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Pursuits From Shakespeare to 'Annie' to Billy Bragg

November 08, 1996

* MOVIES: Literary adaptations have always been a staple of the screen. Two now playing locally: "Jude," a handsome, uncompromising treatment of Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" (Edwards University, Irvine); and "Mother Night," with Nick Nolte starring in a version of Kurt Vonnegut's novel pitting avenging Israelis and neo-Nazis in the years after World War II (Edwards Town Center, Costa Mesa). . . . Meanwhile, in a retrospective vein, there's Billy Wilder's classic drag comedy, "Some Like It Hot," today through Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at Super Saver 7 Cinemas in Seal Beach. Also, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1976 "The Mirror"--centering on an artist's reflections of his Russian childhood--plays at 7 and 9 tonight at UC Irvine's Student Center Crystal Cove Auditorium. . . . "William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet" (general release) is a wild-in-the-streets version of the classic romance. Juiced to the max, drenched in visual style by "Strictly Ballroom's" Baz Lehrmann and fortunate to have Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as its stars. . . . Clara Bow had no greater admirer of her talent than Louise Brooks, and now the Silent Movie presents tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., Brooks in "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" (1926) and Bow in "My Lady of Whims" (1925).

* POP MUSIC: Punk bands the Joykiller and Jigsaw play tonight at the Lava Room in Costa Mesa. . . . Pop-rock troubadours Billy Bragg and Robyn Hitchcock share a bill Saturday at the Coach House and Sunday at the El Rey Theatre in L.A., while rock band Wilco is at the Coach House on Sunday. . . . Inti-Illimani, Chile's revered nueva cancion ensemble, plays tonight at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena.

* JAZZ: The Great American Music Company, with vocalists Dewey Erney and Stephanie Haynes, explores the work of composer-lyricist Johnny Mercer Sunday at Diva in Costa Mesa. . . . The inventor of "dawg jazz," mandolinist David Grisman, joins guitarist Martin Taylor in a musical exchange of ideas Sunday at Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center For the Performing Arts . . . New York's Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, directed by trumpeter Jon Faddis, honors the jazz tradition in a concert tonight at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. campus. . . . From the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, young trumpeter Marcus Printup is at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City tonight and Saturday.

* THEATER: Deft direction by Howard Fine and zany performances make Lee Blessing's "Fortinbras" a lively offering at the Howard Fine Theatre in Hollywood. In this frothy version of the aftermath of "Hamlet," the Norwegian prince assumes the Danish throne and puts his own skewed spin on the royal family's demise. . . . There's more speculative fantasy at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City, where "Hell: Paradise Found," Seth Panitch's pointed, goofy comedy, revolves around a recently deceased lawyer who wants to convince a sardonic "interviewer" that he belongs in heaven, not hell.

* FAMILY: Serendipity Theatre brings to life Scott O'Dell's children's book "Island of the Blue Dolphins," at the Little Burbank Theatre, with its stage version of the true story about a heroic young Gabrielino Indian girl who survived alone on an island for 18 years. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Plays Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. . . . A mostly child cast performs "Annie," the comic-strip-based Thomas Meehan/Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin musical, at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica on Saturday at 1 p.m.

* DANCE: In an unusual program of dance tributes, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco performs "El Amor Brujo" and "La Argentina" tonight and Saturday at the Veterans Wadsworth Theater in Westwood. . . . Korean-born, locally based contemporary dancer-choreographer Hae Kyung Lee brings her company to Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica tonight through Sunday.

* MUSIC: L.A. Opera unveils a revival of its "Tosca," with the doomed lovers played by Carol Vaness and Richard Leech in a matinee on Saturday at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. . . . George Walker, the first African American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize, will introduce his winning work, "Lilacs," to Los Angeles at University Theatre/Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday night in a free concert, with Frances Steiner conducting and Faye Robinson, who sang in the world premiere of the work with the Boston Symphony in February, soloing. . . . Mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore makes her West Coast recital debut at Veterans Wadsworth Theater in Westwood on Sunday afternoon.

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