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May 13, 1999

TODAY

Noon-4pm and 6-8pm

Last Chance

Kids from 5 to 92 can have fun searching for bug-eyed extraterrestrials aboard a space station, learn the laws of physicsas a Newtonian pinball wizard, and search for clues in the mysterious disappearance of the dinosaurs, among other adventures, at "Beakman's World on Tour," a hands-on family science exhibit on view through Sunday at the Fullerton Museum Center. Based on the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning TV series "Beakman's World," the show gives visitors a chance to explore the mysteries of physics, biology and chemistry in 13 manipulatory, wacky and humorous displays and activities.

* "Beakman's World on Tour," Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. Noon-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. Noon-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. $1 to $3. (714) 738-6545.

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8pm

Last Chance

The Huntington Beach Playhouse production of "The Rainmaker," N. Richard Nash's romantic comedy about a con man who claims he can end the drought paralyzing a small farming town, closes Sunday at the Huntington Beach Library & Cultural Center. "The magical aura of Nash's play is faithfully and affectionately reproduced in Jack Millis' staging," critic T.H. McCulloh wrote for The Times, noting Roxie Lee's lovely performance as the spinster who steals the heart of the affable grifter.

* "The Rainmaker," Huntington Beach Playhouse at the Huntington Beach Library & Cultural Center, 7111 Talbert Ave. 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $13. (714) 375-0696.

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8pm

Dance

Winner of four 1996 Tony Awards (including best director and best choreographer), "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk" chronicles 400 years of African American history in blazing rhythms and music. The innovative 1995 musical was conceived and directed by the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival producer George C. Wolfe. The brilliant Savion Glover created the choreography.

* "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk," Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Also Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. $21-$52.50. (714) 556-2787.

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7pm

Family

Sesame Street turns the big 3-0 this year, but its perky residents show no signs of slowing up. Witness Sesame Street Live's "When I Grow Up," a splashy, musical/Muppet lovefest for preschoolers.

The 90-minute, interactive stage show revolves around Sesame-ites Elmo, Telly Monster, Oscar and others as they act out their dream jobs. Ticket holders for the 10:30 a.m. show Friday get an extra treat: a kids' career fair with the characters and local fire, police and park personnel. (Fair starts at 9 a.m.)

Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim. Also Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. $9.50 to $14.50; limited VIP seating available for $20. (714) 740-2000.

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8pm

Pop Music

John Hammond, the dean of acoustic bluesmen, is a reliably passionate and kinetic performer with a knack for making the standard repertoire his own. He tops an all-acoustic bill that also features solo performances by Michael Ubaldini, the Mystery Train bandleader whose next album will delve into acoustic folk, and blues singer-guitarist K.K. Martin.

John Hammond, with Michael Ubaldini and K.K. Martin. Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 8 p.m. $13.50 to $15.50. (949) 496-8930.

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8pm

Dance

Ballet Pacifica's Shawn Pace dances the role of Puck in Molly Lynch's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (music by Mendelssohn) to close the company's current season. The program will also include Trey McIntyre's "Poulenc Variations," Rick McCullough's "In the Ruins" (Part) and the premiere of Jamey Hampton's "As Is, Is Us" (compiled score), which was developed in the Irvine company's 1998 summer choreographers' project.

* Ballet Pacifica will dance Molly Lynch's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and other works to close the season at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. Also Saturday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. $17 to $20. (949) 854-4646.

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Movie

Helena is mad for Demetrius, who is smitten with Hermia, who's hopelessly in love with Lysander, who loves her back. In the nearby enchanted forest, Oberon, king of the fairies, is devoted to Titania, the queen, but she falls for . . . an ass? Such is the cavorting in Shakespeare's most lighthearted and whimsical comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which writer-director Michael Hoffman has transplanted to late 19th century Tuscany. The starry ensemble cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline, Rupert Everett, Christian Bale, Stanley Tucci, Calista Flockhart and British actress Anna Friel.

* "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream," rated PG-13 for sensuality and nudity. Opens Friday in general release.

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