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9pm Pop Music

January 31, 2002

9pm Pop Music

Like a heartbreaking character in a country song, Jay Farrar has left one relationship behind, the pioneering alt-country group Uncle Tupelo, and has strayed from his current one, the much-admired Son Volt. At least he's going it alone instead of fooling around with another band. The singer-songwriter spotlights his solo album "Sebastopol" at two Southland shows.

Jay Farrar, with Brian Henneman, Knitting Factory Hollywood, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 9 p.m. $25. (323) 463-0204. Also Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. $15. (949) 496-8930.

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9pm Pop Music

The prolific Kid606, a star of the movement known as "intelligent dance music," fashions his rhythms from samples of found sounds. What's that mean? Find out when the San Francisco artist performs at the new spot in Echo Park.

Kid606, with Goldchains, Ego Express, the Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. $10. (213) 413-8200.

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8pm Theater

"Side Show," the cult musical by Bill Russell and composer Henry Krieger, is based on a true story about beautiful, talented twin sisters, joined at the hip, who became the toast of Vaudeville during the Depression. The Colony Theatre Company's Southern California premiere of the show stars a cast of Broadway actors, headed by Misty Cotton and Julie Dixon Jackson as the conjoined twins.

"Side Show," Burbank Center Stage, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank, 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Thursdays- Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends April 7. $28 to $31. (818) 558-7000.

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7:30pm Theater

America's legendary Shakespearean stage actor Edwin Booth was the most successful actor of his day. Then his brother assassinated President Abraham Lincoln--in a theater, no less. In his solo play "Booth," David Beeler explores the personal and public demons Booth had to face to come out of his self-imposed retirement and return to the stage in 1866.

"Booth," Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, 7:30 p.m. Also Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $20. (310) 394-9779, Ext. 1.

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8:30pm Dance

Based in Tel Aviv, Inbal Dance Theatre is Israel's oldest dance company, renowned for preserving the country's folk legacy and for dramatizing the tension between traditional and contemporary culture. It joins forces with the locally based Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble in "Shared Roots," highlighting the importance of dance in Jewish culture. The two troupes will present Bible stories, portraits of ethnic minorities and multi-generational perspectives on a changing world.

"Shared Roots," Inbal Dance Theatre and Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air, 8:30 p.m. Also Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. $25 to $75. (818) 986-7332.

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8pm Music

The vaulted Lombard-Romanesque rotunda of the Powell Library Building at UCLA showcases the four women vocalists of Anonymous 4, who present "Francesco Landini's Second Circle" in a Chamber Music in Historic Sites concert. The program combines Landini's sung ballads with readings from Dante.

Anonymous 4, Powell Library Building, UCLA, 8 p.m. $30 to $36. (213) 477-2929. The event is sold out.

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8pm World Music

Baaba Maal's latest album, "Missing You ... Mi Yeewnii," marks a departure from his usual African pop and traditional formats. In keeping with the music's pastoral nature, the Senegalese singer-guitarist takes an acoustic tone on his current tour.

Baaba Maal, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 8 p.m. $25 and $32. (949) 854-4646. Also Sunday at Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m., $25 to $28, (805) 893-3535; and next Thursday at Royce Hall, UCLA, 8 p.m., $20 to $35, (310) 825-2101.

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