'Father of soul' on stage, film

July 04, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN REPORTER

The great Ray Charles stars as himself in 1964's Blues for Lovers, spending half his time singing, the other half helping a sightless boy get to Paris for an operation. The movie, being shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of the summer film series at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., was directed by Paul Henreid, best known for playing Victor Laszlo in Casablanca. The program includes some appearances by Charles on The Dick Cavett Show. Tickets are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andiemusiklive.com

'Rebel' at the Charles

The Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series continues this weekend with James Dean's defining role, as conflicted teen Jim Stark, in Nicholas Ray's 1955 Rebel Without a Cause. 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: 410-727-3464 or thecharles.com.

'Encounters' on the hill

A series of free outdoor films, visible from Federal Hill and sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, continues Thursday with Steven Spielberg's 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a film that suggests Earth's initial encounters with aliens from outer space could actually prove a good thing. The film is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. In addition to the free movie, admission to the museum, at 800 Key Highway, is also free on movie nights 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org.

Flicks for the whole family

The AMC Summer Movie Camp, where folks can watch reduced-price family films on the big screen, continues Wednesday with 2007's surprise holiday hit, the PG-rated Alvin & The Chipmunks. Showtime is 10 a.m. at participating theaters, including the AMC Columbia 14 and the AMC Owings Mills 17. Tickets are $1, with proceeds going to charity; reduced-price concessions will also be available. The camp runs Wednesdays through Aug. 6. Information: amctheatres.com/smc.

Totally radical '80s

Last summer's tribute to films of the 1980s was among their most successful series ever, according to the folks at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, so they're traveling back to the decade of Ronald Reagan and New Wave once again. "Totally Awesome 2: More Films of the '80s" kicks off at midnight tonight with Richard Donner's The Goonies (1985), starring Josh Brolin and Sean Astin as brothers searching for buried treasure, part of a scheme to wrest their community from the hands of unscrupulous developers. Encore screenings of The Goonies are set for tomorrow at 9:45 p.m. and midnight. Other entries in the series include Sarah Jessica Parker in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (12:30 p.m. tomorrow and 5:30 p.m. Sunday) and a pair of John Hughes classics: The Breakfast Club (7 p.m. July 11, 12 and 17) and Sixteen Candles (9:10 p.m. July 11, 12 and 17). The Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. For more information, including ticket prices and a full schedule: afi.com/silver or 301-495-6720.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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