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BEST BETS: Thursday 6/13

June 13, 2002

8pm Comedy

You may remember him as half of the rap duo Kid-N-Play, or as the co-star of the raucous teen movie "Houseparty," but Chris "Kid" Reid is really a stand-up kind of guy. And he'll prove it, when he brings his playful brand of hip-hop humor to the Ice House this weekend.

Chris "Kid" Reid, The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, 8:30 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight. $10 to 13.50 (626) 577-1894.

8pm Theater

Austin Pendleton's "Orson's Shadow" is a clash of titanic egos. The drama, which will be restaged by L.A. Theatre Works for radio, imagines theater critic Kenneth Tynan convincing Orson Welles to direct Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright (Olivier's lover), in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros." Robert Machray will reprise his role as Welles, a part that won him a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for the 2001 L.A. premiere. The cast also includes John Judd, from the Steppenwolf Theatre production.

"Orson's Shadow," L.A. Theatre Works at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 8 p.m. Also Friday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. (Dark Saturday.) $10 to $42. (310) 827-0889.

8pm Movies

The Echo Park Film Center's summer series, featuring its home-grown blend of micro-cinema, continues with "Rockets in Love: An Evening of Recovered Celluloid." Erik Knutsen and Doug Harvey, a pair of neighborhood filmmakers, will serve as your celluloid DJs as they unspool work from their extensive collection of 16-millimeter educational films.

"Rockets in Love: An Evening of Recovered Celluloid," Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $5. (213) 484-8846.

8pm Jazz

As a young singer in San Francisco in the 1950s, Mary Stallings drew inspiration from Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and others, but it was Dinah Washington who was her primary influence. Then in the 1960s, Stallings worked with such greats as Louis Jordan, Cal Tjader, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. During the 1970s and '80s, Stallings put her musical career on the back burner as she raised her daughter, taking only occasional club gigs in and around the Bay Area. But she returned to performing full time in the 1990s, coming back with more focused phrasing and a more mature understanding of jazz's storytelling aspects.

Mary Stallings, the Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Also Friday to Sunday, 8 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $25. (310) 271-9039.

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