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BEST BETS: Saturday 9/21

September 19, 2002

11am

Family

The new Every Picture Tells a Story/Aero Theatre Family Film Festival, featuring movies and cartoon classics every weekend, kicks off with "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," the 1958 fantasy epic chock-full of special-effects master Ray Harryhausen's unforgettable stop-motion creatures and monsters. A storytelling hour will precede each screening.

Every Picture Tells a Story/Aero Theatre Family Film Festival, Every Picture Tells a Story, 1318 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.; storytelling at 10 a.m. $5. (310) 451-2700.

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Leisure

The 44th annual Greek Fest benefiting St. Anthony's Church in Pasadena brings authentic Greek music and dancing plus performances by costumed troupes. But the real star is the authentic homemade Greek food: souvlakia (shish kebab), moussaka (Greek shepherd's pie), spanakopita (spinach with cheese on layered filo), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), baklava, pastries, appetizers, snacks, breads and more. Plus cooking demonstrations.

Greek Fest, St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, 778 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena. Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. $2; children 12 and younger, free. (626) 449-6945.

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3pm

Pop Music

The one sure thing at Hollywood Park Casino on Sunday is the Festival Tropical de las Estrellas 2002. The musical lineup features Gilberto Santa Rosa, one of Puerto Rico's top salsa singers, and Wilfrido Vargas, whose innovations in Dominican merengue have been compared to what Charlie Parker did for jazz.

Festival Tropical de las Estrellas 2002, Hollywood Park Casino, 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood. 3 p.m.to midnight. $35. (310) 380-2800.

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8pm

Theater

In Stephen A. Roberts' world premiere rock 'n' roll drama, "One Night Only," set in New York in 1980, John Lennon arranges to play a private show for a handful of friends and associates to help him decide whether to go on tour to promote his comeback album. Musician-actor Tim Piper, who provided the late Beatle's singing voice in the NBC movie "In His Life: The John Lennon Story," stars; members of his band, Working Class Hero, play supporting roles.

"One Night Only," Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Ends Oct. 19. $25. (All proceeds from the Oct. 9 show will be donated to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.) (866) 468-3399.

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Photography

"Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850-2000," opening Saturday at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, showcases 200 images from the Oakland Museum of California's permanent collection, focusing on rare works by photographers working in the state in the last 150 years. They include Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Richard Misrach, Carrie Mae Weems and John Divola.

"Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography 1850-2000," Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults, $6; seniors and students, $4; children younger than 12, free. (626) 568-3665.

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8:15pm

Dance

For its 50th-anniversary world tour, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez is dancing a kind of greatest-hits program: the most beloved suites created by Hernandez before her death two years ago. Expect to see the Yaqui "Deer Dance," and the spectacular fiestas from Jalisco and Veracruz; plus more personal statements like "Revolution," for instance, which contains Hernandez's tribute to the heroic women who fought to make Mexico free. It is said that every Latino folklore company is either copying Hernandez or in rebellion against her--and the reason is still obvious, resplendently preserved under the artistic direction of her daughter, Norma Lopez.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 8:15 p.m. Also Sunday, 3:15 and 7:45 p.m. $31 to $49. (818) 622-4440.

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