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BEST BETS: Saturday 10/5

October 03, 2002

8pm

Theater

The nature of prayer is explored in "On Earth as It Is in Heaven," an About Productions' world-premiere play with music, text and light. Written by Theresa Chavez, Laurel Ollstein and Rose Portillo, and directed by Chavez, it explores the experiences of a neurologist, an aging dancer, an urban Native American and a runaway teenage prostitute. Designer Noah Riskin created the unusual hand-held and body-mounted lights.

"On Earth as It Is in Heaven," 24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., L.A. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Oct. 27. $15 to $20. (323) 692-2854.

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7pm

Leisure

Ir vilt zikh lernen Yidish? Do you want to learn Yiddish? Rock to klezmer? Love a pastrami sandwich? Your time is now, as Food for the Soul: A Celebration of Yiddish brings the biggest U.S. celebration of Yiddish culture to L.A. Saturday through Oct. 13. Beginning with tonight's concert, "Laughter in Yiddish Songs," highlights include a Tuesday confab between Jewish deli owners and Gourmet magazine food critic Jonathan Gold, and a folk song celebration called Yiddish Soul. L'chaim!

Food for the Soul: A Celebration of Yiddish, venues throughout L.A. (323) 692-8151 for schedule. Opening Saturday event, "Laughter in Yiddish Songs," L.A. Yiddish Culture Club, 8339 W. 3rd St., 7 p.m. $4 (310) 275-8455.

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noon

Pop Music

Radio station Power 106 (KPWR-FM, 105.9) enters the festival fray with its first all-day event, the P3 hip-hop and rock concert at Blockbuster Pavilion. The title refers to a trifecta of power music, cars and sports. Along with the music of Xzibit, Jurassic 5, Suicidal Tendencies, Erick Sermon & Friends, Dilated Peoples and at least a dozen other acts, there'll be extreme sports demonstrations, and a custom car show with such celebrity hosts as Shaquille O'Neal, Limp Bizkit leader Fred Durst, rapper Mystikal and more.

Power 106's P3 Festival, Blockbuster Pavilion, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, Devore. Noon. $23.50 to $49.50. (909) 886-8742.

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7pm

Dance

The eighth annual Los Angeles Arts Open House offers more than 150 free Saturday events throughout the Southland, with more than 50 of them dance-related. For those bemoaning the lack of major home-grown classical ballet in L.A., the day offers a chance to sample a number of up-and-coming ensembles, including Media City Ballet and La Danserie in Northridge and Pasadena Dance Theatre. But the greatest curiosity may surround a San Pedro showcase for the Ballet Collective and Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles in original choreography by John Castagna and Stefan Wenta. Castagna has contributed "Bianca's Dilemma" and "The Golden Slave," and Wenta is responsible for "Rachmaninoff's Three Sisters." .

Ballet Collective and Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles: Choreography by Stefan Wenta and John Castagna, Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro. 7 p.m. Free. For Arts Open House full schedule: (213) 972-3099 or www.lacountyarts.org.

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noon

Pop Music

It may be called This Ain't No Picnic, but that's just what Saturday's punk and alt-rock blowout is for fans of those genres. Catchy pop-punk group Jimmy Eat World tops the miles-deep lineup that also includes Guided by Voices, the Mars Volta, Pinback, the Donnas and SoCal punk dean Mike Watt's new trio, Mike Watt & the Secondmen.

This Ain't No Picnic, Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 Santiago Canyon Road, Irvine. Noon. $30. (714) 740-2000.

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10am

Family

Visual and theater arts workshops in paper-making, clay, wind chimes, musical instruments, jewelry, poetry and more are on tap in the second annual Children's Art & Poetry Festival. Presented by Halcyon Center for Child Studies and Theatre of Hope's Youth Spirit program, the event takes place in the Forum parking lot in front of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Children's Art & Poetry Festival, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 5220 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 10 a.m. Free. (818) 779-2102, Ext. 10.

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8pm

Theater

A satanic underground filmmaker persuades two angry former superstars to make one last movie in "Hollywood Burning," Michael Sargent's tribute to and satire of the excesses of obsessive visionaries. Starring Tom Fitzpatrick, it launches the Evidence Room's first three-play repertory season featuring new comedies by Los Angeles writers.

"Hollywood Burning," Evidence Room, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. Saturday and Oct. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 8 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 20, 10 p.m. Other dates to be announced. Ends Dec. 15. $15-$20. (213) 381-7118.

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