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July 18, 2002

5pm Words

"Talk pieces"--fluid improvisations that blend criticism, comedy, storytelling and social commentary--are the specialty of prolific author, poet and performance artist David Antin. Hear, see and feel Antin's provocative poetry, distinctive prose, storytelling and metaphoric analysis in a verbal performance at Hammer Readings' New American Writing series in the museum's gallery.

David Antin, New American Writing/Hammer Readings, UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

5 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000 or www.hammer.ucla.edu.

all day Art

In a city well-known for creating animation, LACMA hosts a new exhibition that turns animation on its ear. South African artist William Kentridge, who is the subject of a survey opening there Sunday, composes short animated films from thousands of gritty charcoal drawings. The drawings are made and erased in the filmmaking process and often address the complex politics and history of his homeland. In total, the survey will include 11 animated films, more than 60 drawings, two sculptural installations and video presentation of theater and opera productions that Kentridge designed.

"William Kentridge," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Ends Oct. 6. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults, $7; students and seniors, $5; children, $1; children 5 and younger, free. (323) 857-6000.

9pm Pop Music

Offbeat Boston-based pop duo Damon & Naomi make more than a plane change in L.A. on their way home from a tour in Japan. The former Galaxie 500 musicians--Damon Krutowski sings and plays guitar as well as drums; Naomi Yang handles electric bass or, on occasion, Indian harmonium on haunting, atmospheric songs they write together--will extend their L.A. stopover long enough for a performance Sunday at Spaceland.

Damon & Naomi, Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. $8. 9 p.m. (323) 833-2843.

7:30pm Opera

Patricia Racette, Ramon Vargas, Christine Goerke and Nathan Gunn lead the cast in a concert-version "La Boheme" by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri conducting, in the outdoor amphitheater. Puccini's most popular opera will also enlist the voices of Earle Patriarco, Alan Held and Thomas Hammons and the Opera Pacific Chorus, trained by Henry Venanzi. Except for Gunn, all the soloists will be making their Bowl debuts.

"La Boheme," Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and soloists, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 7:30 p.m. $1 to $90. (323) 850-2000.

all day Movies

The New Beverly Cinema continues its long tradition of double bills featuring the works of master filmmakers with a three-day Stanley Kubrick pairing beginning Sunday. "2001: A Space Odyssey," Kubrick's 1968 collaboration with science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, is a landmark journey from the dawn of man to interstellar encounters with an unseen "other." Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star, with Douglas Rain as the eerie voice of H.A.L., the mutinous computer. In Kubrick's 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel

"A Clockwork Orange," Malcolm McDowell turned in a performance of gleeful, menacing rage as Alex, the leader of the droogs, a gangs of thugs in a vaguely futuristic, dystopian London.

Stanley Kubrick Double Feature, New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A. "2001: A Space Odyssey," Sunday, 1:50 and 7 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m. And "A Clockwork Orange," Sunday, 4:25 and 9:35 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 9:35 p.m. $3 to $6. (323) 938-4038. "A Clockwork Orange" also screens at the Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988, Saturday, 10:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m., and Monday, 8:15 p.m.

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