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BEST BETS Sunday 11/25

November 22, 2001

2 & 5pm

Family

The Clean Comedians present a "Family Comedy Revue," with magician-

comedian Adam Christing hosting family-oriented performances on a bill with physical comedian Cary Trivanovich, the Passing Zone jugglers and more.

"A Family Comedy Revue," Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, 2 and 5 p.m. $25 to $35. (800) 300-4345, (562) 916-8500.

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2pm

Music

On the Carpenter Center's Family Matters series, the Long Beach Symphony, conducted by music director Enrique Arturo Diemecke, presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs," an introduction to the music of Beethoven consisting of 25 excerpts from his music, played by the orchestra.

"Beethoven Lives Upstairs," the Long Beach Symphony, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 2 p.m. $15 to $20. (562) 985-7000.

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4pm

Theater

Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning play "Copenhagen," inspired by a 1941 meeting between physicists--two friends who opened the door to the Nuclear Age, then found themselves on opposite sides during World War II--stops in Los Angeles as part of a national tour. Len Cariou, Mariette Hartley and Hank Stratton star.(See Hartley's "My Favorite Weekend," Page 6.)

"Copenhagen," Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 4 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays to Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ends Jan. 6. $25 to $60. (213) 365-3500, (714) 740-7878.

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all day

Movies

It's not uncommon for superheroes to be in need of therapy--that "Batman" is one messed-up dude--but the crime fighters featured in a three-day double bill starting Sunday at the New Beverly Cinema would make particularly interesting case studies. The 1984 cult favorite "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension" stars a pre-"RoboCop" Peter Weller as a neurosurgeon/rocket car driver/physicist/rock 'n' roller who, with his odd assortment of sidekicks, battles the even stranger Dr. Emilio Lizardo, played by a waaay over-the-top John Lithgow. W.D. Richter directs Earl Mac Rauch's script. Lining right up behind them for the therapist's couch are the genetically empowered mutants of "X-Men." Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman head the cast of Bryan Singer's 2000 summer hit.

Not-Your-Usual-Super Heroes double feature, New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension," Sunday, 3:20 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. "X-Men," Sunday, 5:30 and 9:40 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038.

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