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Best Bets: Saturday 11/21

November 19, 1998

2 pm: Movies

Gene Autry, the beloved American icon who died in October, will first and foremost be remembered as the Singing Cowboy. In celebration of his life and of his museum's 10th anniversary, a restored 16mm print of Autry's 1941 film "Back in the Saddle" will screen at the museum's Wells Fargo Theater on Saturday and Sunday.

* "Back in the Saddle," Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Wells Fargo Theater, 4700 Western Heritage Way. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $4-$5. (213) 667-2000.

8 pm: Pop Music

Led by the eccentric and outspoken Alex Lora, El Tri, which comes to the Los Angeles Sports Arena, has been a fixture in rock en espan~ol for three decades, earning the title of the Mexican Rolling Stones.

* El Tri with Maria Fatal and La Lupita, Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St. $30. (213) 748-6136.

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8 pm: Arts Festival

The annual Festival of Jewish Artisans kicks off with a "Reggae Hanukkah" concert, a unique fusion of Jewish and West Indian musical styles performed by a 20-member ensemble. After the concert, the festival opens for business with works by ceramists, silversmiths, photographers and others on sale.

* Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd. Concert Saturday, 8 p.m., $18 with reception and art show to follow. Sunday, noon-5 p.m., $3. (310) 277-2772.

All day: History

Honest Abe Lincoln in his Quaker-style beard and stovepipe hat will greet visitors, review Civil War troops, tell stories and pose for pictures during the Civil War Living History Weekend at the Nixon Library, which will be charging no admission all weekend. The event will include battle reenactments, war strategy games, period music and food at the Mason-Dixon Diner.

* Civil War Living History Weekend, Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Call for hours of various events. (714) 993-5075.

all day: Art

The Getty owns one of America's largest collections of books and manuscripts by El Lissitzky, the influential Russian avant-garde artist. The staff has drawn out 100 works for "Monuments of the Future: Designs by El Lissitzky," including futurist book designs, abstract paintings, Soviet realist photographs and personal letters. It opens today at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities.

* "Monuments of the Future: Designs by El Lissitzky" at the Getty Center's Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through Feb. 21. Free. Parking $5, reservations required. (310) 440-7300.

7:30 pm: Pop Music

Bands from Silver Lake and nearby districts are pitching in to help defray the post-surgery medical debt of local musician Lisa Jenio. A benefit at Spaceland will feature full sets by the Negro Problem, Sissy Bar, SugarPlastic and others, plus a string of short performances.

* The Negro Problem, Los Villains 99, Baby Lemonade and Nick Wondermint, others at Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. $10. (323) 833-2843.

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Freebie: The Colburn Chamber Orchestra's first performance at Colburn School's new Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., 7 p.m. (213) 621-2200.

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The Family Free Day program at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 1-4 p.m. (626) 449-2742.

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