilation, touching them with postmodern parody and Chagallesque folk magic."
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore, 3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. (310) 456-9961.
March 1, 7:30 p.m. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175.
Friday the 2nd
A Shabbat service with vocal resonance awaits at the Wilshire Theatre, this evening. The 50-voice Tabernacle Gospel Choir led by Justin White joins the Tova Marcos Singers of Temple of the Arts in an interfaith, intercultural "Shared Heritage of Freedom" service. They will be led by Rabbi David Baron and Bishop Charles Blake of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
8 p.m. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 658-9100. www.templeofthearts.com.