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noon / Pop Music

June 03, 1999

Accordion mania will prevail when Louisiana is transplanted to Long Beach for the 13th annual Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Music-Dance-Food Festival. Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band, Terrance Simien, Eddie Lejeune & the Morse Playboys and Acadiana play Saturday and Sunday, with other acts on each day's bill.

* Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Music-Dance-Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday at Rainbow Lagoon, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, noon. $24 general admission. Senior, student, youth and advance-purchase rates also available. (562) 427-3713.

11am: Performance/Family

UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center celebrates "Women's Visions" in a program for children and families including a tribute to women pioneers of dance, storytelling, African doll-making with Angela Briggs, a photographic workshop with Ruth San Pietro and "Passages," comic and dramatic dances about women and their daily lives.

* "Women's Visions," UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., 11 a.m., "Women in Dance" with Fancy Feet Dance Studio; noon, "Of Wisdom and Wit" with storyteller Audrey Kopp; 1 p.m., African doll-making workshop for ages 3-6 and "Photographic Dreams" workshop for ages 7-12; 2 p.m., "Passages" with Trip Dance Theatre. Free. (310) 443-7000.

noon / Theater

L.A. Theatre Festival '99 celebrates professional drama at smaller theaters--99 seats or less--with more than 30 free in-house and guest productions participating at venues throughout L.A. and in neighboring communities.

* L.A. Theatre Festival '99, various venues, Saturday-June 13, weekends noon-6 p.m.; weekday evenings 7-11 p.m. Call for schedule. Free, or festival pass for priority seating for entire schedule of shows, $10. (213) 620-0880, (818) 766-4121.

all day / Festival

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates its annual Whale Fiesta, which coincides with the completion of another whale-watching season. The celebration begins with the building of a life-size sand sculpture of a humpback whale. There will also be a Cetacean Sand Sculpture contest for families. The event will include lectures, slide shows, puppet shows, arts and crafts for children, and exhibitor booths.

* The Whale Fiesta, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. (310) 548-7563.

8pm / Pops

Breezy, six-voice singing group Beachfront Property joins the Long Beach Symphony Pops under the direction of Michael Krajewski to present jazz and pop tunes in harmonious fashion in a program dubbed "California Dreamin'." Doors to the arena open early so concert attendees can enjoy picnicking at tables on the arena floor before the concert.

* Beachfront Property and the Long Beach Symphony Pops, Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $18 to $60. (562) 436-3203.

8pm / Theater

Drama Desk- and Obie Award-winning Christine Estabrook heads a cast of stage and screen professionals in Echo Theater Company's West Coast premiere of "A Devil Inside," David Lindsay-Abaire's absurdist farce about a man who must avenge his father's death in a world populated by peculiar obsessiveness.

* "A Devil Inside," Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Through July 4. $15. (310) 450-1878.

Freebies

A Festival of Music and Art put on by the Esperanza Community Housing Corp., 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, noon-4 p.m. (213) 748-7285.

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"Montoya, Montoya y Montoya" mixes art, music, storytelling and poetry at Self Help Graphics, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave., East L.A., 8 p.m. (323) 881-6444.

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