Zebra Kids, a documentary focusing on Zaipo Oula's African drumming and dance class at Baltimore's Robert Poole Middle School, will have its world premiere Thursday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The film, produced and directed by Gabriel Goodenough, is the latest work from the Megaphone Project, a group intent on producing documentary films spotlighting "the fight for social and economic justice in Maryland." A filmmaker Q&A and participatory drum circle will follow. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $8, $5 for alliance members. Tickets for a 6 p.m. pre-show reception, which will include a chance to meet the filmmakers and enjoy prime seating for the show, are $50. Information: 410- 276-1651 or creativealliance.org.
Rescheduled after the storm
Nasty weather this week forced two organizations to juggle their schedules:
"Cartoons That Swing," a program of animated shorts highlighting the work of black jazz musicians, is slated for 7 tonight at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. The program, which kicks off a monthly film series dedicated to black jazz musicians' contributions to popular culture, had been scheduled for Tuesday. Admission: $8. Information: andiemusiklive.com or 410-385-2638.
Chops, a documentary-in-progress from first-time filmmaker Bruce Broder, will be previewed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. The film, which follows a high school band in a national jazz competition, had been scheduled for last Tuesday. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Information: 410-752-8083.
"Midnight Rambles," showcasing a series of vintage films created for black audiences, continues Wednesday at the Creative Alliance with Harry L. Fraser's Spirit of Youth (1938), starring heavyweight champion Joe Louis as fictional champ Joe Thomas, whose fortune is almost lost when he falls in with a shady club singer. Fortunately, friends (including Baltimore's own Clarence Muse as his manager) help him right things. Also on the bill is The Broken Earth, a 1936 short starring Muse as a farmer whose son is sick with fever. Morgan State University professor emeritus Thomas Cripps will discuss the films. Showtime at the alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., is 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.
Jewish Film Series
The Columbia Jewish Congregation's 15th annual Jewish Film Series continues tomorrow with the restored version of Michael Waszynski's The Dybbuk (Dybuk). The 1937 Polish film tells the story of two children who grow up in separate villages, not realizing they have been betrothed by their fathers, but connected to each other by bonds they don't understand. Showtime is 8 p.m. in room 200 of the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets: $8. Information: columbia jewish.org/film_series.shtml or 410-381-4809.
Filmtalk at the Pratt Library
Oliver Schmitz's Mapantsula (1988), known as the first anti-apartheid film made by and for South Africans, is the scheduled subject of this weekend's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Thomas Mogotlane stars as a petty thief whose consciousness is raised as he joins the struggle. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. Admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net/events/ films.html#1746 or 410-386-5430.
Bergman fest continues
The Charles Theatre's retrospective of the films of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman continues with his 1957 masterpiece, The Seventh Seal, in which a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) returning from the Crusades challenges Death to a game of chess. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: thechar les.com or 410-727-FILM.
Michael Apted's Amazing Grace, starring Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce, a 19th-century parliamentarian fighting to end slavery in the British Isles, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Admission: $15. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.