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May 23, 1996


Irish step-dancing competitions, live music by the Fenians and an exhibition game of hurling, a national sport of Ireland, will be among highlights of the annual Brothers of St. Patrick Fiesta and Feis on Saturday and Sunday. On tap for the kids: clowns, games and face painting. It all takes place at the brothers' Novitiate House in Midway City. Food isn't necessarily Irish: A spaghetti dinner will be served both days.

* What: Fiesta and Feis.

* When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

* Where: Brothers of St. Patrick Novitiate House, 7820 Bolsa Ave., Midway City.

* Whereabouts: Take the San Diego (405) Freeway to the Beach Boulevard exit and head north. Turn left on Bolsa Avenue.

* Wherewithal: $3. Children under 16: FREE. (Spaghetti dinner, 2-7 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday: $5.)

* Where to call: (714) 897-8181.


Unlike most stand-up comics, who like to score high on the punch-lines-per-minute meter, Jake Johannsen prefers to take his time, weaving tall tales with plenty of offbeat (and intelligent) observations. His favorite topics include relationships, man-versus-machine (especially toasters) and the extraterrestrials among us. A motorcycle-riding native of Iowa City, he has appeared several times on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show."

* Who: Jake Johannsen.

* When: Tonight at 8:30, Friday 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m.

* Where: The Improv, 4255 Campus Drive, Irvine.

* Whereabouts: Take the San Diego (405) Freeway to Jamboree Road and go south. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The club is in the Irvine Marketplace.

* Wherewithal: $8-$12.

* Where to call: (714) 854-5455.


Angelika Nemeth and her dancers present a "Magical Evening of Danse Orientale," featuring Gypsy, Kuwaiti, Cuban, Egyptian and Indian styles of dance and song and elaborate costumes, Saturday and Sunday at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa. According to Nemeth, an OCC instructor, belly dancing and flamenco are just the start.

* What: "Magical Evening of Danse Orientale."

* When: Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

* Where: The Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

* Whereabouts: Take the San Diego (405) Freeway to the Fairview Road exit and head south.

* Wherewithal: $13-$25.

* Where to call: (714) 432-5880.

Family Affair

Playing in the street is fun but rarely is it culturally enriching. It promises to be both on Saturday at the fourth annual Anaheim Children's Festival, a free visual and performing arts celebration along a three-block stretch of West Harbor Place (which will be closed to cars from Clementine Street to Anaheim Boulevard). There'll be dozens of booths offering international craft activities and displays, a children's art exhibit, plus two stages with storytelling, music, juggling and dance, among other performances, and free admission and activities at the adjacent Anaheim Museum. At 7:30 p.m., there'll be a low-priced performance of "Annie" at nearby Pearson Park.

* What: Fourth Annual Anaheim Children's Festival.

* When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

* Where: Koll Anaheim Center, Anaheim Boulevard at West Harbor Place.

* Whereabouts: From the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, get off at Harbor Boulevard and drive north, then turn right onto West Harbor Place. Free parking is available at West Harbor and Clementine.

* Wherewithal: Admission is FREE; some games and activities cost 25 cents to $1.

* Where to call: (714) 254-4360.

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