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October 01, 1998

10 am: Museums

Rare Sumerian artifacts from the 4,500-year-old royal cemetery at Ur will go on view as "Treasures From the Royal Tombs of Ur" opens at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Older than the riches of King Tut, the Ur artifacts, discovered in the late 1920s by famed British archeologist C. Leonard Woolley, include jewelry, cups of gold and silver and objects of art and culture that convey the ancient Sumerian culture (2600-2500 BC) at its zenith.

* "Treasures From the Royal Tombs of Ur," the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 20th and Main streets, Santa Ana. Ends Jan. 3. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: adults, $6; seniors and students, $4; children 5-12, $2; museum members and children under 5, free. (714) 567-3600.

2 pm: Benefit

Every Sunday afternoon in October, some of L.A.'s funny women will participate in "Heidi Joyce's Stand Up Against Domestic Violence," a weekly series of comedy events to benefit the Theatre of Hope for Abused Women's Safe Harbor programs. This week's show will feature Judy Gold, Rhonda Shear, Jackie Wollner and others.

* "Heidi Joyce's Stand Up Against Domestic Violence" comedy benefits, Sunday and Oct. 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m. Theatre of Hope, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. $10. Reservations suggested. (818) 766-9702.

3 & 7 pm: Theater

Renee Taylor ("The Nanny's" mom) and her husband, actor Joseph Bologna, who teamed for the long-running "Bermuda Avenue Triangle," at the Canon Theatre, pair off in their autobiographical comedy, "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You," in the "Show of the Month Celebrity Series" at Cal State Northridge.

* "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You," Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge, Zelzah Avenue, Northridge. Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m.; Oct. 11, 3 and 7 p.m. (Some performances sold out.) $25.50-$27.50. (818) 785-8885.

2 pm: Jazz

Big band sounds and Benny Goodman-style will ring out as singer Jaye P. Morgan (who had a Top 10 hit in 1954 with "That's All I Want From You"), "Flamingo" vocalist Herb Jeffries, the Sunnysiders and the Big Band Alumni Orchestra gather for "Swing, Swing, Swing."

* "Swing, Swing, Swing," Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive. $32-$47. (562) 916-8500.

8 pm: Movies

Filmforum launches its fall series at LACE with a three-month retrospective of the work of experimental filmmaker James Benning. The first program is composed of "8 1/3 x 11," Benning's 1974 graduate thesis film at the University of Wisconsin, "The United States of America" (1975) and "O Panama" (1985). Benning will be present.

* James Benning Retrospective, Filmforum Presents at LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd. $5-$7. (213) 526-2911.

11 am: Festival

The Silver Lake Fest offers a silent auction of mural designs by L.A. artists, an art sale, food from local eateries, raffle prizes and more--all to benefit Gateway to Silver Lake, a landscaping/mural beautification project targeting Silver Lake Boulevard at the 101 Freeway.

* Silver Lake Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Glendale Federal Bank parking lot, 2450 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. Free admission. (323) 228-9599.

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Freebie: Sunday Market Funfest farmers' market and arts and crafts fair, Alhambra, 8:30 a.m. (626) 282-5767.

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