Events crowd Senator's calendar


October 03, 2003|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

This would be a good weekend to camp out at the Senator.

Tonight, Rita Moreno will be in town for a screening of West Side Story. The 1961 musical garnered 10 Oscars (third most of all time, behind Ben-Hur and Titanic, which earned 11), including one for Moreno as Best Supporting Actress.

Tickets for the film are $40, with proceeds going to GEDCO, an organization that provides affordable housing and support services to area residents in need. As of yesterday afternoon, only 83 tickets were left for the 7 p.m. event, which includes a reception, sidewalk-block unveiling and Q&A with Moreno.

Call 410-433-2442 for more information. Any tickets still available as of 6 p.m. today will go on sale at the Senator box office, 5904 York Road.

Tomorrow, hometown hero Barry Levinson will be at the theater to introduce a 7:30 p.m. showing of Diner, the film that put him on the cinematic map and helped establish Baltimore's reputation (at least among local civic boosters) as Hollywood East.

Levinson, who grew up in Park Heights, wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical Diner, about guys growing up in Baltimore for whom nothing was more important than a) knowing the words to the Colts fight song, and b) ensuring their record collections were kept in order.

Levinson, whose novel Sixty-Six was just published, will be in town to receive a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from Towson University. The award will be presented at the Senator before the screening; a reception in his honor is set for 6:30 p.m. at Belvedere Square, just across the street and up the block from the theater. Tickets to the reception and movie are $100; tickets to the movie only are $30.

Call 410-704-2787 or visit

Totally Tarantino

With Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 slated for release next Friday, the Muvico Egyptian Theaters at Arundel Mills are offering moviegoers the chance to catch up on all things Tarantino this week.

Monday, his first film as director, Reservoir Dogs, will screen at 7:30 p.m. His second film, the much-lauded Pulp Fiction (one of those films that caused a seismic shift in Hollywood's cinematic landscape), screens at the same time Tuesday, followed by his third and so-far most recent effort, 1997's Jackie Brown, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Admission to all three films is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. WHFS-FM is serving as host for the films.

Charles events

Tomorrow at the Charles, a 13-film retrospective of the films of director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune continues with Stray Dog (Nora Inu). The 1949 film stars Mifune as a brash young homicide detective trying to preserve his honor by tracking down the pickpocket who lifted his revolver.

Tickets for the noon showing are $5. Those who can't make it tomorrow, take heart: The film will be repeated at 9 p.m. Thursday. Call 410-727-FILM or visit

Russian director Alexander Rogozhkin's Cuckoo (Kukushka), the story of a Lapp woman who provides a hiding place for two soldiers fighting on opposite sides during World War II, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature.

The film starts at 10:35 a.m., preceded by free coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15.

Call 410-727-FILM or visit

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