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Best Bets Sunday 10/29

October 26, 2000

8:15pm

Comedy

Prop comic menace or misunderstood artist? Any time Carrot Top performs you get to make the call. Tonight he brings his trunk full of sight gags and props in from the road to do a date in the town he calls home--for show business meetings, that is.

* Carrot Top, Universal Ampitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 8:15 p.m., $40, $29, $21. (818) 777-3931

all day

Architecture

The Mak Center for Art and Architecture will host an all-day walking tour of the Hayden Tract, focusing on such well-known buildings as the Box, the Beehive and the Umbrella by architect Eric Owen Moss. The 57-acre property in Culver City is part of a larger urban strategy known as Conjunctive Points. The once-abandoned warehouse area now features a wide variety of architecture and unconventional spaces, making it a popular work location for Angelenos. The day will include tours of 10 buildings, four lectures and an exhibition of Moss' scale models for Conjunctive Points.

* "A New City: The Architecture of Eric Owen Moss and the Urban Strategies of Samitaur Constructs for Culver City," 3536 Hayden Ave., Culver City. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tour and lectures, $45. Tour, lectures and reception, $65. Information: (323) 651-1510, Ext. 11 or http://www.MAKCenter.com.

11am

Children

Want to learn how to make a bug box for a pet insect? Feel like getting a close look at a tarantula? Ever wonder what a sweet-and-sour silkworm tastes like? Entomology enthusiasts of all ages will have an opportunity to take part in all these creepy crawly experiences at the Big Bugs Bug-a-Boo Fest at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. This family event will offer all sorts of insect-related presentations, including educational and crafts programs for kids, and a humorous play about life in an ant colony presented by Pasadena's Kidspace Museum. At 1 and 2:30 p.m., insect chef David George Gordon will prepare a variety of bug dishes such as "three bee salad" and "chocolate cricket torte." Bon appetit!

* Big Bugs Bug-a-Boo Fest, Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5; students and seniors 62 and older, $3; ages 5 to 12, $1. (626) 821-3222.

11am

Car Racing

Five drivers will vie for the CART FedEx Series Championship at the California Speedway. The winner will receive a $1-million bonus. Gil de Ferran, Adrian Fernandez, Paul Tracy, Kenny Brack and Roberto Moreno are the competing drivers at this year's CART season finale. Legendary drivers will also take part in pre-race ceremonies, including superstars Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser and Emerson Fittipaldi.

* CART FedEx Series Championship, California Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, 11 a.m. $50, $70, $85 and $100. (800) 944-RACE.

4pm

Music

Bringing a new program titled "Lost Songs of a Rhineland Harper," the medieval ensemble Sequentia returns to the Southland on Sunday. "Lost Songs" is a collection of Latin and German secular and sacred songs, stories and instrumental pieces from the 10th and 11th centuries that were copied into a manuscript by Anglo-Saxon monks in the Abbey of St. Augustine in Canterbury, England.

* Sequentia, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA campus, Westwood. 4 p.m. $40. (310) 825-2101.

3pm

Theater

After performances today at Pepperdine and Saturday in Glendora, "Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story" moves to Northridge. The national touring production of the solo musical by Clarke Peters and Larrington Walker stars Monroe Kent III as the legendary Cole.

* "Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story," three performances: Sunday at Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge (Parking Lot C), Zelzah and Plummer streets, 3 p.m. $24.50. (818) 677-2488; today at Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, at 8 p.m. $30, (310) 456-4522, (213) 365-3500; and Saturday at Haugh Performing Arts Center, Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, at 8 p.m., $22 to $24, (626) 963-9411.

7:30pm

Pop Music

They call themselves the greatest band in the world, and they act as if they believe it, which is all part of the fun. Tenacious D ("High Fidelity" co-star Jack Black and partner Kyle Gass) rocks the house in a rare all-ages club show to raise funds for the Actors' Gang Theater company.

* Tenacious D at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $30. (323) 848-5100.

8pm

Cabaret

Lili Barsha's "Haunted Cabaret" variety show returns for its seventh annual Halloween outing, featuring wicked entertainment for adults, with accordionist Nick Ariondo, piano music by Robert Shaw and morbid musical comedy sketches performed by a large cast of "the world's most frightening performers."

* "Haunted Cabaret," Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m.; Tuesday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. $15 (if in costume) and $20. (213) 487-8250.

Freebie

Classical pianist Michael Sellars performs at the Nixon Library Family Concert Series, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 2 p.m. (714) 993-5075.

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