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BEST BETS: Sunday 5/2

2 pm: Movies

April 29, 1999

The UCLA Film and Television Archive's Kid's Flicks series continues with two, shall we say, funky animated films. First up, "Yellow Submarine," George Dunning's 1968 modish adventure that features the (animated) Beatles battling the Blue Meanies in Pepperland. Also, the 1996 Disney film "James and the Giant Peach," director Henry Selick's live-action and stop-motion animated take on the classic children's fantasy book by Roald Dahl.

* "Yellow Submarine" and "James and the Giant Peach," James Bridges Theater, northeast corner of UCLA, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue, West Los Angeles, 2 p.m. $4 to $6. (310) 206-FILM.

10 am: Workshop

Get ready for Mother's Day by bonding with Mom at Just for Us. The interactive two-hour program, created by Carole Isenber and Madeline Sharples, is designed to strengthen familial ties through storytelling, humor and discussion.

* Just for Us at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 10 a.m. $10; $8 for members; $6, students. (323) 660-8587.

6 pm: Poetry

Some local poets have turned Hilltop Park into an inspiration point of sorts. This Sunday, and May 16, June 6 and June 20, the Sunday Sunset Poetry Picnic will have poets, storytellers and musicians. Bring a picnic and maybe a poem--appropriate for a family audience--to join in. The new park is at the summit of Long Beach's Signal Hill, where parking is free and plentiful. That alone should inspire verse.

* Sunday Sunset Poetry Picnic, Hilltop Park, Skyline Drive and Dawson Avenue, Signal Hill, 6 p.m. Free. (562) 595-4800.

7 pm: Benefit

Whoopi Goldberg, Gregory Hines and Patrice Rushen are among the entertainers expected at a benefit for the New Roads schools at the Conga Room. The $50 tickets also include a raffle for $5,000 or a trip to Jamaica. Money raised will benefit the three private schools, where about 60% of the students receive financial aid.

* New Roads Schools Benefit at the Conga Room, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 7 p.m. $50. (310) 828-5582, Ext. 19.

4 pm: Music

Early music, as performed by the four women of Anonymous 4 and the six men of Lionheart, comes to UCLA in a program including music of Johannes Ockeghrem (1410-1497) in Royce Hall. Separately and together, the two touring groups relive for us the musical 15th century.

* Anonymous 4 and Lionheart, Royce Hall at UCLA, 4 p.m. $9 to $30. (310) 825-2101. The two troupes also perform together at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Orange County, Monday at 8 p.m. $25 to $30. (949) 854-4646.

8 pm: Music

Bone Structure and Joel Harrison and the Empty Hammer, two quartets that challenge the parameters of conventional jazz and improvisation, play new music at the Open Gate Theatre as part of a monthly gathering of the wired, wild and wonderful. Bring an open mind.

* Open Gate Theatre presents Bone Structure, Joel Harrison and the Empty Hammer, Pasadena Shakespeare Company Theatre, 296 Plaza, 2nd level, Pasadena, 8 p.m. $10; $5, students/seniors. (626) 795-4989.

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FREEBIES:

The Best Friends Pet Adoption Festival will include music, children's activities and a crafts show as well as pet adoptions, George C. Page Museum Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (818) 377-9777.

Bill Berry and L.A. Big Band and the Paul Smith Trio salute Duke Ellington at the Beverly Hills Civic Plaza, 450 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, 3-5 p.m. (310) 449-4070.

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