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8 pm: Pop Music

March 15, 2001

Instrumental bands such as Godspeed You Black Emperor and Black Heart Procession are a rising force in indie rock. Scottish bands such as Travis and Idlewild are reviving their nation's rock reputation. Combining those two currents is Glasgow's Mogwai, a group noted for its intensity and atmospheres. A new album, "Rock Action," is due next month.

* Mogwai, El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 8 p.m. $14 in advance, $15 at door. (323) 936-6400.

11:30 am: World Music

The Knitting Factory Hollywood launches its weekly Klezmer Brunch with a performance by singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman, who will season the buffet with two hourlong sets.

* Klezmer Brunch with Peter Himmelman, the Knitting Factory Hollywood, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 11:30 a.m. $10 for show, $10 for brunch, $15 for both. (Children, half price.) (323) 463-0204.

3 pm: Movies

A new documentary short by Elaine W. Simpson, about the civil rights movement, "The Lynching Tree," will be presented by the National Alliance for Positive Action. The film promises to take viewers on a brief journey through the early civil rights movement, based on an interview with political activist and former Black Panther Angela Davis. Davis recounts her political experiences, provides a short history of lynchings in the U.S., discusses the impact of the deaths of several martyrs on the black community and the rising incarceration rates of African Americans. The afternoon will also feature a political commentary by alliance President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and a Q&A with the filmmaker.

* "The Lynching Tree," National Alliance for Positive Action, 614 E. Manchester Blvd., #203, Inglewood, 3 p.m. Free. (310) 672-2542.

7:30 pm: Performance Art

Since the duo Bob and Bob split, the Dark Bob has found a new calling: organizing shows for performance artists like himself. His series, "All Stars of LA Performance Art," continues Sunday with the newest installment being recorded for KCET's "Life & Times." On the bill: Andy Dick, John Fleck, Erika Schickel, Michael Sakamoto, Rochelle Fabb and, as always, the host for the unpredictable evening, the Dark Bob.

* "All Stars of LA Performance Art," the Knitting Factory Hollywood, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 7:30 p.m. $10. (310) 581-5369.

2 & 5 pm: Family

First an aardvark, now a turtle: On the heels of the "Arthur--A Live Adventure" show comes "Franklin's Big Adventure," the touring musical based on the popular Nickelodeon show for young viewers about the childhood dilemmas faced by a little turtle kid and his pals.

* "Franklin's Big Adventure," Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 2 and 5 p.m. $14. (800) 233-3123. Also at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, March 24, 2 and 5 p.m., $17-$22., (800) 300-4345 or (562) 916-8500.

7 & 9 pm: Comedy

It's a different Emo Philips these days, meaning the comedian with the alto-soprano voice and pageboy haircut has changed his appearance. But he's still performing, and Philips will do two shows at the Ice House, recording material for a forthcoming album.

* Emo Philips, the Ice House, 24 N. Mentor, Pasadena, 7 and 9 p.m. $12.50. (626) 577-1894.

all day: Movies

Before "Hannibal" chewed its way to blockbuster status, two other films featured novelist Thomas Harris' cannibalistic Dr. Lecter. The New Beverly Cinema pairs "Manhunter," a 1986 film by Michael Mann based on Harris' "Red Dragon," with Jonathan Demme's 1991 multi-Oscar-winning version of "The Silence of the Lambs." "Manhunter" stars William Petersen as an ex-FBI agent who returns to service to pursue a serial killer (Tom Noonan). Petersen's character uses psychology by trying to get into the mind of the murderer and calls upon former nemesis Lecter (played here by British actor Brian Cox) for help. Joan Allen and Dennis Farina also star. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster won Academy Awards for their performances in the better-known "Silence."

* Before Hannibal Double Feature, New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. "Manhunter": Sunday, 3:15 and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. "The Silence of the Lambs": Sunday, 5:15 and 9:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038.

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FREEBIES

R&B artist Barbara Morrison and the Daniel May Trio play a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier from 2 to 4 p.m. (310) 458-8900.

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