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November 16, 2000



If the Tournament of Roses Parade is the epitome of elegance and good taste, Pasadena's Doo Dah Parade is its inverse: an event at which participants are encouraged to deliver wicked parody and irreverent satire. For the 24th year, the Doo Dah Parade will present a motley crew of anti-establishment rogues. The event's handlers promise confused dogs in drag, killer clown doctors from outer space, Dennis Rodman's entourage, West Hollywood cheerleaders, geriatric surfers and other carefree exhibitionists. A historic Doo Dah favorite, the Synchronized Marching Briefcase Drill Team, will return to their old stamping grounds after a six-year absence.

* Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, along Colorado Boulevard from Raymond Avenue to Pasadena Avenue, Old Town Pasadena. 11:30 a.m. Free. (626) 440-7379.



Violinist Andrew Manze brings his Academy of Ancient Music, specialists in Baroque and Classical repertory, to Southern California, in an exclusive appearance at Segerstrom Hall. The orchestra, this season on an international tour, plays instruments appropriate to music of the period.

* The Academy of Ancient Music plays in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 2 p.m. $34-$50. (714) 740-7878.



Ensemble Galilei, six classically trained female musicians, presents its new multidisciplinary children's story, "Anna's Garden," blending the sounds of a Renaissance band and an Irish acoustic ensemble to tell R.W. Berky's story about a disfigured girl who is brought to a queen's castle to help an aging, blind gardener care for the grounds.

* "Anna's Garden," UCLA, Ostin Hall, Westwood. 2 p.m. $25. (310) 825-2101.



Parachute Express' Donny Becker, Janice Hubbard and Stephen Michael Schwartz are superstars of recordings for kids. They celebrate 15 years of smooth-movin' harmonies and sing-along, play-along songs with two big family concerts.

* Parachute Express, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 1 and 4 p.m. $14. (800) 233-3123.


Pop Music

David Crosby and Graham Nash will harmonize at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre in support of the Grace Center, a Pasadena organization that assists victims of domestic violence. The benefit, hosted by Harry Shearer, also features music from Judith Owen and Julia Fordham, and "The West Wing" cast members schmoozing at a pre-show reception for big donors.

* David Crosby & Graham Nash, Julia Fordham, Judith Owen, Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. $45 and $100 for concert; $250 and $500 for concert and receptions. (323) 939-1128.


Pop Music

Nina Simone, one of popular music's most enigmatic and thorny figures for more than four decades, returns to the Wiltern Theatre, where in June she more than lived up to her most famous appellation, the High Priestess of Soul.

* Nina Simone, Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. $45 to $100. (213) 380-5005.



The widely celebrated Russian-born pianist Mark Zeltser plays Rachmaninoff's feared Third Concerto with the American Youth Symphony, Alexander Treger conducting. Royce Hall at UCLA. 8 p.m. (310) 234-8355.

The Art Directors Guild Film Society salutes award-winning production designer Patrizia Von Bradenstein with a screening of the 1993 film "Six Degrees of Separation." Directors Guild theater, 7950 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Reservations: (818) 762-9995.

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