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8 pm: Movies

July 26, 2001

Vittorio De Sica's neorealist classic "The Bicycle Thief" screens as part of the outdoor series "Cinema Under the Stars." Winner of a special Academy Award before Oscars were given for foreign-language films, the movie follows the lives of a man and his son after the man's bike (and the source of his meager livelihood) is stolen. Presented by Moxie!/The Santa Monica Film Festival, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture. Screening later this summer are "Mediterraneo" on Aug. 12 and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" on Aug. 26.

* Cinema Under the Stars, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, "The Bicycle Thief," Sunday, doors open 7 p.m.; film starts at 8 p.m. $20 to $25 includes parking and bar. (310) 264-4274.

all day: Museums

Aby M. Warburg, influential and idiosyncratic German Jewish scholar of the early 20th century, saw his library as a site of ritual and creativity. Instead of using it as a receptacle for his impressive collection of books and photographs covering such topics as pageantry, astrology and portraiture, the cultural historian used this space to rethink associations and juxtapositions within the discipline of art history. "Asylum in the Library: The Method, Madness and Magic of Aby M. Warburg," opening Sunday at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, explores the mind of the scholar and the subjects he studied through a model of Warburg's library and an exploration of his methodology.

* "Asylum in the Library: The Method, Madness and Magic of Aby M. Warburg," UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, just west of Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Adults, $5; seniors and non-UCLA students, $3; UCLA students, $1; visitors 17 and under, free. Ends Nov. 4. (310) 825-4361.

7:30 pm: Pop Music

Alan Jackson is ensconced again in the Top 10 of the country singles chart, this time with the title track of his current album, "When Somebody Loves You." The singer-songwriter brings his reliable, tradition-honoring music to the Greek Theatre.

* Alan Jackson, with Gary Allan, Greek Theatre, 2700 Vermont Canyon Road, L.A., 7:30 p.m. $25 to $75. (323) 665-1927.

7:30 pm: Music

The traditional Irish group Altan will be joined at the Hollywood Bowl by two notable countrymen, singer-songwriter Paul Brady and musician-arranger-producer Donal Lunny. Also on the bill of the "Celtic Journeys II" show: the Claddagh Irish Dancers, Danu and the Eileen Ivers band.

* Altan, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 7:30 p.m. $1 to $90. (323) 850-2000.

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Freebies

* The Art Directors Guild's Film Society celebrates the 60th anniversary of "Citizen Kane" with a screening and salute to the film's art director, Perry Ferguson, at Paramount Studios, Studio Theatre, 5555 Melrose Ave., L.A. Sunday, 4 p.m. A symposium on the art of RKO Studios' filmmaking will be conducted at 1 p.m. Reservations, (818) 762-9995.

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* Bay Area-based Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers performs, Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. 6:30 p.m. (661) 298-ARTS.

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