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BEST BETS: Thursday 9/12

September 12, 2002

7:30pm

Pop Music

Led Zeppelin loved the blues, and "Stairway to Heaven" showcased the band's folk-music heart, but Robert Plant's new album, "Dreamland," brings those roots fully into the light, with versions of songs by Bukka White, Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley, along with a couple of Plant originals, rock nuggets ("Hey Joe") and cult-hero obscurities (Skip Spence's "Skip's Song"). Its restrained intimacy has been earning the singer some of his best reviews in the post-Zep era.

Robert Plant, with moe., Greek Theatre, 2700 Vermont Canyon Road, L.A. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $115. (323) 665-1927.

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Art

Forget about computer-generated technology and virtual what have you. Drawing never goes out of style as evidenced in "Greuze the Draftsman,'' a new show devoted to drawings by an 18th century artist that opened earlier this week at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A survey devoted to Jean-Baptiste Greuze--arguably one of France's best draftsmen--will feature drawings in multiple media, including chalk, ink and pastel. The focus will be on Greuze's favorite topics: the drama of family life and the human expression. Or: the agony and the ecstasy.

"Greuze the Draftsman," J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Ends Dec. 1. Free. Parking $5. (310) 440-7300.

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8pm

Theater

In "Queen of the Remote Control," the 17-year-old daughter of a South Asian American family in the Valley dreams of a life in New York, but faces roadblocks in the form of her parents, brother and sister-in-law. The world premiere comedy-drama by Sujata G. Bhatt is presented by East West Players.

"Queen of the Remote Control," David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 N. Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Oct. 6. $25 to $30; pay what you can, today. (213) 625-7000.

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9pm

Pop Music

Hipsters don't live by movies alone, so the Silver Lake Film Festival is accompanied this year by a music component. The Silver Lake Film Festival Music Fest fans out into the neighborhood's clubs with some intriguing lineups, including Eleni Mandell, the Haden Triplets and Possum Dixon alum Rob Zabrecky (Friday at Paramour Studio), San Francisco's Tribe 8 (following a Vista Theatre screening of a documentary on the band) with Carla Bozulich and Mecca Normal's Jean Peters (Sunday at Spaceland), and the Centimeters (Wednesday at the Fold/Derby). It concludes Sept. 20 with a presentation to Red Hot Chili Pepper

Flea at his Silver Lake Conservatory of Music. (For more on the film festival, see Screening Room, Page 16.)

Silver Lake Film Festival Music Fest, various venues through Sept. 20. Most events at 9 p.m. (323) 769-5177.

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8pm

Theater

"Ten for 9/11" is a compilation of songs and performance pieces written or chosen by members of the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company as a meditation on the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. Along with original works, offerings will include the fireman's monologue from the musical "Working"; a staging of Allen Ginsberg's poem "America"; an adaptation of a Mark Twain short story, "The War Prayer"; and performances of musical pleas for peace by Marvin Gaye and John Lennon. All proceeds go to the Afghan Women's Mission, which promotes women's rights and democracy in Afghanistan.

"Ten for 9/11," Empire Theater, 200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:15 p.m. $10. (714) 547-4688.

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