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BEST BETS: Thursday 11/29

9pm: Pop Music

November 29, 2001

9pm

Pop Music

If you're curious about the cutting-edge female rap and R&B artists you've been reading about, the Sisters for Hip-Hop and Soul tour provides one-stop shopping. India.Arie, Mystic, DJ Jazzy Joyce, Kelis, Res, Lina, Tweet and MC Lyte are the sisters on board for the final stop of the 11-city trek.

Sisters for Hip-Hop and Soul, House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 9 p.m. $27.50. (323) 848-5100.

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8pm

Movies

Filmmaker Paul Schrader, best known for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese on "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull," will deliver this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Marvin Borowsky Lecture on Screenwriting. Growing up in a strict Calvinist environment, Schrader didn't see a movie until he was 18 but quickly developed into a cinephile, spending time as a film critic before launching his screenwriting career with "Yakuza," co-written with his brother, Leonard. As a writer-director, Schrader has made a diverse group of films, including "American Gigolo," "Mishima," "Light Sleeper" and "Affliction." The lecture, inaugurated in 1974, is named in memory of Borowsky, a screenwriter, novelist and teacher.

Paul Schrader, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Marvin Borowsky Lecture on Screenwriting, Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 8 p.m. $3 to $5. (310) 247-3600.

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8pm

Jazz

Best-selling smooth-jazz saxophonist and radio personality Dave Koz begins a holiday concert swing through Southern California tonight with a show in Thousand Oaks, followed by two sold-out concerts in Cerritos on Friday and Saturday. Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas will also feature Rick Braun, Peter White, Brenda Russell and others.

Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 8 p.m. $40 to $50. (805) 449-2787. Also Friday and Saturday at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, 8 p.m. $42 to $52. (800) 300-4345.

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8pm

Theater

Ray Bradbury's "Falling Upward," a gentle, futuristic fantasy about the lives of regulars at a small Irish village pub, has found a new home. Presented by Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, it is reopening after an extended run at Theatre West.

"Falling Upward," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Ends Dec. 30. $20 (groups, police, firefighters, emergency personnel, $10); Actors Fund benefit, this Friday, $40. (818) 955-8101.

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Freebie

"(North-) Westward Ho! Cultural Movement From the Antique World to Shakespeare's London," a discussion with Michael J.B. Allen and A.R. Braunmuller on the ways culture changed from Renaissance Italy to Shakespeare's London, moderated by David Rodes, begins at 7 p.m. at the UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 443-7000.

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