`Aida' is first of Italian operas coming to Charles' big screen

November 30, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Aida, Giuseppe Verdi's operatic take on love and loyalty in ancient Egypt, will be shown on the big screen Wednesday at the Charles Theatre, in a production filmed at Milan, Italy's famed Teatro alla Scala and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Presented through high-definition digital projection, Aida is the first in a series of famous operas, performed in some of the world's premier venues, to be presented through June. Showtime is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. An encore screening at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 includes an introduction by WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky. Tickets are $20 for Wednesday, $21 for Dec. 9. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.

Towering spy spoof

For Your Height Only, a spy spoof centering on 2-foot-9-inch Filipino martial arts master Agent 00, will be shown for free at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The film, starring the late Weng Weng, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as cinema's shortest leading man, kicks off the library's "Far-Out Far East Spy Spoofs" series. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Race-y documentary

Speedo, a documentary visit with Demolition Derby superstar Ed "Speedo" Jager, will be Monday's concluding entry in the "Docs That Rock" film series at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. Showtime is 6 p.m., and admission is free. Information: prattlibrary.org/calendar or 410-396-1580.

Cinema Sunday

Paul Schrader's The Walker, starring Woody Harrelson as a paid escort for Washington, D.C.'s high-society set, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature. The film, with a theme that harks back to Schrader's 1980 American Gigolo, also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall and Ned Beatty. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Admission: $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or cine masundays.com.

Sing, sing a song

Genghis Blues is director Roko Belic's 1999 documentary on Chicago bluesman Paul Pena and his pilgrimage to the Central Asian region of Tanna Tuva, whose people treasure the art of "throat singing," or singing more than one note simultaneously. The film will be shown for free Monday as part of the "Movies/Musicians/Musicals" series, sponsored by Towson University's Department of Electronic Media and Film. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium on the university campus, 8000 York Road. Information: 410-704-3755 or towson.edu/emf.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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