Today's grown-up puppet show comes to avant garde purveyor REDCAT Theatre. Acclaimed Polish puppet theater company Wroclawski Teatr Lalek presents "The Last Escape," about a lonely pensioner trapped in his room, who employs his vivid imagination to carry him to other places and times. The piece is based on the story by Jewish Polish author and artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942).
Nov. 9-11, 8:30 p.m. $12-$24. Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800. www.redcat.org.
Sunday the 12th
Writer and solo performer Stacie Chaiken offers a peek at her latest creation. "The Dig: Death, Genesis and the Double Helix" is her story of an American archaeologist who goes digging in the Jordan Valley desert without a license, and makes a discovery for which she was unprepared. Today's reading of the first draft is free and open to the public.
11 a.m. Free. Boston Court, 70 North Mentor, Pasadena. (310) 450-1312.
Monday the 13th
The fallout of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines' infamous 2003 Bush bash is the subject of the new documentary "Shut Up and Sing," by acclaimed director Barbara Kopple. The film follows Maines and her bandmates over the course of the three years since she spoke out against the president. In that time they faced political attacks and death threats, but also had children and continued to make music. It is in theaters now.
Tuesday the 14th
CBS' answer to Fox's mean doctor drama "House," premieres tonight in the competitive 10 p.m. time slot against NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." Titled "3 lbs.," we presume because that is the weight of the average human brain, the show features two neurosurgeons at odds with each other's approaches. The elder, brilliant-but-cold Dr. Doug Hanson is played by Stanley Tucci, and his young, promising protege-with-a-heart is played by Mark Feurstein. They duke it out against each other, and against "SVU," in hopes of better success than their predecessor, the short-lived drama "Smith."
10 p.m. CBS. www.cbs.com/primetime/3lbs.
Wednesday the 15th
Opening this week is the Getty Center's exhibition, "Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons From Sinai." The show, specially commissioned by the Getty (which will be the sole exhibitor), displays artistic treasures from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine, which sits at the foot of Mount Sinai. Among the pieces are numerous images of Moses from a Christian perspective, including one of him removing his sandals before the Burning Bush, and another of him standing beside the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
Nov. 14-March 4. Free. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. www.getty.edu. (310) 440-7300.
Thursday the 16th
Former musical director for the Israel army's rock band, Idan Raichel is today a bonafide Israeli pop star with a unique world sound. Singing about love and tolerance, Idan Raichel Project incorporates Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms. He brings his "One Love" philosophy to L.A.'s Wilshire Theatre tonight only.
Friday the 17th
The Aero Theater presents a six-day film tribute to "The Modern Urban Mythology of the Superhero," beginning tonight with a double feature. Kicking things off is Sam Raimi's "Darkman," a sci-fi thriller starring Liam Neeson as a deformed superhero bent on revenge against the gangsters who made him that way. Following is the 1960s Italian pop film "Danger: Diabolik," based on the popular Italian comic strip character. Later in the week, the theater features all-American serials "Superman," "Superman II," "Batman" and "Batman Returns," as well as the superhero spoof film, "The Specials."
Nov. 17-22. $8-$10. 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com