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BEST BETS: Sunday 5/28

7 pm: Theater

May 25, 2000

"Celebration of the Lizard," Joel Lipman's futuristic urban odyssey based on the music and lyrics of rock 'n' roll legend Jim Morrison and The Doors, is premiered by San Diego Repertory Theatre.

* "Celebration of the Lizard," Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. Sunday, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, as well as this Wednesday and June 14 and 28, 2 p.m. Ends July 2. $30 to $37. (619) 544-1000.

noon: Jazz & Reggae

The 14th annual JazzReggae Festival opens outdoors with honored pianist Joanne Brackeen, Cuban-born percussionist Francisco Aguabella, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and SoulLive then continues Monday with reggae acts Detour Posse, Yami Bolo, Rub-A-Dub and others. The adjacent international food and craft fair gives visitors a chance to refuel and mingle between acts during the two-day event.

* JazzReggae Festival, Intramural Field, UCLA, Westwood. Sunday and Monday, noon-7 p.m. $3; UCLA students, faculty and staff free. (310) 205-2555.

all day: Movies

Two of Alfred Hitchcock's best films--"Rear Window" and "Vertigo"--will screen at the New Beverly for three days. The two films are often lumped together because of the Hitchcock-James Stewart combination, but they represent two very different Hitchcocks. "Rear Window," although suspenseful, is light, comic and romantic, while "Vertigo" is dark, obsessive and anti-romantic. The two leading ladies, respectively, are Grace Kelly and Kim Novak.

* Alfred Hitchcock double feature, New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Sunday: "Rear Window," 2:55 and 7:30 p.m.; "Vertigo," 5:05 and 9:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: "Rear Window," 7:30 p.m.; "Vertigo," 9:40 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038.

8 pm: Pop Music

There's always a Cure for the summertime blues--not to end them but to provide a lush soundtrack for immersion. The English band is back for another round of grand gloom, following its recent Palace appearance with some larger shows spotlighting its latest album, "Bloodflowers."

* The Cure, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. $22 and $45. (949) 855-2863. Also Tuesday and Wednesday at the Greek Theatre, 2700 Vermont Canyon Road, 7:30 p.m. $46.50. (213) 480-3232.

11 am: Art

From dramatic depictions of thunderstorms at sea to lush floral compositions, the paintings of 19th century American artist Martin Johnson Heade show a vibrant landscape painter engrossed with his surroundings. Not considered a major artist in his time, Heade receives his due this weekend as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts a traveling survey organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition will include about 70 paintings from the artist's sojourns in New England, South America and Florida and will focus on seascapes, marshes and landscapes, flowers and hummingbirds.

* "Martin Johnson Heade," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Ends Aug. 13. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $7; students and seniors, $5; children and younger students, $1; children 5 and younger, free. (323) 857-6000.

4 pm: Music

"Seems Like Old Times," "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer," "I'll Be Seeing You"--take a nostalgic journey back in time with "Sing! Sing! Sing! Remembers Memorial Day," a sing-along tribute to the songs of World Wars I and II, with commentary by Roy Harris, and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls. Lyric sheets are provided.

* "Sing! Sing! Sing! Remembers Memorial Day," Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. Sunday, 4 p.m. $15. (310) 371-9039, (310) 546-5470.

3:30 pm: Movie

The American Cinematheque is presenting a screening of director Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 classic, "The Last Picture Show," as part of its "Celebrating the New Hollywood of the 1960s and 1970s" series. The film, which is based on Larry McMurtry's novel, is about wasted desire and the death of tradition in a small Texas town. The superb cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman (both Oscar winners), Ellen Burstyn and Randy Quaid. Bottoms and Polly Platt, who was the production designer on the film, will take part in a post-screening discussion.

* "The Last Picture Show," Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 3:30 p.m. $5 to $7. (323) 466-FILM.


Freebie: A parade, a 10K/5K run and a festival featuring rides and entertainment will be the main attractions at the 24th Annual Brentwood Memorial Day Parade, Festival & 10K/5K Run. The festival takes place along San Vicente Boulevard between Gretna Green Way and Mayfield Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the parade starts at 11 a.m. at Gretna Green Way and proceeds along San Vicente Boulevard to Mayfield Avenue; the run takes place along San Vicente Boulevard and begins at 8 a.m. (310) 442-9784.

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