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11am: Art

October 22, 1998

Breathing new life into the historic Art Deco May Co. department store, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents LACMA West, a satellite space for the Southwest Museum's renowned collections of Native American art as well as an alternate exhibition space for LACMA. The Southwest Museum will inaugurate its new space with "Common Threads: Pueblo and Navajo Textiles in the Southwest Museum," a rare collection of Native American art composed of blankets, rugs, garments and tapestries from AD 1275 to the present, while LACMA opens "Ancestors: Art and the Afterlife," an exhibition of sculptural works and artifacts from several African cultures, including ancient Egypt.

* "Common Threads: Pueblo and Navajo Textiles in the Southwest Museum." Ends Sept. 26. $5. "Ancestors: Art and the Afterlife." Ends June 14. Free. LACMA West, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. (323) 857-6000.

2, 7 & 9:30pm / Pop Music

Musician-historian-raconteur Ian Whitcomb continues his "Celebration of Popular American Music" at the Alex Theatre with a program titled "Treasures of Tin Pan Alley." Following the matinee, Whitcomb will pack up his instrument of choice and head west to join the lineup at McCabe's for "Legends of Ukulele," a display of plectrum prowess by such four-string virtuosos as Lyle Ritz, Jim Beloff and Bruce Belland of the Four Preps.

* Ian Whitcomb, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. $10-$23. (800) 233-3123.

4pm: Jazz

The Count may be gone, but the Count Basie Orchestra lives on. Under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell (who played in the bands of Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton as well as that of Basie), the orchestra performs all the favorites: "Shiney Stockings," "Moten Swing," "Corner Pocket," "One O'Clock Jump." Also on tap: a tribute to Southern California's legendary jazz deejay Chuck Niles.

* The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Grover Mitchell, Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $24-$46. (714) 556-2787.

3pm: Magic

You don't have to secure an invitation to the Magic Castle to see some of its top performers. "It's Magic," this week at Pepperdine University and later at Glendale's Alex Theatre, is a revue of award-winning magicians, including ventriloquist Jerry Layne, illusionist Eduardo Delavega and magician-comedian Terry Seabrooke.

* "It's Magic" at the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Sunday, 3 p.m. $20-$25. (310) 456-4522. Also at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Nov. 5-6, 8 p.m.; Nov. 7, 2 and 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, 2 and 6:30 p.m. $23.50. (818) 243-2611.

7:15 pm / Silent Movie

It's no wonder that there are at least a half-dozen film versions of "The Phantom of the Opera." Gaston Leroux's tale of love, revenge and sacrifice set in the catacombs of a Paris opera house makes for compelling melodrama. But no version has succeeded in topping director Rupert Julian's 1925 silent version with Lon Chaney as the tortured and disfigured composer. Seeing this version on the giant screen at the Universal Amphitheatre with live accompaniment by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra is a uniquely adult Halloween treat.

* "The Phantom of the Opera" with the San Diego Symphony, Universal Amphitheatre, atop the hill in Universal City. 7:15 p.m. $29-$60. (213) 252-TIXS.

7pm: Theater

Stephen Sondheim teams up with Carol Burnett in "Putting It Together," a musical "review" of Sondheim's entire canon. Joining Burnett in the cast are John Barrowman, Susan Egan, John McCook and Bronson Pinchot.

* "Putting It Together," Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; also Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; dark Nov. 26. Ends Dec. 6. $38-$47. (213) 628-2772.

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