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all day: Festival

September 24, 1998

Thai costumes, folk music, vegetable carvings, shadow puppets, film and video presentations, traditional dances, children's games, storytelling, Thai boxing and more will be offered at the 6th Annual Thai Cultural Day, which begins at 10 a.m. with a parade.

* 6th Annual Thai Cultural Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bardsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission, parking and shuttle buses. (310) 827-2910 or (310) 204-3712.

7:30pm / Jazz

Fluegelhornist Chuck Mangione defined smooth jazz in the '70s with his albums "Feel So Good," "Land of Make Believe" and others. Some 20 years later, the jazz cat-in-the-hat continues to smooth out life's rough edges with his melodic sound. Remember "Chase the Clouds Away"?

* Chuck Mangione, Club Caprice, 1700 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. $29. (310) 316-1700.

6:30 pm / Pop Music

Powerful moods underpinned by dance beats are the specialty of Massive Attack, the trio from Bristol, England, that jump-started the whole techno movement with the 1991 album "Blue Lines." At the Hollywood Palladium, they'll add a little more guitar presence to the mix.

* Massive Attack, with deejay Lewis Parker, Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20. (323) 962-7600.

10am: Charity Event

Thousands will take to the streets of Hollywood for the 14th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Nathan Lane and Madonna will take part in this year's 10K fund-raiser for AIDS Projects Los Angeles.

* 14th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles commences at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., at 10 a.m. Sign-in, 8:30 a.m.; opening ceremonies, 9:30 a.m. (323) 466-WALK to register.

1pm: Tour

The Hancock Park Historical Society's 21st Annual Homes Tour, "An Afternoon by the Stream, El Rio del Jardin de Las Flores," features a walking tour of seven homes and gardens built from 1923 to '26 by architects John Byers, Dwight C. Powell, Witmer & Watson and others. Among the sites is a private theater, named Brookledge, where magicians from around the world have performed and where Orson Welles rehearsed for his magic show with Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth.

* "An Afternoon by the Stream, El Rio del Jardin de Las Flores," 1-5 p.m. Brookside, adjacent to Hancock Park. Specific location information provided with ticket purchase. Adults, $25; students under age 23, $12.50. (213) 243-8182 for reservations.

12:30pm / Theater

"DogMusic" launches Theatre West's second season of original productions performed by adult professionals for ages 10 to 14. Written by Mark Masi, with music by Jess Platt, it's about an abused runaway pup who ends up at a dog pound, where his fellow inmates, streetwise tough canines, teach him about friendship and love as they risk their lives to give him a helping paw.

* "DogMusic," Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; benefit performance for Guide Dogs of America, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $8. (323) 851-7977.

FREEBIE: Marcia Berman Family Sing-Along, California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles, 3 p.m. (213) 687-2159.

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