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BEST BETS Saturday 1/5

January 03, 2002

8pm

Pop Music

One of the grittiest, most soulful voices from the British Invasion of the mid-'60s was that of Animals' front man Eric Burdon. He's still tapping his love of American R&B, soul, blues and jazz in intensely energetic shows with the New Animals, performances documented in a pair of live albums released in the past four years.

Eric Burdon, Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. With Creature of Mercy, Highway. 8 p.m. $19.50. (714) 957-0600.

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Movies

Humphrey Bogart stars as two of the most celebrated private eyes--Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade--in a double feature at the New Beverly. Director Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled Marlowe crime novel "The Big Sleep" is a great, taut memento of the '40s--ribald and dangerous, racy and smart. Bogey also shines as the cynical Spade in "The Maltese Falcon." Dashiell Hammett's superb thriller, paradigm of the whole private-eye genre, was John Huston's classy directorial debut. Better movie literary adaptations than this are rarer than the bird itself.

Humphrey Bogart double feature, New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. "The Big Sleep," Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3:15 and 7:30 p.m. "The Maltese Falcon," Friday, 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 and 9:45 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038.

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9:30pm

Jazz

Singer Maxine Weldon, like Louis Armstrong before her, is a jazz performer who doesn't mind being called an entertainer. Known for her irrepressible energy and eclectic repertoire, Weldon does a one-night stand in West Hollywood.

Maxine Weldon, Lunaria, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. 9:30 p.m. $10. (310) 282-8870.

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7:30pm

Music

A trio of Broadway veterans--Raymond Saar, Diane Ketchie and Michael Hawkins--presents "The Memory of All That," an evening of George Gershwin's music.

"The Memory of All That," Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $42. (805) 449-ARTS.

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8pm

Music

Performed by the Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, "Navidad" is a Twelfth Night celebration with medieval and Renaissance music from Spain and the New World, including works by Morales, Victoria, Flecha, Franco, Araujo, Fonseca and others.

"Navidad," Throop Memorial Church, 300 S. Los Robles, Pasadena. 8 p.m. $7 to $10. (310) 398-4541.

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1pm

Family

Pies in the face, pratfalls galore, tumbling and juggling. The Troubadour Theatre Company excels at many things. Known for its madcap twists on Shakespeare for adults, the troupe presents "Funky Punks With Junk in Their Trunks," a high-energy slapstick mix of commedia dell'arte, classic clown gags, improv and audience participation for family audiences.

"Funky Punks With Junk in Their Trunks," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Saturdays-Sundays, 1 p.m. Runs indefinitely. $10. (818) 955-8101.

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8pm

Theater

In Eugene O'Neill's haunting drama "Anna Christie," a woman returns to the father who abandoned her as a child and finds love that, after a sordid life, she may be too scarred to accept. Directed by Gar Campbell for the critically lauded Pacific Resident Theatre, it stars stage and screen veterans Lesley Fera, Ireland's Timothy Murphy and Paula Malcomson.

"Anna Christie," Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Ends March 10. $20 to $23.50. (310) 822-8392.

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