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7:30pm Theater

November 29, 2001

7:30pm

Theater

Jerry Patch's lavish adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens' classic Yuletide tale of redemption, returns for a 22nd year, as does its favorite Ebenezer Scrooge: Hal Landon Jr.

"A Christmas Carol," South Coast Repertory Theatre, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 7:30 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays through Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon and 4 p.m. Ends Dec. 23. $25-$42. (714) 708-5555.

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Dance

One of the most influential figures in the neo-Expressionist Japanese butoh idiom, 56-year-old Min Tanaka has appeared locally only twice, which makes his performance with his new company, Tokason, newsworthy. And the U.S. premiere of his "Caprice: Guests From the Dark" gains added stature from the creative input of Los Angeles-based performance artist and Zen master Hirokazu Kosaka. Together they have created a movement ritual based on Francisco de Goya's monumental series of etchings, "Los Caprichos," with the event scheduled to end outdoors on the theater plaza under a full moon, in a central pool amid Kosaka's installation of rice stalks.

Min Tanaka and Tokason in "Caprice: Guests From the Dark,'' Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A. , 8 p.m. $12 (students, seniors) to $20. (213) 680-3700.

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Movies

Claire Denis' contemporary horror story "Trouble Every Day" follows an American couple, played by Vincent Gallo and Tricia Vessey, honeymooning in Paris. The husband, Shane, seeks treatment from a self-exiled doctor whose radical study of the libido may be the key to Shane's release from a self-destructive cerebral impairment that affects his sexual appetite. Beatrice Dalle co-stars as the doctor's wife, who suffers from the same illness.

"Trouble Every Day," not rated by the MPAA, opens Friday for one week exclusively at the Sunset 5, West Hollywood.

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Comedy

What do you do when you've no longer got a hit sitcom, your talk show died and you can't exactly sing for your supper? You go back to stand-up comedy, to the clubs, to the warm embrace of the two-drink-minimum crowd. We are talking about Roseanne, who first made her career happen in front of a brick wall. See what's on her mind these days.

Roseanne at the Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Also Saturday, 7 and 9 p.m. $15. (949) 854-5455.

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Theater

California Repertory presents its traditional holiday production, Howard Burman's "An O. Henry Christmas," interweaving short stories by O. Henry into a heartwarming tale about the magical arrival of a mysterious stranger at a homeless encampment on Christmas Eve.

"An O. Henry Christmas," Edison Theatre, 213 E. Broadway, Long Beach, 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays through Thursdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Except: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. only; Dec. 22, 8 p.m. only. Ends Dec. 22. (562) 432-1818, (562) 985-7000.

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Theater

In "Sanders Family Christmas," the down-home musical comedy sequel to "Smoke on the Mountain," by Alan Bailey and Connie Ray ("Oil City Symphony," "Radio Gals"), the singing Sanders family celebrates the season with bluegrass music and Yuletide cheer on the eve of World War II. Presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment.

"Sanders Family Christmas," La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ends Dec. 16. $35. (562) 944-9801, (714) 994-6310.

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Freebies

Pianist Theo Saunders leads his sextet at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 5:30 p.m. (323) 857-6000.

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Veteran duo-pianists Karl and Margaret Kohn play Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" with the Pomona College Orchestra, Eric Lindholm conducting, Friday and Sunday in Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont. Also on the program: Haydn's Symphony No. 45 and Vaughan Williams' Two Hymn-Tune Preludes, 8 p.m. (909) 621-8155.

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