8:30 & 10 pm
Trumpeter and film composer Mark Isham (“Nell,” “The Moderns,” “A River Runs Through It”) will focus on the music he wrote for Alan Rudolph’s film of personal entanglement, “Afterglow,” during this three-night run with a six-piece band that includes saxophonist Ernie Watts and violinist Sid Page.
* Mark Isham Afterglow Ensemble, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. $18. Also Saturday, 8:30 and 10 p.m., and Sunday, 8 and 9:30 p.m.
All day: Movies
Michael Caulfield’s “Africa’s Elephant Kingdom” opens Friday at the new Imax Theater at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. In 40 minutes, it traces a large elephant family embarking on a life-and-death journey across vast African plains.
* “Africa’s Elephant Kingdom,” Imax Theater, California Science Center, 700 State Drive, Exposition Park. $3.75-$6.75. (213) 744-2014.
8 pm: Theater
Iona Morris pays tribute to her father, actor Greg Morris (“Mission: Impossible”), in her solo stage show “For You.”
* “For You,” 2100 Square Feet, 5615 San Vicente Blvd. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends June 7. $15-$20. (213) 660-8587.
8 pm: Performance
KCRW-FM presents award-winning public radio artist Joe Frank (“Work in Progress,” “In the Dark,” “Somewhere Out There”) in “Joe Frank in Performance,” a live stage performance of his signature, surrealistic spoken-word show.
* “Joe Frank in Performance,” Veterans Wadsworth Theatre, grounds of the Veterans Administration, Brentwood. $21.50. (310) 825-2101.
8 pm: Theater
Music Theatre of Southern California presents that critically acclaimed other (non-Andrew Lloyd Webber) “Phantom” musical, by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit, in two Southland venues. Sean Smith reprises his title role in the haunting, romantic 1911 classic by Gaston Leroux.
* “Phantom,” San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, Friday-Saturday and May 7-9 and May 14-16, 8 p.m.; Sunday and May 9-10 and 16-17, 2 p.m. $18-$50. (626) 308-2868. Also at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, May 22-24, 8 p.m.; May 23-24, 2 p.m. $20.50-$40.50. (800) 233-3123.
Noon: Art Auction
Bid on work by contemporary artists and support one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian organizations at outauction ’98. The three-day benefit for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center begins Friday with a silent auction, noon to 5 p.m., followed by a reception featuring food, music and cocktails, 7 to 10 p.m. Silent auction bidding and previews continue Saturday and culminate in a live auction and gala Sunday. Past auctions have included works by John Baldessari, David Hockney, Lari Pittman, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg and others.
* outauction ‘98, Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, live auction begins at 3 p.m. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Sunday auction only tickets, $50; Friday-Sunday event tickets, $100. (310) 996-1188.
FREEBIE: Saxophonist Michael Session’s quintet at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5:30 p.m. (213) 857-6000.
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