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BEST BETS: Thursday 6/20

June 20, 2002

8:30pm Jazz

Whenever the conversation turns to jazz vibraphonists, just a few names are always mentioned: Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson. Los Angeles-native Hutcherson has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Billy Childs, McCoy Tyner, Harold Land and many others. Starting tonight, Hutcherson brings his quartet to Catalina's Bar & Grill for a four-nighter.

Bobby Hutcherson, Catalina Bar & Grill, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, Thursday to Saturday, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:730 and 9:30 p.m. $17-$22. (323) 466-2210.

8pm Dance

When Josie Walsh's "Avalon" premiered at the Ivar Theatre in November, The Times called it "a stadium spectacle or Las Vegas showroom production in miniature." Now this full-evening multidisciplinary fantasy moves to a bigger stage, with its talented singers, dancers, actors, aerialists, martial artists and rock musicians all ready to party in high Arthurian style. A former member of the Joffrey Ballet, Walsh directed and choreographed the production as well as dancing in it. Other leading performers include Ingrid Hoffman, Amy Smart and Demian Boergadine. There's a plot about the conflict between hedonistic nature-worship and oppressive Christianity, but it never gets in the way of the high-spirited action filling the stage--and sometimes spilling into the audience.

"Avalon," James A. Doolittle Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 8 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. $25 (students) to $60. (323) 655-8587.

7:30pm Movies

There's a distinctly Sundance-y feel to this year's IFP/West-Los Angeles Film Festival which features Nicole Holofcener's opening-night film "Lovely & Amazing," Gary Winick's "Tadpole" and the closing-night film, Miguel Arteta and Mike White's "The Good Girl," all of which screened in Park City, Utah, last January and will have commercial releases this summer. In addition to the higher-profile feature films, the 10-day event offers short-film programs, high school student films, collections of music videos, forums on new technology, "Poolside Chats" at the Chateau Marmont and "Coffee Talks" focusing on particular aspects of the filmmaking process.(See Screening Room, Page 17.)

IFP/West-Los Angeles Film Festival, Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; and other venues. Opening-night gala, "Lovely and Amazing," Thursday, 7:30 p.m., ArcLight Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Festival continues through June 29. Screenings, $5 to $12; galas, $50; passes, $75 to $500. (866) 345-6337 or

7:30pm Theater

Two divorced men, one a slob, the other a neat freak, and they're roommates.... No, it's not a Nick at Nite rerun, it's "Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple," Neil Simon's updated version of his classic comedy, starring John Larroquette and Joe Regalbuto, directed by Peter Bonerz.

"Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple," Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 7:30 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 and 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 and 7 p.m. Ends July 21. $28 to $46. (310) 208-5454.

all day Art

In a career spanning 40 years, Yoko Ono has embraced a wide range of artistic mediums, from Conceptual installations to cutting-edge music, video and performance art. The exhibition opening today at Shoshana Wayne Gallery features both recent and historical photographic works, as well as several films, including "Vertical Memory," in which Ono creates a composite image of her father, husband and son through 21 identical portraits, and "Mommy Was Beautiful," an installation of 15 images of a woman's breasts dangling from the ceiling, suggesting the view of a nursing infant.

"Yoko Ono," Shoshana Wayne Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B-1, Santa Monica. Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ends Aug. 24. Reception,

5-7 tonight. Free. (310) 453-7535.

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