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WEAKEND PLANNER: A FEW BUCKS SHORT AND A FEW HOURS LATE

It’s Time to Spring Forward… Hey, Wait a Minute—That Was Last Week
In case you’re wondering why you’ve been an hour late to work every day this week, and you missed every show you went to see this week, including Ray LaMontagne at Avalon, Shivaree at the El Rey and Brandi Carlile at Hotel Café, it’s all our fault. See, we forgot to mention last week that Daylight Savings Time was starting early Sunday morning. Sorry—it won’t happen again...till it happens again.

CALENDAR
Friday (4/8)
7:00 a.m.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: This is Southern California’s biggest racing event and the nation’s most popular street race. It features both professional and amateur races, music events and an enormous lifestyle expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.

5:00 p.m.
Warning** Mercury Is In Retrograde** We suggest you don’t make any big decisions, or if you do and they F-up…we strongly advise you to use “Mercury is in retrograde” as your excuse.

7:00 p.m.
Call us to explain why actor Charlie O’Connell (Jerry’s brother), is the latest bachelor. Some of us don’t even watch the show, but regardless, we’re all still troubled.

8:00 p.m.
Glengarry Glenn Ross: David Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the ruthless world of real estate salesmen returns to Broadway in a production headed by Alan Alda, Tom Wopat and Liev Schreiber. (Royal Theatre: 242 W 45th St)

Margaret Cho The Assassin Tour: Always raunchy, always opinionated, always impersonating her mother. But that’s OK, she does it really well so she’s allowed. She’s also doing two shows on Saturday. @ the Wiltern (Wilshire & Western Blvd, 213-480-3232).

9:00 p.m.
The Southland at the Roxy.

Christopher Guest at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This tribute to the king of mockumentaries will feature such movies as This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Guest will be on hand for a Q&A afterward.

Saturday (4/9)
10:00 a.m.
Garifuna Street Festival: If you’ve been to Belize, you’ve experienced Garifuna, a fusion of African and Caribbean cultures that has produced distinctive music, dance and cuisine. This great festival brings the islands home to LA every April, with a three-block-long blowout of live music, Punta rock, dancing, drumming and out-of-this-world food. (Avalon Blvd. and E. 43rd St.)

11:00 a.m.
Los Angeles International Antiques, Fine Art and Jewelry Show: As the title suggests, the show offers top of the line items ranging from antique furniture to traditional paintings and estate jewelry. This show will feature booths with galleries ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow to West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. @ the Convention Center.

12:00 p.m.
La La Ling: They claim to be a baby lifestyle boutique. And they’re pretty rock & roll. So if you need to buy some hip baby or trendy toddler a cool concert tee or some other tight garb… www.lalaling.com (1810 N. Vermont Ave.)

7:30 p.m.
Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs: The Clips return home from their final road trip of the year to battle the Spurs. There are only two more homes games after this one and you wont want to miss this exciting team finish out their season. Yes, I know, they won’t be making the playoffs, but the future is very bright and a big reason for that is rookie phenom Shaun Livingston. Although injured most of the year, he’s been back for a while now and turning heads every game he plays.

7:30 p.m.
She-She Comedy: Great standup featuring Sarah Silverman, Tig (who was on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tues. nite) and many more. @ The Comedy Union (5040 W. Pico Blvd., 2 blks west of La Brea Blvd.)

Sunday (4/10)
1:40 p.m.
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Shawn Green battles his former team in the last of this three game series.
 
3:00 p.m.
Sin City!!! I wrote about this movie last week, and it lived up to every expectation. I was so blown away that I went to see again the next day. If you have yet to see it, you ‘re missing out on of the coolest movies of the year and maybe one of the coolest movies in a long time.

4:20 p.m.
Start your two-month countdown to Showtime’s surefire hit Weeds: Mary Louise Parker plays a suburban housewife who becomes the neighborhood pot dealer after a divorce. We’re looking forward to June.

5:30 p.m.
Side Streets & Back Alleys: The 7th Annual Festival of Film Noir: @ The Egyptian Theatre and/or Aero Theatre thru April 13th. For films, locations & screening times: (323) 466-FILM.

10:50 p.m.-12:50 a.m.
Meet the Grunion: It’s spring, so you should be knocking someone up, and if you’re not, why don’t you get all voyeur on someone else’s spawning. Catch hundreds of grunion wash ashore, dig a nest, deposit a clutch of eggs in the sand and then catch the next wave back to the sea, leaving the eggs to incubate. The aquarium opens at 8 p.m., orientation begins at 9 p.m. Then, find a spot on the beach and wait for the waves to deposit the silver masses at your feet. @ The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro, 310-548-7562).

Upcoming:
Monday (4/11)

8:00 p.m.
The Films
at the Viper Room

Tuesday (4/12)
9:00 p.m.
Yuri’s Night 2005: A celebration of space exploration. @ GMT Studios-Stage 6 (5721 Buckingham Pkwy., Culver City).
 
JE-C’S NEW MOVIE RUNDOWN
Sahara
Starring: Matthew McConaughey
, Steve Zahn, Penélope Cruz, Lambert Wilson, Glynn Turman, Delroy Lindo and William H. Macy
Synopsis: Explorer Dirk Pitt and his slacker sidekick embark on a treasure hunt through West Africa in search of what locals call the Ship of Death, a lost Civil War battleship that may house a very valuable cargo. Doctor Eva Rojas warns them that the ship may be linked to mysterious deaths in the area.
Thoughts: This movie to me looks like another version of National Treasure. Although I liked that film, I’m skeptical about this one. It has a pretty good cast and the trailers look good, but something tells me it could turn out to be stupid.

Fever Pitch
Starring: Jimmy Fallon
, Drew Barrymore, Lenny Clarke, Jack Kehler and James B. Sikking
Synopsis: A successful young woman falls for a man she thinks is the perfect guy. The only catch? He's a little bit obsessed with the Boston Red Sox.
Thoughts: I love the Farrelly Brothers, so I’m very interested in this movie. It will also be interesting to see it after the Red Sox actually did win the World Series. The Farrellys are always very funny and clever, and although sometimes they can offensive, their messages are always positive.

Kung Fu Hustle
Starring: Stephen Chow
, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Leung Siu-lung and Dong Zhihua
Synopsis: Sing is an aspiring gangster who wishes he were part of the Axe Gang, but he lacks the necessary martial arts chops. He gets a chance to prove himself when he encounters the Beast, an adversary the likes of which no one has ever seen.
Thoughts: The trailer to this movie is very interesting. It looks like it could be one of those sleeper hits. With cool special effects, martial arts and from the looks of it, a sense of humor about it all.

HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/3a)
TAYLOR'S TREMENDOUS YEAR
She'd make one helluva CEO. (12/3a)
THEY CALL THE WINDFALL MARIAH (HOLIDAY EDITION)
Ch-chingle bells (12/3a)
SONG REVENUE:
BOWS OF HOLLY
Adele is money. (12/3a)
UTA MUSIC EXPANDS IN NASHVILLE
Reshuffling the deck (12/3a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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