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October 10, 2002

7pm

Theater

Edgefest 2002: Breaking New Ground, the fourth annual Edge of the World Festival, presents more than 60 shows (including more than 40 premieres), plus special events from round table discussions about intellectual property law to an exploration of Hollywood theatrical history, at venues throughout the L.A. area. Tonight's bill of 16 shows includes About Productions' world-premiere exploration of the nature of prayer, "On Earth as It Is in Heaven," at 24th Street Theatre in L.A.; Shakespeare's "Richard III," at Theatre of Note in Hollywood; the ghostly drama "The Woman in Black," at Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood; and Shumka Theatre Company's world premiere of Richard Foreman's dark and comic, avant-garde off-key "musical," "Supreme Being," at Stages Theatre Center in Hollywood.

Edgefest 2002: Breaking New Ground, Los Angeles-area venues. Call for schedule. Ends Oct. 20. $5 each show with $15 festival passport; special events are free. (310) 281-7920, www.edgeoftheworld.org.

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8:15pm

Pop Music

"Revolucion de Amor" represents Mana from heaven for fans of the Mexican rock en espanol outfit who have waited six years for a new studio album. Now that the album's out, with spirited songs addressing racism, pollution and violence, and with help from high-powered friends including Carlos Santana and Ruben Blades, the band opens a highly anticipated four-night stint at Universal Amphitheatre starting tonight.

Mana, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza. 8:15 p.m. Also Friday-Sunday. $44.50 to $76. (818) 777-3931.

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8pm

Music

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Performed by three women who "act, sing, dance and play in a ravishing visual setting" (the Guardian), "Hashirigaki" is a theater piece by Heiner Goebbels haunted by the music of Brian Wilson and including diverse elements such as Japanese folk music and text from Gertrude Stein's novel "The Making of Americans." It will be performed in the Freud Playhouse four times over the weekend.

"Hashirigaki," Freud Playhouse, UCLA, 8 p.m. Also, Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. $40. (310) 825-2101.

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8pm

Jazz

First there was "Calle 54"--Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba's acclaimed 2000 film tribute to Latin jazz--followed shortly thereafter by "Calle 54: The CD" and "Calle 54: The Home Video." Tonight, Royce Hall will be host to "Calle 54: The Concert," featuring on stage some of the musicians from the loving film documentary: Eliane Elias, Chano Dominguez, Jerry Gonzalez and Giovanni Hidalgo. Trueba has described his film as a "musical banquet," so bon appetit!

"Calle 54: The Concert," Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood. 8 p.m. $15 to $50. (310) 825-2101.

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7pm

Pop Music

Colombian rocker Juanes recently collected his fourth Latin Grammy, for his peace anthem "A Dios Le Pido," another sign of his rising place in the pop world. The first leg of a two-pronged U.S. tour brings him to the House of Blues in Anaheim on Friday and to the Mayan Theatre in L.A. on Wednesday.

Juanes, House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. 7 p.m. $25. (714) 778-2583. Also Wednesday 10/16 at the Mayan Theatre, 1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles. 8:30 p.m. $26.50. (213) 239-0799.

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Movies

Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights," "Magnolia") scales down--smaller cast, shorter running time--for his latest film, the unusual romantic comedy "Punch-Drunk Love." The inventive director does return to his native San Fernando Valley for this tale starring Adam Sandler as a small-business owner with big-time anger issues derived from growing up with seven abusive sisters. Emily Watson plays the sweet woman who inexplicably falls for him.

"Punch-Drunk Love," rated R for strong language, including a scene of sexual dialogue, opens Friday at Pacific's the Grove, 189 the Grove Drive, L.A., (323) 692-0829; and Mann's Criterion 6, 1313 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 248-MANN, No. 091.

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Performing Arts

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