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8pm: Theater

June 04, 1998

Kathy Buckley returns in her award-winning solo show, "Don't Buck With Me!," a comic chronicle of the hearing-impaired comedian's extraordinary life, from a childhood misdiagnosis of her hearing loss as mental retardation to a bizarre hit-and-run auto accident, cervical cancer and a successful career.

* "Don't Buck With Me!," Tiffany Theater, 8532 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends June 28. $20-$25. (310) 289-2999.

10:30am: Popular Culture

Longtime Angelenos will reminisce about the Tick Tock, Pig 'N Whistle, Melody Lane, Ollie Hammond's, the Bullock's Wilshire tearoom, Romanoff's and Wil Wright's. Menus from these classic restaurants are among the 250 color reproductions in a new book by graphic designer-artist Jim Heimann. Heimann will exhibit bills of fare from the 1920s to the 1960s and relate classic diner chic and postwar gourmet pomp in "May I Take Your Order?--A Nostalgic Discussion," sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Southern California.

* "May I Take Your Order?--A Nostalgic Discussion," Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., downtown. Free. (213) 228-7101.

11:30am: Festival

Follow the silk road to the Cairo Carnivale. This Bedouin bazaar will feature Middle Eastern dance, exotic wares for sale, Egyptian cabaret stage acts, workshops, a "Shimmython," clowns, magicians, jugglers and plenty of food from the entire Mediterranean region. Also on the bill: "The Crescent and the Rose," a drama about a dancer's caravan from the Silk Road to Iberian Spain. Presented by the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Assn.

* Cairo Carnivale, Campus Inn, Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Adults, $9; children under 12, $4; students and seniors with ID, $8. "The Crescent and the Rose," Saturday, 8-10 p.m. $12. (626) 285-4776.

10pm: Spoken Word

Hear local actors and comedians read eye-opening, true passages from celebrity memoirs at "In Their Own Words: Celebrity Autobiographies." One in a monthly series created by Eugene Pack and hosted by Dale Rehfeld, the evening is sure to be full of inspired and unintentional hilarity. Saturday's selections will include the memoirs of Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mamie Van Doren, Marilu Henner and Eddie Fisher.

* "In Their Own Words: Celebrity Autobiographies," Book Soup Bistro, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Free admission. Free parking available beneath Ticketmaster building. (310) 657-1072.

8pm: Opera

As Edward Weston's lover, a Hollywood ingenue, a Communist revolutionary and a photographer, Tina Modotti lived a colorful life that is now the subject of an opera. For the United States premiere of Andrea Centazzo's "Tina," actors Lumi Cavazos ("Like Water for Chocolate") and Franco Nero ("Camelot") will be the narrators, and singers Franchesca Ziveri and Fulvio Massa the principals.

* "Tina," Freud Playhouse, UCLA. Also Sunday at 8 p.m. $25; students $10. (310) 825-2101.

Freebie: 27th Annual Whale Fiesta, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, 10 a.m. (310) 548-7563.

9am: Family

Lend a hand to pick up after El Nin~o at Santa Monica Baykeeper's annual BayWalk and KelpFest. The all-day event begins with a 5K/10K walkathon along Santa Monica Beach to raise money for beach and ocean protection. Walkers who raise $25 in donations will be given a free breakfast, followed by bags and gloves to clean the beach. The BayWalk will culminate in a KelpFest on Main Street with live music, Polynesian fire dancing, a walk-through kelp bed, marine touch tank, children's activities and more.

* Santa Monica Baykeeper BayWalk, 9 a.m. Santa Monica Pier. Free. KelpFest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Street between Ashland and Hill streets. Free admission. (310) 305-9645 for walkathon sign-up forms and general information.

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