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BEST BETS: Saturday 7/6

July 04, 2002

noon Pop Music

It's no coincidence that the annual Hootenanny punk/ roots-rock festival is held around Independence Day. This year's celebration of independent musical thought and career direction brings together such mavericks as Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, X, Hank Williams III, the Blasters and a host of others at Hidden Valley Ranch in Irvine (adjacent to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater).

Hootenanny 2002, Hidden Valley Ranch, Irvine, noon. $40 to $100. (714) 740-2000 or (213) 480-3232.

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midnight Movies

The Information Age reaches a dangerous climax in anime master Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cult hit "Ghost in the Shell." In the year 2029, an advanced techno-virus achieves consciousness to become the ultimate hacker. It threatens the world's computer networks, triggering the formation of an elite group of cyborgs to stop this super-empowered cyber-criminal. And you thought dealing with Windows XP was tough.

"Ghost in the Shell," Midnights at the Rialto, Landmark's Rialto Theatre, 1023 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, midnight. $8.50. (626) 799-9567.

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all day History

Hark! The cannons! Old Fort MacArthur Days will feature battle reenactments from eras ranging from Roman times to the present, complete with uniforms, drills and simulated artillery fire. Plus exhibits, sermons, fashion shows, demonstrations, living history presentations, food and other refreshments.

Old Fort MacArthur Days, Ft. MacArthur Military Museum, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 to $5. (310) 548-2631.

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all day Festival

For those who believe you can never have enough music or food, Long Beach Live is the entertainment option this weekend. There will be entertainment on three stages, including headliners Royal Crown Revue, the Boogie Knights and the Rhythm Lords. There will also be tastings and demonstrations from more than a dozen Southern California eateries, including King's Fish House, 555 East, Alegria and Mum's. Don't forget to wear shorts with an expandable waist.

Long Beach Live, Broadway between Pine and Linden avenues, and also the Promenade between 1st and 3rd streets, Long Beach. Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. $3 to $6. (800) 452-7829, Ext. 501.

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7pm Movies

For a second summer, the Hollywood Bowl will be alive with the Sing-Along "Sound of Music," a screening of the 1965 film with an hourlong pre-show hosted by actress-comedian Kathy Najimy. The pre-show will include Najimy's vocal warming-up of the audience, plus hints about when to cheer, wave, boo and hiss during the running of the film. Members of the audience are encouraged to wear costumes and bring plenty of edelweiss.

Sing-Along "Sound of Music," Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. pre-show, 8 p.m. film. $1 to $55. (323) 850-2000.

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8pm Music/Dance

Jaliyaa, an ancient poetic form of West Africa's griot cultures, will come to life in Hollywood at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre's "Jaliyaa: Music, Stories and Dance Beneath an African Moon." Drums provide the heartbeat to the koteba, or colorful theatrical production, that features an ensemble of musicians, storytellers, dancers, singers and artisans. Spoken-word artist and musician Asha Baba will lead the proceedings.

"Jaliyaa: Music, Stories and Dance Beneath an African Moon," John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2850 Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $25; $12, 12 and younger. (323) 461-3673.

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all day Art

Using the public plaza as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium, 600 artists from all over California will fill the street with colorful images at the Absolut Chalk Street Painting Festival near Pasadena City Hall. Champion chalk muralists from previous years will be spotlighted. Live music ranging from klezmer and bluegrass to straight-ahead jazz and international folk tunes will fill the air. Those attendees who feel inspired can create their own murals.

Absolut Chalk Street Painting Festival, Pasadena City Hall Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. (626) 440-7379.

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