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Taste of Tibet: Chef-restaurateur Yujean Kang winds up his four-day hosting of 10 monks from the Ganden Jagste Monastery in India by presenting a special Tibetan/Chinese dinner today at his West Hollywood restaurant, 8826 Melrose Ave., with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the monks.

The monks will perform a sand mandala painting ceremony, described as ``an intricate portrait of the Celestial Mansion of the Deities,'' from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. A special vegetarian lunch at $30 per person will be served at two seatings, noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees for this evening's Tibetan dinner will receive the sacred sand at a sand painting display and reception beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

Following the two-hour dining period, a tantric ritual dancing performance will be presented by the lama monks with a ``Black Hat'' dance, a ``Lords of the Death'' dance and an ``Offering to the Protectors'' dance. Bells, cymbals, chimes and wind instruments as well as vocals, accompany the dances.

A traditional Buddhist debate will then take place ``using clapping and stomping to dispel ignorance.''

Cost for the event, including the meal, is $175 per person.

Details and reservations: (310) 288-0806.

?13- Larry Lipson


Derailers at Sugar Shack: The contemporary country bands attracting the most attention these days usually take their cues from the likes of the Burrito Brothers rather than Buck Owens.

Austin's rock-steady Derailers, on the other hand, are a honky-tonk outfit in the grand tradition of Owens' Buckaroos. Sporting sharp western-style suits and cool haircuts, the quartet built a loyal audience after landing regular gigs at Austin's most popular nightspots.

The Derailers are led by singer-guitarist Tony Villanueva and lead guitarist Brian Hofeldt, longtime friends who grew up in Portland, Ore., and first met when they joined a local rockabilly group called Dead Man's Hand.

Raised on country radio, Villanueva eventually left the band and hit the road, settling in Austin. Hofeldt joined him shortly afterward.

The Derailers appear tonight at Jacks Sugar Shack in Hollywood with Texas rockabilly singer Jesse Dayton and local act Farmer Tan.

The band's third album, ``Reverb Deluxe'' (Watermelon), is due in stores any day. Like the Derailers' previous effort, ``Jackpot,'' the new CD was produced by ex-Blaster Dave Alvin.

The Sugar Shack is at 1707 N. Vine St., Hollywood. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and admission is $7. Information: (213) 466-7005.

?13- Fred Shuster


Un-Cabaret unique: For the past four years, one of L.A.'s worst-kept secrets has been the alternative comedy showcase known as the Un-Cabaret. This underground group of writer-performers doesn't deal in the usual yuk-yuk fodder - you know, stale jokes about growing up in some provincial backwater or snarling reflections on a hapless love life. Raw originality and skillful storytelling set Un-Cabaret apart from the usual parade of cheap-shot comedians and psychotics who vent their own frustrated ambitions on innocent audiences.

A fixture on the local alternative comedy circuit, Un-Cabaret's weekly sessions at LunaPark have won very kind words from the L.A. media as well as favorable attention from National Public Radio.

No wonder Un-Cabaret creator and host Beth Lapides was able to corral some top talent (Dana Gould, Kathy Griffin, Julia Sweeney, Scott Thompson) for Saturday's Comedy Central television special, Un-Cabaret's first. ``Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret,'' which airs at 11 p.m., will let the rest of America tune into a home-grown L.A. phenomenon.

Expect an evening of true confessions about falling in love in New York, backpacking through Europe, finding a body in a swamp and other fun summertime activities.

For more details, you can find Un-Cabaret's Web site at, one of several new projects aimed at broadening the group's audience. Soon your trendier-than-thou East Coast friends will be calling to ask what you think of these guys. So tune in Saturday night and get ready to tell them.

?13- Reed Johnson


Female Dada: Until Pop Art came along and thumbed its collective nose at the '50s, Dadaism was considered the ultimate bad-boy art form. But not all Dada's bad boys were men.

As the only female member of the Berlin Dada group, Hannah Hoch - artist, feminist, social critic and bisexual - outworked many of her more famous male colleagues and outlived virtually all of them. In a six-decade-long career, she helped pioneer the cut-and-paste techniques of photomontage, creating tart commentaries on the brutality of World War I and the tragically failed promises of Germany's Weimar Republic.

Perhaps most importantly, Hoch vehemently challenged the romanticized ideal of the ``New Woman,'' the supposedly liberated, career-minded creature who sprang from the rubble of post-war Europe. By cutting out images from fashion magazines and ironically recasting them, Hoch fingered the conflicts at the heart of modern female identity. Somehow she survived Hitler to enjoy an artistic rebirth in the 1960s, when her increasingly surrealistic work found a new generation of followers.

Hoch (1889-1978) is receiving her first major U.S. retrospective through Sept. 14 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and this showcase of 170 works offers a fascinating introduction to one of modernism's undervalued voices. The exhibition is particularly adept at matching Hoch's works with her original source materials.

``The Photomontages of Hannah Hoch'' is open during regular museum hours: noon-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon-9 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A panel discussion on Hoch and Berlin Dada will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the museum. For information, call (213) 857-6000.

?13- Reed Johnson


`Full Monty' refreshing: Unemployment has never been exposed quite as thoroughly, nor amusingly, as it is in ``The Full Monty.'' The umpteenth movie about downsized and almost out British blokes struggling to make ends meet, ``Monty'' at least had the refreshing idea of turning the guys from hopeless mopes into unlikely exotic dancers.

Led by Robert Carlyle, in a complete turnaround from his psychotic ``Trainspotting'' performance, a motley crew of too old, too fat, too proper and too clumsy Yorkshiremen tortuously put together their own Chippendales act, bad '70s disco moves and all. In the process of overcoming their inhibitions, they rediscover their long-suppressed self-respect.

Long on charm and light on anything actually smarmy, ``The Full Monty'' dresses up a tired genre by gleefully stripping it bare.

?13- Bob Strauss


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Photo: (1) Hannah Hoch's ``The Coquette I'' is one of the works on display at a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The showcase of 170 works runs through Sept. 14.

(2) The Derailers are a honky-tonk outfit in the grand tradition of Buck Owens' Buckaroos.

(3) ``Suddenly Susan'' star Kathy Griffin does an edgy comedy act on ``Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret'' Saturday on Comedy Central.
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