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July 04, 1996


Hootenanny '96 at Oak Canyon Ranch is geared to music fans who crave rock 'n' roll that has a strong sense of roots. There will be roots aplenty at this festival, from the shade trees that dot its park-like setting to the 10 acts that will play on two adjacent stages during seven hours of nonstop music.

Rock Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis and O.C. punk eminences Social Distortion (playing their first area concert in more than a year) head a bill that also includes such established acts as the Supersuckers, the Blasters, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Paladins and James Intveld. The day's up-and-comers are the Sun Demons, Custom Made Scare and Los Infernos.

* What: Hootenanny '96.

* When: 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

* Where: Oak Canyon Ranch, Santiago Canyon.

* Whereabouts: From South County: Go north on El Toro Road to Santiago Canyon Road; follow to Oak Canyon Ranch, which is on the right just before the entrance to Irvine Lake. From the north: Exit the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway at Chapman Avenue; go east. Chapman becomes Santiago Canyon Road. Oak Canyon Ranch will be on your left.

* Wherewithal: $29.50.

* Where to call: (714) 991-2055.


Indian humor? Uh, didn't we get beyond those terrible old wampum jokes long ago? Well, yes and no. An exhibit at the Fullerton Museum Center is crammed full of art by Native Americans who take a wry look at the stereotypes that still surround their culture.

While some of the work is rather primly P.C., other pieces are likely to coax smiles and laughs from viewers open to seeing their preconceptions skewered. Curated by Sara Bates, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, the show includes both traditional and contemporary approaches to a wide range of media.

* What: "Indian Humor."

* When: Through Aug. 11. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday.

* Where: Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave.

* Whereabouts: Exit the Orange (57) Freeway at Chapman Avenue; go west. Turn left onto Pomona Avenue; the museum is on the right.

* Wherewithal: $3; students $2; free for children under 12.

* Where to call: (714) 738-6545.


Forget about the movie. Celebrate Independence Day with the Pacific Symphony at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The Santa Ana-based orchestra opens its ninth summer season at the outdoor amphitheater with its traditional "Spirit of America" concert, plus the usual fireworks.

Guest conductor David Bishop leads the band in music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and Louis Moreau Gottschalk (as arranged by master orchestrator Hersey Key). Baritone Jubilant Sykes and singer-dancer Jason Graae are the soloists.

* What: Fourth of July program by the Pacific Symphony, led by David Bishop.

* When: 8 p.m. today. Grounds open at 6.

* Where: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8800 Irvine Center Drive.

* Whereabouts: Exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Irvine Center Drive. Turn left at the end of the ramp if you're coming from the south, right from the north.

* Wherewithal: $13-$51.

* Where to call: (714) 755-5799.


Rocky LaPorte's road to stand-up comedy was just that. As a former truck driver, the Brooklyn native saw more than his share of highways and byways as he guided an 18-wheeler around Chicago and occasionally cross-country, stopping to take notes when something struck him as funny.

Since moving west in 1993, LaPorte has refined his material into a rock-steady routine, including a great story about how a sea gull with an attitude once flipped him the wing.

* Who: Rocky LaPorte.

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

* Where: The Improv, 945 E. Birch St., Brea.

* Whereabouts: Exit the Orange (57) Freeway at Lambert Road; go west. Turn left onto State College Boulevard, then right onto Birch Street. The Improv is in the Brea Marketplace.

* Wherewithal: $8-$10.

* Where to call: (714) 529-7878.

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