Friday, March 7
Today starting at 5:30 p.m., the Crest Theater honors the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman with a triple feature. First, A Late Quartet stars Hoffman as second violinist Robert in a string quartet whose cellist has just revealed his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease; Robert wishes to be first violinist for the group's last concert. Then, in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Hoffman is Caden Cotard, a theater director who pours everything into his new play, in which he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse, as his personal life spirals out of control around him. Last up, it's the Coen brothers' comedy gem The Big Lebowski, with Hoffman as the millionaire Lebowski's personal assistant. The program screens again on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., sans The Big Lebowski.Sunday, March 9
Support some seriously gifted musicians or celebrate your love of the Tramp – or both – as Glendale Youth Orchestra presents Beethoven & Chaplin at the Alex Theater at 7 p.m. In addition to performing the Carl Davis score of The Rink, where Chaplin goes roller-skating during his lunch break, concertmaster Sarah Worden, a senior at Crescenta Valley High School, will play the violin as the orchestra performs the overture to Bellini's Norma and the second and third movements of Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
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Wednesday, March 12
Over the span of five days, the Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center presents 30 films, divvied up into 15 programs at $14 each ($11 for members; $9 for students). Opening the fest is If You Build It, a documentary that follows two designer-activists as they work with local high school students on a community construction project. There will be free panel discussions (no reservations needed) and post-screening Q&As. Check adfilmfest.com for the full schedule.
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