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BEST BETS: Friday 7/27

8 pm: Theater

July 26, 2001

Broadway leading lady Susan Egan ("Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Cabaret") headlines in "Susan Egan & Friends," a benefit concert for the Young Actors Company, a Valley-based nonprofit theater arts organization for people ages 14 to 25.

* "Susan Egan & Friends," Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, Friday, 8 p.m. $30 to $35. (818) 347-9938.

8:15 pm: Pop Music

With "Fiesta," his single featuring Jay-Z, finishing its Top 10 run, R. Kelly brings his TP-2.com tour to the Universal Amphitheatre, then inaugurates the new theater configuration at the Arrowhead Pond.

* R. Kelly, with Sunshine Anderson and Syleena Johnson, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 8:15 p.m. $39.50 to $75. (818) 622-4440. Also Saturday at the Theatre at the Arrowhead Pond, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 8 p.m. $45 to $75. (714) 704-2500.

2:30 & 8:15 pm: Movies

America's sweetheart from an earlier era, Mary Pickford, is back on the big screen this weekend in the 1926 film "Sparrows" at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. Though 33 years old at the time of the film, Pickford still wore the angel curls that made her famous and plays a heroic lass who leads a group of orphans to safety through the wilds and swamps. The picture was lustrously photographed by the great Charles Rosher ("Sunrise") and directed by William Beaudine.

* "Sparrows," Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo, Friday and Saturday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $6 to $7. (310) 322-2592.

6:30 pm: Pop Music

The Family Tree Tour brings a progressive hip-hop busload to the two Southern California Houses of Blues. Among the respected artists aboard are two on-the-verge women, Bahamadia and Mystic, as well as the group Slum Village and its eight-piece band.

* Family Tree Tour, House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, Friday, 6:30 p.m. $22.50. (714) 778-2583. Also Saturday at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:30 p.m. $25. (323) 848-5100.

8 pm: Dance

Speechless Shakespeare is no novelty in the dance world, but a program distilling three plays is unusual, and that's what the locally based Aeolian Ballet Theatre promises in "Shakespeare Without Words." After all, there are many full-evening ballets based on the Shakespearean sources the company has chosen, so exactly what can we expect from Charles Maple's "'The Tempest' Suite" (music by Sibelius, Chihara and Purcell) Josie Walsh's "'Taming of the Shrew' Duet" (music by Ani DiFranco) and Patricia Stander's "Scenes From 'Romeo and Juliet"' (music by Prokofiev)? Only balletomanes in Thousand Oaks know for sure: They saw a preview of the program back in February.

* Aeolian Ballet Theatre in "Shakespeare Without Words," John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. (323) 461-3673.

all day: Movies

Neither a remake nor a sequel to the franchise's original five films, "Planet of the Apes" takes the basic concept of an astronaut crashing on a world run by apes and runs with it. Director Tim Burton re-imagines the upside-down world of Pierre Boulle's novel as a medieval battlefield featuring gorillas, chimps and orangutans, with humans as slaves and pets. Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan and Kris Kristofferson star.

* "Planet of the Apes," rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence, opens Friday in general release.

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Freebies

* Singer Sweet Baby J'ai will perform her brand of jazz and blues at Angelus Plaza, 305 S. Hill St., L.A., 2 p.m. (213) 623-4948.

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* The Ali Baba Band shows why it's one of Africa's touted new arrivals with its own noon show and then an 8 p.m. opening spot for legendary fellow Malians the Super Rail Band. At the Grand Performances series at California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A., noon and 8 p.m. (213) 687-2159.

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