The people who are actually going to run the L.A. Marathon have been training for months, building endurance, losing body fat, sweating, sweating, sweating. The least that the rest of us can do is roll out of bed before 11 a.m. and wave and cheer as they go by. Then we can go get coffee and a doughnut. Spoil sports will eat their donuts in bed at watch it on KCOP-TV (Chan. 13) starting at 8 a.m. See story on marathon-related events, Page ??.
* The Los Angeles Marathon begins at 8:45 a.m. in downtown L.A., heads south on Figueroa Street, around Exposition Park, up Crenshaw Boulevard, weaves through Koreatown, stairsteps up to Hollywood, heads east on Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, goes down Virgil and back into downtown on Wilshire Boulevard. Full course available at http://www.lamarathon.com. (310) 444-5544.
Take the kids out for some fun frights as the UCLA Film and Television Archive presents Kids' Flicks, featuring a double bill of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are at the top of their game as they battle every monster on the Universal lot: Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man, Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's Monster and Vincent Price as the Invisible Man. Director James Whale (the subject of the Oscar-winning film "Gods and Monsters") plays matchmaker in his classic sequel starring Boris Karloff as the Monster and Elsa Lanchester as his intended. The screenings are in conjunction with the exhibition "Making Faces, Playing God: The Art of Transformational Makeup" at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
* UCLA Film and Television Archive presents Kids' Flicks, "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein," Melnitz Hall, James Bridges Theater, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, 2 p.m. $4 to $6. (310) 206-FILM or http://www.cinema.ucla.edu. Fowler Museum information, (310) 825-4361.
The young Schidlof Quartet from England returns to the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series with a program of music by Jewish composers. Sylvie Bodorovas' "Terezin Ghetto Requiem" and Viktor Ullman's Quartet No. 3 share the program with Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor, Opus 13. Baritone Richard Lalli will be guest artist.
* The Schidlof Quartet plays in the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series presented by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 3 p.m. $29 to $36. (310) 954-4300.
Paolo Conte, 64, began writing songs in the '60s and recording in 1974, but it was only three years ago that the Italian singer finally released a U.S. album. It introduced an artist with a sensibility that's been likened to Tom Waits' and Leonard Cohen's, and it built a following for Conte, whose second U.S. tour features an eight-piece band.
* Paolo Conte, Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood, 7 p.m. $25 to $50. (310) 825-2101.
The female vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 and the Chilingirian String Quartet give a joint concert in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. Anonymous 4 will sing "'1000: A Mass for the End of Time"; the Chilingirians will play music by Arvo Partand Haydn. And together the ensembles will perform Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" (in a new arrangement) and "The Bridegroom," a newly commissioned work by John Tavener.
* Anonymous 4 and the Chilingirian String Quartet, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, 7 p.m. $35. (310) 825-2101.
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony continues its survey of the Jewish contribution to Hollywood in a concert titled "Cinema Judaica II," a tribute to nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman, considered by many a leading figure in American film music. Participating in this tribute are the composer's nephew, composer Randy Newman, and Alfred's daughter, composer and violinist Maria Newman.
* The L.A. Jewish Symphony, Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, West L.A., 2 and 7:30 p.m. $25 to $45. (818) 753-6681.
FREEBIE: Violinist Howard Zhang plays Chausson's "Poeme" with the YMF Debut Orchestra, Wilson Hermanto conducting, at 4 p.m. in the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., L.A. Zhang, 16, is a student at the Juilliard School, studying with Dorothy Delay and Itzhak Perlman. (310) 859-7668.
Game booths, rides, music and food will be part of the fun at the family-oriented carnival celebrating the Jewish holiday Purim, Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (310) 316-8444.