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BEST BETS: Saturday 7/13

July 11, 2002

all day Festivals

It's that time of the year when the days are long, the nights are warm and people are ready to celebrate something--almost anything. In Pasadena, they're celebrating a bridge. The Silver Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge will offer continuous live music, food, games and children's activities and raise funds for Pasadena Heritage. Other local options include the Lotus Festival 2002 at Echo Lake Park, celebrating Asian and Pacific Islands culture with entertainment and food. Established in 1980, the Whittier Uptown Family Fest lays claim to being the third-largest two-day arts and crafts, music and family entertainment event in California.

Silver Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, 6 to 11 p.m. $10 to $12.50, children half price. (626) 441-6333.

Lotus Festival 2002, Echo Lake Park, 1632 Bellevue Ave., Echo Park, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Free. (213) 485-1310.

Whittier Uptown Family Fest, Greenleaf Avenue near Philadelphia Street, Whittier, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Free. (562) 696-2662.

all day Jazz

Reserved seating is sold out at the Old Pasadena Jazz Fest in Central Park this weekend. But lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis to hear the Rippingtons, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry & Paul Taylor, Pete Escovedo and Chris Standring on Saturday. Scheduled for Sunday are Rick Braun, Jeffrey Osborne, Gerald Albright, Brenda Russell, Strunz & Farah and Jennifer York. So get there early and don't forget your blanket or low-back beach chair.

Old Pasadena Jazz Fest, Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.; music starts at noon. $10 to $35 per day; $50 two-day pass. (818) 771-5544.

1 & 3pm Family

Not for children only: "Cinderella!" Director-

writer-musical director Dimitri Toscas, a former resident artist with the Orlando Opera, revisits the fairy tale with music, song and audience participation. His new musical for all ages, adapted from the Rossini opera "La Cenerentola," features a professional cast, including Paul Vogt and stage veterans Roberta Wahl and Eric Meyersfield.

"Cinderella!," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 1 and 3 p.m. Regular schedule: Saturdays, 1 and 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Ends Sept. 1. $10. (818) 955-8101.

8pm Theater

"By the Hand of the Father," a drama reflecting the struggles of early 20th century immigrants to the Southwest, is back for a return engagement. Written by Theresa Chavez, Eric Gutierrez and Rose Portillo, the interdisciplinary work, directed by Chavez, features the original music of composer-musician Alejandro Escovedo. For the first time, Escovedo will be joined in performance by members of his own musical family: percussionist Sheila E. and Latin jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo, along with tejano singer and bandleader Ruben Ramos, a member of the Grammy Award-winning Los Super Seven.

"By the Hand of the Father," Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, L.A., 8 p.m. $25. (323) 343-6600; (213) 365-3500.

6:30pm Pop Music

The Getty Museum makes Saturday nights livelier with a new free concert series, the Summer Sessions, beginning this week. The first event is Deep Fried Live, part disco, part film fest, with participants chosen by KCRW-FM's "Chocolate City" program host Garth Trinidad. DJs Spinderella and DJ Dusk, singer Sheree Brown and poet Saul Williams will perform, followed by a screening of the short hip-hop documentary "Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl." Some of the musicians featured in "Keepintime," among them drummers Paul Humphrey and James Gadson, will perform after the screening.

Deep Fried Live, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 6:30 p.m. Free. $5 for limited on-site parking. No reservations required. (310) 440-7300.

8pm Pop Music

Lauryn Hill continues a serpentine career path that's taken her from membership in the Fugees to status as a critics' darling, a Grammy winner, and a puzzling solo artist. Her new live album, "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0," has been greeted by critics and fans with a collective, "Hmm...." She'll play Saturday at the Grove of Anaheim, then undoubtedly will turn a few more heads with her surprising appearance Sunday on KCRW-FM's Global Divas III world-music bill. She'll share the Hollywood Bowl stage with South Africa's always scintillating Mahotella Queens and Mozambique-born, Portugal-reared fado singer Mariza.

Lauryn Hill, Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., 8 p.m. $47 to $52. (714) 712-2750. Also Sunday, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 7:30 p.m. $1 to $93. (323) 850-2000.

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