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Best Bets Saturday 11/17

November 15, 2001

8pm

Theater

John O'Connell is the guilty prisoner and F. William Parker is the inept, court-appointed barrister who must defend the indefensible in this reprise of the pair's performance of "The Dock Brief," a comic sendup by British author-playwright John Mortimer, creator of "Rumpole of the Bailey."

"The Dock Brief," Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Fridays to Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays to Sundays, 3 p.m. Ends Dec. 9. $18. (626) 441-5977.

8pm

Pop Music

Not everyone is sold on Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst as a talent, but it's hard to deny him as a talent scout. The man who discovered Staind has come up with another rising rock band, Puddle of Mudd, the first group signed to his own label, Flawless.

Puddle of Mudd, Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 8 p.m. $10. (310) 278-9457.

7pm

Theater

Joe Spano plays the witty British Gen. Burgoyne in George Bernard Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple," set during the American Revolution. An American rebel is faced with an urgent moral dilemma. James O'Neil and Susan Clark play the rebel and his wife for the Rubicon Theatre Company.

"The Devil's Disciple," Laurel Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays to Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Dec. 16. $28 to $38; opening gala, $150. (805) 667-2900.

1:30

& 3:30pm

Family

Laurie Monahan & the Red-Headed League perform Scottish tunes and dances, and Peter Kors tells seafaring tales in the Da Camera Society's presentation of "Children's Concerts in Historic Places" aboard the Queen Mary.

"Children's Concerts in Historic Places," RMS Queen Mary, Britannia Salon, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. $18, adults; $12, children; family package, $48 (two adults, two children). (310) 954-4302.

8pm

Theater

Hope Alexander directs and Fred Savage heads the cast with veteran actors Joel Brooks and Norma J. Morrow in Alfred Uhry's seriocomic "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," about the daughters of Atlanta's prominent Jewish families, circa 1939, getting ready for the social event of the season.

"The Last Night of Ballyhoo," El Portal Center's Circle Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Thursdays to Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays to Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Dec. 16. $22 to $25; opening gala, $35.

8pm

Music

Composer John Adams takes over the podium of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this weekend, conducting not only his own scores, "Fearful Symmetries" and "Shaker Loops," but also Charles Ives' "Country Band March" and, with LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane as soloist, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

John Adams with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 8 p.m. $13 to $55. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215.

10pm

Pop Music

Radiohead isn't the only rock band to come out of Oxford, England. Swervedriver doesn't have the stature or the sales of its revered homeboys, but its four albums have drawn a substantial cult following. While the band prepares to release a record next year, its leader, Adam Franklin, is out on a solo tour, doing his own material, Swervedriver songs and tunes by his side project, Toshack Highway.

Adam Franklin, the Mint, 6010 Pico Blvd., L.A., 10 p.m. $10. (323) 954-9630.

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