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BEST BETS: Saturday 7/31

9 pm: Theater

July 29, 1999

In Jason Reed's burlesque fantasy romp, "Tagteam Lovefest 2000," a new offbeat main-stage production from the Actors' Gang, space travelers through time discover "funkadelic Roller-Derby madness" awaiting them on the eve of the new millennium in New York City.

* "Tagteam Lovefest 2000," Actors' Gang, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Saturday, 9 p.m. Regular schedule: Thursdays-Fridays, 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Ends Aug. 28. $15; Saturday's opening gala, $100. (323) 655-TKTS.

8:30 pm: Movies

Call it extreme moviegoing. "Reels on Wheels," the second annual movie motorcade from NewTown Pasadena, is a compilation of short films that are screened outdoors (the 16-millimeter films are projected onto the sides of various buildings) at several secret locations. Participants will meet in the parking lot of a Pasadena church, where maps will be distributed for the cinematic convoy. The event is free, although you must bring your own car with an FM radio and tuner. The films to be screened are "St. Teresa," "Melting," "A Miracle," "Sanctus," "Runs Good," "Bimbo's Initiation" and "Candy Jam."

* "Reels on Wheels." Meet at 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew's Church, 311 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Free. (626) 398-9278.

7:15 pm: Pop Music

Shades of Shania: Like the country queen, teen-pop princess Britney Spears sold millions of albums without going on the road as a concert headliner. With her debut collection ". . . Baby One More Time" still a fixture in the Top10, the Louisiana native has now started the engines, launching a tour that comes to the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday.

* Britney Spears, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 7:15 p.m. $25. (818) 622-4440.

8 p.m.: Theater

British actor Brian Cox will reprise his acclaimed performance in the West Coast premiere of "St. Nicholas," a one-man play about a venomous critic and his life-changing midlife crisis, written and directed by Conor McPherson.

* "St. Nicholas," Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Saturday and Aug. 4-7, 8 p.m.; Sunday and Aug. 8, 7 p.m. Ends Aug. 8. $22.50; opening night gala fund-raiser, $100 to $1,000. (323) 852-1445.

8 pm: Music

Taiko, the traditional Japanese drums, have a 30-year history in North America. Some see taiko as a developing art form; some see it as representing Asian American empowerment. Many of the 100 taiko groups in North America will be taking part in Taiko Jam '99, two concerts that will be the centerpiece of this weekend's taiko conference at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.

* Taiko Jam '99 Concert, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. $24 ($21 for JACCC members). (213) 680-3700.

all day: Festival

Top surfers of the world are in Huntington Beach as the Gotcha Pro California Surfing Competition continues today with the women's semifinals and final events. The concluding rounds of the men's surfing competition (formerly called the Op Pro) are on Sunday. Free-style and above-water aerial surfing exhibitions will take place on both days, near the Huntington Beach Pier. A variety of surf-, skate- and music-related exhibits will also be on display.

* The Gotcha Pro California Surfing Competition, Huntington Beach Pier, corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. (714) 593-9834 or http://www.gotcha.com.

8 pm: Comedy

Damon Wayans--one of the more accomplished of the Wayans brothers comedy clan, thanks to his memorable roles on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color," numerous movies and a new book, "Bootleg"--works out his stand-up comedy this weekend at the Wiltern Theatre.

* Damon Wayans, Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd. 8 p.m. $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50. (213) 388-1400.

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FREEBIES: The three winners of the 1999 Artists of the Future Voice Competition will sing a program of operatic excerpts with the Santa Cecilia Opera Orchestrae on the Grand Performances outdoor series at California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A., at 8 p.m. (213) 687-2159.

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"Documental: The Documentary & Experimental Film and Video Series" will screen two different programs at Midnight Special Bookstore, 1318 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. 7 and 9 p.m. (The 9 p.m. program is recommended for mature audiences.) (310) 393-2923.

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