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noon: Festival/Concert

July 01, 1999

How can you make the Fourth of July even more all-American? Have a festival. Plus a barbecue. And a classic car show. Then hold a concert by the Righteous Brothers. And to top it all off, have it on a baseball diamond. That's what's going on Sunday at the Lake Elsinore Diamond. Be sure to wear red, white and blue.

* Fourth of July Festival, noon-7 p.m., and Righteous Brothers concert, 7 p.m., at Lake Elsinore Diamond, Diamond Drive off Interstate 15, Riverside County. Festival, free. Concert, $12.50 for adults; $7.50 for children. For tickets, (888) ETM-TIXS; for information, (909) 471-1231.

8pm / Music

Music by Irving Berlin, Max Steiner, Jerry Goldsmith, George M. Cohan and John Philip Sousa makes up the "Spirit of the Century" program celebrating the Fourth of July, when the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Richard Kaufman, notes the holiday at Irvine Meadows. Soloists are soprano Marcia Mitzman and singer-dancer Jason Graae.

* The Pacific Symphony plays at Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. $14 to $57. (714) 755-5799.

7:30pm / Theater

"Saint Joan," George Bernard Shaw's exploration of the power of faith and the political implications of a miracle, plays out under the stars at the rustic canyon venue Theatricum Botanicum. Ellen Geer directs Melora Marshall in the title role.

* "Saint Joan," Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, playing Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 19, plus Saturdays at 8 p.m. July 11-25. $12 to $17; (310) 455-3723.

noon / Pop Music

The American independent rock movement has produced such major acts as R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, but after two decades is it running out of steam as a cultural force? The concert dubbed This Ain't No Picnic might offer some answers, since it features the cream of today's indie-rock crop, from Sonic Youth and Guided by Voices to Sleater-Kinney and Superchunk.

* This Ain't No Picnic, Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 Santiago Road, Irvine, noon. $27.50. (714) 991-2055.

6pm / Jazz

The bougainvillea-draped outdoor amphitheater of the Hyatt Newporter is a most appropriate setting for the exotic, new age-meets-smooth jazz sounds of Bamboo Forest, led by percussionist Steve Reid, a founding member of the Rippingtons. Guitarist Joyce Cooling is also on the bill. Stick around after the show and watch the fireworks over Newport's Back Bay.

* Steve Reid and Bamboo Forest, Joyce Cooling, Hyatt Newporter, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 6 p.m. $30. (949) 650-5483.

10am / Celebration

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum hosts an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The family-oriented day of activities will include storytelling, music, dancing, face painting, carnival games, and Thomas Jefferson and George Washington look-alikes. A performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base will be featured at 3 p.m.

* Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (800) 410-8354.

Freebies

Buffs and beginners are invited to join a three-hour bird walk at Topanga State Park, parking lot on Entrada Road, one mile east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Bring water, snack binoculars and bird books, 8 a.m. (213) 387-4287.

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