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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA--Watch Me Shine, with book and lyrics by Adam Sandel and music by Richard Link, premieres in San Francisco. Performed by a multiethnic cast, it's described as an irreverent journey through 80 years of gay history and social evolution. Michael's Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market St., San Francisco. Wed.- Sat. 8 p.m. Jun. 15-18. Wed.-Thu. 8 p.m. Jun. 22-23. Fri.-Sat. 7 & 9 p.m. Jun. 24-25. $20, plus $10 minimum food and drink. www.watchmeshinethemusical .com. (800) 595-4849.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--West Coast Jewish Theatre announces its 2005 season, the first full season in the group's 13-year history. Included are Wendy Graf's world premiere play Lessons (opening Jul. 8), directed by Oscar-winning director Adam Davidson, about a man in his 60s who decides to have a bar mitzvah; the musical comedy American Klezmer (in fall), with book by Joanne Koch and Sarah Blacher Cohen, music by Ilya Levinson, and lyrics by Owen Kalt; and Sophie (winter), written by Valerie Boyle, Bruce Kalish, and Rocky Kalish, based on the life of Sophie Tucker. Exact dates and performance venues TBA. (323) 860-6620...

UCLA Festival 2005 celebrates student work in acting, animation, digital media, film, screenwriting, and producing. The event showcases the talents of students from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Included are staged readings, film screenings, competitive presentations of ideas for feature films to a panel of judges, and more. UCLA campus. Jun. 10-17. Free; reservations required. (310) 825-2661...

Tim Miller's Drama Desk nominee for Best Solo Performance, US, is offered for two performances at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. It's described as a fast, funny, and furious rethinking of the Broadway musical as inspiration for racial politics and queer identity. The event is timed to coincide with L.A. Gay Pride month. Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist who has taught at UCLA and Cal State L.A. Davidson/Valentini Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Jun. 17-18. $20. (323) 860-7300.

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