Animation is in full swing

Local Screenings

August 03, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

"Cartoons That Swing," a series of animated shorts showcasing the music of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock and others, kicks off the Jazz Film Series running Thursdays through Sept. 6 at An die Musik Live!, 409 N. Charles St. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday; admission is $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andiemusik live.com.

Black comedy at BMA

The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursdays Film Series continues next week with South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's Woman Is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda), a black comedy centering on two former classmates and the love triangle they form with a self-assured waitress (shades of Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim). Admission is free; showtime is 8 p.m. at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Information: 443-573-1700 or art bma.org.

A dark `Detour'

The Charles Theatre's summer-long film noir revival series continues tomorrow with Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour, starring Tom Neal as a New York piano player fallen on hard times because, on his way to meet a former girlfriend who's since moved to California, he tried to assume another man's identity. (Of course the plot's complicated; it's noir!) 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 thecharles.com.

See Pee-wee play

The Maryland Film Festival takes its act outdoors tomorrow, with a 9 p.m. screening of Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) on the parking lot across from the Charles Theatre, in the 1700 block of N. Charles St. Showtime is 9 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-752-8083.

Films under the stars

Further efforts to turn the Baltimore area into the world's biggest drive-in movie theater continue over the coming week, with these opportunities to enjoy a free movie under the stars:

Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey and a cast of dozens in Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration (2006). Showtime is 9 tonight at the corner of High and Stiles streets. It's part of the 2007 Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival. Information: littleitalyrestaurants.com.

Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis as escaped convicts forced to overcome their prejudices and work together in Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones (1958). Showtime is 8:30 tonight at the Clifton Park band shell, off St. Lo Drive. Part of a summer-long film series spotlighting Poitier's films, sponsored by Meridian Homes, the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Corp., Civic Works and the Baltimore Department of Recreation & Parks. Information: 410-366- 2222.

Tian-Ming Wu's The King of Masks (1996) tonight and Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall and Dean Stockwell in Fred M. Wilcox's The Secret Garden (1949) on Monday, both at dusk at the lakefront in Columbia. Sponsored by the Columbia Association. Information: 410-715-3161 or lake frontfestival.com.

Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds in Stanley Donen and Kelly's Singin' In the Rain (1952), 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Place. Sponsored by the Friends of Mount Vernon. Information: mvcd.org/events. aspx.

Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones in Phil Alden Robinson's Field of Dreams (1989), 9 p.m. Thursday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, the final movie in the "Flicks From the Hill" series. Movies are visible from Federal Hill. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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