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BEST BETS Sunday 1/6

January 03, 2002

2 & 6pm

Comedy/

Theater

Comedy legend and America's iconic TV dad Bill Cosby performs his signature tale-spinning humor in Cerritos. Cosby still eschews the type of raunchy expletive-laden jokes that have become the stand-up norm and gets his laugh-until-it-hurts results by exploring the foibles and follies of parents and children, men and women.

Bill Cosby, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. 2 and 6 p.m. $55 to $65. (800) 300-4345, (562) 916-8500.

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8pm

Pop Music

For the 17th straight year, a hunka hunka birthday love goes out to the King from his subjects in the Southern California roots-rock and rockabilly community. As always, the Elvis Birthday Bash features such stalwarts as Ray Campi, James Intveld, Big Sandy, Rosie Flores (see interview, Page 16) and more digging into the songbook of the man who would've been 67 on Tuesday.

Elvis Birthday Bash, House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $15. (323) 848-5100.

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2pm

Family

And in the category of lightest costume, the winner has to be Fred Garbo, who dons a giant balloon outfit for his family-friendly show "The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co." Garbo and his partner, ballerina Daielma Santos (who is apparently naturally light on her feet), present the eye-popping show featuring dance, comedy and bouncy, floating props. Because the inflatables go flying into the audience, this is one show where they don't want the audience on pins and needles.

"The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.," Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. 2 p.m. $12 to $15. (562) 985-7000.

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1pm

Festival Freebie

Kotohajime--which means, roughly, "the first things"--is the way to start the new year off right, Japanese-style. The annual celebration includes the traditional shooting of the first arrow of the year, a sake tasting, and performances by shakuhachi player Masakazu Yoshizawa and soprano Keiko Takeshita. There's also the kind of fortunetelling that everyone likes: the kind where you can ask for another one (at 25 cents apiece) until you get one you like.

Kotohajime, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Free. (213) 628-2725.

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