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8 pm: Music

April 02, 1998

For its latest musical offering, the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus has put together a program called "The Importance of Being Wilde," including Robert Moran's chamber opera "Night Passage" and other Oscar Wilde-related pieces by Scott Henderson and Lee Pockriss. "Night Passage" has a libretto by James Skofield.

* "The Importance of Being Wilde," performed by Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Repeated Saturday at 8 p.m. $15-$30. (800) 233-3123.

8 pm: Jazz

The Academy Award-nominated documentary "A Great Day in Harlem" is the story of the day in 1958 when photographer Art Kane convened more than 50 of the leading jazz musicians of the day for a group photo. The importance of that day will come to life when distinguished trumpeter Art Farmer, who was there that morning 40 years ago, leads his quintet with saxophonist Ron Blake in a concert that follows a showing of the film.

* "A Great Day in Harlem" and Art Farmer Quintet, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. $27 (310) 456-4522.

8 pm: Rumba

During its 40-year history, Los Mun~equitos de Matanzas has preserved both rural and urban forms of the Afro Cuban rumba tradition while taking its music to the world. The 14-piece Cuban-based ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers explored the music of the Santeria religion on its last album "Ito Iban Echu: Yoruba Sacred Music of Cuba." This is only its third U.S. tour.

* Los Mun~equitos de Matanzas, Veterans Wadsworth Theater, Wilshire Boulevard at 405 Freeway, Brentwood. $25-$28, UCLA students $11. (310) 825-2101.

8 pm: Pop music

Perry Stephens heads the cast in "Definitely Doris: The Music of Doris Day," a celebration of the musical career of the pop vocalist-turned-movie star featuring 40 of her classic songs, from "Sentimental Journey" to "Que Sera Sera."

* "Definitely Doris: The Music of Doris Day," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 3 p.m., except April 22, 3 p.m. only. Ends May 3. $25-$37.50. (818) 955-8101.

8 pm: Theater

"Romeo & Juliet," with Justin Whalin ("Lois & Clark") as Romeo, Fran de Leon as Juliet and stage and screen's Wendy Robie as the Prince, will be presented by Will & Company. The opening-night benefit gala will be hosted by Esai Morales, with KIIS-FM deejays Rick Dees and Ellen K. Proceeds will go to the company's urban school outreach program.

* "Romeo & Juliet," Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. through April 25. $15, except opening-night benefit, $25-$100 ($100 includes post-show reception). (213) 485-1681.

All Day: Family

Calling all "Lost in Space" fans: This weekend you can catch the brand-new feature film remake of the popular '60s television show (now starring Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc and William Hurt) and catch up with the cast of the original show (including June Lockhart, Jonathan Harris, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartright) at the Lost in Space Fan Convention and Sci-Fi Collectibles Extravaganza.

* "Lost in Space" is in general release. Lost in Space Fan Convention and Sci-Fi Collectibles Extravaganza, Hollywood Entertainment Museum, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-$234 (top price includes an all-weekend pass and other benefits). (213) 960-4809.

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FREEBIE: Young Musicians Foundation ensembles, dining room, Ebell of Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. (310) 859-7668.

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