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Best Bets: Saturday 11/28

November 26, 1998

7:30 pm: Jazz

Flutist Tim Weisberg, the jazz fusion pioneer whose smart, pastoral style of play entranced jazz and pop audiences of the '70s, is now a smooth jazz icon, rarely seen, yet still a master at transporting his listeners with music. His performance should be especially inspired in this comfortable room.

* Tim Weisberg, Club Caprice, 1700 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, 7:30 p.m. $15. (310) 316-1700.

11 am: Music

Kristjan Jarvi conducts the first Symphonies for Youth concert of the season this weekend. With John de Lancie as host and pianist Wayne Marshall as soloist, Jarvi, one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's three assistant conductors, leads the orchestra in music by Mozart, Ravel, Copland and Gershwin.

* Symphonies for Youth, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., 11 a.m. $6-$10. (213) 850-2000.

10 & 11 am: Movies

Bob Fosse, the renowned dance choreographer and director of numerous Broadway musicals, also directed eight feature films. The Laemmle Theaters are celebrating Fosse's film work in the morning weekend series "All That Fosse!" The bittersweet 1969 musical "Sweet Charity," which stars a perfectly cast Shirley MacLaine as a hooker with a heart of gold, will show twice at the Monica 4-Plex, while "Star 80," the 1983 biopic of tragic Playboy model turned actress Dorothy Stratten, shows at the Sunset 5.

* "Sweet Charity," Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. $8. (310) 394-9741. "Star 80," Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. $8. (323) 848-3500.

3 pm: Family/Theater

A little doll is missing and it's up to an elf and pals Andy McCandy and Laffey to find her in "The Tom McCleister Christmastime Theatrical Extravaganza for 1998" musical puppet show.

* "The Tom McCleister Christmastime Theatrical Extravaganza for 1998," Odyssey Theatre, 2055 Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, Saturdays-Sundays, 3 p.m., except dark Dec. 13. Ends Dec. 20. $10-$12. (310) 477-2055.

8 pm: Jazz

Forget Elvis Costello. McCoy Tyner, a giant of jazz piano since his days with the John Coltrane Quartet, puts his own spin on the music of Burt Bacharach with his trio and full symphony orchestra. Exactly what the world needs now.

* McCoy Tyner and Symphony, "The Music of Burt Bacharach," Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 8 p.m. $24-$46. (714) 556-2787.

7:30 pm: Theater

"A Christmas Carol," an annual tradition at Pacific Resident Theatre, once again stars Orson Bean, who reprises his "Bah, humbug" role as Scrooge.

* "A Christmas Carol," Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Ends Jan. 3. $20; under age 12, $10. (323) 660-8587.

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FREEBIES: The Annual Christmas Festival in Southern California's apple country includes "Lite Up the Glen" at Parrish Pioneer Ranch, 38561 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, noon-6 p.m. (909) 797-1753.

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The Enrique Rios Latin Jazz Quartet plays at Borders Books, 2110 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach; 8 p.m. (562) 799-0486.

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