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BEST BETS Saturday 4/21

April 19, 2001

SANTA ANA

11am, 1pm & 3pm

Family

Texas native Daryl Sprout will perform his "Snake Encounters" show at the Discovery Science Center through Sunday. During a 45-minute presentation, Sprout will show off many of his snakes, including a 16-foot Burmese Python and a California king snake. With a mix of humor and educational facts, Sprout offers anecdotes about the misunderstood creatures and encourages people to touch and hold the snakes. His show is part of the science center's "Snakes Alive" program.

* "Snake Encounters," Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ends Sunday. $1 to $1.50 plus center general admission, $7.50 to $9.50. (714) 542-CUBE (2823).

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

8pm

Pop Music

Honk never fully delivered on its Next Big Thing potential when it rose up out of Laguna Canyon in the mid-1970s with its rock-folk-jazz-surf stew. But though the group splintered and members went on to various degrees of success in music, the original members have since found time to reunite periodically. They'll play Saturday at the Coach House.

* Honk, Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. With Cowboy Buddha. 8 p.m. $15. (949) 496-8930.

SANTA ANA

8pm

Pop Music

Two of Orange County's best-known guitar heroes, Walter Trout and Eric Sardinas, share what shapes up to be an all-night-long blues session Saturday at the Galaxy in Santa Ana.

* Walter Trout, Eric Sardinas, Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. With TJR & the Wildcards, Bubba & the Big Bad Blues. 8 p.m. $15 to $17. (714) 957-0600.

ORANGE

7:30pm

Guitarist Mundell Lowe began his career playing traditional jazz in New Orleans and country in Nashville in the late '30s. He went on to play with greats Ellis Larkin, Red Norvo, Mary Lou Williams, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, and for a time was music director for the Monterey Jazz Festival. He'll celebrate his 79th birthday at Vanilla Caffe. Guitar standouts Ron Eschete an Bruce Forman are expected to join him.

* Mundell Lowe and friends, Vanilla Caffe, 1948 N. Tustin Ave., Orange. 7:30 p.m. $10. (714) 921-8035.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

7:30pm

Music

Welcome the Slowind woodwind quintet, made up of soloists in the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In their only West Coast performance on their current tour, the musicians will play works by Mozart, Hindemith, Primoz Ramovs and Jean Francaix. Members are flutist Ales Kacjan, oboist Matej Sarc, clarinetist Jurij Jenko, bassoonist Paolo Calligaris and horn player Metod Tomac. Tickets include a reception at which you can sample traditional Slovenian pastries.

* Slowind, St. Timothy's Church, 29102 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel. 7:30 p.m. $10 (includes reception). (949) 495-0097.

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