■ Community: 'Don't Let the Light Go Out'
Tonight (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Am hosts a free interfaith event to mark both the first night of Hanukkah and World AIDS Day. Songs, candle-lighting and a presentation by author Ruthann Richter will be among the activities at Beth Am, which is at 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills. Call 650-493-4661 or go to betham.org.
■ Theater: 'A Christmas Memory'
TheatreWorks premieres the new musical "A Christmas Memory" this month, starting with an 8 p.m. preview tonight (Dec. 1) at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Previews continue on Dec. 2 and 3, and then the show runs Dec. 4-26. The musical is based on a Truman Capote story about a boy and his friendship with an elderly relative. Tickets are $19-$67. Go to theatreworks.org.