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Best Bets: Sunday 11/22

November 19, 1998

All day: Movies

Two of Charlie Chaplin's silent masterpieces from the 1930s--"City Lights" (1931) and "Modern Times" (1936)--will screen at the New Beverly revival theater. The former is an inspiring lyrical comedy of timeless idealism. The latter is an ever-relevant commentary about the chasm between the haves and have-nots.

* "City Lights" and "Modern Times," New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd. Sunday-Nov. 24. $2.50-$5. (323) 938-4038.

7 pm: Theater

All the Whos down in Who-ville and the nasty old Grinch are on hand for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a new musical version of Dr. Seuss' holiday fable, directed by Jack O'Brien, that will turn the Old Globe Theatre into Who-ville, inside and out. The book and lyrics are by Timothy Mason, with music by Mel Marvin.

* "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Old Globe Theatre, Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts, San Diego, Sunday, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Also Nov. 27, Dec. 23-24, 30-31, 2 p.m.; Dec. 24, 31, evening shows at 5 p.m. Dark Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Ends Jan. 3. $34-$39; age 17 and under, $17-$19.50. (619) 239-2255.

2 pm: Theater

Kaye Ballard, Buddy Ebsen and Adrienne Barbeau head the cast in "Big Band Ballyhoo," subtitled "Mad, Mad Musical Madhouse," a '30s- and '40s-style musical and comedy extravaganza in Glendale on Sunday. The production, which follows shows in Glendora and Escondido, features Billy Barty, Pete Barbutti, the Great Tomsoni & Company and the New Society Big Band.

* "Big Band Ballyhoo," Haugh Performing Arts Center, Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, Friday, 8 p.m., $12-$24, (626) 335-4715 (Ebsen and Barbeau will not appear at the Haugh); California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, Saturday, 8 p.m., $23-$34, (800) 98-TICKETS; Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave., Glendale, Sunday, 2 p.m. $24.50-$29.50. (800) 233-3123.

7 pm: Music

After five years away, colorful British violinist Nigel Kennedy, who now goes by just his last name, returns to Southern California this weekend, appearing at UCLA on Saturday and at the Cerritos Center on Sunday. With his ensemble, the Kennedy Collective, the violinist will play Bach's D-minor Chaconne, Bartok's solo Sonata, and a concerto in suite form based on the music of J.M. Hendrix (yes, that Hendrix) and put together by Kennedy.

* Kennedy and the Kennedy Collective play at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, $35-$50. (562) 916-8500.

4 pm: Music

Whether shower singer or professional warbler, you're invited to get into the act as Sing! Sing! Sing!, the sophisticated sing-along ensemble for adults, presents "Into the Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim," interweaving a singable program of Sondheim selections with commentary and context provided by Howard Lewis.

* "Into the Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim," Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Old Helms Bakery Arts Complex, Culver City $15. (310) 271-9039; (310) 546-5470.

11:30 am: Parade

What started out as a spoof of the Rose Parade has now taken on a life of its own. The Doo Dah Parade steps off Sunday with the performance group Culture Clash as grand marshals. About 30,000 people are expected to turn out to watch the 22nd annual parade, where the tasteless reigns supreme. Expect dogs in drag, Mr. El Nino, the Dead Rose Queens and the Barbecue and Hibachi Marching Grill team.

* Doo Dah Parade, from intersection of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street to Colorado Boulevard at Pasadena Avenue in Old Town Pasadena. Free. (626) 440-7379.

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Freebies: The Los Angeles Mariachi Festival at Mariachi Plaza, 1803 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights, noon-5 p.m. (213) 473-5801.

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Self-guided tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House and gift buying highlight the annual Barnsdall Art Park Open House, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., noon-5 p.m. (213) 485-8665.

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