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July 11, 2002

all day Architecture

The American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles will host the Venezia Home Tour, offering viewers an opportunity to view beautifully designed modern houses in Venice. The self-driven tour will showcase architecture by Holger & Yuriko Shubert, Whitney Sander, Richard Clemenson Associates and Steven Ehrlich Architects. Attendees will get maps, driving directions and information on each home. Docents and the architects will be available at each stop.

Venezia Home Tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person in advance. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the tour for $65. (213) 639-0777.

all day Leisure

On July 14, 1789, Frenchmen stormed and seized the Bastille, setting off the French Revolution. Given two centuries, any holiday can become an excuse to barbecue. Proof? The Bastille Day French Festival at the Pacific Design Center. The event brings together all the fun French things: food and wine, high fashion, can-can dancers. There will also be waiters' races, live entertainment and an authentic French market.

Bastille Day French Festival, Pacific Design Center, Outdoor Plaza, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. (310) 652-5552.

2pm Words & Music

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rockers the Doors are due to play an L.A.-area arena in September, but the Los Angeles Library's Soundings Summer Performance Series offers a unique and more intimate opportunity for fans to hear the band's keyboard player, Ray Manzarek. "Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure: The Third Mind" will fill the afternoon with words and music--poet and playwright McClure's readings set to music played by Manzarek.

"Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure: The Third Mind," Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 5th and Flower streets, downtown L.A., 2 p.m. $5. Reservations advised. (213) 228-7025.

4pm Theater

Two of L.A.'s popular series--L.A. Theatre Works and Spoken Interludes--join forces to present an eclectic evening of spoken word. "Stories After Dark" features MacArthur Fellowship-

winner Luis Alfaro, poet Carol Muske-Dukes, Erika Schickel ("Wild Amerika"), actress DeLaune Michel, stand-up comic Cathryn Michon ("The Grrl Genius Guide to Life"), Michael Tolkin ("The Player"), Michael Blieden, Mona Simpson and performance artist Ann Magnuson. The show will be recorded live for future broadcast on KPCC-FM (89.3) and XM Satellite Radio, and a reception and book signing will follow the show.

"Stories After Dark," Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 4 p.m. $10 to $42. (310) 827-0889.

all day Art

Paintings by Spanish master Bartolome Esteban Murillo go on view as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the first U.S. retrospective of its kind. "Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Paintings From American Collections" will feature more than 30 of his works from the golden age of Spanish painting, including religious subjects, scenes from everyday life and portraiture.

"Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Paintings From American Collection," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Ends Oct. 6. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Wednesdays. Adults, $7; students and seniors, $5; children and younger students, $1; children 5 and under, free. (323) 857-6000.

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