AND SO IT BEGINS TAKE ON THE FIRST WEEKEND OF SUMMER FULLY ARMED WITH THINGS TO DO.
For those of you who haven't camped out on your couches in order to watch the NBA playoffs with the Lakers and every other sporting event on the tube (including pseudo-celebrity bass fishing) ...
For those of you who were planning to do all those home improvement projects you've been putting off since last Labor Day but really want to put them off until, say, after next Labor Day ...
For those of you staring at a houseful of wound-up kids ready to turn the living room into Camp Hell ...
We have some suggestions that just may make your Memorial Day weekend more bearable, more fun and, hey, maybe even more memorable.
Pearl Harbor was just the beginning. World War II in the Pacific and Asia offered any number of dramatic scenarios, as the following list of 10 must-see movies about the conflict show.
The Battle of Midway. (1942): Master filmmaker John Ford was in charge of the Navy's Field Photography Branch during the war, and he was on Midway with three 16mm, color cameras going when the battle that turned the tide in the Pacific erupted. Though tied together with typical victorious speechifying and sentimental voiceovers on the soundtrack, the semi-coherent but striking footage in this documentary imparts a still-chilling sense of air raid chaos.
The Bridge on the River Kwai. (1957): David Lean's epic inquiry into the twistability of the military mind. Alec Guinness gave the performance of his formidable career as the British p.o.w. commander who, trying to prove his troops' superiority to their Japanese captors, aids the enemy without even realizing he's become a traitor. Distant Thunder. (1973): The body counts remain an unwashable stain on the fabric of mankind - 30 million Russians; 6 million European Jews; between 2 million and 4 million Bengalis ... Bengalis? The fighting may never have reached India, but due to the way Britain exploited resources in its Asian colonies, Eastern India ran out of rice when the Japanese took Burma and Malaya. For his simple and profoundly moving film about the Great Manmade Famine, director Satyajit Ray looked through the eyes of a young Brahmin, the one educated man in his village, whose neighbors keep asking why their world is falling apart. Heartbreakingly, he hasn't the answer. Who could have?
Empire of the Sun. (1987): Steven Spielberg's first fully mature work captures, acutely and not unexpectedly, the mindset of a prepubescent boy. It's based on the memoir by British science fiction writer J.G. Ballard, who as a child (played superbly in the movie by Christian Bale) was separated from his family during the fall of Shanghai and interned as an enemy alien for the duration of the war. In the prison camp, his boyish admiration of Japanese strength and discipline meets the acid test of day-to-day survival - on both sides of the barbed wire.
Fires on the Plain. (1959): The spiritual nightmare of war has never been more tellingly linked to its physical horror than in Kon Ichikawa's relentlessly brutal depiction of Japan's 1945 collapse in the Philippines. A tubercular Imperial soldier watches, delirious, as all about him crumbles into the most desperate savagery humans are capable of, then somehow deteriorates further.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. (1957): Did ya hear the one about the gyrene and the Irish nun hiding out together in a cave on a Japanese-occupied isle? Director John Huston reworked the dynamics of his ``African Queen'' with a chemically perfect Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in this light but suspenseful, chaste but ever-so-sexually-tense survival adventure.
Run Silent, Run Deep. (1958): The blueprint for all submarine thrillers that followed. Obsessed skipper Clark Gable steers his ship for the watery graveyard of the Bongo Straits, where the destroyer that sank his last command rules above and below the waves. First officer Burt Lancaster, meanwhile, must weigh the merits of the captain's proven tactical genius against the ship-saving necessity of mutiny. Tense, well-acted, evocatively claustrophobic.
Sands of Iwo Jima. (1949): Probably the best of the unit pictures, with a John Wayne performance iconic enough to stand proudly beside the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. But tough-as-armor Sgt. Stryker is also one of the Duke's best performances, a troubled hardcase with an unpredictable sense of humor and an unerring instinct for doing his job right, no matter how difficult it gets - and it gets plenty rough, especially during the well-filmed invasions of Tarawa and Iwo. Plus, this is the film where Wayne not only cries, but dances an impromptu jig with a trainee.
