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May 15, 2003

MUSIC

Tribute to an angel

Even listeners resistant to 12-tone music usually find Berg's Violin Concerto to be the exception. A work of beauty and deep sadness, the concerto is dedicated "to the memory of an angel," Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler and architect Walter Gropius, who died of poliomyelitis when she was 18. Pierre Boulez will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Berg Concerto, his last completed work, with Jennifer Frautschi as the soloist. The programs also will include Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $14 to $82. (323) 850-2000.

POP MUSIC

Money talks

It's too bad Warren Zevon already came up with "lawyers, guns and money," because the phrase would have been a perfect refrain for 50 Cent. The New York rapper set the stage for his debut album with such record-label-spooking activities as playing the target for a gun-wielding assailant. And the first sound on his hit album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," is that of a rolling coin. If all that wasn't enough to put Cent front and center, there's always the album's executive producer team: Dr. Dre and Eminem.

50 Cent, House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Sunday and Monday, 7:30 p.m. Sold out. (323) 848-5100.

FESTIVAL

In memory: Malcolm X

The 11th annual Malcolm X Arts, Culture & Education Festival will honor the memory and legacy of the human rights activist with live music, spoken word performances, visual artists, rides, games, a petting zoo, a health fair, fashion shows and workshops. Performers will include Gerald Wilson, Dwight Trible, Teena Marie, Phil Upchurch, Norman Connors and Jean Carne. The event will also honor jazz legends Horace Silver, Benny Carter, Teddy Edwards and other artists.

Malcolm X Arts, Culture & Education Festival, Leimert Park Village, 43rd Place and Crenshaw Boulevard, Leimert Park. Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Free. (323) 692-3545.

JAZZ

Heaven and Earthworks

Considering his background as a member of the 1960s-'70s art-rock band King Crimson, it's not surprising that when drummer Bill Bruford first formed Earthworks in 1986, the band was noted for its stylish marriage of rock technology and jazz sensibility. The ensemble was Bruford's attempt to return to his jazz roots, bringing with him his penchant for melodic, electronic percussion. The band's current lineup, with sax man Tim Garland, keyboardist Steve Hamilton, bassist Mark Hodgson, now relies upon a primarily acoustic sound.

Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Catalina Bar & Grill, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $30. (323) 466-2210.

THEATER

Life with the down and out

Stage and screen veteran Ruben Santiago-Hudson plays more than 20 characters in "Lackawanna Blues," his bittersweet, Obie Award-winning re-creation of life in a milltown boarding house filled with ne'er-do-wells and down-and-outers, run by "Nanny," the bighearted woman who raised him. Live accompaniment by blues guitarist Bill Sims Jr.

"Lackawanna Blues," Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Opens Wednesday. Runs Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.; ends May 25. $20 to $40. (800) 300-4345.

FESTIVAL

A feast for the ears too

The California Strawberry Festival takes its inspiration from the area's rich agricultural heritage, but this 20-year-old gig has always been about a weekend full of music. Strawberry pizza? Sure. And a lot of other gastronomic treats too. But the most varied condiments here are the tunes. This year's bill includes Juice Newton, Beatlemania, the Sounds of the Supremes, plus ska, blues, jazz, country, Latin funk and Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael.

California Strawberry Festival, College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $9, general; $5, senior citizens, active military and children 5 to 12; free, 4 years and younger.

(805) 385-4739. www.strawberry-fest.org.

MUSEUM

Call it a junkyard requiem

Rosamond Purcell spent 20 years pursuing her passion and following her dream in visits to a junkyard in Owls Head, Maine. She brought back scrap metal, glass, farming equipment, industrial machinery and a library of petrified books. Purcell has also acquired the work of other collectors, in particular 17th century Danish naturalist Olaus Worm. Both collections are on display in "Rosamond Purcell: Two Rooms." Worm gathered such things as the tooth of a narwhal, a preserved baby polar bear and the branch of a tree growing around the jaw of a horse.

"Rosamond Purcell: Two Rooms," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Opening reception, Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. $8 to $12. Show opens Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $3. (310) 586-6488.

MOVIES

A bee's dramatic pollination

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