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November 02, 2000

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Before Christopher Guest let the dogs out with "Best in Show," he left no doubt as to whether he was a mod or rocker (like Ringo, he's definitely a mocker). The New Beverly Cinema unleashes a Guest double with the drummer-deprived heavy-metal band members of Spinal Tap banging their collective heads in Rob Reiner's mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984) and Guest's feature directing debut "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), a sendup of small-town theatricals. Michael McKean and Harry Shearer co-star in "Tap," Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Parker Posey join Guest's ensemble in "Guffman."

* Christopher Guest Double Feature, New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Sunday, "This is Spinal Tap," 4:10 and 7:30 p.m.; "Waiting for Guffman," 2:30, 5:50 and 9:10 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, "This Is Spinal Tap," 7:30 p.m.; "Waiting for Guffman," 9:10 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038.



"The Gizmo Guys," master jugglers Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker, present their internationally touring show, a demonstration of eye-popping dexterity and offbeat humor.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday November 3, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Film credit--A Best Bets listing in Thursday's Calendar Weekend incorrectly reported the film on which Christopher Guest made his feature directing debut. It was "The Big Picture" in 1989.

* "The Gizmo Guys," Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal Stage Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. 2 p.m. $12-$15. (562) 985-7000.



Continuing the Stotsenberg Recital series at Pepperdine University, violinist Roberto Cani, hornist Jon Titmus and pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky offer sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy and Brahms' famous Horn Trio, Opus 40, for their matinee performance.

* The Cani-Titmus-Gliadkovsky ensemble plays in Raitt Recital Hall at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 2 p.m. $20. (310) 456-4522.



Noted jazz pianist David Benoit will present a musical tribute to Charles M. Schulz in "Here's to You, Charlie Brown!--50 Great Years." The multimedia concert will feature the music of Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the music for the "Peanuts" TV specials, as well as other composers, songs from the TV and stage shows, plus film clips of Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the gang. Benoit, a longtime "Peanuts" fan who scored several of the TV specials, will be joined by bassist Dean Taba, drummer Jeff Olson, sax man Andy Suzuki and guitarist Mark Antoine, singer Leslie Smith and a children's choir. Another highlight will be Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's mini classical piano concerto, "Peanuts Gallery," in which each movement is based on one of the comic strip's characters.

* "Here's to You, Charlie Brown!--50 Great Years," Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sunday, 5 p.m. $42 to $52. (800) 300-4345.

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The restoration of a 26-acre freshwater marsh at the Ballona Wetlands in Playa Del Rey is celebrated during Ballona Fest 2000. Eco exhibits and wetland tours will be available to visitors. Live music, including a performance by Atlantic Crossing, and entertainment for the family will also contribute to the festivities.

* Ballona Fest 2000, Ballona Wetlands, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (Entrance behind Gordon's Market.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (310) 574-0700.



The touring American Boychoir appears here three times this week, first at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Sunday, then next Thursday in Westwood and the following Saturday in Glendale. Music Director James Litton is leading his final West Coast tour with the ensemble; he retires at the end of this season.

* The American Boychoir sings at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. $10-$15. (626) 793-4231. Also Nov. 9 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Ave., Westwood, (310) 475-2070. 8 p.m. $10 to $15 and Nov. 11 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 500-1580. 7 p.m. Free.



Back when he was a public school teacher in New York City, you could probably hear Frank McCourt lecture for free. Now, it'll cost you. The difference is four years and two best-selling autobiographical books. "Angela's Ashes," the heartbreaking yet funny tale of growing up desperately poor in Ireland, won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a feature film. " 'Tis: A Memoir," McCourt's best-selling follow-up, traced his early years in the United States.

* Frank McCourt, Royce Hall, UCLA campus, Westwood. $20 to $30. (310) 825-2101.


View experimental films and videos, from the purely abstract to the fun and amusing, outdoors in the crisp fall air at "Macadamfest: A Blacktop Experimental Drive-In." Rose Bowl, parking lot I, Pasadena. If you do not have an FM radio in your car, bring a folding chair or blanket. 6:30 p.m. (626) 398-9278.

Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra begins its 46th season with a concert of music by Mozart, Gordon Getty, Schoenberg and Dvorak at 4 p.m. in Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles Wilson Hermanto conducts. (310) 859-7668.

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