7 pm: Pop Music

If the exotic, the eccentric and the edgy are exerting a lure, the Burbank-based Dionysius Records label is your answer. The idiosyncratic independent is a patron of such genres as rockabilly, neo-surf, lounge, punk, garage rock and various crossbreeds, all of which will be on display at Moguls at the third annual Dionysius Demolition Derby, a showcase of the label’s acts and its attitude. Rockabilly and wrestling are the Friday attraction, followed by surf and garage-a-go-go on Saturday and a cocktail mix on Sunday.

* Dionysius Demolition Derby at Moguls, 1650 N. Schrader Blvd., Hollywood. $10. (213) 465-7449. Also Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., $15, and Sunday at 5 p.m., $15.

8 pm: Jazz

Bluegrass-jazz banjo man Bela Fleck and his electric Flecktones explore funk, Irish music, country and swing. Innovative, two-handed “taps” style guitarist Stanley Jordan gets an almost orchestral sound from his instrument. They’ll highlight their eclectic styles in this double bill that promises that the guitarist and the banjo player will combine for at least one number.


* Bela Fleck, Stanley Jordan, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive. $25-$40. Also Saturday. (562) 916-8500.

3 pm: Family

All that’s needed at this “Backyard Circus” is an imagination. Kids may dress up in costumes and become their favorite circus characters at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. A ringmaster will be on hand to organize the fun.

* “Backyard Circus,” Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Begins 3 p.m. Friday. Indefinitely. Free. Park rides: $1-$4 or $15 for an all-day pass. Open daily. Call for hours. (310) 260-8744.

All day: Theme Parks

If you somehow missed the hype between the “Seinfeld” and “Godzilla” hoopla, take note that Disneyland opens its new Tomorrowland on Friday, when the summer hours kick in. The land of the future gets a face lift and some new rides, including the towering Astro Orbitor, the speedy Rocket Rods and the high-tech, 3-D “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.”

* Tomorrowland at Disneyland, Ball Road at Santa Ana Freeway, Anaheim. Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Adults, $38; senior citizens age 60 and older, $36; children 3-11, $28. (213) 626-8605, Ext. 4565, or (714) 781-4565.

7:30 pm: Theater


Noted director Jonathan Pape guides a cast of veteran stage professionals in Venture West Theatre’s special Memorial Day weekend production of Shirley Lauro’s acclaimed “A Piece of My Heart,” a drama loosely based on true stories of women who served in Vietnam. Opening night will include a tribute to the women whose lives inspired the play.

* “A Piece of My Heart,” grounds of the National Cemetery, entrance on Sepulveda Boulevard, one block north of Wilshire Boulevard, West Los Angeles. Free. No reservations required; directions: (310) 364-1654.

7:30 pm: Movies

Cinema master Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 epic “Ran” will kick off the “Fashion and Film: Facets of Japonism” series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The three-weekend film series, presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Japonism in Fashion: The Influence of Japan on Western Dress,” will feature films that are notable for their costume design. On Saturday, Deborah L. Scott, the Academy Award-winning costume designer for “Titanic,” will introduce the films “Artists and Models Abroad” and “Moulin Rouge.” Other films in the series include “The Mikado,” “Madame Butterfly” and “Salome.”


* “Fashion and Film: Facets of Japonism,” LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Friday-Saturday, May 29-30, June 5-6, 7:30 p.m. $4-$6. (213) 857-6010.


FREEBIE: Blues man Mighty Mo Rodgers, Hard Rock Cafe, Los Angeles, 10 p.m. (310) 276-7605.