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Best Bets: Friday 11/13

November 12, 1998

all day: Movies

Punk rock isn't dead. Not at the movies anyway. Documentarian of punk rock culture Penelope Spheeris follows up her 1981 and 1988 docs with "The Decline of Western Civilization Part III" a hard look at the lives of so-called "gutter punks," homeless teens who live on the streets of Hollywood, set to the music of Final Conflict, Naked Aggression and Litmus Green. On the lighter side, Bruce McDonald's black comedy "Hard Core Logo" is about a fictional Vancouver punk band who reunite to play one last gig, an anti-handgun benefit.

* "Decline of Western Civilization Part III," Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. Friday-Nov. 19. $5-$8. (310) 478-6379.

* "Hard Core Logo" opens Friday at selected theaters.

12:30 pm: Radio Convention

The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy holds its annual convention Friday through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In addition to panel discussions and memorabilia trading, the convention includes several re-creations of vintage radio shows, such as "Amos 'n' Andy," "The Romance of Helen Trent" and "Superman."

* SPERDVAC annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. Friday, 12:30-10:30 p.m., $45 (includes dinner); Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $25; Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m., $60 (includes dinner); Sunday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., $25. Friday- and Saturday-evening admission includes performances and dinner. (310) 642-7500.

7 pm: Architecture

From Greene and Greene and Stickley to post-Victorian kitchens and faux finishes, everything you need to know about the American Arts and Crafts Movement past and present will be covered in "Rediscovering the Art That Is Life," a weekend celebration in Pasadena, which has a long history of Craftsman designs. This weekend's events, sponsored by Pasadena Heritage, will include a tour of eight Craftsman-era homes including one "Hard Hat House," a furnishings exhibition and sale, restoration workshops on tiling, plastering and stenciling, a variety of lectures, and an exhibition of plein-air paintings, prints and photo paintings. Now, if you just had a Craftsman home . . .

* "Rediscovering the Art That Is Life," Pasadena. An opening-night reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Women's City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave. Exhibitions, lectures, programs and registration will be held at the Pasadena Masonic Temple, 200 S. Euclid Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. A self-driven Craftsman Home Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Restoration Arts Center will be held at Throop Church, 300 S. Los Robles Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for events range from $5 to $30. For information or registration materials, call (626) 441-6333.

8 pm: Theater

Noted stage and screen actress Claire Bloom will present her solo show, "Shakespeare's Women," portraying six major female roles from"Twelfth Night," "Coriolanus," "Henry VIII," "Othello," "Julius Caesar" and "As You Like It."

* "Shakespeare's Women," Norris Theatre, Crossfield Drive and Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. $30. (310) 544-0403.

8 pm: Music

Music director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and plays the piano on a varied repertory program, first in Royce Hall at UCLA, then Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Featured are works by Hindemith, Stravinsky (the rarely heard Octet), Copland and Respighi.

* The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plays in Royce Hall at UCLA at 8 p.m. $13-$45. Repeated Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. $13-$48. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215.

all day: Arts & Crafts

Two thousand years of Asian art will be represented at the seventh annual "Arts of Pacific Asia" at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Nearly 80 galleries will display a variety of Asian artworks including Japanese folk art known as mingei, Chinese snuff bottles that feature intricate images painted with a brush-tipped bamboo stick, paintings from the Philippines, Tibetan cabinets, Korean ceramics, and the requisite kimonos, folding screens, masks and woodblock prints.

* "Arts of Pacific Asia." Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Pico Boulevard and Main Street, Santa Monica. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. General admission, $10; children under 16, free. (310) 455-2886.



Barry Brisk conducts the Beach Cities Symphony in the world premiere of Milos Raickovich's Symphony No.1, Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, 8:15 p.m. (310) 379-9725.


Singer Julie Kelly and pianist Bill Cunliffe's trio play jazz at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 5:30 p.m. (213) 857-6000.

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