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tENT show at the Charles


He's a legend in Baltimore's underground film community (Microcinefest organizer Skizz Cyzyk cites him as a major influence) whose name has been giving this newspaper fits for years.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (given name: Michael Tolson, but his friends call him tENT) has been pushing the boundaries of filmmaking for more than 20 years, and tonight at the Charles Theater audiences will have the rare chance to see some of the results -- at least a half-dozen short films, examples of a decidedly warped perspective that challenges everything you think you know about visual images and how they interact with us.

The films include "Diszey Shorts," which posits that not only was Walt Disney cryogenically frozen, but that he continued directing films, thanks to electrodes attached to his brain; "Ward of Mouth," the tale of a bubble-gum party, a glum, sign-carrying iconoclast and peanut butter as a shampoo; and "Subtitles," which pretty much defies description; one of its strengths, says Charles co-owner John Standiford, is that you're never exactly sure what you're watching.

In fact, with tENT's films, you'll frequently have no idea what's up there on the screen, but don't let that deter you. As Standiford notes, "His films aren't as oblique as you would think from someone having a name like that."

The program starts at 9:15 p.m.; admission is $7. As a bonus, cONVENIENCE himself will be on hand to discuss his films. That alone should prove worth the price of admission. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456.

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