A new projection system at Science Center

Local Screenings

December 08, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

New technology hits the Maryland Science Center with today's debut of "Science on a Sphere," a format that shows movies on a six-foot rotating sphere, apparently floating in the middle of a room, with the audience seated around it. Inaugurating the new system is the 16-minute NASA-produced Footprints, which uses the Earth as a setting on which to show the biosphere, city lights as seen from above and the formation of hurricanes. Showtimes will be posted daily at the center, 601 Light St. Information: 410-685-5325 or mdsci.org.

Cinema Sundays

Cinema Sundays at the Charles wraps up its fall series with Nicholas Hytner's The History Boys, an adaptation of Alan Bennett's play centering on a beloved teacher at a British boys school and his unconventional approach. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of coffee and bagels. Admission: $15. Information: 410-276-3456 or cine masundays.com.

Film noir at AFI

One of America's greatest contributions to world cinema was film noir, those dark, cynical, wonderfully amoral tales of greed, corruption and double-crossing that had their heyday in the years immediately after World War II. Beginning tonight and running through Thursday, some of the greatest film noir of the 1940s, all from Warner Bros., will be showcased at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The series opens tonight with John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, a private eye devoted to nothing except himself, and possibly the unspoken moral code dictating that, when someone kills your partner, you need to do something about it. Showtime is 7 p.m., followed at 9:10 p.m. by The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), with John Garfield as the hapless drifter who falls under the spell of the unhappily married Lana Turner. The series includes Casablanca (1943), Out of the Past (1947), Mildred Pierce (1945) and The Big Sleep (1946).

Local films

Short films from CoLab, a Baltimore-based filmmakers collective, will be shown tonight at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Several of the films being screened already have won prizes in local competitions. The evening will include the premiere of two documentaries looking at social services in Baltimore's mental health and prison systems. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for CA members. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.

Christmas classics

All-day screenings of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Brian Desmond Hurst's A Christmas Carol (1951) are set for Sunday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, with proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Bank. Showtimes for It's a Wonderful Life are 11 a.m., 3:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with A Christmas Carol set for 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 in either cash or nonperishable foods. Information: 410-435-8338 or senator.com.

Samurai!

Samurai Saturdays continues at the Enoch Pratt Free Library tomorrow with Kenji Misumi's Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire (1970), starring Shintaro Katsu as the famed blind swordsman. This is one of a series of Zatoichi films that stretches back to the early 1960s and is still going strong in Japan. Showtime is 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Wheeler Auditorium at 400 Cathedral St. Admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net/events or 410-396-5430.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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