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Here comes Waters' 'Trouble'

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The American Civil Liberties Union's Film and Free Expression film series concludes tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with John Waters' 1974 Female Trouble. Divine stars as Dawn Davenport, and the film follows her downward spiral from juvenile delinquent to death-row denizen. Showtime is noon tomorrow, preceded by a discussion hosted by retired Circuit Court Judge Elsbeth Bothe and attorney Arnold Weiner. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.; free bagels and coffee are included. Tickets are $6. Encore showings are set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday, with tickets priced at $8. Information: thecharles.com.

Screening Shakespeare

Screening Shakespeare, a dauntingly comprehensive retrospective showing how the Bard's works have been adapted for the screen, continues at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater in Washington with a trio of films. Tonight, a 1954 Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of King Richard II stars Maurice Evans in the title role, with support from Kent Smith and Sarah Churchill. Tuesday, 1954's The Young Lovers (aka Chance Meeting) offers a Cold War version of Romeo and Juliet; he works at the U.S. Embassy in London, while she's the daughter of a Communist official. Thursday offers the great Laurence Olivier as the wickedly deformed king in 1955's Richard III.

All movies begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The theater seats only 60, so reservations are suggested. Call 202-707-5677. The series continues through August. The theater is on the third floor of the Library of Congress Madison Building, Independence Avenue between First and Second streets Southeast, Washington. Information: loc.gov/rr/mopic/ pickford.

Tempestuous concoction

The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series continues next week with Joseph Losey's 1968 Secret Ceremony. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor as Leonora, a crazed ex-prostitute who suspects that the waifish Cenci (Mia Farrow) could be the daughter she lost years ago; Cenci, in turn, thinks Leonora could be her own dead mother. Add Robert Mitchum as Albert, Cenci's lascivious stepfather, to the mix, and you've got quite the tempestuous concoction. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Information: 443-573-1870 or artbma.org.

Cinema Sundays

Once, Irish writer-director John Carney's musical celebration of the love between a street singer and an immigrant pianist he meets on the street selling flowers, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Glen Hansard, lead singer of the Dublin rock band the Flames, and his frequent musical collaborator, Marketa Irglova, star, and all the film's music was recorded live. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets: $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinema sundays.com.

Katrina documentary

Jonathan Demme's documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the subject of a weeklong series of programs airing through Monday on PBS' weekday Tavis Smiley show (noon on MPT, Channels 22 and 67), will be screened June 14 as part of the American Film Institute's Silverdocs documentary film festival. New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward will be shown at 1 p.m. at the AFI's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Tickets and additional information: 301-495-6720 or silverdocs.com.


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