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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA--

Theatre for Social Change Conference, featuring cultural activist Augusto Boal, takes place in San Francisco on Apr. 25 (University of San Francisco), Apr. 26 (California Institute of Integral Studies Drama Therapy Program), and Apr. 27 (St. Boniface Church). Included are Boal's master classes in Theatre of the Oppressed, performances, workshops, and a legislative forum. Contact Denise Mewbourne at (510) 434-0938...

American Musical Theatre of San Jose has announced its 2004-05 season, including Mel Brooks' The Producers (July 6-Aug.1), Rent (Sep. 21-26), Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan (Oct. 27-Nov.1), Chicago (Jan, 12-23, 2005), A Chorus Line (Feb. 22-Mar. 6, 2005), Stomp (Mar 15-20, 2005), Jekyll & Hyde (Apr. 12-24, 2005), Cats (May 10-15, 2005), and Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out (June 8-19, 2005). (888) 455-7469.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--

McCoy Rigby Entertainment has announced its 2004-05 season, at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts: Cathy Rigby launches her farewell tour as Peter Pan (Sep. 24-Oct. 10); Becky Mode's solo comedy Fully Committed (Nov. 5-21); Tim Conway and Harvey Korman Together Again (Feb. 5, 2005); My Way, a musical revue saluting Frank Sinatra, directed by Nick DeGruccio (Feb. 11-17, 2005); My Fair Lady (May 20-June 5, 2005), and Smokey Joe's Cafe (June 10-26, 2005). (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310...

Performance Riverside has announced its 2004-05 season, including Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Sep. 17-Oct. 3), Grease (Nov. 5-20), Bock and Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof (Feb. 4-20, 2005), Schmidt and Jones' The Fantastiks (Apr. 1-17, 2005), and Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 3-19, 2005). (909) 222-8100...

Backstage at the Geffen, the third annual fund-raising event at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, takes place Apr. 19 at 6 p.m. Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor Karl Malden will receive the Geffen's first annual Distinction in Theater award, to be presented by Tom Hanks. The evening will include celebrity play readings, musical and dance pieces, and intimate conversations with actors and directors. $250-2,000. (310) 208-6500...

Scenes from 40 years of Masquers Plays, a staged reading of scenes from classic plays by Hollywood celebrities of yesteryear, is a benefit for the re-establishment of the Masquers club, the legendary social organization that gave birth to the Screen Actors Guild. Among many rotating celebrity participants in the event at L.A.'s Greenway Court Theatre are Ernest Borgnine, Joseph Campanella, Marjorie Lord, Piper Laurie, and Jimmy Lydon. April 21-May 1. $27.95. (818) 785-5555...

The Catherine Calamity, a new play by Sheila Callaghan, will be presented in a staged reading April 19 at 8 p.m. at the Moving Arts Theatre in Silverlake. An 11-year-old girl and her mother try to adjust to life without Dad. A discussion will follow the reading. Free; reservations not required. (213) 622-8906, ext. 2...

Vocalist's Health is a free seminar given by nutritional pioneer Dr. Arlo Gordin, D.C. Among areas covered are improving your vocal range and breath control; adding power, strength, and endurance to your voice; and combating vocal problems from stress. Reservations are recommended. Universal City Medical Group, 3535 Cahuenga Blvd. W. #206, L.A. (323) 436-0303.

--Les Spindle

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