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BEST BETS: Saturday 6/15

June 13, 2002

2pm Pop Music

The 10th annual KROQ Weenie Roast reflects the recent thaw in the alt-rock titan's playlist, on which the unabated angst and aggro have given way to a little peace, love and understanding. So along with the hard stuff this year (Puddle of Mudd, System of a Down, the Strokes, Papa Roach) comes a dose of Moby, Jack Johnson and Jimmy Eat World.

KROQ Weenie Roast, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine,

2 p.m. Sold out. (949) 855-8096

1pm Pop Music

The schizoid, er ... eclectic state of popular music doesn't find a more grandiose showcase than KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango concert, which in its fifth year moves to the vastness of the Rose Bowl to make room for such strange bedfellows as intense rocker Alanis Morissette and pint-size rapper Aaron Carter, subtle soul sister India.Arie and long-ball specialist Celine Dion, volatile R&B diva Mary J. Blige and pop cartoon No Doubt. It all makes sense if you listen to the Top 40 station long enough.

The All American Wango Tango, Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 1 p.m. Sold out. (626) 577-3100.

8pm Dance

As the Dance Kaleidoscope franchise twists in the wind for lack of leadership, the local community is turning to such events as the fourth annual Los Angeles Dance Invitational for major showcase opportunities. A benefit for Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services Inc., the latest LADI performance will include dancing by 12 locally based companies, along with the winners of the Music Center's Spotlight Awards in ballet and modern/jazz. In addition, expect a presentation for distinguished teaching and an appearance by Broadway diva Chita Rivera to accept an award for lifetime achievement. But the hottest moments may well be seeing Stephanie Gilliland's drop-dead-brilliant "Big Manuel" on a big stage or the latest provocative collaboration between choreographer Robert Gilliam and dancer Jamal Story. Seven local premieres are also featured.

Los Angeles Dance Invitational, James A. Doolittle Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $50 to $75, and $125 (includes VIP reception). (323) 655-TKTS.

8pm Comedy

He can sing. He can dance. He can transform himself into James Brown making a 911 call and, all the while, he makes you laugh. Wayne Brady has been the star of two comedy series, "The Wayne Brady Show" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," and before the fall premiere of his new ABC talk show, he will bring his kinetic and wholly original style of improvisational comedy-variety to the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Wayne Brady, Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 8 p.m. $28 to 44. (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

all day Jazz

It would take a big roof to hold in all the jazz that the Playboy Jazz Festival brings in. Fortunately, the Hollywood Bowl doesn't have any at all. In its 24th edition, the festival--

emceed by Bill Cosby--will present a diverse lineup of jazz talent, ranging from traditional to contemporary to blues to bop to swing to salsa. Wynton Marsalis, Etta James, Arturo Sandoval, Nnenna Freelon, Joe Lovano and Pete Fountain and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are some of the artists slated for Saturday's show. Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker & Roy Hargrove, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, the Count Basie Orchestra, Keb'Mo' and Chris Botti are among the artists performing Sunday. See story, Page 37.

The Playboy Jazz Festival 2002, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, Saturday, 2:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 10:30 p.m. $27.50 to $32.50 tickets remaining only. (213) 480-3232.

7pm Movies

Film critics Kenneth Turan of The Times, Richard Corliss of Time magazine and Ella Taylor of L.A. Weekly discuss the art of movies and criticism as part of the Getty's "Art Matters," a series bringing together artists and others to talk about the changing cultural landscape. The discussion will be hosted by Barbara Isenberg, writer and Getty visiting lecturer.

"Art Matters," the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. , 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required, (310) 440-7300.

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