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January 13-19, 2002

January 13, 2002

Movies

Steve Oedekerk, above, wrote, directed and stars in the parody "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist." Taking a page from Woody Allen's "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (rip!), Oedekerk acquired an obscure Hong Kong karate flick (ka-ching!), chopped it up (yah!), digitally inserted himself (ouch!) and socked it (pow!) with newly dubbed dialogue and some new scenes to create an entirely different movie. Opens Friday.

Pop Music

Female artists from the underground hip-hop scene tend to be serious or inspirational types. And then there's Princess Superstar. The New York rapper is the genre's live-wire bad girl with a taste for bikinis, body paint and bawdy rhymes. As for serious, she writes, plays her instruments and produces several tracks on her latest album, "Princess Superstar Is," with guests ranging from Kool Keith to Beth Orton. She's at the Knitting Factory Hollywood on Saturday.

Theater

A Noise Within's critically acclaimed, 2001 revival of Noel Coward's 1925 frivolity "Hay Fever" returns for a short run before going on tour. In this infectiously funny comedy of bad manners, directed by Art Manke, hapless house guests of the prone-to-emoting, bohemian Bliss family find their expectations for a romantic country weekend thwarted by their hosts' squabbles and unorthodox notions of hospitality. Opens Saturday at A Noise Within in Glendale.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Monday January 14, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 21 words Type of Material: Correction
Opening date--The opening date for the film "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist," a martial arts spoof, is now Jan. 25. An item in the Jan. 13 Calendar was incorrect.

Art

The 11th annual Photo L.A., an international photography fair that has grown into a major attraction, will open Friday and continue through next Sunday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Seventy galleries and private dealers will show and sell their wares, ranging from pioneering 19th century experiments to the latest photo-based creations.

Below: "Marseille," a 1932 photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Dance

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Japanese folk company Warabi-za returns to the Japan America Theatre in L.A. on Saturday and next Sunday as part of a five-city U.S. tour. Half the program focuses on work dances of land and sea, long a Warabi-za specialty. The other half surveys folk traditions across Japan. A dance workshop is also scheduled for next Sunday.

Music

Beginning a five-year Shostakovich cycle, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Russian composer's First Symphony at three performances beginning Wednesday in L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The soloist is pianist Alexander Toradze, featured in Scriabin's "Prometheus."

Jazz

This represents something of a second-generation week in jazz. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, son of Cuban pianist Guilhermo Rubalcaba and considered one of the finest pianists on the jazz scene, plays an afternoon concert today at the Mayan Theater in downtown L.A. On Tuesday, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of John Coltrane, opens a six-nighter with pianist Joanne Brackeen at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City.

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