Opera is onscreen in Diva series

local screenings

The Buzz

July 21, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Director Joseph Losey's Don Gio- vanni, a 1979 screen adaptation of the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will be shown tonight as the final entry in the Maryland Arts Festival's Diva! series of operas on film. The film's diva-heavy cast includes Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa and Teresa Berganza, along with Ruggero Raimondi and John Macurdy. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Information: 410-704-2787 or towson.edu/maf.

Natty Boh onscreen

Baltimore's own National Brewery gets the big-screen treatment in Mr. Boh's Brewery, screening tomorrow at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. The documentary, by filmmakers Alex Castro, Harry Connolly and Lyle Hein, includes archival footage and new interviews. The 5:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion and, at 7 p.m., a free concert across the street at Belvedere Square with Tony Berry and New Money playing music from the '50s and '60s. Admission is free. Information: senator.com or 410-435-8338.

Black documentaries

Two world-premiere documentaries, Steppin: A Way of Life and Hot Ghetto Mess, will be screened in Washington Thursday night as part of the Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.'s inaugural Black Docs Film Series. Steppin showcases a Chicago ballroom dance that doubles as a way of life for some of its performers, while Hot Ghetto Mess challenges some of the ways the African-American community looks and acts. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. Northwest. Filmmakers Mel Devonne (Steppin) and Jam Donaldson (Ghetto) will be present. Tickets are $9.75, $9 in advance. Information: urbanfilmseries.com.

Outside `Story'

The American Visionary Art Museum's "Flicks From the Hill" film series concludes Thursday with West Side Story, the Oscar-winning 1961 musical that thrillingly transplanted Romeo and Juliet to the gang-heavy streets of New York. The film is screened outdoors at the museum, 800 Key Highway, and may be viewed from atop Federal Hill. Showtime is 9 p.m. There is no charge for the film, or for admission to the museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org.

Little Italy Film Fest

The annual Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival continues tonight with Barry Levinson's Avalon, the story of Russian immigrants arriving in Baltimore near the beginning of the 20th century, and their struggles to make a life in this new world. The festivities, including live music, start at 7 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets, with the film starting after dark. Admission is free, but expect a big crowd. Arrive early, and bring your own lawn chairs. Information: littleitaly-baltimore.com.

1932 musical comedy

Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier as a Parisian tailor wooing a haughty, but penniless, princess (Jeannette MacDonald), will be shown Wednesday night at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church parish center, 37th Street at Roland Avenue. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

Samurai Charles

The Charles Theatre's samurai film series continues tomorrow with Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 Harakiri, centering on an impoverished samurai who has either suicide or revenge on his mind. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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