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HYPE

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Movies: Opening Friday, "Monkeybone" (live action, stop-animation of Brendan Fraser as cartoonist in coma); "3,000 Miles to Graceland" (Elvis impersonators Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell rob casino).

New on video: Today, "Beautiful" (Minnie Driver); "Blair Witch 2," "Highlander Endgame."

Concerts: March 12, A Perfect Circle, Erie Community College Downtown Flickinger Athletic Center; March 13, Matchbox Twenty (Everclear and Lifehouse), HSBC Arena.

Other: March 2 to 8, "Brigadoon," Lancaster Opera House; March 4, "Anne of Green Gables," musical, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus.

ASSIGNED READING

Think your high school's got problems? What if the college counselor screwed up seniors' transcripts, hundreds of students walked out of class in protest, and someone (maybe a teacher) set the school on fire -- all in the same year?

That's what happened at California's Berkeley High the year author Meredith Maran wrote "Class Dismissed," a book chronicling a year in the life of what has been called the nation's most diverse high school (St. Martin's Press, $23.95). Meet Autumn, Jordan and Keith, the three students Maran followed through their senior year. She writes about everything from their dates, families and friends, to their dreams for college and beyond. Read "Class Dismissed" and you'll go from the school prom to the city jail, where Keith ends up spending his prom night.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's a big square building full of boredom and despair."

-- Michelle Trachtenberg as Buffy's sister Dawn, in response to the question "How is school?" on a recent episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

-- Knight Ridder

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