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April 15, 2001

In "Freddy Got Fingered," MTV comedian Tom Green plays a misfit whose outrageous behavior provokes his father (Rip Torn) to similar extremes. Green directed and co-wrote. Opens Friday. Also: "The Visit" stars Hill Harper as a young man whose imprisonment-for a rape he insists he did not commit-has alienated his self-made father (Billy Dee Williams). The family drama was adapted by director Jordan Walker-Pearlman from Kosmond Russell's play. With Phylicia Rashad, Rae Dawn Chong, Obba Babatunde and Marla Gibbs. Opens Friday.


Playwright Mark Medoff and actress Phyllis Frelich, both Tony Award winners for "Children of a Lesser God," collaborate again in Deaf West Theatre's world premiere of Medoff's "Road to a Revolution," based on the 1988 student uprising at Gallaudet University protesting the school's repeated appointments of non-deaf presidents. Opens Friday.


Anton Webern's Variations, Richard Strauss' massive "Alpine" Symphony and Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto constitute the program to be conducted by the young Italian musician Roberto Abbado (son of Marcello) in his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut, Thursday through Saturday nights in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The soloist is American violinist Pamela Frank.


Locally based flamenco specialists Adam and Laila del Monte join jazz dancer Ken Morris in "Pasados por el Mundo" (World Passages), an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, Friday through next Sunday and May 4-6 at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. Also scheduled: the debuts of the Del Montes' 11-year-old twin sons, Enosh (on violin) and Shaul (on cello).

Pop Music

How does a rap-rock band stand out from the pack? If you're Linkin Park, you draft a singer (Chester Bennington, above) and a rapper, and you write lyrics long on emotion and vulnerability and short on profanity. The L.A. band has hit pay dirt with that approach, racking up sales of 1.5 million for its album "Hybrid Theory" as it comes to the Hollywood Palladium for a show Monday.


Jazz, gospel, R&B, world, pop and improvisational music will be delivered a cappella by the SoVoSo World Jazz A Cappella on Saturday night at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena. Three members of the innovative sextet were vocalists in Bobby McFerrin's a cappella ensemble Voicestra. Adopting a new name, SoVoSo began performing front and center in 1993.


British theater director Stephen Daldry made a splashy feature-film debut with "Billy Elliot," the hit from England about an 11-year-old boy (a charming Jamie Bell, above) living in a strike-stricken coal-mining town who becomes interested in ballet. Julie Walters also stars as his ballet teacher. The film, for which Daldry and Walters received Oscar nominations, arrives Tuesday on VHS and DVD.

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