They Were Expendable. (1945): John Ford returned to Hollywood near the end of the conflict and directed one of his greatest masterpieces. Based on the real-life experiences of Ford's friend, Lt. John Bulkeley, and co-starring actual naval commander Robert Montgomery along with the always-sturdy Wayne, ``Expendable'' follows a PT boat crew through the Philippines retreat as they gradually lose everything - except their all-important sense of duty - to the invading Japanese. Most movies made during the war tried to capture on film the spirit that would eventually win it; this was the one that actually managed to do it in honest, complex and no uncertain terms.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. (1944): Though it suffers from some of the faults of the wartime unit genre - unconvincingly ``colorful'' regional characters, slang that probably rang as false then as it does now, an impossibly chipper love story - this picture about the Doolittle Raid rises above the crowd. Spencer Tracy's portrayal of the Colonel is a master class in compassionate authority (Alec Baldwin, take note), the actual bombing run is filmed with matter-of-fact precision, and the movie is proactively humanistic, acknowledging regrets about killing civilians, respectfully portraying Asians and even incorporating an atypical conversation about not hating the Japanese.
- Bob Strauss
It should be a bountiful enough holiday on local stages both within and outside the Valley. A few onetime events are even - gasp! - free this weekend, although the venue might hit you up for a parking charge.
This is opening weekend for ``American Iliad,'' Donald Freed's surreal look into the mind of a dying Richard Nixon, having its world premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Freed, whose Nixon-themed play ``Secret Honor'' went on to become a film, sets ``Iliad'' simultaneously on July 4, 1900, and July 4, 2000. In the last three minutes of his life, Nixon has the entire century flash before his eyes. Paying him a visit will be such people as Marilyn Monroe, JFK and J. Edgar Hoover.
Starring David Clennon (``thirtysomething'') and Al Rossi, ``American Iliad'' plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 3326 W. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. Tickets are $22 to $24. Call (818) 841-5421.
Speaking of visits from historical figures, in the solo play ``Praestigum,'' Doug Motel plays characters from 2,000 years of history, from biblical times up through the 20th century. The play, a workshop performance by the author of ``Shiva Arms,'' plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Backlot Theater of the Gold Coast Center for the Arts, 1408 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $15. Call (805) 497-8606.
The award-winning Road Theatre Company in NoHo opens the West Coast premiere of ``A Mislaid Heaven'' by Carson Grace Becker. Set in a small fishing village in County Mayo, a stronghold for the Irish Republican Army during the months before the Anglo-Irish peace treaty, ``A Mislaid Heaven'' spins a tale of family secrets, politics and legends. The director is Ken Sawyer, who helmed the Road's acclaimed production of ``The Angel of Lemnos.''
``A Mislaid Heaven'' plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $15. Call (818) 759-3382.
For those who need a Stephen Sondheim fix over Memorial Day and don't especially want to wait for an official opening night, the Interact Theatre Company in NoHo has two benefit performances of ``A Little Night Music,'' at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Interact, 5215 Bakman Ave.
Directed by and starring Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, ``A Little Night Music'' is a turn-of-the-century romance about couples waltzing in and out of love, featuring Sondheim's best-known song, ``Send in the Clowns.'' The weekend performances will benefit Retinoblastoma International - which battles pediatric eye cancer and other children's eye diseases - and the Interact Theatre Company. The benefit's honorary host committee includes Jason Alexander, Mariette Hartley, Lindsay Crouse, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Klugman and David Hyde Pierce.
Tickets for the performances and a catered reception with cast members are $125. Call (818) 773-7862.
The summer season at the Ford Amphitheatre opens at 8 p.m. Saturday with a tribute to German composer Kurt Weill. A 27-piece big band under the direction of Roger Kellaway will perform songs from Weill's musical theater works, including ``Lady in the Dark,'' ``Threepenny Opera,'' ``Lost in the Stars,'' ``Where Do We Go From Here'' and ``Happy End.''
The Kurt Weill Celebration at the Ford, which caps off a 17-month celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, will feature cabaret singer Anne Kerry Ford and her husband, guitarist Robben Ford.
The event is free, but reservations are required. Call (323) 461-3673 or (323) 692-7744. The Ford is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto will perform a selection of his new choreography set to live gamelan music at 7:30 tonight as part of a free Friday Nights at the Getty performance series.
Supriyanto, who was a dance consultant on the Los Angeles production of ``The Lion King'' and will perform on Madonna's upcoming tour, is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakart, Central Java, Indonesia. From age 7, he trained in Javanese Court dance and traditional martial arts.
The performance is in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles. Seating is free, but reservations are required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Sunday is the final performance of the semiannual comedy benefit ``Heidi Joyce's Stand Up Against Domestic Violence'' at the Bitter Truth Theater, 11050 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood.
Created, produced and hosted by Joyce, the program benefits the Theatre of Hope for Abused Women's domestic violence programs. Scheduled performers include comedians Jill Turnbow, Jennie McNulty, Lisa Geduldig, Kaitlin Colombo, Helen Keaney, Darlene Hunt, Maura Kennedy, Gulden, Le Maire and Amy Altschuld.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (818) 766-9702.
