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all day Movies

May 25, 2000

For "M:I-2," the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible," the producers--who include star Tom Cruise--hired Chinese-born John Woo, a unique talent whom Times film critic Kenneth Turan calls "a director without limits who respects neither the laws of physics nor those of probability." This time around, special agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is aided by a beautiful master thief (Thandie Newton), who is recruited to help him infiltrate the high-tech lair of a former agent. Look for Anthony Hopkins in an unbilled cameo as Hunt's superior in the film, which opened Wednesday.

* "M:I-2," which is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action and some sensuality, is playing in general release.

all day: Photography

The Santa Monica Museum of Art will re-create the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe survey "The Perfect Moment" nearly photograph for photograph in conjunction with "Dirty Pictures," the new Showtime film about the artist. Composed of about 150 photographs, some of which created a 1st Amendment firestorm and subsequent obscenity trial 10 years ago, the retrospective will include the artist's signature still-lifes, self-portraits and portraits for a two-week engagement.

* "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment," Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1, Santa Monica. Ends June 10. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday and June 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (310) 586-6488.

8 pm: Pop Music

The Palm Desert band Kyuss was an icon on the so-called "stoner rock" circuit, but Queens of the Stone Age, the group that evolved from Kyuss, has emerged as a potent, progressive metal force with traces of such bands as Soundgarden. No surprise, considering that leader Josh Homme put in some post-Kyuss time in Seattle. The Queens will preview their upcoming album, "Queens of the Stone Age II," at the Troubadour before hitting the road with Ozzfest.

* Queens of the Stone Age, with Eleven, Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Sold out. (310) 276-6168.

8 pm: Music

Simon Rattle, music director-designate of the Berlin Philharmonic and this year's music director of the upcoming Ojai Music Festival, stops in Los Angeles this week to conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in a Ravel/Mahler program consisting of the fantasy-opera "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" and the Fourth Symphony. Among the vocal soloists: soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, tenor John Aler and baritone Francois Le Roux.

* The L.A. Philharmonic, L.A. Master Chorale, conducted by Simon Rattle, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. 8 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $15 to $70. (323) 850-2000.

8:30 pm: Dance

"Movement never lies," Martha Graham very famously declared, but Richard Move is after more than mere truth in "Divine Normal," his drag impersonation of Graham. Dressed in faux Halston gowns and pseudo-Noguchi accessories, Move presents Graham as a celebrity goddess: never normal, definitely divine.

* Richard Move in "Divine Normal," Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 8:30 p.m. Also Friday and Sunday, 8:30 p.m. $16. (310) 315-1459.

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Freebie: Portraits of Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marilyn Manson and other equally colorful but not-so-famous characters will be featured in an exhibition of photographs by fashion photographer David LaChapelle opening today at Fahey/Klein, 148 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through July 8. (323) 934-2250.

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