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October 29, 1998

All day: Film Festival

Cinema Judaica '98: The fourth annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, which kicks off Sunday, will feature several films that focus on the Hungarian-Jewish experience. Hungarian director Judit Elek will be on hand to discuss her films "Awakening" and "A Free Man: The Life of Erno Fisch" after the screenings. There will be several U.S. and world premieres, including the closing-night film "The Photographer," a new documentary from Poland. As there was last year, there will be a festival within a festival--the Sephardic Film Festival--sponsored by the Sephardic Educational Center.

* Cinema Judaica '98: The fourth annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Sunday-Nov. 12. (310) 274-6869. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 11 and 12. (818) 981-9811. Individual tickets at the Music Hall, $5-$8; individual tickets at the Town Center 5, $4.50-$7.50. Individual tickets to the Sephardic Film Festival, $10. (310) 441-9361.

2 & 7 pm: Dance

Before "Riverdance" or "Lord of the Dance" existed, champion Irish dancer Mark Howard was experimenting with changing a musty old folk-dance form into a vibrant theater-dance idiom. Some experts even claim he started the whole craze, founding his Trinity Academy of Irish Dance in 1985 and the Trinity Irish Dance Company five years later. The 22 dancers are most celebrated for tapping out complex syncopated rhythms, and they never, ever use prerecorded tap tracks, as "Riverdance" has done. Like their musical accompaniments, the sounds of their steps are live.

* Trinity Irish Dance Company, Royce Hall, UCLA campus, Westwood. $13 (students)-$30. (310) 825-2101. Also Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara. $14 (students)-$32. (805) 893-3535.

7 pm: Pop Music

L.A.-based magazine La Banda Elastica marks its anniversary each year with a notable rock en espanol concert at Universal Amphitheatre. Chile's La Ley headlines this time, joined by Plastilina Mosh, Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas and Pastilla.

* La Banda Elastica anniversary concert at Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. $15-$35. (818) 622-4440.

8 pm: Pop Music

Front Line Assembly has been a head-rattling force in industrial-electronic music since 1986. With a new compilation-plus-remixes album, "Monument," in the stores, the Vancouver outfit blitzes the Southland with three concerts.

* Front Line Assembly at the Palace, 1735 N. Vine St. $18. (213) 462-3000. Also Monday at the Galaxy Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 8 p.m. $22.50. (714) 957-0600. Tuesday at the Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, 8 p.m. $20. (805) 639-3965.

7:30 pm: Music

Split into two choruses, the Los Angeles Master Chorale offers music from the Renaissance and the 20th century in its second concert of the season. Paul Salamunovich conducts music by Lassus, Palestrina, Frank Martin and Randall Thompson.

* The L.A. Master Chorale, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles, $7-$50. (213) 365-3500.

8 pm: Theater

Elmarie Wendel, the show biz veteran who plays "3rd Rock From the Sun's" nutty landlady Mrs. Dubcek, performs her zany cabaret show, combining comic stylings of songs by Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Sondheim and others, with her off-the-wall observations.

* Elmarie Wendel, Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. $15; two-drink minimum. (323) 466-7000.

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FREEBIE: Redlands Symphony Orchestra family concert, University of Redlands Memorial Chapel, 3 p.m. (909) 335-5202.

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