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, director of Asian Film Connections at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, will present her one-woman show ``Wild Wisdom'' at 5 p.m. Monday at the Village Theater, 3223 Hoover in Los Angeles. A second performance will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Based on Hereniko's experiences, the performance deals with the author's defying her family's efforts to mold her into their image of what a good daughter, wife and mother are supposed to be. In midlife, she falls in love with a younger man whose love frees her to confront her past ghosts and become who she is meant to be.
Admission by donation includes a reception following both performances. The performances are presented as a benefit for a Fiji indigenous film, ``Fire in the Womb,'' to be produced by Hereniko. Reservations are recommended. Call (213) 748-6321 or e-mail shaoyis(at)rcf.usc.edu.
Also continuing, and recommended, are ``3hree,'' the fiesta of three mini-musicals coordinated by Hal Prince at the Ahmanson Theatre - (213) 628-2772 - and ``Dame Edna: The Royal Tour,'' which pits the famed Australian housewife turned megastar against an unsuspecting audience. ``Dame Edna'' concludes its Los Angeles engagement at the Shubert Theatre Sunday - (800) 447-7400.
- Evan Henerson
While the 23rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival is still three weeks away, you can get an early taste of the many styles of America's most revered homegrown music at Old Pasadena Summer Fest's ``Playboy Jazz in Central Park.''
The popular Memorial Day weekend extravaganza in the heart of the historic Old Pasadena district offers a roster of family-oriented activities along with top jazz artists appearing free Saturday through Monday.
Hot salsa, steamy blues and cool jazz are on the menu during more than 20 nonstop hours, showcasing everything from smooth-jazz to r&b.
The 12th annual Playboy Jazz lineup Saturday includes Tolu, led by saxophonist Justo Almario and ex-Weather Report percussionist Alex Acuna; contemporary big band the Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra; spirited sax and flute player Louis Van Taylor Jr.; eclectic Latin-jazz outfit Excursion; saxophonist Robert Kyle; and singer Raya Yarbrough.
Sunday's schedule is headed by alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Cole; high-energy salsa group the Rudy Regaldo Orchestra Chevere; jazz crooner Jeff Robinson; jazz-fusion instrumental act Solar Wind, led by bassist Sean Mason; and Swedish classical guitarist Tomas Janzon.
Monday is top-lined by jazz-funk alto saxist Ronnie Laws; Cuban dance band Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini; keyboardist Thom Teresi; Latin-soul singer Leslie Paula; keyboardist Joel Gaines; smooth-jazz duo 2AZZ1; and jazz pianist David Arnay.
In addition to music, the Old Pasadena Summer Fest features arts and crafts exhibits, carnival rides, interactive sports and gourmet treats. Although admission to the Summer Fest is free, food, beverages, rides and games range from $1.25 to $7.50.
Central Park at Fair Oaks Avenue, two blocks south of Colorado Boulevard. The Summer Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days. Music runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Playboy stage.
Parking is available at lots located throughout Old Pasadena within walking distance of Central Park and at metered street parking; valet parking is available at Dayton Street and Fair Oaks Avenue. Information: www.oldpasadenasummerfest.com or call (626) 797-6803 or (310) 449-4070.
Alt-rock goddess Alanis Morissette turns 27 on June 1, but save your flowers - she'll be in Germany, celebrating on stage. Before she goes overseas, however, she'll play warm-up dates tonight and Saturday at the El Rey Theatre. The shows will consist of new material that could find its way onto her next album, along with songs from her multiplatinum ``Jagged Little Pill'' and ``Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.'' The El Rey is at 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 both nights. Information: www.ticketmaster.com or (213) 480-3232.
Being an ``anti-star'' is a familiar pose in the pop world, but the Residents have been doing it since the '70s. The avant-garde Bay Area rock ensemble, appearing tonight at UCLA's Royce Hall, wears surreal disguises, including tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks. As if that weren't weird enough, the anonymous quartet, joined by vocalist Molly Harvey, performs with no set list while an optically controlled board flashes song titles, and audience approval signals what piece is to be played. Royce Hall is on the UCLA campus, Westwood. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $35. Information: (310) 825-2101.
You practically need to be a tea-leaf reader to keep track of the subtle shifts in the electronic dance scene. Now that New York-style super-club Giant has moved to a new location, the old Hollywood site has been taken over by the equally well-regarded Spundae, which Saturday presents San Francisco DJ Jerry Bonham at the decks. Spundae is at 6655 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Show time is 11 p.m. and admission is $20. Information: www.spundaehollywood.com or (323) 462-5508.
