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8:30 pm: Dance

April 29, 1999

Bill Clinton's presidency probably will be remembered for achievements other than returning the saxophone to prominence--but don't underestimate his influence when Bessie Award winners Dan Froot and David Dorfman use woodwinds to satirize male power trips in their three-part interdisciplinary collaboration "Live Sax Acts." In "Horn," they dance in kilts and execute gymnastic lifts while making music--commenting on the competitive nature of male relationships. "Bull" involves bullhorns, a slapping contest and the contrast between violence and intimacy. Finally, "Job" portrays the wheeling and dealing of crazed brokers, using gesture, dance and improvisational storytelling.

* "Live Sax Acts," Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 8:30 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m. $15. (310) 315-1459.

8 pm: Theater

Jamie Lee Curtis, JoBeth Williams, Caroline Aaron, Tony Roberts and John Vickery (re-creating his Broadway role) are performing "The Sisters Rosensweig," Wendy Wasserstein's play about three quirky middle-aged Jewish American sisters meeting to celebrate a birthday. The L.A. Theatre Works radio theater production will be recorded for future broadcast on KCRW-FM (89.9).

* "The Sisters Rosensweig," Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dark Saturday. $28 to $32. (310) 827-0889.

7:30 pm: Pop Music

The Troubadour hosts veteran singer-songwriter Joe Henry, who delivers a quirky, darkly wry view of the world on his newest album, "Fuse," which is packed with bizarre images and tales. The North Carolina native's avant pop sensibilities often have him compared to Tom Waits.

* Joe Henry, Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., 7:30 p.m. $10. (310) 276-6168.

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Freebie: Drummer Gregg Bendian's improvisational Trio Pianissimo appears at the Los Angeles Music Academy, 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena; 8 p.m. (626) 568-8850.

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