Wordplay is the name of the game when the Music Center presents David Prather's "Preschool Poetry Jam" today. The high energy show "introduces children to the antics and agility of words" through popular jump rope jingles and the poems of Shel Silverstein and A.A. Milne.
10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free. BP Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8000. www.musiccenter.org.
Sunday the 15th
Human figures, differently framed and evocative, make up the new exhibition at DCA Fine Art, featuring works by Matthew Heller and Dalit Tayar. Heller's media are painting, drawing and text, and he utilizes these to create his anonymous figures, evoking such themes as broken promises and unequal relationships. Tayar, meanwhile, employs sculpture to create her carved figures surrounded by rough stone, juxtaposing ideas of shelter versus confinement.
DCA Fine Art, 3107 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-8565. www.dcafineart.com.
Monday the 16th
A Yom HaShoah commemoration worth attending this week takes place at American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism) today. Paying homage to both the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust, "Sacred Memories" is a memorial concert featuring works by Armenian composers Tigran Mansurian and Priest Comitas and Jewish composers Shulamit Ran, Tsippi Fleischer, Charles Davidson and Gideon Klein. Armenian and Jewish community choirs will perform, including Synergy Ensemble, who also performs at LACMA on April 15.
8 p.m. Free. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1247. www.uj.edu.
Tuesday the 17th
The mostly German-Jewish academics that comprised "The Ritchie Boys," an elite American intelligence unit, may be in their 80s now, but they are still spry and full of tales (often witty) about fighting the Nazi SS in World War II. An eponymous documentary tells their story, and screens this week at the Laemmle Grand 4-Plex downtown.
345 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-0268. www.laemmle.com.
Wednesday the 18th
The five-month San Diego Jewish Music Festival kicks off today with a timely screening of the film, "We Want the Light, Parts I and II." The award-winning documentary focuses on music in the Nazi concentration camps, and features musical contributions by Pinchas Zuckerman, Daniel Berenboim and Zubin Mehta. A post-film discussion with San Diego Symphony Music Director Nuvi Mehta is also planned. The festival runs through August 5, and will also feature Israeli bassist/composer Avishai Cohen, tenor Michael Philip Davis, the Israeli Contemporary String Quartet, American pianist Jeffrey Siegel and Israeli ensemble SheshBesh.
Lawrence Family JCC, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. (858) 362-1348. www.lfjcc.org.
Thursday the 19th
A bourgeois playboy romances seven women in seven acts in the Arthur Schnitzler play "Anatol," now at Pacific Resident Theatre. The playwright was known for his controversial descriptions of sexuality (as well as his own sexual voracity), with this theatrical piece being no exception.
Through May 27. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $20-$25. 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392.
Friday the 20th
Line, tone and color are the visual themes of The Lowe Gallery's new exhibition of work. Paintings by L.A.-based Steve Sas Schwartz make up the bulk of the show, with portraits that explore texture and line. German painter Sabine Tress' graffiti-esque pieces and Dutch painter Joost de Jonge's large scale conceptual pieces round out the display.
Through May 20. Opening reception: Fri., April 20, 6-9 p.m. 2034 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 449-0184. www.lowegallery.com.