Culture New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic performs with its new music director, Lorin Maazel, taking up the baton. Succeeding Kurt Masur, Maazel first conducted this orchestra at the age of 12, and has since led more than 150 others and been musical director for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. 8.15pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre. Inquiries: 2268 7321. $200-$780 Urbtix Art Bridge Exhibition An ambitious show sweeps into the five exhibition halls on the ground floor of Central Library. Running as a feature of the New Vision Arts Festival, this event is a collaboration between the Meeting Point Artists Association of Calgary, Alberta (founded in 1988 to encourage the fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics in Canada), and the Confederation of Hong Kong Visual Artists. The show features more than 100 pieces, as artists experiment with the theme of East-West fusion in a dizzying number of styles: installations, paintings, papier mache, paper cutting and sculpture. 10am-7pm. G/F, Central Library, Causeway Bay. Inquiries: 2571 3934. Ends tomorrow J Gallery The seven-year-old J Gallery has moved from the Ritz-Carlton to the Peninsula. Over the years the gallery has hosted solo and collaborative exhibitions, for artists such as Chen Yi Fei, Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuli, Ting Shao Kuang, Tsui Tin Yun and Chang Qing. At its grand opening exhibition, the gallery displays little-seen works by outstanding contemporary Chinese artists: Luo Zhong Li, He Duo Ling, Xu Jiang, Tsui Tin Yun, Chang Qing, Guo Wei, Guo Jin, Leng Hong, He Sen, Tung Hing Yee and Wang Li Feng. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm. J Gallery, ME 10, the Peninsula hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2369 9062. Ends Oct 31 Carolyn Carr, Untitled Paradise Carolyn Carr is a painter and fashion designer from Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the great, great granddaughter of Song-dynasty benefactor Julian Carr. In tracing her roots back to China, her paintings fuse Eastern and Western elements: her female figures are embedded and layered in a luscious natural environment that embraces the world of fantasy. This exhibition is her first step along the path to the sources of her ancestry. Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, 10 Chancery Lane, Central. Tel: 2810 0065. Opens today Sorghum & Sunflowers Innovative, young Chinese painter Peng Weiheng creates images of dried wheat on vertical planks more than 1.7 metres high. These brightly coloured paintings come in pairs and sets of three. Peng graduated in 1999 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a degree in oil painting, and was named the most distinguished new artist of the year by the academy. Mon-Sat 10.30am-7pm, Sun noon-5pm. Gallery on Old Bailey, 17 Old Bailey Street, Central. Tel: 2869 7122. Ends Mon Extra-curricular In & Green Inventions Fair More than 40 Hong Kong and mainland inventors showcase their latest endeavours at the Integer Hong Kong Pavilion. The event has been organised by Hong Kong Inventors' Association, and the theme is 'green', with inventions aiming to promote a healthier environment in the SAR. Weekend admission is free, but during the week tickets will be available at the Integer Pavilion counter, $10 ($5). Tamar Site, Central. Inquiries: 2596 9404. Ends tomorrow Christmas fantasy Hong Kong's annual Christmas shop opens today at the International Finance Centre (IFC) Mall. The seasonal shop, which made its debut last year, sells gifts, ornaments, wreaths, ribbons, candles, silk flowers, and trees. Mon-Sat, 10am-7.30pm. Sun, 12pm-6pm. Shop 3020, Level 3, IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central. Tel: 2868 6105 Anzen Chitai Japanese pop band Anzen Chitai perform in the SAR for the first time in 15 years. The five-piece band, formed by Hokkaido natives, became a household name here with their 1983 single Wine Red No Kokoro. They reformed this summer to record their 28th album in 20 years, Anzen Chitai IX. Thu-Fri, 8pm. Hong Kong Coliseum, Hunghom. $380-$480 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2888 0018 Fabrizio Sepe Fabrizio Sepe from the Osteria al Ponte della Ranocchia in Rome is at Va Bene in Lan Kwai Fong until Saturday. Guests can sample Sepe's classic Roman cuisine in dishes such as homemade pappardelle with wild porcini mushroom ragout and sweet onion sauce, wild boar with juniper berries and polenta, and red mullet 'Livorno' style with mushrooms and olive oil. Reservations: 2845 5577 Urbtix: 2734 9009 Urbtix/CityLines credit-card booking: 2111 5999 Fringe: 2521 7251 CityLine: 2317 6666 TicketNet: 2312 9998 Ticketek: 3128 8288 For a complete listings service visit totallyhk.scmp.com.