Director Anjou will be at festival finale

The Baltimore Sun

The 2007 Baltimore Jewish Film Festival wraps this week with a pair of films. Lorraine Levy's The First Time I Was Twenty is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. The film, set in 1960s Paris, is the story of an awkward teen girl who struggles for acceptance in a formerly all-male jazz band. On Thursday, the festival closes with a 7 p.m. showing of Erik Greenberg Anjou's 2005 documentary, A Cantor's Tale, a chronicle of the American roots of hazzanut (Jewish liturgical music). Anjou will be on hand to talk about his film, which will be screened in the Strauss Auditorium of the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Tickets for both films are $9. Information: or 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

Cinema Sundays

Danish director Susanne Bier's After the Wedding, starring Mads Mikkelson as Jacob, an Indian aid worker who doesn't know he fathered a daughter until the day before she's to be married, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature. Showtime Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:30 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or

Bergman finale

The Charles Theatre's Ingmar Bergman retrospective concludes this weekend with his Oscar-winning Fanny and Alexander. The 1982 film chronicles the exuberant comings and goings in the Ekdahl household at the turn of the 20th century; the title characters are the family's two young children. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encores at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or

Starring Natty Boh

The beer that made Baltimore famous will be celebrated at the Creative Alliance Sunday with a 2 p.m. screening of the 2006 documentary, Mr. Boh's Brewery. A number of people who have played key roles in the history of National Bohemian will be on hand. Also screening will be a documentary from the 1930s, Boost Highlandtown Week. The alliance is housed in the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $5, free for alliance members; free popcorn will be available. Information: or 410-276-1651.

Chicks' flick

"She Said, She Said," a film series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs, spotlights movies by contemporary female writer-directors. The series concludes this week with Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's exhilarating 2006 documentary, Shut Up & Sing, which follows the Dixie Chicks as they deal with the fallout of lead singer Natalie Maines' comments about President Bush at a 2003 London concert. Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free. Information: 410-955-3363 or

'Dirty Dancing' returns

Marking 20 years since Baby started learning the moves from Johnny, much to the consternation of her straight-laced father, Dirty Dancing is returning to theaters for two nights. The 1987 film, starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Columbia Mall 14, Bel Air Cinema Stadium 14, Snowden Square Stadium 14 and Hunt Valley 12. Tickets are $10; contact the individual theaters for more information.

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