Events to honor Howard Rollins

Local Screenings

October 20, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

The late Howard E. Rollins Jr., a Baltimore-born actor nominated for an Oscar for 1981's Ragtime, will be honored starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. "An Evening With Howard" will include remarks from John Waters and a film on Rollins directed by Steve Yeager, an instructor at Towson University who cast Rollins in his 1990 film, On The Block. The evening, hosted by Kweisi Mfume, will close with the unveiling of a wax figure of Rollins to be installed at Baltimore's Great Blacks In Wax Museum. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for the reception and celebration are $250, $150 for the celebration alone. Information: 410-580-1111 or

The careers of Rollins and Clarence Muse, a Baltimore-born actor whose film career goes from 1921 to 1979, will be the focus of a free program tonight at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. Features include Aaron Androh's one-man show on Rollins, music by Olufunmilayo Jomo and a screening of 1984's A Soldier's Story, with Rollins, Denzel Washington and Patti LaBelle. The program, which begins at 6 p.m., is sponsored by the Center for Cultural Education. Information: 410-669-2975.

Cinema Sundays

Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa's Princesas, a drama centering on the relationship between two prostitutes, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. The movie has not been scheduled for Baltimore, so Sunday's show could be the only chance for audiences to see it on a big screen. Showtime at the Charles, 1511 N. Charles St., is 10:35 a.m., preceded by 35 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: or 410-727-FILM.

Spiritual cinema

Conversations With God, starring Henry Czerny and based on the life of Neale Donald Walsch, will have its Baltimore premiere Sunday at Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Road. Tickets for the 3:30 p.m. premiere, sponsored by Baltimore Inspirational Films, are $12. Information: 410-581-9022.

Frankenstein forever

Frankenfest: Frankenstein Through the Ages," a look at the various cinematic incarnations of Mary Shelley's legendary monster, continues through Nov. 1 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Director James Whale's 1935 Bride of Frankenstein, with Boris Karloff reprising the role of the monster he made famous in the 1931 original, gets its first festival screening at 5:20 p.m. today. Other films include 1939's Son of Frankenstein, 1957's Curse of Frankenstein, 1958's Revenge of Frankenstein, 1969's Frankenstein Must be Destroyed and 1974's Young Frankenstein. Information, times and tickets: or 301-495-6720.

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