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May 16, 1996

Art/Benefit

"A Sunday Afternoon in Laguna," a benefit art auction for Musical Theatre Company, takes place--where else?--on the grounds of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. On the agenda are a champagne reception at Tivoli Terrace Restaurant, a silent auction and a musical celebration in the Forum Theater featuring Susan Egan from Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast."

The Costa Mesa-based Musical Theatre Company will present Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George," based on a work by French pointillist painter Georges Seurat, at the Forum Theater this summer.

* What: "A Sunday Afternoon in Laguna," benefit art auction.

* When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

* Where: Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

* Whereabouts: Take the San Diego (405) Freeway to the Laguna (133) Freeway and head south. The Laguna Freeway becomes Laguna Canyon Road.

* Wherewithal: $50-$250.

* Where to call: (714) 957-8587.

Dance

Ballet Pacifica wraps its current season this weekend with two premieres: "City Sky," with choreography by Molly Lynch, the troupe's artistic director, has a dark, disturbing story by John Glore, South Coast Repertory's literary manager. "BWV 1063" has movement by Los Angeles' Michael Kane and music by Bach. Familiar works complete the program.

* What: Ballet Pacifica.

* When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive.

* Whereabouts: Exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Jamboree Road; go south. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The theater is on Campus near Bridge Road, across from the Marketplace mall.

* Wherewithal: $15 for students and seniors; $18 for adults; $6 student and senior rush tickets available two hours before performances.

* Where to call: (714) 854-4646.

Pop

Concrete Blonde had a choice rock song called "God Is a Bullet." That might be amended to "God Has a Bullet," thanks to recent Billboard chart action by the Christian rock bands Jars of Clay and the Newsboys, which headline a nine-band concert Saturday at Knott's Berry Farm.

The Nashville-based Jars have earned a gold record with their solid debut album, which takes an acoustic but rocking approach to the Live/Toad the Wet Sprocket school of earnest pop-rock emoting. The Newsboys, an Australian band that's a veteran of the Christian scene, has, like Jars, gotten help from a secular label (Virgin) in promoting its latest album, the eclectic, sometimes edgy pop-rock release "Take Me to Your Leader."

* Who: "Spring Jubilation Saturday" with Jars of Clay, the Newsboys, others.

* When: 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. (Jars of Clay plays at 9:30 and 11 at the Good Time Theatre; Newsboys at 8:15 and 10:30 in Calico Square.)

* Where: Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

* Whereabouts: Exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Beach Boulevard and go north, or exit the Riverside (91) Freeway at Beach and go south.

* Wherewithal: $21-$24.

* Where to call: (714) 740-2000 (Ticketmaster).

Special Event

A National Tap Dance Day celebration is on tap for Saturday at Dance Etc. Creative Arts Center in Yorba Linda. The public is invited to a performance by professional tap luminaries including Bob Scheerer, Glen Turnbull, Rusty Frank and Leann McGregor. The tap showcase concludes a daylong series of master classes for intermediate to advanced dancers of all ages.

Congress declared an annual National Tap Dance Day in 1988 to commemorate the birth of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

* What: National Tap Dance Day Celebration.

* When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday. (Registration for master classes at 9:30 a.m.)

* Where: Dance Etc. Creative Arts Center, 3900-A Prospect Ave., Yorba Linda.

* Whereabouts: Exit the Orange (57) Freeway at Imperial Highway; go east. Turn left onto Prospect Avenue.

* Wherewithal: $4. (Classes are $13 each; three classes, $33; four classes, $44.)

* Where to call: (714) 528-8263.

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