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Thursday Best Bets: 6/18

June 18, 1998

8pm: Pop Music

The Wild Style '98 Reunion Jam, unearthing a time capsule that contains the origins of hip-hop, combines a rare screening of "Wild Style," the 1982 film about the Bronx beat renaissance, followed by a concert featuring some of the stars, including Grand Master Flash, Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Bros. and Prince Whipper Whip of the Fantastic Five.

* Wild Style '98 Reunion Jam at the Hollywood Athletic Club, 6525 Sunset Blvd. $25. (213) 962-6600.

8pm: Theater

Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan probably won't give up his day job, but he's making his professional stage debut this week. The mayor has a cameo role as a blustering American millionaire dad in L.A. Theatre Works' live radio theater production of P.G. Wodehouse's madcap British comedy "Thank You, Jeeves." He'll share the stage with leads Jennifer Tilly as the millionaire's daughter, Simon Templeman as good-natured, upper-class bumbler Bertie Wooster and Paxton Whitehead as Bertie's ever-resourceful valet, Jeeves.

* "Thank You, Jeeves," tonight-Saturday, 8 p.m. Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 4th St., Santa Monica. $27-$33. (310) 827-0889.

8pm: Tribute

Sidney Poitier, the urbane screen legend who was the first (and only) African American to win an Academy Award for best actor (for 1963's "Lilies of the Field"), will be feted in a two-day Salute to Sidney Poitier at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tonight, special guests Diahann Carroll, Richard Benjamin, Norman Jewison, Richard Roundtree and Phil Alden Robinson will join film critic Peter Rainer on stage to share stories of working with Poitier. Clips from Poitier's films will also be shown, including "Porgy & Bess" (1959), "Paris Blues" (1961), "Little Nikita" (1988) and "In the Heat of the Night" (1967). "In the Heat of the Night" will screen Friday in its entirety. Poitier will be present both nights.

* A Salute to Sidney Poitier, tonight-Friday, 8 p.m. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. $3-$5. (310) 247-3600.

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