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BEST BETS: Saturday 9/14

September 12, 2002

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Art

The streets of L.A. have long inspired L.A. artist--and current Gap model--Ed Ruscha; they continue to do so in Ruscha's latest works, which go on view Saturday at Remba Gallery. In the new minimalist Mixografia prints, entitled "Petro-Plots," the artist takes a selection of Los Angeles intersections and integrates the grid into the surface of a stone. Whether perpendicular as in "Hollywood / Vine," or undulatory like "Pacific Coast Highway / Sunset Boulevard," the works comment on life in L.A.

"Ed Ruscha: Petro-Plots," Remba Gallery, 462 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.--5:30 p.m. A reception for the artist will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. (310) 657-1101.

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8pm

Music

The final Tchaikovsky Spectacular of the summer takes place in Irvine when Mark Mandarano conducts the Pacific Symphony in a fireworks concert ending the orchestra's summer season. Jennifer Koh is soloist in the Violin Concerto; the rest of the program lists "Marche Slave," excerpts from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty" and, of course, the "1812" Overture.

Pacific Symphony, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 8 p.m. $19-$72 (714) 755-5799.

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6:30pm

Music

Opening the two-week World Festival of Sacred Music, several musical bodies gather at Royce Hall, UCLA, to bless the fortnight's activities. They are Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ensemble, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and the gospel choir from Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Cachete Maldonado y Los Majaderos, Prince Diabate and the Zangdokpalri Monks and Nuns from India. (Times critics select the festival's most compelling performers, Page 25.)

Combined World Ensembles, Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. 6:30 p.m. First 30 minutes outdoors. $25 to $110. Proceeds will go to support the festival. (310) 825-2101.

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9:30am

Art

The Metro Art Docent Council will unveil five new installations in three Metro Rail stations as Saturday's "Art's a Trip on Metro" tour winds its way through the city. The new installations include a colorful seating area at the Rosa Parks station at Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue by Robin Strayhorn and Michael Massenberg, a color and sound installation aboard Metro Blue Line Train No. 127 by Cindy Bernard and Joseph Hammer, a video installation by George Legrady, 12 lighted benches by Noel Korten, Kipp Kobayashi and Marta Perlas and seven illuminated photo panels by Robbert Flick. The artists will be at their installations to meet guests and answer questions.

"Art's a Trip on Metro" art tours. 9:30-11 a.m. Tours are free; metro fare required. Sample route: From Rosa Parks Metro Station, take Metro Blue Line Car No. 127 to 7th and Metro Center Station, then catch the Wilshire-Western Metro Red Line to the Wilshire-Normandie Metro Rail Station. Or reverse the directions. (213) 922-4ART.

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8pm

Theater

In Lee Blessings' drama, "Cobb," controversial baseball legend Ty Cobb is played by three actors, each representing Cobb at a different age as they engage in an "argument in limbo." Joining the fray is Oscar Charleston, the Negro Leagues player who was dubbed the "Black Cobb." Directed by Joe Brancato, who staged the off-Broadway production, the play is co-produced by Kevin Spacey and Bernie Morris in association with Spacey's Trigger Street Productions and stars Michael Cullen, Mathew Mabe and Michael Sabatino, who reprise their roles from the New York show, and "Law & Order's" Richard Brooks.

"Cobb," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, Wednesdays-

Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Ends Oct. 6. (818) 955-8101.

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9pm

Pop Music

Hanging some of their original paintings and playing music from their new album, "The Family Swan," the veteran Vancouver duo Mecca Normal headlines a downtown underground blowout that features two redoubtable Los Angeles forces, singer Carla Bozulich and the band Lucid Nation.

Mecca Normal, with Lucid Nation and Carla Bozulich, the Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A., 9 p.m. (213) 625-4325.

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