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Sunday, November 2, 2008

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1. SYNECDOCHE,

NEW YORK

[MOVIE] We won't try to describe the plot. Suffice to say that this is screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's latest plunge into hyper-meta drama, after the brilliant triptych of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Adaptation" and "Being John Malkovich." Except this time, Kaufman is also directing. Will his ambition ever cease? His cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Samantha Morton.

Opens Friday. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672. $7.50-$10.

2. J.D. SOUTHER

[CONCERT] Souther is an old voice in the music business. The Michigan-born, Texas-raised country-rock singer-songwriter made his mark as a studio musician for some '70s rock greats and was the pen behind hit songs by acts from the Eagles to Linda Ronstadt. Now, after a nearly quarter-century absence, Souther is back with a new LP, "If the World Was You," an intimate fusion of country-rock and jazz. With April Smith.

Monday at 8 p.m. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545. $25.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. State Theatre,

220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. $23.

3. BOOM

[ON STAGE] The premise

of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dark doomsday comedy is whether a marine biologist and a journalism student's coupling in an underground lab could help mankind avoid extinction. That sounds like just the kind of off-the-wall production Woolly Mammoth does so well.


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