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July 16, 1999|JAMES E. FOWLER

E.C. Archibeque will host an evening of the spoken word and music tonight at Exile Books & Music, 14925 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Along with Michelle Ben-Hur, Archibeque co-edits and publishes her own poetry anthology. Tonight, poets Rick Lupert and Pam Ward will also be featured, along with a surprise musical guest. Saturday night, singer-songwriter Paul Sprawl and the acoustic rock band Clear will perform. It's an 8 p.m. show time and $5 cover both nights. Plesant Gehman, editor of the "Underground Guide to Los Angeles," and some contributors to the guide will be on hand to read and sign the book at 3 p.m. Sunday. Also, the store has Elena the Tarot Lady plying her trade Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The Sunday Open Mike is for performers with original material. Songwriters may perform two songs, and spoken-word artists get eight minutes on stage. Sign-ups at 6 p.m. (818) 986-6409.

Author Tina Tessina will discuss and sign her book, "The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40," at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Borders Books & Music, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. The rock trio Joy the Bug performs at 8 p.m. Saturday. (818) 886-5443.

Craig Savoy performs pop-rock at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and singer-songwriter Scarlott Taylor takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music, 6510 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park. Author-psychologist Catherine Cardinal will discuss and sign her book, "The 10 Commandments of Self-Esteem," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (818) 887-1999.

Actor-writer Billy Dee Williams, of "The Empire Strikes Back" and many other films, will sign his new book, "PSI/Net," at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dark Delicacies, 3725 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 556-6660.

Novelist Linda Philips Ashour will sign her book, "A Comforting Lie," at 4 p.m. Sunday at Portrait of a Bookstore at the Aroma Cafe, 4360 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. (818) 769-3853.

Author Jeff Young will sign and discuss his book, "Kazan--The Master Director Discusses His Films: Interviews With Elia Kazan," at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 731 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank. Young has compiled a collection of interviews in which the famed director comments on 18 of his 19 films and also discusses his controversial decision to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s. (818) 558-1383.

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