Happy Earth Day to you. Eco-friendly fun awaits at Norton Simon Museum's "Family Festival: Disposable Art." Guests view paintings of 20th-century artists and thus inspired, can create cubist collages using cast-off materials. Trash 4 Teaching leads the workshop.
1-3 p.m. Free (members, students and children 18 and under), $4 (seniors), $8 (general). 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org.
Sunday the 22nd
Click the BIG ARROW for Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys
It's a worthwhile drive to Pomona this evening to hear the country-shtetl
sounds of Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys at Temple
Beth Israel. Give the klezmer bluegrass fusion band a warm howdy and
shalom on their first of what it's hoped will be many visits to Southern
7 p.m. $18. 3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona. R.S.V.P., (909) 626-1277.
Monday the 23rd
Inspired by a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp, Mark Strickland's new art exhibition "Indomitable Spirit" focuses on the human will "and its ability to rise above tortured surroundings." Appropriately, the artist chose to display the large-scale murals and figurative paintings at Learning Works!, a nonprofit educational program for at-risk teens and youth. The title piece incorporates passages from Eli Wiesel's "Night."
April 20-June 1. Viewings by appointment only. 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena. (626) 564-9890.
Tuesday the 24th
In Milo Gallery's exhibition, "Perfect Illusion," British artist Jennifer Martin dissects glossy magazine images, layering paint as she retains some portions of these photographs and abandons others. Her goal is to move away from the facade of perfection toward reality. Martin is a finalist in England's Ben Uri Third International Jewish Artists of the Year Awards.
April 21-May 19. 6130 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 935-3662. www.milogallery.net .
Wednesday the 25th
How will you ever be able to buy a house in Los Angeles? Take it easy. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) offers some guidance this evening. Their guest lecture is titled "Take Charge of Your Life: Buying a Home that Fits," and illuminating the subject is West Hollywood's Wells Fargo Bank vice president and branch manager Joan Henehan, who will discuss the various home buying options.
543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2930. www.ncjwla.org.
Thursday the 26th
Click BIG ARROW for 'Close Encounters of the Yiddish Kind' -- the trailer for the festival
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival offers plenty of opportunities to see
great films this week. One stand-out is the Oscar- winning short film "West
Bank Story," which screens twice this week. On Wed., April 25, the film
festival co-sponsors ATID's "Bringing Kosher Back" short film festival and art
exhibit. Today, the film plays at the American Jewish University (formerly the
University of Judaism). A Q & A with writer/director Ari Sandel
ATID (ages 21-39): April 25, 7 p.m. Free (members), $8-$12 (nonmembers). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., www.sinaitemple.org/events/ATID/KosherFilm.
AJU: April 26, 7:30 p.m. $18. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. www.uj.edu.
For an insider's view on finally selling that manuscript, look no further than USC this evening. Journal columnist, author and USC faculty member Gina Nahai moderates "The Literary Marketplace: Roadmap to Success" with a panel of industry-savvy speakers.
7 p.m. Free. USC, Alfred Newman Hall. (213) 740-3250. R.S.V.P., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday the 27th
Rare vintage and contemporary photographs by celebrated artists will be auctioned as part of tonight's "Focus on AIDS 12: Celebrating 20 Years of Focus" benefit. The event includes a live and silent auction as well as a restaurant and spirit tasting, with proceeds assisting global HIV/AIDS organizations. Artists whose works have been featured in the past include Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Exhibit: April 21-26. Farmani Gallery, 844 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. www.farmanigallery.com.
Auction: April 27, 7 p.m.-midnight. $35-$65 (single), $100 (pair). Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 657-5756. www.focusonaids.com.