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June 27, 1996


Back from the Dead and lived to tell about it! Starting Saturday, the Huntington Beach Art Center takes a long look at the phenomenon of the Grateful Dead, the band that lasted 20 years and attracted droves of tie-dyed followers who prided themselves on how many concerts they'd seen and how many parking lots they'd partied in. Objects in the show range from ticket stubs and photographs to rare footage and bootleg concert recordings.

What better companion piece than the first survey exhibition of Fred Tomaselli's idiosyncratic paintings? Referring to the many ways (some legal) that people choose to avoid dealing with real life, these works contain genuine psychoactive materials--in pill or plant form--embedded in layers of resin.

* What: "Dead on the Wall: Grateful Dead and Deadhead Iconography" and "Fred Tomaselli: The Urge to Be Transported."

* When: Saturday-Sept. 1. Gallery hours: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

* Where: Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St.

* Whereabouts: Exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Beach Boulevard heading south. Go right onto Main Street.

* Wherewithal: $3; $2 students and seniors.

* Where to call: (714) 374-1650.

Kid Stuff

Friday has been proclaimed Charles Schulz Day in Buena Park, just one of the events celebrating Snoopy's Joe Cool Summer at Knott's Berry Farm.

The 73-year-old Schulz (who will kick off his day by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) will make a rare public appearance in Calico Square, where he will be feted with music, speeches and a short performance of the park's new "Rollerblade Totally Live!" show. Schulz will also be presented with a replica of his Hollywood star, to be installed at the park's Camp Snoopy, which he helped create in 1983.

* What: Charles Schulz Day at Knott's Berry Farm.

* When: 1 p.m. Friday.

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

* Whereabouts: Exit the Riverside (91) Freeway at Beach Boulevard; go south.

* Wherewithal: Free with park admission of $9.95-$29.95. Parking is $5.

* Where to call: (714) 220-5200.


Been to a zillion local band shows but never could make out the lyrics? Intrigued by O.C.'s bountiful punk-pop scene but leery of moshers and high decibels? The first-ever Unplugged Night at Linda's Doll Hut offers a rare chance to check out the songs without the wattage and maybe even catch some blazing rockers in a rare ballad mode.

Featured in 15-minute initial sets, plus various anticipated collaborations, are such accomplished local songsmiths as Steve Soto and Greg Antista of Joyride, Dan Root of One Hit Wonder, Brian Coakley of Rule 62, the Ziggens, Charlie Glancy of D/Railed, Russell Scott, Eddie Wilson of Hellbound Hayride, John Maurer of Fuel and newcomer Colleen Rider.

* What: Unplugged Night.

* When: 9 p.m. Friday.

* Where: Linda's Doll Hut, 107 S. Adams St., Anaheim.

* Whereabouts: Exit the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at Lincoln Avenue; go west. Turn left onto Manchester Avenue; the Doll Hut is a few doors down on the right.

* Wherewithal: $5.

* Where to call: (714) 533-1286.


Known variously as the Petite Flower, Love Goddess or Aphrodite of the Accordion, Judy Tenuta has cultivated a loyal and obedient following with her brazen and offbeat brand of humor, which she often refers to as Judyism. But being the head of that religion can be a burden.

"People are asking to use my eggs for a kid so they can have baby Judys," she said in an interview. "Even that pig Donald Trump wanted me to puff up for him. Oh gross me out."

* Who: Judy Tenuta.

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

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

* Whereabouts: Exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Jamboree Road; go south. Turn left onto Campus Drive.

* Wherewithal: $12-$15.

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

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