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July 01, 1999

TODAY

8pm

Last Chance

The premiere run of Lucille DeView's coming-of-age drama, "A Summer With Hemingway's Twin," ends Saturday at Alternative Repertory Theatre in Santa Ana. Directed by Joel Cotter and starring Myrna Niles and Heather Kjos, the story follows a young woman who finds a summer romance when she takes a job as an aide to Ernest Hemingway's older sister, Marcelline, in hopes of meeting the famous writer.

* "A Summer With Hemingway's Twin" at Alternative Repertory Theatre, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. $22-$25. Also Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. (714) 836-7929.

TODAY

10am-5pm

Last Chance

Between the fireworks, the backyard barbecues and flag-waving, try to find some time this weekend to visit "Great American Quilts: A Look at Patriotism and Friendship in Needlework" at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. On view through Monday are more than 30 vintage and new quilts and other needlework exploring presidential, patriotic and community themes. One standout features a needlepoint neighborhood of 21 presidential residences, including the White House, Monticello and Mount Vernon. Others include a cherry tree motif quilt presented to Pat Nixon in 1971 by Appalachian Fireside Crafts, and an "Olde Yorba Linda" quilt with hand-stitched images of area landmarks.

* "Great American Quilts: A Look at Patriotism and Friendship in Needlework" at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. $2-$5.95. Also Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $2-$5.95. (714) 993-5075.

TODAY

8pm

Jazz

Start with top-shelf pianist Joe Massimino's trio featuring bassist Luther Hughes and drummer Matt Johnson. Add trumpeter Buddy Childers, the Stan Kenton-Woody Herman veteran who's played for everyone from Quincy Jones to Sinatra. Sprinkle with musical sweets from vocalist Corliss Dale. Your host, as always for the weekly jazz party, is singer Jack Wood. They'll cook!

Joe Massimino Trio, Restaurant Kikuya, 8052 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach. $10 minimum. (714) 536-6665.

TODAY

8pm

Theater

As the warm breezes of the Adriatic cross the top of the Italian boot, they help warm things in Verona, the setting of the world's greatest love story. Two teenagers meet at a ball, fall in love and follow their karma to tragedy in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," the opening production of Shakespeare Orange County's eighth season. One of the Bard's most popular and most produced plays, the drama is directed by Shakespeare O.C.'s founder and artistic director, Tom Bradac. The production features founding member Daniel Bryan Cartmell as Friar Lawrence, who tries to help the star-crossed lovers, and Teri Cirrana as Juliet's boisterous nurse.

"Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare Orange County, Waltmar Theatre, Chapman University Campus, Orange. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Ends July 11 (No performance July 4). $22. (714) 744-7016.

FRIDAY

8pm

Theater

"The Perils of Monogamy, the Game of Seduction, and the War Between the Sexes" is the name of a lecture by a college professor whose wife is Dean of Women at the same college. Even in 1958, when Leslie Stevens' "The Marriage-Go-Round" landed on Broadway with Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert in the roles, the comic war the lecture caused between that academic couple bubbled like a glass of champagne. Rarely performed today, the play, directed by Darlene Hunter-Chaffee, highlights humorous insights into the skirmishes of wedded bliss that are still pertinent.

* "The Marriage-Go-Round," Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays July 11, 25 & Aug. 1, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 7. $12-$15. (562) 494-1616.

FRIDAY

11pm

Retro TV

Now that James West and Artemus Gordon are on the big screen, they're getting more attention than usual on the small one. TNT and KDOC Channel 56 are airing "Wild Wild West" marathons this holiday weekend. The KDOC presentation, which is 11 hours' worth of shows in order from 1967-68, starts Monday at 11 a.m. TNT's marathon, made up of more selective, solid episodes, starts Friday at 11 p.m. with "The Night of the Big Blackmail," guest-starring Harvey Korman, and ends with "The Night of the Green Terror" (Saturday at 10:55 a.m.), Dr. Loveless' fifth episode. KDOC marathon highlights: "The Night of the Falcon" (Monday at noon), which guest-stars Robert Duvall during his more lowbrow days (that big hole in the ground in the opening scene is the drained "Gilligan's Island" lagoon) and "The Night of the Vipers" (Monday at 7 p.m.), which features the last TV appearance of Robert Conrad's pal Nick Adams, who died of a drug overdose a month after it aired. The KDOC marathon concludes with "The Night of the Death Masks," a bizarre story with West fighting an escaped murderer, mannequins--and Artemus.

* "The Wild Wild West" marathons. Friday 11 p.m. to noon Saturday, TNT. Also Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (with an hour break between 8 and 9 p.m.), KDOC Channel 56.

FRIDAY

8:30pm

Jazz

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