Fest starts with music by the pound


`Baraka,' area drummers will kick off Springfest 2002

April 19, 2002|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Drummers and nature lovers should beat a path to the Senator Theatre tomorrow, as Baltimore's best moviehouse celebrates the sixth annual Belvedere Springfest with a free screening of the film Baraka and a free-form drum circle featuring percussionists of all kinds.

Drummers need to assemble in the theater's outer rotunda beginning at noon, and be prepared to pound away.

Baraka, director Ron Fricke's wordless celebration of the Earth and all the things that come naturally to it, begins at 1 p.m. Filmed over the course of 14 months, the 1992 film takes viewers around the world. All manner of religions, cultures and environments are visited, as Baraka revels in the diversity that is this planet. The film isn't all upbeat, including images of war, famine and disease, but its ultimate message is certainly one of hope.

Springfest 2002 also will include community displays, as well as information tied to the celebration of Earth Day.

Call: 410-435-1174.

Student films

Collegians are taking over the Creative Alliance tonight, as filmmakers (and videomakers) from Towson University, the Maryland Institute College of Art and UMBC show off their work in the second annual College Film/Video Bake Off.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the curious who shell out the required $5 ($3 with college ID) can sample a plethora of student films, including, according to the CA's press release, bearded ladies, Kung Fu masters, binary code jokes, car crashes, decapitated farm boys and kissing clowns.

And if all that watching makes you hungry, you're in luck: Four custom-made cakes (in the shapes of a TV, a camera, a clapboard and a film reel) will be available for devouring.

The Creative Alliance is at 413 S. Conkling St. Call 410-276-1651.

Quest for survival

Endurance, a documentary look at Ernest Shackleton's famously doomed Antarctic expedition of 1914, will be this weekend's feature at Cinema Sundays at the Charles.

Shackleton, a British explorer, was leading his third Antarctic expedition when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in an ice floe. There they remained for nearly a year; eventually, Shackleton would set out on a rescue mission in a tiny boat, trying to make it to the nearest island, some 800 miles away.

The 2000 film, directed by George Butler, combines footage shot by Shackleton's expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, with new footage of the Antarctic landscape and interviews with surviving family members.

Show time is 10:30 a.m. Sunday; doors open at 9:45 a.m., with free coffee and bagels available. Tickets are $15.

Call 410-727-FILM or visit www.cinemasundays.com

Inside architect's world

Antonio Gaudi, Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara's look at the works of the famous architect, is tomorrow's Saturday matinee at the Charles.

The 1984 film visits numerous structures designed by Gaudi (1852-1926), a Catalan architect, ceramist and sculptor whose influences include such disparate structures as the Romanesque churches and monasteries of Europe and the caves of Montserrat.

The film begins at noon; tickets are $5. Call 410-727-FILM.

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