Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra music director Jeffrey Kahane has called fellow tribe member Lindsay Deutsch "imaginative" and "downright thrilling." A renowned pianist and conductor himself, Kahane will be guiding the charismatic 21-year-old violinist in a Vivaldi concerto and Piazzolla piece at two performances this weekend.
8 p.m., Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Also Sun., 7 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. $17-$76. (213) 622-7001 ext. 215. www.laco.org.
SUNDAY the 20th
Being such a giving community, we love fundraisers, and we throw dozens of them throughout the year. PEN USA's benefit today, "Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature," promises to be one of the most entertaining and notable events -- of the week at least! Legendary actor, humanitarian and author Kirk Douglas will be honored for going against the Hollywood blacklist in 1958, and a handful of other prominent celebrities will be showcasing their reading skills to support American writers who trigger the censorship button.
11:30 a.m. $200 (general seating), $350 (preferred seating). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 862-1555 ext. 365. www.penusa.org.
MONDAY the 21st
In the beginning, there were Adam and Eve. Or were there Shu and Tefnut, Geb and Nut? The California Museum of Ancient Art tackles the endlessly fascinating question of the world's origins in a three-part illustrated lecture series, "In the Beginning ... Creation Stories of the Ancient World." The lectures, led by experts in ancient religions, archeology and Near East studies, will focus on three civilizations' versions of the beginning: Mesopotamia, Israel and Egypt. The second talk in the series, titled, "The Two Creation Stories in the Book of Genesis," sounds particularly intriguing.
7:30 p.m. Second lecture, May 30; third lecture, June 11. $18 (members), $22 (general). Piness Auditorium, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 762-5500.
TUESDAY the 22nd
How did "Lost" executive producer and co-creator Damon Lindelof come up with the name Sayid Jarrah for the Iraqi character played by actor Naveen Andrews? Was he worried that critics would accuse of him of stereotyping because he gave Sayid the morbid ability to torture? Lindelof and producers from terrorist-laden "Sleeper Cell" and "24" will answer such questions at the Museum of Television and Radio's panel discussion, "Arab and Muslim Characters on Prime-Time TV: The View From Hollywood."
7 p.m. $15 (members), $25 (general). 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. www.mtr.org.
WEDNESDAY the 23rd
Hollywood is throwing Cole Porter a star-studded, music-filled bash and you're all invited! Pianist Mark Nadler and songstress KT Sullivan will be hosting "A Swell Party! RSVP Cole Porter" and entertaining the crowd with the renowned late composer's hits, including "In the Still of the Night," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Too Darn Hot." The cabaret show is part of a weeklong tribute that kicks off on Monday, with Porter receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
May 22-26. $35 (plus $20 beverage minimum). The Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (866) 215-1026. www.myticketportal.com.
THURSDAY the 24th
Art critic Jerry Saltz wrote in a 2004 Village Voice article that too many painters use photography as a crutch. He called them "unimaginative" and called for a 48-month moratorium on photo-based painting. Downtown gallery Pharmaka and eight painters from some of Los Angeles' most cutting-edge galleries are striking back, not with words, but with their own tools of expression. Their group exhibit, "Dear Mr. Saltz," is a bold proclamation that originality and creativity does result from the use of photography and mass-media images as source material.
Wed.-Sat., through June 30. Pharmaka, 101 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 689-7799. www.pharmaka-art.org.
FRIDAY the 25th
Before you head to your kitchen to cook a heavenly Shabbat dinner, stop by the Boffi Kitchen Showroom for a tasty perspective on ultramodern midcentury kitchen designs, as photographed by architectural legend Julius Shulman. The exhibit, "Shulman, Boffi, Colombo: Past Becomes Future," showcases rare photos by the 96-year-old on loan from the Getty and a reissued Joe Colombo Minikitchen -- a cooktop, minifridge, chopping board and cabinet on wheels -- first introduced by Boffi in 1963.
Mon.-Sat., through June 30. Free. Boffi Kitchen Showroom, 1344 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-9300. www.boffila.com.