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Week In Preview

October 04, 1998


"Holy Man" stars Eddie Murphy as a televangelist who proves that shopping by TV can be a religious experience. The comedy--co-starring Jeff Goldblum (center, with Kelly Preston and Murphy), Robert Loggia and Jon Cryer, and directed by Stephen Herek--opens on Friday in general release.


"Bad Sex With Bud Kemp," Sandra Tsing Loh's hit comic chronicle of a woman's search for love, opens Monday at the Tiffany Theatre. Just down the road at the Coronet Theatre, the Joe DiPietro/Jimmy Roberts romantic musical revue "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," opens on Wednesday.


The L.A. Philharmonic holds a Pension Fund Gala on Monday, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Ravel's "Mother Goose" Suite and excerpts from Stravinsky's "Firebird"; soloists are pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque, playing Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos and Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals."


The Mark Morris Dance Group performs the local premieres of "Three Preludes" (to music by Gershwin) and "Medium" (to John Harbison), plus "I Don't Want to Love" (to Monteverdi) and "Grand Duo" (to Lou Harrison) on Friday and Saturday in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood.


Singer Michael Martin Murphey is country music's most prominent curator of the American West. His ambitious "WestFest"--Friday through next Sunday at Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion combines art, rodeo, history and music by John Michael Montgomery, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett et al.


"Bicycles: History, Beauty, Fantasy," opening today at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, traces the development of the bicycle from its creation to the start of this century, looking at it from a design and engineering aspect and as a vehicle of social change. Above: A cyclist with a Columbia model, circa 1885.


Altoist Eric Marienthal is best-known for his crossover solo recordings and his work with Chick Corea's Elektric Band. However, the soulful saxophonist is also a talented straight-ahead player, as he will show Tuesday through Thursday at the Jazz Bakery in a tribute to the great Cannonball Adderley.


Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow quite literally "Dial M for Murder" in "A Perfect Murder," the slick, sleek remake of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery. This time around, Douglas hires a man to murder his wife (Paltrow), but the man happens to be his wife's lover. It comes to video on Tuesday.


Early Warning: "But Not for Me," Keith Reddin's drama about Richard Nixon's notorious 1950 race for U.S. Senate, premieres Nov. 6 at South Coast Rep.

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