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all day Festival

May 18, 2000

Strawberry pizza and strawberry shortcake will be a few of the edibles at the 17th annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. The weekend event will also feature an arts and crafts area with more than 300 booths, a shortcake-eating contest and a canine Frisbee disc competition. An area called Strawberryland will captivate the kids with a petting zoo, puppet shows and more. Los Lobos (Sunday), Mickey Thomas (Saturday), the Fabulous Thunderbirds (Saturday) and the Association (Sunday) will be among the artists providing live musical entertainment.

* California Strawberry Festival, Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $9; ages 5-12 and 55 and over, $5. (888) 288-9242.

11:30am art

Demonstrating impeccable timing, the Museum of Latin American Art presents "Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island," a new exhibition opening Saturday in Long Beach. Featuring works by 17 Cuban artists, the exhibition reflects the reality of daily life in Cuba through paintings, sculptures and installations by Belkis Ayon, Abel Barrosso, Los Carpinteros and KCHO, among others.

* "Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island." Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Ends Sept. 10. Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $7; students and seniors, $6; children 12 and under, free. (562) 437-1689.

noon Family

The centerpiece of the rapidly growing second annual International Performing Arts Festival for Youth: Family Arts Safari Day on Saturday at USC is Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano," for ages 10 and up, a collaboration between Belgium's respected Blauw Vier Theatre and Seattle Children's Theatre. There's plenty else to see and do, for all ages, including performances of dance, comedy, Bali and Beyond shadow puppets, outdoor theater, workshops and multicultural hopscotch games.

* International Performing Arts Festival for Youth: Family Arts Safari Day, on the grounds of USC and in the Bing and Annenberg theaters. Enter Gate 5 off of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue. Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m.; "Cyrano" at 1 and 3 p.m. in Bing Theatre. All events free except for "Cyrano": $10; children, $5.

all day Family

More than 200 artists will display photographs, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other works at this weekend's "Affaire in the Gardens" at Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills. Featuring art displays and sales, the event will also feature live music on three stages, interactive art stations designed for children and an international food court. And while you're in the neighborhood, rest your feet during the Beverly Hills Art and Architecture Trolley Tour, which stops at Beverly Hills landmarks such as Beverly Hills City Hall, the Creative Artists Agency, the Museum of Television & Radio and Gagosian Gallery.

* "Affaire in the Gardens," Beverly Gardens Park, Santa Monica Boulevard at Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (310) 285-2537. The Beverly Hills Art and Architecture Trolley Tour meets at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. $5. (310) 285-2438.

8pm Theater

"The Berlin Circle," Charles Mee's farcical re-imagining of Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," is set in 1989 on the night the Berlin Wall comes down. Megan Mullally and John Fleck star in the show.

* "The Berlin Circle," Evidence Room, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Ends June 25. $22.50 to $25. (213) 381-7118.

9pm Pop Music

The English band Supergrass arrived with a splash a few years ago, then faded from the U.S. landscape. The scrappy trio has carried on back in Britain, releasing hit records and earning accolades on stage, and now the band is back for another go at the States with its third album, "Supergrass." Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey will follow their blitz of L.A. nightclubs by jumping aboard Pearl Jam's U.S. tour.

* Supergrass at the Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 9 p.m. Sold out. (310) 358-1880. Also Monday at the Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Sold out. (310) 278-9457; Tuesday at the Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Sold out. [310] 276-6168.


A daylong symposium on one of America's great dramatists, "A Tribute to Tennessee Williams," will be held at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave, 10 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Panelists include Charles Durning, Sheldon Epps, Marilyn Fox, Shirley Knight and many more. Reservations required: (626) 792-8672, Ext. 499.

Trick riders, military brass bands, equestrian teams and roping cowboys will be among the performers at "The Wild West Comes to the Autry!" show at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. 1-3 p.m. (323) 667-2000.

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