Baltimore City Paper

Happening Sunday: Tim Burton films, 'Tokyo Godfather,' and more

Burlesque-A-Pades: A Christmas Shimmy: When we think about “A Christmas Carol,” we think burlesque. There’s something about Scrooge’s sultry bah-humbug attitude, annoying ghosts, and poverty that scream fishnets and pasties. Apparently, we are not alone: World-renowned burlesque performer Angie Pontani is leading a razzle-dazzle interpretation of Dicken’s holiday tale with magic, comedy, and tap dancing. We await the Ghost of Christmas Ass. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, $15. (Maura Callahan)

-Pizza Party After Dark: "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice": Tim Burton has made some truly awful movies. His "Planet of the Apes" remake should never have happened, and watching Johnny Depp do that totally unnecessary wiggle dance thing in "Alice In Wonderland" was horrifying enough—and somehow that's getting a sequel in 2016. But we can't forget Burton's peak in the late ’80s/early ’90s, when he brought us his signature creepy-sweet-over-the-topness of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Ed Wood," "Beetlejuice," and "Edward Scissorhands." The latter two will be screened back to back, so you can hold on to the best of Burton with free Two Boots pizza, cheap drinks, and T-shirts and posters by Pizza Party Printing for sale. Anyone who's had a crush on Winona Ryder at one point or another—and that's pretty much everyone—will get a thrill out of this double Ryder feature. 7:30 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855(410) 244-8855,, free. (Maura Callahan)

-"Tokyo Godfathers": The late Satoshi Kon is Japanese animation's most self-aware auteur. His four features fused the expectations of anime with the specific tics of some of world cinema's most acclaimed and heady filmmakers: 1997's "Perfect Blue" recalls Hitchcock; 2001's "Millennium Actress," the psychological in-quotes melodrama of Fassbinder; and 2006's "Paprika," Fellini, Lynch, and Jodorowsky at the same damn time. For 2003's "Tokyo Godfathers," Kon looked to American filmmaker John Ford, retelling the Western director's gritty, 1948 heartstring-puller "3 Godfathers" about three bankrobbers who stumble upon a pregnant woman and must take care of her baby after its mother dies during childbirth. Kon moves the story to modern Japan and kicks the story off on Christmas Eve, adding another layer of sentimentality to the thing while also complicating it, replacing the crooks with a trio of homeless outsiders (specifically, a drunk, a trans woman, and a young runaway). Sophisticated, sensitive, and a little cheesy, "Tokyo Godfathers," is a nice alternative to full-stop corny Christmas flicks that flood television this time of year. 8 p.m., The Crown, 1910 North Charles St., (410) 625-4848(410) 625-4848,, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

-From the Short List: Annie Watts and her post-cabaret band Boister play a holiday concert at An die Musik Live. (Al Shipley)