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January 01, 1998

Collectors

Music aficionados can dig for that rare musical recording or old and recent soundtracks at the Universal Record Show. Records, CDs and videos by artists from Elvis to REM, Madonna to Judy Garland are available from about 40 vendors in two rooms of the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood.

* Universal Record Show, Beverly Garland Hotel, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3; parking free. (310) 395-1344.

2pm

Theater

"Random Acts of Evil," written and directed by Alice Champlin for T.H.A.W. (Theatre of Hope for Abused Women), is a new drama telling five stories of child abuse, premiering at the Bitter Truth Theatre.

* "Random Acts of Evil," Bitter Truth Theatre, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, Sundays, 2 p.m. through Feb. 15. $7. (818) 766-9702.

3pm

Family

June Foray, the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons, brings to life Prokofiev's classical music fairy tale "Peter and the Wolf" in a special performance with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Master storyteller Michael Katz will open the show with some tale-spinning.

* "Peter and the Wolf," Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. $20; $10 per child. (805) 963-0761.

2 & 3:30pm

Jazz

Pianist Brad Mehldau, a veteran of saxophonist Joshua Redman's combo, puts his classical training to good use when refashioning jazz standards in his own, deeply felt image. Mehldau, whose latest album is "Art of the Trio, Volume 1" on Warner Bros. Records, should display a particularly sensitive side playing at the Cicada Restaurant in the 1928 Art Deco Oviatt Building during the Chamber Music in Historic Sites concerts sponsored by the Da Camera Society.

* Brad Mehldau Trio, Cicada Restaurant, 617 Olive St., downtown. $29 (sold out), $26. (310) 954-4300.

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Holidays

For a last bit of seasonal cheer, see the Nixon Library and Birthplace's collection of Victorian toys in "Christmas Past: Old Toys and Timeless Cheer From Your House to the White House," ending Sunday. Also, the Yorba Linda museum has on display a collection of Christmas trees decorated to represent different countries around the world.

* Nixon Library and Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Included in library admission, $5.95; seniors, $3.95; military, $4.95; ages 8-11, $2; 7 and younger, free. (714) 993-5075.

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Movies

Attention Coen-philes: Two of the filmmaking duo's best films, "Miller's Crossing" and "Fargo," will share the screen at the New Beverly Revival House. "Miller's Crossing," the brothers' 1990 film about Jazz Age gangsters, is something of a homage to Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler. Last year's "Fargo," a darkly comic farce about a botched kidnapping, for which Joel and Ethan picked up the best original screenplay Oscar, is pure Coen.

* "Fargo" and "Miller's Crossing," New Beverly Revival House, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Sunday-Tuesday. $2.50-$5. (213) 938-4038.

FREEBIE: Choirs perform "Amahl and the Night Visitors," All-Saints Church in Pasadena, 5 p.m. (626) 583-2725.

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