If the weather's nice, what better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than soaking up some reggae and be-bop on the green grass? The UCLA Jazz-Reggae Festival offers just that diversion. Sunday's jazz lineup has saxophonist Kenny Garrett, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, the Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble and others. Memorial Day is headlined by reggae-rapper Buju Banton, Tony Rebel, Mad Cobra and more. The fest takes place at the UCLA Intramural Field, Westwood. Show time is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days and tickets are $4 general, free to UCLA students and staff. Information: (310) 205-2555.
More reggae is up for grabs Sunday at the Greek Theatre for Reggae at the Greek with Barrington Levy, Jurassic 5 and Morgan Heritage. The Greek is at 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Show time is 5 p.m. and tickets are $27.50 to $55. Information: (213) 480-3232.
- Fred Shuster
Whether it's remembering war heroes, recalling the thrills of great auto races, or living in the here and now with current pop music and contemporary theater, there's plenty of special TV programming for those who prefer to spend most of their three-day weekend on the couch.
PBS brings New York theater into homes at 9 tonight with one of its ``Stage on Screen'' specials, an adaptation of A.R. Gurney's ``Far East'' with Michael Hayden, Lisa Emery, Bill Smitrovich and Connor Trineer reprising their roles from the Lincoln Center production. Gurney adapted his script, which deals with a young naval officer in occupied Japan in 1954 who must decide between duty to his well-to-do family and his desire for a young Japanese woman.
``Saturday Night Live'' salutes one of its own dear departed with a prime-time repeat of its special ``SNL Remembers Chris Farley,'' airing 10 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
Among the many Memorial Day offerings on the History Channel is ``One Hour Over Tokyo: The Doolittle Raid,'' a documentary about the April 18, 1942, raid on Japan (11 p.m. Saturday).
``Bob Hope: Memories of World War II'' (KCET, 10 p.m. Sunday) recalls the comedian's early USO tours that took him to Britain, North Africa, Sicily and the South Pacific.
Former Vietnam POWs recount their ordeals in PBS' ``American Experience'' episode titled ``Return With Honor,'' showing at 9 p.m. Monday.
In a fine example of corporate synergy, Disney-owned ABC News delivers an updated version of ``Pearl Harbor: Two Hours That Changed the World'' at 10 p.m. Saturday, just one day after the parent company's summer blockbuster ``Pearl Harbor'' raids multiplexes.
The History Channel (operated in part by ABC) gives its Saturday evening to the Pacific Theater with back-to-back specials, ``Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor'' at 8 and ``Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor'' at 9, the latter depicting both American and Japanese views of the attack. At 8 p.m. Sunday, the channel looks at the veracity of the new movie in ``History or Hollywood?'' featuring interviews with stars Ben Affleck and Cuba Gooding Jr. and director Michael Bay.
At 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC and Tom Brokaw present ``Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack,'' which includes underwater footage of the sunken battleship USS Arizona.
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf hosts MSNBC's special, ``Pearl Harbor: Attack on America,'' airing at 5 p.m. Monday.
Even Travel Channel is taking advantage of viewers' renewed interest in the nation's World War II involvement with ``Secrets of Pearl Harbor'' (3 p.m. Sunday), which also has underwater views of the USS Arizona Memorial, one of Hawaii's most visited attractions.
Turner Classic Movies brings out mostly World War II-themed oldies throughout the weekend, including ``Operation Pacific'' (John Wayne), ``Kelly's Heroes'' (Clint Eastwood), ``Pork Chop Hill'' (Gregory Peck), ``From Here to Eternity'' (Burt Lancaster) and ``Midway'' (practically every actor in Hollywood). American Movie Classics gets in on the action Monday with ``The Longest Day'' (Wayne), ``Battle of the Bulge'' (Henry Fonda), ``PT 109'' (Cliff Robertson) and ``In Harm's Way'' (Wayne again). USA Network has ``Missing in Action'' (Chuck Norris). Check listings for show times and channels.
The 85th running of the Indianapolis 500 kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday on ABC with Al Michaels and Bob Jenkins anchoring and Jason Priestley (``Beverly Hills, 90210''), a sometimes racer himself, giving color commentary. The field of 33 will compete for a $9 million purse, while 31 cameras cover the pit and garages, 19 more are mounted on nine cars, and one hovers in a blimp. Driver Tony Stewart won't be able to slow down much after the checkered flag is waved around 12:30 p.m. He's due in Charlotte, N.C., about two hours later to take the green flag in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600. Coverage of that race, one of the toughest on the circuit because it starts in daylight and ends after dark, begins at 2 p.m. on Fox.
