The Patron of the Arts program at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly hosts its annual “Premier Speaker Event” at 7 p.m.; the speaker is seven-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Alan Alda. The internationally celebrated actor, author, director, and science advocate offers laughter and conversation focusing on the art of improv, the role of empathy, and the importance of good communication. Attendees will receive a copy of his newest book, “If I Unde rstood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?” For information or reservations go to or email Supported in part by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.