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BEST BETS: Sunday 9/29

September 26, 2002



In the world premiere of Nora Ephron's play with music, "Imaginary Friends," two famed literary figures--Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy--become bitter adversaries in a years-long feud that culminated in Hellman's suing McCarthy for libel. Tony Award-winning stage veterans Swoosie Kurtz and Cherry Jones play Hellman and McCarthy, respectively; directed by Jack O'Brien, the show features music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Craig Carnelia.

"Imaginary Friends," Old Globe Theatre, Globe Theatres, Balboa Park, Sunday, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays,

8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 2 p.m.

Ends Nov. 3. $25-$45.

(619) 239-2255.




Jenny Braxton, Rebekah Greely and Alex Wagman will read from their works at an evening program dedicated to New American Writing. Part of UCLA's Hammer Readings series, the presentation is coordinated and hosted by Benjamin Weissman, professor of creative writing at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

New American Writing, Hammer Readings, UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 5 p.m. (310) 443-7000 or




The 30th annual multi-

event Peninsula Music Fair offers two brief, informal performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic--

which benefits from the fair. This year, the outdoor family event with crafts and storytelling is being held for the first time at Palos Verdes High School.

Peninsula Music Fair, Palos Verdes High School, 600 Clyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 10-30 a.m.-

4:30 p.m. $7-$30.

(310) 318-8166.




Legendary pianist-composer Herbie Hancock will perform and be honored at the Los Angeles Jazz Society's 20th annual Jazz Tribute and Awards Dinner/Concert at the Biltmore Hotel in L.A. Radio personality Chuck Niles will emcee the show, which will also include performances by the Gerald Clayton Trio, Annie Ross Trio, Roger Neumann and the Brad Dechter Octet, James Newton and the Cal State L.A. Student Jazz Ensemble, John Pisano and others.

Los Angeles Jazz Society 20th annual Jazz Tribute and Awards Dinner/Concert, Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Reception, 4 p.m.; dinner, 5:30 p.m.; concert, 6:30 p.m. $35-$100.

(818) 767-6950.

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