Jews discuss food today on KCRW. While Evan Kleiman's "Good Food" is on vacation this week, KCRW subs "The Infinite Mind," where this week the theme will be "Foods and Moods." Ruth Reichl reads a piece about comfort food, MIT researchers Richard Wurtman and Judith Wurtman discuss the link between serotonin and carbs, and Dr. Joseph Hibbelm converses on the link between Omega 3s and depression.
11 a.m. 89.9 KCRW FM.
Sunday the 31st
So here's a new one for ya. The movie's official release date is Jan. 19, but we get a one-week-before sneak of "Fast Track," at just one theater. The Mann Beverly Center 13 screens the new Zach Braff/Amanda Peet comedy about a husband and wife whose life goes totally askew after having a baby. Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin and Mia Farrow also star.
$6-$9. 8522 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
Monday the 1st
We love a parade, and none beats Pasadena's Tournament of Roses. For those who believe in sleeping in on New Year's morning, we recommend heading down post-show for their Showcase of Floats. Parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards are the floral wonders, available for an up-close-and-personal view. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions, and a movie explaining how the floats are constructed screens at no charge at an adjacent auditorium. Lines can be long, so buying tickets in advance is always a good idea. $7 (per person). Jan. 1, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 2, 7-9 .m. (seniors and the mobility impaired), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (general). Park closes at 5 p.m.
Various park and ride locations. (877) 793-9911.
Tuesday the 2nd
Lightning rod Dennis Prager comes to the UJ tonight. His ongoing "Torah Verse by Verse" lecture series is now focused on Leviticus, and the Department of Continuing Education sponsors tonight's lecture, as well as one on Jan. 9.
$40 (single admission). New students welcome. 8:15 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246.
Wednesday the 3rd
Virtuoso piano man Yefim Bronfman is back at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight through Saturday. Attend this evening for a concert with members of the Philharmonic performing Schubert and Haydn. Tomorrow and Saturday will feature pieces by Kodaly, Rachmaninoff and Bartok, and Friday, attend for the same, minus the Rachmaninoff.
Jan. 3, $21-$45. Jan. 4-6, $15-$135. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Thursday the 4th
Early 1900s music chanteuse Janet Klein performs tonight with her Parlor Boys at the Steve Allen Theater. Lost classics, vaudeville melodies, novelty tunes and Yiddish songs of a bygone era are brought back to effervescent life, as are rare short films, presented by animation and film historian Jerry Beck.
First Thursday of every month. 8 p.m. 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Visit http://www.steveallentheater.com or call 800-595-4TIX
Opening this week is the Skirball's tribute to a celebrated graphic designer, "Saul Bass: The Hollywood Connection." Though he worked in advertising, as well, this exhibition focuses on Bass' contributions to the film industry. More than 20 movie posters and six soundtrack-album covers -- for films like "Vertigo" and "Exodus" -- as well as a montage of Bass' ground-breaking movie title sequences, are on display. Also screening with the montage will be Bass and his wife Elaine's Oscar-winning short documentary, "Why Man Creates."
Jan. 4-April 1. Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.