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VALLEY WEEKEND | BEST BETS

November 07, 1996

SATURDAY: Serious Music

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the second concert of its 1996-97 season Saturday at Pierce College.

The program will include music from the 1959 movie "Ben Hur" composed by Miklos Rosza; Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's 1915 "El Amor Brujo" ("Love, the Magician"), featuring mezzo-soprano Katerina Secchi; and a musical tribute to the late composer-arranger Eddie Koch, featuring singer Elizabeth Lamers.

* San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra performs in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pierce College Performing Arts Theater, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Tickets are $12 general, $10 seniors and students, $8 children under 12. Call (818) 717-0978.

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SUNDAY: Get Your Motor Runnin'

Do you really need a "hog" to go on Love Ride 13?

The Love Ride, which lays claim to being the world's largest motorcycle fund-raising event, starts Sunday morning when grand marshal Jay Leno pulls out of Glendale and leads a 20,000-bike caravan on a 50-mile ride to Castaic Lake, where Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform a free concert.

Radio personality Dr. Demento will emcee. Additionally, a free barbecue and trade show await all Love Ride 13 participants.

The event was started in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, as a way to promote a positive image for bikers by raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Organizers expect to collect $1.25 million this year.

But, you don't need a hog--that is, a Harley-Davidson--to go on Love Ride 13. All brands of motorcycles are welcome. Even humble four-wheeled vehicles can participate--as long as they make a minimum $45 contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.

Celebrity bikers who have participated in the Love Ride in recent years include Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Springsteen, Pamela Anderson, Hulk Hogan, Jackson Browne and Larry Hagman.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash released their debut album in 1969. Their hits include "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Our House," "Teach Your Children" and "Carry On." Group members were recently in the news when they protested the unauthorized use of "Carry On" in a radio commercial for Prop. 209, the ballot measure to end state affirmative action programs, a proposition which they opposed.

* Love Ride 13 registration begins at 6 a.m. Sunday at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, 3717 San Fernando Road, between Los Feliz and Brand boulevards. The celebrity bikers will depart for Castaic Lake about 9:45 a.m. The Crosby, Stills and Nash concert is slated to begin about 1 p.m. $45 minimum donation. Call (818) 246-5618.

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WEEKEND: Reasonable Facsimiles

What do Albert Einstein, Mario Lanza, the Beatles and Jesus Christ have in common?

Each is represented in Valley productions this weekend--Ed Metzger's "Einstein" and Charles GaVoian's "Lanza" at the CSUN Performing Arts Center (see stories at right), "Beatlemania" at Star's Theatre in Glendale, and not one, but two, productions of Stephen Schwartz's musical "Godspell."

The Theater League's touring production of "Godspell," starring Sam Harris, continues its run through Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Additionally, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge continues its local production of the 1970s musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.

* "Godspell" at 8 tonight and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. $32.50-$37.50. Call (800) 233-3123.

* "Godspell" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 18400 Kinzie St., Northridge. $7. Call (818) 360-1695.

* "Beatlemania" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Star's Theatre, 417 1/2 Brand Blvd., Glendale. $20 cover. Call (818) 244-SHOW.

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