■ Music: Mark O'Connor
The contemporary composer Mark O'Connor blends classical, folk, jazz and flamenco influences into his violin compositions. At 8 p.m. tonight (Nov. 19), he's scheduled to perform his work "Strings and Threads" with the New Century Chamber Orchestra at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. The program also includes O'Connor's "Song of the Liberty Bell" and Bach's "Goldberg Variations" (arranged by Sitkovetsky). Tickets are $29/$49, with discounts available for students, and for patrons under 35. Call 415-357-1111 or go to ncco.org.
■ Film: 'Diary For My Children'
Tonight (Nov. 19) at 7 p.m., the Stanford Hungarian Film Series presents a showing of the 1982 Marta Meszaros film "Naplo gyermekeimnek (Diary For My Children)." The free screening is at Language Corner, Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113, on the Stanford University campus. The film, shown with English subtitles, is set between 1943 and 1956 and includes the writer/director's own wartime recollections. An introduction will be given by Eva Soos Szoke, lecturer in Hungarian. Call 650-725-2563 or go to events.stanford.edu.