Shhh! Listen to the sounds of silents

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March 16, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Another season of "Silent Sounds," silent films shown at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown with live musical accompaniment, kicks off tonight with Buster Keaton's 1923 comedy, Our Hospitality. The film, in which Keaton falls for a backwoods girl whose family has vowed to kill every member of his family (think of it as Romeo and Juliet set among the Hatfields and McCoys), will feature music composed and performed by Anne Watts and Boister, a seven-piece band that has gained a national reputation for putting together modern scores for old films. The evening will also feature a magic lantern show from Molly Ross of Nana Projects, for those who might wonder how our great-great-grandparents amused themselves before motion pictures were invented. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 tonight at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $15, $12 for creative alliance members. Information: 410- 276-1651 or

Cinema Sundays

Joon-ho Bong's The Host (Gwoemul), an old-fashioned, rip-snorting monster movie that suggests the dangers of evil Americans pouring vast amounts of formaldehyde into a South Korean river, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. (In case you're wondering, the huge, voracious title creature is the nasty result of such wanton destruction.) Showtime is 10:30 a.m. at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cine

Bergman showcase

Winter Light (Nattvardsgasterna), starring Gunnar Bjornstrand as a rural pastor undergoing a crisis of faith, is this weekend's offering in the continuing Ingmar Bergman retrospective at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The 1962 film, the middle of a trio in which the famed Swedish director pondered man's relationship with God, also stars Bergman mainstays Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. 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: 410-727-FILM or

Neighborhood saviors

Road Wars, a 2006 documentary on the 10-year fight (from roughly 1965 to 1975) by civic activists determined to save the neighborhoods of Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, Rosemont and Sharp-Leadenhall from being demolished in favor of new highway construction, will be shown Sunday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Also on the bill: A short from 1976, My Ethnic Neighborhood: A Conversation with Barbara Mikulski. Among those in attendance to discuss the films and the fight will be Mikulski, Road Wars director Karen Frances and activists Bob Eney and Art Cohen. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission: $8, $6 for seniors, students and CA members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creative

Anime fans unite

"Anime Warriors," a weekly opportunity for fans of Japanese animation to meet, watch and discuss works, will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 25 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Cherry Hill branch, 606 Cherry Hill Road. Information: 410-396-1168 or

Green film fest

The 15th annual Environmental Film Festival in and around the nation's capital continues through March 29, with screenings at 46 locations. A total of 115 films from 27 countries will be shown. Among this week's offerings at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, are three documentaries from director George Butler: 1989's In The Blood (1:30 p.m. Sunday) chronicles African safaris undertaken 80 years apart by Theodore Roosevelt and his great-grandson; 2000's The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (4 p.m. Sunday), details one of the greatest feats of human endurance caught on film, a 1914-1916 expedition that left all 27 members stranded on the ice for months; The Lord God Bird (7:30 p.m. Saturday), a work-in-progress, is the story of the once-thought-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, which has recently been rediscovered in the swamps of Arkansas. Butler will be on hand for all three screenings. Tickets for the Butler films are $9.25, $7.50 for seniors, children 12 and younger and AFI members. Information: 301-495-6720 or For more information on the Environmental Film Festival, including a complete schedule: dc or 202-342-2564.

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