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BEST BETS: Thursday 5/3

8 pm: Movies

May 03, 2001

Robert Osborne, on-air personality for Turner Classic Movies and a columnist for the Hollywood Reporter, hosts "A Centennial Tribute to Gary Cooper," a gala featuring film clips from the actor's career and personal appearances by his friends and peers, including actors Frances Dee, Joan Leslie, Karl Malden and Robert Stack, film critic Richard Schickel and Cooper's daughter, Maria Cooper Janis. The tribute leads into the UCLA Film and Television Archive's retrospective "Gary Cooper: Man of the West," which begins Saturday with a double bill of "Morocco" and "Beau Geste" and continues through May 24.

* "A Centennial Tribute to Gary Cooper," Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 8 p.m. $3 to $5. (310) 247-3600; "Gary Cooper: Man of the West," James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue, Westwood. Saturday, "Morocco" and "Beau Geste," 7:30 p.m. Series continues through May 24. $5 to $7. (310) 206-FILM or http://www.cinema.ucla.edu.

9 pm: Pop Music

In his previous group, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and in his current outlet Spearhead, singer-writer Michael Franti has been a provocative voice of the black experience, and a distinctive blender of old school and cutting edge. Franti & Spearhead play the House of Blues to preview their first album in three years. "Stay Human," a work exploring issues surrounding the death penalty and due in stores May 15.

* Michael Franti & Spearhead, with Supreme Beings of Leisure, House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 9 p.m. $15. (323) 848-5100.

8 pm: Pop Music

San Diego punk-rock veterans Rocket From the Crypt have done their time at a major label, and now they're back in the indie world. Vagrant Records released "Group Sounds," the band's latest album and the first featuring new drummer Mario Rubalcaba.

* Rocket From the Crypt, with International Noise Conspiracy and the Explosion, El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 8 p.m. $13.50. (323) 936-4790.

8 & 9:30pm: Jazz

They're both playing nightly through Sunday, so there's no excuse to miss Kenny Barron and Gonzalo Rubalcaba--two hugely talented pianists holding court at two of the area's leading jazz clubs.

* Sphere featuring Kenny Barron, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City, 8 and 9:30 p.m. $25 today, $30 Friday through Sunday. (310) 271-9039.

* Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio, Catalina Bar & Grill, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. $18 to $20. (323) 466-2210.

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FREEBIE

"To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawing," which opened earlier this week at the J. Paul Getty Museum, documents how artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat and Pierre Bonnard changed the world of drawing. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. Ends July 15. (310) 440-7300.

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