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Movie lovers have four chances this weekend to watch films outdoors.

The annual Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival kicks off tonight with director Bonnie Hunt's 2000 Return to Me, starring David Duchovny as a man who strikes up a romance with the woman (Minnie Driver) who received his late wife's heart. Showtime is 9 p.m. at the corner of Stiles and High streets. Admission is free, but bring your own chair and get there early - live music begins at 7 p.m. Information:

Mel Brooks' 1974 Young Frankenstein will be shown tonight on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University as part of the school's Summer Outdoor Film Series. The campus is at 3400 N. Charles St., with screenings on the Upper Quad area outside Gilman Hall. The series includes live music, which begins at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning just after sunset. Future films in the series include Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (July 14), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (July 21) and The Wizard of Oz (July 28). Admission is free; refreshments are available. Information:

Belvedere Square, along Belvedere Avenue just east of York Road, will host a screening of Paul Simon's Graceland: The African Concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Filmed in South Africa and released in 1987, when apartheid was law in that country, the movie captures a concert by Simon and a group of local performers. The screening is sponsored by Belvedere Square and the Senator Theatre. Admission is free. Information:

The American Visionary Art Museum's Flicks From the Hill, which gives film fans the chance to watch classic movies from atop Federal Hill, continues Thursday with 1992's Strictly Ballroom, director Baz Luhrmann's tale of a successful dancer whose career is jeopardized when he has to find a new partner. There is no charge for the 9 p.m. film or for admission to the museum, 800 Key Highway, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-244-1900 or

`7/11: The Hit Musical'

Local filmmaker Dallas Shelby's 7/11: The Hit Musical, described as "a tongue-in-cheek look at terrorism, the media, civil liberties, convenience stores, and of course ... musicals," gets its world premiere Tuesday night at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., in the Patterson. The movie, in which a lab accident gives a paraplegic scientist a disturbing glimpse of the future (at least that's what the news release promises), features characters that include a right-wing TV guy, a white rapper, a convenience-store clerk and an ombudsman caught in a love triangle. Showtime is 7:11 p.m. (naturally); tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or

Swordplay at the Charles

The Charles Theatre's 12-week run of Japanese samurai films continues tomorrow with Yojimbo, the great Akira Kurosawa's 1961 epic about a 19th-century ronin's efforts to rid a village of its criminal gangs by pitting them against each other. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or

`The Karate Kid' at UB

The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio as a target of adolescent scorn who learns about self-respect and self-defense under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, in his Oscar-nominated role), will be shown at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the University of Baltimore Student Center's Performing Arts Theater, Maryland and Mount Royal avenues. Family films will continue to be shown in the theater Saturday mornings through Aug. 26 (no film July 22). Admission is free. Information: 410-837-5420 or

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