A SCATTERED LIFE

The 1950 classic "Sunset Boulevard" was full of great lines (as were most Billy Wilder films), but my favorite was the sublimely sarcastic crack by William Holden's screenwriter as he appraised a film concept: "They'll love it in Pomona." For an updated brand of Sunset snark and very different production values, check out the loopy "Sunset Chronicles," a serial drama with handmade marionettes by the Little Fakers collective. The shows are Friday to Sunday at L.A.'s Velaslavasay Panorama (1122 W. 24th St., panoramaonview .org). . . . This seems to be the year to revisit the late, great Dusty Springfield. There's that new Shelby Lynne album of Springfield standards ("Just a Little Lovin' ") and, through Feb. 24, there's "Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty Springfield," which has Kirsten Holly Smith channeling the British singer's smooth music and jagged life at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre (1125 N. McCadden Place, [323] 860-7300). . . . Our date in L.A. history this week: Vince Neil, the former lead singer of Motley Crue, was born 47 years ago Friday in Hollywood. The kid who grew up in Compton would bring us glam-metal classics such as "Dr. Feelgood," go on to marry a mud wrestler as well as a Playboy playmate, and pop up in "The Surreal Life" and an Andrew Dice Clay film. Living the dream, man, living the dream.

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-- Geoff.Boucher@latimes.com

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