FRIDAY, March 16
Be the first on your block to see The Hoax, Lasse Hallströms new film about Clifford Irving, who wrote a famous, though completely fabricated, autobiography of Howard Hughes. Hallström and screenwriter William Wheeler give a Q&A after the screening. AFIs Directors Screening at ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., March 16, 8 p.m.; $11. (323) 464-4226.
SATURDAY, March 17This may come as a shock to some of you, but L.A. (well, Long Beach) has a minor-league professional hockey team called the Ice Dogs. For tonights game against the Alaska Aces, you are invited to bring your dog for a Haute Dogs Party. You and your pooch will sit in a special section with a ceremonial doggie puck drop, games and even a special comfort area. And your ticket, just $10 for you and Scruffy, benefits Justin Rudds Community Action Team (C.A.T.), which organizes creative programs for children, animals and the environment. Long Beach Arena, 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.; $10. (562) ICE-DOGS.
Sid Grauman would have been 128 years old today. And if he were alive, hed no doubt say, Six dollars for a medium popcorn? Thats fair. Celebrate A Sid Grauman Birthday Tour with Mark Simon of Samuel French Bookstore, who knows way too much about Hollywood history. Youll visit the Egyptians dressing rooms, where stage-show performers prepared, and learn what a prankster old Sid was. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., March 17, 10:30 a.m.; $10, $8 students & seniors. (323) 466-FILM.
SUNDAY, March 18F u cn rd ths n uv 75 dlrs U can njoi Explore-A-Story. Then you wont have to read choppy shorthand! The event benefits the Wonder of Reading and features a slew of childrens-literature authors, plus readings by celeb kid-scribes, including Carol Burnett, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Lithgow, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lesley Ann Warren and more. Entertainment, crafts and book signings, all of the kiddie variety, will also take place. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., March 18, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $75, $275/family; www.wonderofreading.org.
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MONDAY, March 19The Armadillo String Quartet once performed a 34½-hour concert of the complete quartets of Joseph Haydn. Dont worry, this show by Dave Grusin and the Armadillo String Quartet promises to be no longer than it would take Haydn to walk the length of the Danube. Grusin and the Stringers will play music by Aaron Copland to complement the exhibit The Modern West: American Landscapes. Thats some classy yippie-oh-kai-yea. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Mon., March 19, 8 p.m.; $25. (323) 857-6010.
TUESDAY, March 20Craig Anton and Ron Lynch have cornered the market on idiots. In their semi-long-running two-idiot show, The Idiots, the pair play men who are smart in science but children when it comes to everything else. See them now before they become a Comedy Central sitcom and never talk to us again. The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for InquiryWest, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Tues., 8 p.m.; thru March 27; $8. (323) 666-9797.
WEDNESDAY, March 21The more you read about the filming of Some Like It Hot, the more you learn what a nut job Marilyn Monroe was. Theres a scene where Monroe rummages through a drawer and says, Wheres the bourbon? that took 59 takes and required director Billy Wilder to tape the line in multiple drawers after she kept flubbing with Wheres the whiskey? or Wheres the bonbon? Wilder didnt even invite her to the wrap party. Another funny thing: Originally, Kansas banned the film, stating that cross-dressing was too disturbing for Kansans. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., March 21, 8 p.m.; $11. (323) 464-4226.
THURSDAY, March 22Readers of the crime-a-day blog known as the 1907 Centennial, brought to you by the petty-and-not-so-petty-(crime-)ophiles of the 1947 Project (confused, anyone?), already know that the project is coming to a close. A celebration of all things 1907 will take place at Bedlam Art, one-time home to Maurice Zuckerman the Potato King, whose memory will be invoked. There will be readings and performances on 1907 life and music by old-timey singer Janet Klein. Attendees are encouraged to wear period dress and bring a dish from the era think jackrabbit stew and parasols. Bedlam Art, 1275 E. Sixth St., dwntwn.; Thurs., March 22, 9 p.m.; free. (323) 223-2767.