CBS has the final round of the Kemper Open starting at noon Sunday. And, of course, it wouldn't be the start of summer without NBA Playoffs and Stanley Cup hockey. The Lakers host the San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and NBA Eastern Conference Championship games are slated for Saturday and Monday at 2:30 p.m., all on NBC. The Stanley Cup finals start at noon Saturday on ABC.
The National Memorial Day Concert (KCET, 9 p.m. Sunday) marks the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War on the Capitol lawn with music provided by Art Garfunkel, Debby Boone, Travis Tritt, John McDermott and the National Symphony, and readings by Hector Elizondo, Charles Durning, Tom Bosley and Richard Crenna.
HBO goes pop at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with `` 'N Sync: Live From Madison Square Garden.''
Carmen Electra and Sisqo host ABC's World Music Awards, presented at 9 p.m. Monday. Performers include Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Shaggy, Enya and Rod Stewart, who receives a special legend award.
``Songs of Praise and Remembrance: A Memorial Day Celebration'' is a solemn holiday concert by the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University. It will be shown at 9:30 p.m. Monday on KOCE.
The History Channel is breaking out 12 hours of Robert Conrad's '70s action series ``Black Sheep Squadron'' (also known as ``Baa Baa Black Sheep'') for a 12-hour marathon beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday.
FX has strung together eight hours of ``Beverly Hills, 90210'' in a ``Summer Vacation Marathon'' kicking off at 10 a.m. Sunday.
- Valerie Kuklenski
There's also the traditional way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend - with a parade.
Yes, there's a big one in the Valley with more than 100 floats. For more fun, there's a festival of Greek culture or a new ``Shrek Live!'' interactive adventure at Universal Studios Hollywood - to name just a few alternatives.
The ``Valley of the Stars Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade'' is a salute to those who gave their lives for their country. Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy is grand marshal of Monday's 13th annual event, featuring more than 120 floats, bands, equestrian teams and celebrities. The event - which kicks off at Owensmouth Avenue and Sherman Way, moving east on Sherman Way, south on De Soto Avenue and west on Vanowen Street to Owensmouth Avenue - starts with the Los Angeles Police Department's motorcycle drill team at 10:40 a.m. Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., look skyward and you'll see the Condor Squadron in formation.
You can sample Greek culture during the long weekend at the 28th annual Valley Greek Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Memorial Day. Live music and dancing, costumed dancers, cooking demonstrations, Greek regional dishes (including homemade pastries), imported gift items and children's activities will be on hand. The free fest takes place at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. Information: (818) 886-4040.
Meanwhile, the fairy-tale magic of ``Shrek'' comes to life in ``Shrek Live!'' a new music- and comedy-filled live performance adventure based on the animated film hit. ``Shrek Live!'' performances take place all weekend from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Universal Studios Hollywood, just off the Ventura Freeway, at the Universal Center Drive or Lankershim Boulevard exits. Single-day tickets are $43 adults, $33 kids ages 3 to 11. Information: www.universalstudioshollywood.com or (800) 864-8377.
- Fred Shuster
Photo: (1 -- cover -- color) Glory days
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(2) Christian Bale observes an air attack in ``Empire of the Sun.''
(3) Rachel Ulanet and Will Gantshore dance it up in ``Lavender Girl,'' part of ``3hree'' at the Ahmanson.
(4) Retaining their annonimity, the Residents will perform at Royce Hall tonight.
(5) Alec Guiness in ``The Bridge on the River Kwai.''
(6 -- color) Accomplished choreographer Eko Supriyanto dances tonight at the Getty.
(7 -- color) ``Dame Edna: The Royal Tour'' ends its run at the Shubert on Sunday.
(8 -- color) Alanis Morissette will try out some new material at the El Rey Theatre tonight and Saturday.
(9 -- color) Catch the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at 2 p.m. on Fox.
(10 -- color) no caption (Summer Fest)
(11 -- color) Miou and Michael Hayden in a scene from A.R., Gruney's ``Far East.''
(12 -- color) The National Memorial Day Concert airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on KCET.
(13 -- color) Sisqo co-hosts the World Music Awards on Monday on ABC.
(14) Jean Willes, Frank Sinatra, center and Burt Lancaster star in ``From Here to Eternity.
(15) ``Saturday Night Live'' will rerun its tribute to Chris Farley on Saturdy.
(16) Jazz-funk alto saxist Ronnie Laws tops Mondays lineup at the Old Pasadena Summer Fest's ``Playboy Jazz in Central Park.''
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