Salsa Man:

L.A.'s own Poncho Sanchez will be making a three-night appearance from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 at The Conga Room in the Miracle Mile area of Wilshire Boulevard. Sanchez, who grew up in Norwalk listening to Afro-Cuban music in his neighborhood, began playing with bands when he was just a teen-ager. In 1980 he formed his own band and since then has recorded more than 20 records. In 1999 he won a Grammy Award for "Latin Soul." Information: (323) 938-1696 or www.congaroom.com.

Behind the Scenes:

Get a peek at how the artsy crowd works. Painters, sculptors, photographers and designers are opening their studios on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Complex, one of the country's largest arts facilities. It is located near downtown Los Angeles, one mile east of Chinatown. The Brewery holds these tours twice a year. Studio admissions are free. Information: (213) 694-2911.

Crafts Market

: In a pre-holiday show, the Contemporary Crafts Market is coming to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. More than 250 artists from across the country will display their decorative, functional, and wearable art. This includes items such as home furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, and glassware. Information: (310) 285-3655 or www.craftsource.org.

Pasadena Symphony:

Acclaimed clarinetist Charles Neidich makes his debut with the Pasadena Symphony in an all-Mozart program on Nov. 10 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Neidich will perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Also on the program is Mozart's popular Symphony No. 40 as well as the Masonic Funeral Music. Neidich won the prestigious Naumburg Competition in 1985. Information: (626) 793-7172 or www.pasadenasymphony.org.

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