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October 30, 2003


Uneasy family reunion

In Arthur Miller's classic drama, "The Price," when two estranged brothers -- one a police officer about to retire from the force, the other a successful surgeon -- meet to dispose of their father's belongings, their uneasy reunion turns into a battle over the past. With stage veterans Len Lesser (who played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld"), Geoff Elliott, Robertson Dean and Deborah Strang.

"The Price," A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Opens Friday, 8 p.m. Runs Saturday and Nov. 12-13, 21, 29, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 30, 2 and 7 p.m.; Nov. 22, 2 and 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 4. $20-$40. (818) 240-0910.


Trying to pick up the pieces

Stephen Glass was a successful, young Washington, D.C., journalist in the mid-'90s, working as a staff writer for the New Republic and freelancing for Rolling Stone, Harper's and George, until revelations of improprieties torpedoed his career. Writer-director Billy Ray's drama, "Shattered Glass," stars Hayden Christensen as the disgraced reporter and chronicles the ethical struggles of the contemporary media in a rapidly changing world. With Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Chloe Sevigny, Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zahn and Rosario Dawson.

"Shattered Glass," rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use, opens Friday in selected theaters.


Power of 'People's History'

At one point in the movie "Good Will Hunting," actor Matt Damon recommends that Robin Williams' character read Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States." Good advice. Zinn is not a character in a film, but a serious teacher, historian and social activist. Over the 20-plus years since "People's History" was first published, Zinn has impressed millions of readers with his inversion of U.S. history. Normally unheard voices -- Native Americans, African slaves, Chinese rail workers, suffragettes, coal miners and countless others -- are pulled into the equation of the American experience. Now the Southern California Library, radio station KPFK and the Los Angeles Leadership Academy sponsor a talk by Zinn on the power of people's history.

Howard Zinn, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Sunday, 7 p.m. $5-$50. (323) 759-6063.


Honoring victims

Over a 10-year period, at least 325 women have been murdered -- many of them raped and mutilated -- then dumped on the Mexican side of the desert that spans the distance between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso. The crimes have spawned countless theories, police and Mexican federal agency investigations and heightened vigilance. On the Day of the Dead, Sunday, the UCLA's Fowler Museum is unveiling a memorial altar dedicated to the victims of the so-called Maquiladora Murders. The altar, conceived by Veronica Castillo Hernandez, artist-in-residence at MujerArtes of San Antonio, has named "Lamento por las mujeres de Juarez / Elegy for the Women of Juarez." Castillo Hernandez will discuss her work at 4 p.m. In addition, a dozen members of Mujer- Artes have created 25 ceramic works, each interpreting the horror of the murders. Visitors will be invited to add to the exhibit -- photos or mementos of the victims. The altar is shown in conjunction with an exhibition, "Ceramic Trees of Life: Popular Art From Mexico" and other events.

"Lamento por las mujeres de Juarez/Elegy for the Women of Juarez," Fowler Museum, UCLA north campus, Westwood. Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Also, Wed., Sat-Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Thu., noon-8 p.m. Free; parking in Lot 4, $7. (310) 825-4361.


Political protest as subject

Political protest is elevated to an art form in The History of Outrage, the installation created by digital artist David Attyah and photographer S.A. Bachman, together known as Think Again. Documentary photographs from the civil rights movement and economic and antiwar protests are juxtaposed with images from mass media advertising and the guerrilla art of protest signs.

The History of Outrage, sixteen:one, 2116-B Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Opens Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ends Dec. 7. (310) 450-4394.


Marsalis blows through

Trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis is the face of jazz to the casual observer. His many acclaimed performances and compositions, along with his jazz education efforts, celebrated forays into classical repertoire and his knowledgeable discourses featured in Ken Burns' PBS "Jazz" series, have thrust him to the vortex of the general public's attention. The nine-time Grammy winner swings through the Southland with performances Monday in Lancaster and Wednesday in L.A.

Wynton Marsalis, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Monday, 8 p.m. $60-$70. (661) 723-5950. Also Wednesday at USC Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. $10-$40. (213) 740-2167.


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