local screenings


SILENTS AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE -- "Silent Sounds," a series of vintage silent films shown with live musical accompaniment, kicks off at the Creative Alliance tonight with Frank Peregini's Scar of Shame (1927), a drama that examines the role of social class within the African-American community. The film was the first produced by the Colored Players Film Corp. of Philadelphia. Saxophonist and band leader Carl Grubbs will perform his jazz-inspired score for the film. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. Tickets are $15, $12 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

MOVIES IN EAST COLUMBIA -- George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, for which he was recently Oscar-nominated as director and screenwriter, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursdayat the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free popcorn and soda will be available at this latest in a series of screenings of recent DVD releases. Admission is free. Call: 410-313-7717.

CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY AT THE BMA -- Karen Bernstein and Ellen Spiro's Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a documentary look at a Girl Scout program, begun in Baltimore and aimed at the daughters of women in prison, will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The film is being shown as part of the BMA's celebration of Women's History Month. The showing is free, with paid museum admission. Call 410-396-7100 or visit artbma.org.

ANIMATION AT THE PRATT -- "Animated Women," a series of short films by female animators, including Martha Colburn, Sally Cruikshank, Kathy Rose, Janet Perlman and Suzanne Pitt, will be offered at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in Wheeler Auditorium of the Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-4616 or www.epfl.net/events/films.html#1514. CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Eugene Jarecki's documentary Why We Fight, a look at American foreign policy and the degree to which it is affected by the military-industrial complex, will be this weekend's Cinema Sundays feature. The show will be held at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Showtime is 10:35 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Admission is $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.


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