South Coast Repertory (655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 957-2602). "Vital Readings," a noon program featuring AIDS memoirs, play excerpts, poems and songs. Non-perishable food items and donations for the AIDS Services Foundation will be collected.
UC Irvine Fine Arts Gallery (School of Fine Arts, Irvine, (714) 856-8251). "The AIDS Show: Community Responses to a Crisis," open exhibition (through Dec. 11). Installation artist Leslie Ernst, whose work focuses on issues of women and AIDS, will lecture at 1 p.m.