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SUNNY SAN DIEGO

The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau has published a new brochure called San Diego Art+Sol, which highlights the city's cultural offerings. The 32-page booklet is available free by calling 1-800-270-WAVE. The publication profiles 12 of the leading cultural institutions including the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb's Players Theater, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Old Globe Theater, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Opera and San Diego Playgoers.

MASTERWORKS AT THE BELLAGIO IN LAS VEGAS

A special exhibition of modern paintings from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts from Sept. 1 through March 4. Works in the exhibit are by such artists as Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Manet and Cezanne. Admission is $12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The last admission is sold at 9:30 p.m. For information call 1-702-693-7898.

SUR LA TABLE OPENS STORE IN LAS VEGAS

This popular kitchenware and tabletop store is opening at the new Desert Passage at the Aladdin Resort. The retail outlet will carry more than 12,000 products that hail from near and far. For those of you who prefer to shop at home, the company has a Web address. Web site: www.surlatable.com

SANTA BARBARA VISITORS GUIDE

The "Santa Barbara County Visitors Guide 2000" is the ultimate free travel planner and one-stop resource. It gives you the inside track on everything from walking tide pools in Carpinteria to dune hopping in Guadalupe. Call 1-800-676-1266 or visit the Web. Web site:

www.santabarbaraCA.com

NATIVE AMERICAN ART IN JACKSON, WYO

"Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America" will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art outside Jackson through Jan. 7. It features traditional and contemporary works by artists representing a number of Western tribes, as well as historic works and artifacts. The exhibit tours major museums throughout the West including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.; the Heard Museum in Phoenix; and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla. Call 1-800-313-9553, or visit the Web. Web site: www.museumswest.org

RESERVATIONS-FREE EVENINGS AT THE GETTY CENTER

The ever-popular L.A. museum is becoming even more patron friendly. You can now visit the museum on Thursday and Friday evenings after 4 p.m. without a reservation. The museum is open until 9 p.m. both evenings. Admission to the Getty is free but parking is $5 per car. For information, call 1-310-440-7300.

OKTOBERFEST IN FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS

One of the best Oktoberfests in the country is hosted by the tiny town of Fredericksburg, west of Austin. The dates this year are Oct. 6-8. Festivities are particularly meaningful because the town was settled by Germans in the mid-19th century. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children 6-12. Younger children are admitted free. Call 1-830-997-4810.


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