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BEST BETS: Saturday 8/4

8:15 pm: Pop Music

August 02, 2001

Romantic mariachi crooner Pepe Aguilar brings his elegant rancheras for two shows at the Universal Amphitheatre. The native of Zacatecas, Mexico, and son of singers Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre (a top musical rodeo act of their day) has been performing onstage since he was 4. On his 10 solo albums, including his recent Grammy-winning "Por Una Mujer Bonita," the honey-toned singer has developed a sophisticated and mature approach to Mexican love songs.

* Pepe Aguilar, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Saturday and Sunday, 8:15 p.m. $44 to $104. (818) 622-4440.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Friday August 3, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Concert lineup--The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform Saturday at the Greek Theatre in addition to the group called the Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special. A Best Bet in Thursday's Calendar Weekend implied that only the latter group would appear.

8:30 am: Symposium

For the hard-core armchair Egyptologist, the Natural History Museum offers its annual Egypt Symposium, titled "Ancient Bookends: The Pyramids of Giza and Golden Mummies of Bahiraya." Egyptian Deputy Secretary of State Zahi Hawass will discuss the golden mummies found at the Bahiraya Oasis and other recent discoveries on the Giza plateau. Stephen Harvey of the Institute of Art and Archeology at the University of Memphis will talk about pre-dynastic Egypt, the evolution of the 5th dynasty pyramids, and Egypt before the conquest of Alexander the Great.

* "Ancient Bookends: The Pyramids of Giza and Golden Mummies of Bahiraya," Egypt Symposium, Jean Delacour Auditorium, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $65; $35, students; $55, museum members. (213) 763-3534.

5:30 pm: Family

Pairing up with the Magic Circle Mime Company, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra will present a Family Festival at Descanso Gardens, featuring "The Listener: An Introduction to Orchestral Music." The outdoor event features hands-on exploration of musical instruments.

* Family Festival, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada-Flintridge, 5:30 p.m. $10 to $15. (626) 792-POPS, (626) 792-7677.

3:30 pm: Family

Children's recording artist and author-illustrator Barney Saltzberg, whose humorous style is reflected in the titles of his CDs--"Where, Oh Where's My Underwear" and "The Soccer Mom From Outer Space"--will perform solo on Saturday and then with his band, the Boomers, on Sunday.

* "Barney Saltzberg in Concert," Kidspace Museum, 390 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 3:30 p.m. Free with admission: $2.50 and $5; younger than 1, free. (626) 449-9144. Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, Sunday, 11 a.m. $7. (310) 455-2322.

7:30 pm: Movies

Ten underground films from the '60s screen over eight days as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's series "From the Factory: Andy Warhol's Films." Warhol, a pioneer of Pop Art who became an iconic figure with his silver-white hair, dark glasses and leather jacket, shot hundreds of hours of film in and around his Manhattan loft (the Factory) between 1963 and 1968, but much of it has been unavailable since Warhol withdrew them from circulation in 1972. The Museum of Modern Art in New York preserved these early films, some of which have never been screened in L.A. Saturday's opening bill is the 1963 short "Haircut (No. 1)" and 1967's "Bike Boy," a "sexploitation" feature made with Paul Morrissey that follows a real motorcycle gang member in a series of encounters with a variety of Warhol "superstars."

* "From the Factory: Andy Warhol's Films," UCLA, Melnitz Hall, James Bridges Theater, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue, Westwood. "Haircut (No. 1)" and "Bike Boy," Saturday, 7:30 p.m. "The Velvet Underground and Nico" and "Lupe," Sunday, 7 p.m. "Harlot" and "Camp," Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. "Kitchen" and "I, a Man," Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. "Screen Test #2" and "The Loves of Ondine," Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $5 to $7. (310) 206-FILM or http://www.cinema.ucla.edu).

7:30 pm: Pop Music

The swing explosion may have lost its zing, but Brian Setzer is still jumpin', jivin' and wailin'. The former Stray Cats frontman and leader of the Brian Setzer Orchestra says he wasn't planning to tour but was lured to the road when several impromptu shows in November turned out so well. The new lineup is called the "Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special" (yes, it's a nod to Elvis Presley's famed gig) and features old Setzer cohorts Bernie Dresel on drums and slap-bassist Mark W. Winchester.

* "Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special," Greek Theatre, 2700 Vermont Canyon Road, L.A., 7:30 p.m. $35 to $55. (323) 665-1927.

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Freebies

* Pianist and comic Marie Cain and veteran actor and comedian Louis Nye perform in the Beverly Hills Summer Arts Festival 2001 Plaza Sweets Series, Civic Center Plaza, 450 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, 8 p.m. (310) 285-1045. Reservations are advised.

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* Grand Performances presents "The Mission," Chusma's adaptation of Culture Clash's comedy of errors about out-of-work performers who try for fame by kidnapping pop star Ricky Martin. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., 8 p.m. (213) 687-2159.

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* Composer-conductors Bob Brookmeyer, John Dankworth and Elmer Bernstein will lead the 84-member Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 8 p.m. (310) 845-1900.

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