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BEST BETS: Thursday 10/3

October 03, 2002

8pm

Pop Music

Spontaneity has been one of the hallmarks of the careers of X singer-songwriter-bassist John Doe, Throwing Muses co-founder Kristin Hersh and former Grant Lee Buffalo frontman Grant-Lee Phillips. So in putting together a joint tour, dubbed the Exile Follies and arriving at the Troubadour in West Hollywood tonight, it's no surprise that spontaneity in performance is one of the goals. Phillips calls this summit of musical mavericks "a town hall meeting for all of us oddballs."

The Exile Follies with John Doe, Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips, Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $20. (310) 276-1158.

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7:30pm

Movies

The Hollywood Film Festival may be the glitziest event this side of the year-end Oscar push. Events include a three-day power meeting called the Hollywood Conference, parties and special events, the Hollywood Humanitarian Symposium and screenings of more than 40 films from around the world. The high wattage point is Monday night's Hollywood Film Awards, featuring presenters such as Cameron Diaz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Spielberg. In addition to the awards, honorees include Jodie Foster, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, Martin Scorsese, Robert Towne and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

Hollywood Film Festival, ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd. "My Wife Maurice," centerpiece gala, tonight, 7:30 p.m. Hollywood film screenings, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, all day. $8; galas, $250. Hollywood Conference, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Friday-Sunday. Three-day pass, $495. Hollywood Humanitarian Symposium, Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m. "Narc," closing-night gala, Sunday, 7 p.m. Hollywood Movie Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Monday, $250. VIP Pass to all, $695. (323) 464-1514.

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8pm

Dance

When the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians appeared together at UCLA in March, a Times review celebrated "fresh, personal dances from the masterworks of the Western classical tradition." Once again, music by Beethoven, Ravel, Shostakovich and contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag serves as the inspiration for Jones' experiments. Jones is interested in liberating himself from the accepted rules of dance-making, so watch for all manner of structural (and anti-structural) ploys, even musicians on stage. Very 21st century and very, very Bill T.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. 8 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. $45. (805) 963-0761.

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9:30pm

Pop Music

When Peruvian singer Susana Baca isn't touring, she helps run the Instituto Negro Continuo (Black Continuum Institute), founded in Lima to celebrate the Afro-Peruvian culture that is Baca's heritage. When she is on the road--she and her band, Sixteen-Fifty, stop tonight at the Knitting Factory Hollywood--her performance, as noted by Times writer Ernesto Lechner, "puts to shame the ubiquitous pop starlets who base their careers on glamorous magazine covers and carefully lit videos."

Susana Baca & Sixteen-Fifty, Knitting Factory Hollywood, 7020 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 9:30 p.m. $20. (323) 463-0204.

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