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Tickets are still available for this evening's screening of "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her," a romantic comedy directed by Rodrigo Garcia, who received early funding from a Maryland Producers Club Filmmakers Fellowship. The director will be in town fresh from the movie's appearance at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Things You Can Tell " stars Calista Flockhart, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Cameron Diaz, Kathy Baker and Amy Brenneman in an ensemble comedy about contemporary relationships. Garcia will answer questions after the screening.

The film is being presented as a "between the festivals" event by the Maryland Film Festival. It will be shown at 7: 30 p.m. at Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Admission is $8 ($2 for students). Call 410-752-8083.

Found footage

York filmmaker and programmer Brian Frye will present some gems from his private film collection tomorrow at the Red Room at Normal's Bookstore, 423 W. 31st St. Frye, whose Robert Beck Memorial Cinema is a mainstay of New York's Lower East Side microcinema scene, will share Tony Ganz's "Honeymoon Hotel," "Buck Jones Rope Tricks," and several fabulous found-footage films at 8: 30 p.m. Admission is $6.

Reloading 'Top Gun'

You asked for it, and the Senator heard you.

By popular demand, the historic Baltimore theater is bringing back "Top Gun," that classic summer guilty pleasure, in a glorious 70 mm print. Tonight and Saturday only, the Senator will commemorate its rousingly successful 1986 run of the film with anniversary screenings at 6 p.m., 8: 15 p.m. and 10: 30 p.m. This special big-screen, big-sound (six-track stereo) showing will serve as an appetizer to the Senator's upcoming engagement of "M: I2," the "Mission: Impossible" sequel also starring Tom Cruise, which opens at the theater Wednesday. Call 410-435-8338.

Honoring Senator artist

If you've ever stopped to enjoy the 60 sidewalk blocks outside the Senator, each honoring a local movie premiere or special event, you've admired the work of Bruce Crockett.

A graphic artist working for Baltimore's public works department, Crockett began designing blocks for the sidewalk along the Senator's York Road entrance in 1982. The first film he immortalized in concrete was Barry Levinson's "Diner," and over the next 18 years, he designed blocks for such locally filmed productions as John Waters' "Cry Baby," Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays" and Steve Yeager's "On the Block," as well as such screen classics as "Gone With the Wind," "Silk Stockings" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

Bruce Crockett died in December, but his legacy at the Senator remains. The theater has scheduled a three-film tribute in his honor for Sunday, featuring three of Crockett's favorite moves: "Red River," starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift at 1 p.m.; "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman at 4 p.m.; and "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr at 7: 30 pm.

The day-long celebration will include the unveiling at 7 p.m. of yet another sidewalk block, this one commemorating Bruce Crockett and featuring his own self-caricature.

Tickets to the tribute are available for $20 at the Senator, 5904 York Road, or by calling 410-727-4016. Tickets to individual films, at $7 each, will be available Sunday.

Proceeds will be used for the Bruce Crockett Baltimore Film Grant, which will be awarded annually to a local filmmaker through Artscape.

Student works

Graduating film and media students at the Maryland Institute, College of Art will present work at the Charles Theatre on Sunday at 8 p.m. as part of MICA's Commencement 2000 Exhibition. Admission is free.

Alliance's juried show

The Fells Point Creative Alliance will present an evening of films and videos submitted to this year's Juried Show 2000 at 8 p.m. Thursday. Recent works will be presented by video makers Lee Boot and Little Big Bang, and filmmakers Lynne Sachs and Fil Sibley.

The screening will be held at The Ground Floor, 1726 Thames St. Admission is $5 (free to FPCA members). Call 410-276-1651.

Meanwhile, artworks from the juried show can be seen at the Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St. and Bismark/Wilson, 1760 Bank St.

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