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8pm: Theater

October 22, 1998

The much-anticipated "Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance," has arrived--it's 36 Broadway dancers and singers taking a musical journey through the career of showman Bob Fosse. The retrospective was conceived by Richard Maltby Jr., Chet Walker and Ann Reinking.

* "Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance," Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Beginning Nov. 10: Thursdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Dark Nov. 26. Ends Dec. 6. $22.50-$65. (213) 628-2772.

8pm: Music

In her first appearance with the Pacific Symphony, the celebrated American mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade sings selections from Canteloube's "Songs of the Auvergne" and Ravel's "Sheherazade," with Carl St.Clair conducting. Then on Friday and Saturday nights, Stade and St. Clair and the orchestra give a pops program, the repertory to include songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

* Frederica von Stade sings with the Pacific Symphony at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $17-$48. (714) 755-5788. Also, in a different, pops program, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. $22-$77.

7:30 pm: Film Festival

The 10-day AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the U.S. premiere of Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful" ("La Vita E Bella"), an unlikely comedy about the Holocaust that has already garnered awards worldwide, including the prestigious grand jury prize at Cannes. (For the complete festival lineup, check the Special Screenings listings on Page 33.)

* AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, tonight-Oct. 31. Mann's Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica; Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Opening night gala, $20; individual tickets, $5-$20; closing night gala, $25; festival pass, $250. Tickets (213) 520-2000.

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