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all day: Art

March 05, 1998

Since his debut in 1991, New York-based artist Matthew Barney has conducted a multimedia exploration of his own body through performances, photographs, drawings, sculpture and, most recently, the controversial "Cremaster" video series. "Cremaster 5," the latest in the series, has its West Coast debut this weekend at the Nuart. In the operatic Gothic-style romance, Barney explores themes of biological transformation, taking on the multiple roles of a magician, a diva and a giant opposite actress Ursula Andress. Photographs and drawings made during the filming of "Cremaster 5" open Saturday at Regen Projects.

* "Cremaster 5" (screened with "Cremaster 4"), Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. Daily screenings at 7 p.m. beginning Friday; Saturday and Sunday matinees at noon. Ends March 12. Adults, $8; children 12 and under and seniors, $5. (310) 478-6379. "Cremaster 5" exhibition, Regen Projects, 629 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood. Saturday-April 11. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (310) 276-5424.

2 pm: Movie

Mosey on down to the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and catch a film starring the Singing Cowboy. Which one? Well, it's audience choice day at the Autry, so get to the Wells Fargo Theater 15 minutes before the 2 p.m. show time and cast your vote. Then take a load off and enjoy the picture show.

* Audience Choice Gene Autry Movie, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Wells Fargo Theater, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Feliz. $1-$3. Admission to the museum is $3-$7.50. (213) 667-2000.

All day: Family

The Air Museum at the Chino Airport will hold its Celebration in the Sky, which includes a display of more than 150 warplanes, antiques and classic aircraft during observation of its 41st anniversary. Some of the biplanes, combat aircraft and jets will take to the sky if the weather permits. A selection of classic automobiles will also be on display.

* "Celebration in the Sky," the Air Museum, Chino Airport, 7000 Merrill Ave., 8 a.m. Flying will start at 10 a.m. Adults, $10; juniors under 12, $2; under 5, free. (909) 597-3722.

8 pm: Music

"Music in the Great English Cathedral Tradition" is the latest program to be sung by the Paulist Boy Choristers of California, led by Dana Marsh. The repertory is drawn from those of Westminster Abbey in London and King's College in Cambridge, two of England's foundations of the Anglican choral tradition.

* Paulist Boy Choristers of California, St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Ave., Westwood. 8 p.m. $10-$35. (310) 475-2070.

7:30 pm: Pop Music

The 12th annual huff-and-puff fest known as the Blues Harmonica Blowdown will present four first-timers along with regular Rod Piazza: Mississippi veteran Frank Frost; the Northwest's Curtis Salgado (said to be the inspiration for John Belushi's Blues Brother character) and Paul DeLay; and Californian Red Archibald.

* Blues Harmonica Blowdown at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, $17.50. (213) 848-5100.

8 pm: Jazz

Ambitiously arranged compositions and rich improvisations are the meat of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, led by multi-reed player Jeff Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton. The 17-piece ensemble carries on in the great tradition of Ellington, Benny Carter and Gerald Wilson and features the best of L.A.'s mainstream musicians. This is one of the increasingly rare performances from this superlative band.

* Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Luckman Theatre, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. $27.50-$32.50; students and seniors, $15. (213) 343-6600.

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FREEBIE: "Saturday story times," Pages Books for Children and Young Adults, Tarzana, 11 a.m. (818) 34-BOOKS.

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