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August 19, 1999

Psychic Rain, one of the local scene's most persistent bands, is about to release its third CD, "Spun Out." After signing with Warner Bros. to market and distribute the album, Psychic Rain will instead put it out on a custom label, WorldStar. Executive turnover at Warner's prompted the band, which specializes in catchy melodic-rock anthems, to go it alone rather than risk being lost in the upheaval, reports manager Arnie Wohl. Psychic Rain will try its own luck pitching the album's title track to radio programmers. Fans can get a preview as it plays this opening slot for the Outfield.

* Psychic Rain, the Outfield, Parkaimoon. Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. $17.50 to $19.50. (714) 957-0600.




Can a parking lot really be transformed into an island paradise? You bet it can when the Samoan Congregation of the Garden Grove United Methodist Church hosts its Third Annual Luau.

Members of the troupe Nonosina will dance and sing, performing traditional Polynesian entertainments dressed in colorful Samoan costumes.

The party is a family event so take the kids to munch on American food while mom and dad savor some exotic Polynesian delicacies. Park that minivan and head for the islands.

* The Third Annual Luau hosted by the Samoan Congregation of the Garden Grove United Methodist Church, 12741 Main Street, Garden Grove. 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets $15; $20 at the door. Children 10 and under free. (714) 534-1070.


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Cat Show

Need a companion? Want to brush up on your grooming skills? Maybe your cat deserves a new scratching post? Whatever your feline-inclined interests, you will find it all at the Los Colores Cat Show. Booths will offer the latest in pet accessories, and just about every kind of cat, from those with fancy pedigrees to household tabbies, will be on display. You'll also find a Feline Petting Zoo and plenty of professionals offering helpful cat-care tips. Don't have a kitty? Don't worry, a "cat adoption" booth will be open for business.

* Los Colores Cat Show, Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Hall E, Anaheim. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Saturday. Admission: $8; senior citizens, children and military personnel, $6; children under 6, free. (714) 765-8900.

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