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June 20, 2002

8pm Dance

Twenty years ago, Tobar Mayo, Will Salmon and Debra Samoy founded Open Gate Theatre, a small-scale local ensemble devoted to interdisciplinary creation. Although the company has hopscotched across the Southland in those two decades, its gate still remains open to new ideas. A program titled "Fragments" celebrates its performance history with a characteristic emphasis on classic Greek archetypes. There's an instrumental excerpt from the opera "Agamemnon," a dance drama titled "Antigone," scenes from a new comedy based on "The Frogs," and other examples of the company's links to ancient Attica. A number of longtime collaborators are rejoining the company for the occasion, along with guest artists and the three founders.

"Fragments," Open Gate Theatre, the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. $10. (626) 795-4989.

6pm Pop Music

They say the fields of Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion can accommodate as many customers as want tickets, but is the outdoor theater big enough to accommodate the outsized egos and personalities of Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth? The pairing of Van Halen's original frontman and his successor is no less inspired than it is obvious.

Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, Devore, 6 p.m. $20 to $65. (909) 886-8742. Also Monday and Tuesday at Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 7:45 p.m. $45 to $65. (818) 622-4440.

all day Festival

In Greenwich Village in 1969, they had a mini-riot at the Stonewall bar. To commemorate it in Los Angeles a year later? They had a parade. Now it's tradition. Watch for the all-girl motorcycle gang, the drag cheerleading squad and every other gay-related group to march down Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday. The two-day Christopher Street West 31st Annual Pride Festival & Parade, which starts Saturday, includes live entertainment, dance areas, and food and vendor booths. This year's grand marshals will be Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and Peter Paige ("Queer as Folk"). The festival's entertainment includes Nancy Sinatra, Jody Watley, Tito Nieves, Blu Cantrell and others.

Christopher Street West 31st Annual Pride Festival & Parade, West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. Festival hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Parade starts Sunday at 11 a.m., moving west on Santa Monica Boulevard from Crescent Heights Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard. Festival admission: $8 to $12; children younger than 12, free. (323) 969-8302.

9pm Pop Music

A remake of Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" is one of the big records in the subterranean scene known as electro or electroclash, and that title might be good advice for those checking out electro hero Golden Boy. Why? He performs wearing a suit made from a mirrored disco ball. Golden Boy, who hails from Switzerland, has also brought a pop attitude to electronic forms in his recordings with French singer Miss Kittin.

Golden Boy, with the Ray Makers, the Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 9 p.m. $10. (213) 413-8200.

10am Movies

Sisters will be doin' it for themselves with the weekend morning film series "Girl Crazy: Funny Women in Hollywood," a salute to laughing ladies from Mae West to Barbra Streisand. The dozen-film series begins with West's "I'm No Angel," and continues through mid-September. Films will screen one weekend at the Sunset 5 and then the following weekend at the Monica.

"Girl Crazy: Funny Women in Hollywood," Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. "I'm No Angel," Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. at the Sunset 5; June 29 and 30, 11 a.m. at the Monica. $6 to $9, $5.50 to $8.50. (323) 848-3500, (310) 394-9741. Full schedule at

8pm Music

Along with other premieres, the first performance of Roger Bourland's "The Alarcon Madrigals (Book II)" takes place on Vox Femina's latest program, "Celebrating Our Diversity." Also among the composers and arrangers represented are Joan Szymko, Dave Kopplin, Karen Hart, Sue Fink and Ysaye Barnwell.

Vox Femina, Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $15 to $18. (310) 838-8151.

2 to 8pm Theater

A.S.K. Theater Projects' eighth annual Common Ground festival--two days of fully staged works-in-progress by cutting-edge ensembles--features Janie Geiser and Company's new work using life-sized puppets; modern dance company Tongue's movement-based, multimedia theater piece; Chicago's Redmoon Theater in "Nina," loosely based on Chekhov's "The Seagull"; and Sledgehammer Theatre of San Diego's collaboration with Opera Zero in "The World Is Round," an interdisciplinary version of Gertrude Stein's elliptical fairy tale.

Common Ground 2002, UCLA, north campus, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (Enter the campus from Wyton Drive, just south of Sunset Boulevard). Saturday: Sledgehammer Theatre/Opera Zero (2 p.m.), Janie Geiser and Company (4 p.m.), Tongue (6 p.m.), Redmoon Theater (8 p.m.). Sunday: Tongue (2 p.m.), Janie Geiser and Company (4 p.m.), Sledgehammer Theatre/Opera Zero (5:30 p.m.), Redmoon Theater (7 p.m.). Free, but reservations required; only standby reservations available. Parking, $6. (310) 478-9275.

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