Beating out the Hollywood high-society contingent by a day, the Emanuel Arts Center kicks off their weeklong Festival of Jewish Music and Israeli Art with a gala of their own this evening. The itinerary includes a cantors concert with storyteller Ritasue, a dessert reception and Israeli art show, and plenty of cocktails and schmoozing. All profits from the concert benefit Israel Trauma Center and 50 percent of the art sale profits benefit Israeli victims of terror. Plus, no boring acceptance speeches. 8 p.m. $25 (general), $50 (preferred), $180-$5,000 (patrons). 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For information on tonight's gala or the rest of the week's events, visit www.templeemanuelbh.com
That enigmatic Leonard Nimoy just won't be pigeon-holed. The "Trek" star/Jewish erotica photographer also happens to be a philanthropist, lending his name and funds to Temple Israel of Hollywood's chamber series, Klezmer to Klassics. This afternoon's second concert in the series features the G-rated titillation of "American Jewish Music" by chamber ensemble Viklarbo. 3 p.m. $8-$25. 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 478-6332. If you haven't been invited to the party, this might just be the next best thing. Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation and Norby Walters host the 12th annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala, a celebrity Oscar-viewing party that promises hundreds of celebrity attendees. Open to the public for the bargain price of $1,000 a seat, it's your big chance to do the red carpet hobnob. R.S.V.P., (310) 289-8660.
They're the natural alternative for Monday night doldrums -- literally. Israeli band Habrera Hativeet (which means natural alternative) and lead singer Shlomo Bar bring their ethnic/world music to Temple Beth Am tonight for a benefit in support of child victims of terror. Inspired by Sephardic, African and Middle Eastern roots, they pair traditional songs from Yemen and Morocco with Chasidic songs and Israeli poetry. 8 p.m. $28 (students and seniors), $35 (general), $100 (sponsors). 1039 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 858-7666.
Anthropologists, paleontologists and drivers with a particular fondness for those fish-with-the-feet decals may find themselves bursting into song today. Richard Milner's "Charles Darwin Live and in Concert" plays two shows at the University of Judaism, offering up quite the unusual musical theater experience. Combining new and original songs in his show, Milner conjures the evolutionary rock star from the grave. 6:15 p.m., $15. 8 p.m., $20. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 471-3979.
UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography assumes the daunting task of bringing together -- in one exhibition -- the works of four Israeli and four Palestinian artists. It took months of dialogue between the artists and curators for them to agree upon the mutually acceptable title "One Ground: Four Palestinian and Four Israeli Filmmakers," as well as for the artists to agree to be involved in the project at all. The results, which include the eight films, as well as portions of the e-mail dialogue it took to make it happen, are on display through June 15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday). Free. 3824 Main St., Riverside. (909) 784-3686.
MOT cinephile favorite Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge" finally gets some respect here in the States. Long regarded as Melville's finest work (and a smash hit in France) the complete and uncut version of the film has been released in America for the very first time, thanks to John Woo and Rialto Pictures. Grab your snap-brim hat and head to the Nuart sometime this week. Tonight'll be your last chance. Plays through March 27. $9 (general), $6 (seniors, children 12 and under and weekend matinees). Landmark's Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 478-6379.
More movie stuff? It's just that kind of week. Getting today's well-deserved mention is Czech drama, "All My Loved Ones." The film tells the true story of the Silbersteins, a family who perished in the Holocaust, save the youngest of the children, who was rescued in the Kindertransport. Its exclusive L.A. engagement begins today at Laemmle's Music Hall. $9 (general), $7 (students), $6 (seniors, children 12 and under). 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869.
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