A night of horror flicks and charity

The Baltimore Sun

Two films by the late Don Dohler, Baltimore's own impresario of low-budget horror, will be shown at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. The Alien Factor (1978), his first film, offers a look at what might happen if a spaceship bound for an intergalactic zoo crashed in a small town, while 2006's Dead Hunt finds 10 movie reviewers attending a horror-film convention beset by deadly traps. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 ($12 for alliance members), with proceeds going to the Joyce Dohler Fund, established to provide care for Dohler's developmentally disabled sister. Information: 410-276-3538 or creativealliance.org.

Orchestral 'Oz'

Even for those who have tripped down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy a few dozen times already, here's an approach that could make the next trip a little more interesting.

Tomorrow, the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, extolling the advantages of home, will be shown at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing the score live; here's betting "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" never sounded so good. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance range from $25 to $65 for adults, $12.50 to $65 for children. The Meyerhoff is at 1212 Cathedral St. Information: baltimore symphony.org or 410-783-8000.

A film noir classic

The Charles Theatre's summer-long salute to film noir continues this weekend with the 1946 Howard Hawks classic The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart is the definitive Philip Marlowe in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel about a private detective hired to protect a rich family's secrets, several of which revolve around elder sister Vivian (Lauren Bacall). Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thechar les.com.

Cinema Lounge

Next week's meeting of the Cinema Lounge will include a workshop by local director of photography Chris Nuzzaco and the screening of two short films, Strata-Tek Studios' Awake and Ron Gillis' By Any Means Necessary. The activities start at 8 p.m. Thursday at Gardel's, 29 S. Front St. Admission is $5. Information: 410-837-3737 or gardels.com.

Spotlight on Baltimore

"Film Baltimore," showcasing movies made in and about Charm City, continues this weekend with Lawrence Kasdan's The Accidental Tourist (1988), starring William Hurt as a disconsolate travel writer who finds renewal in the form of a quirky dog trainer (Geena Davis, who won a Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance). Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday in the University of Baltimore's Performing Arts Theater, in the Student Center at 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $5. Information: ubalt.edu.

Scorsese fest to wrap

Mean Streets, with Harvey Keitel struggling to make a life for himself on the mobbed-up streets of New York's Little Italy, brings to a close the Martin Scorsese film festival sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute's Office of Cultural Affairs. Showtime for the 1973 film, which co-stars Robert De Niro, is 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free, as are coffee and cookies. Information: 410-955-3363 or jhoca.org.

Gypsy tales

When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan, Jasmine Dellal's documentary chronicling the travels of five gypsy families and the Roma music they perform, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and doughnuts. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasun days.com.


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