Roadshow rolls in with Waters' best

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An outdoor triple feature from Baltimore's connoisseur of bad taste, John Waters, is on tap tonight at Middlebranch Park, 3301 Waterview Ave. Part of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Rolling Roadshow Tour, tonight's fest of Waters' best includes the nonmusical version of Hairspray (1988); Polyester (1981), an ode to life in suburbia starring Divine and Tab Hunter; and Desperate Living (1977), all about life in a garbage dump-cum-homeless shelter known as Mortville. As if that lineup isn't enough, the first 250 people to show up will get a free limited-edition Odorama card, essential for experiencing Polyester in all its glory. Admission is free, unless you want to purchase a $30 VIP ticket, with which you get special seating, a commemorative print and an invitation to the after-party. Information:

Focus on home movies

The fifth annual Home Movie Day, spotlighting the work of home-based cinematographers everywhere, will be celebrated in Baltimore tomorrow with workshops and screenings at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Among the day's offerings will be a clinic on restoring home movies and how to care for them, featuring representatives from the Rockville-based Colorlab processing facility. Screenings of home movies will be offered throughout the day. The free event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 443-631-2193.

Salute to film noir

The Charles Theatre's summer-long salute to film noir continues this weekend with the movie that defined the genre, Billy Wilder's 1944 Double Indemnity. Fred MacMurray stars as Walter Neff, a life-insurance salesman who's honest enough, until he falls under the spell of hot-to-trot Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who insists the two of them could have such a great life together, if only they could do something about her husband. 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

'Sun' under the stars

A free outdoor film series spotlighting actor Sidney Poitier continues tonight with 1961's A Raisin In the Sun. Directed by Daniel Petrie, the film - an adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning stage play - stars Poitier as Walter Lee Younger, whose mother's plans to move the family out of its cramped city apartment to the suburbs are hindered by racism and pent-up frustration. The series concludes next week with 1967's To Sir, With Love. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. at the Clifton Park Band Shell, off of St. Lo Drive. Information: 410-366-2222 or clifton

'Envy' in Little Italy

The 2007 Little Italy Open Air Film Festival continues tonight with Barry Levinson's Envy (2004), a comedy starring Jack Black and Ben Stiller as best friends whose relationship is strained when one of them becomes incredibly successful. The source of that success: a spray product, called Vapoorizer, that makes dog poop disappear. Showtime is 7 p.m. at High and Stiles streets. Admission is free, but it's advised that you take lawn chairs. Information:

Filmtalk at the Pratt

Indian director Satyajit Ray's Devi (The Goddess), the story of a young woman whose father-in-law insists she is the reincarnation of the goddess Kali, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime in the library's Wheeler Auditorium is 10 a.m. tomorrow, with discussion scheduled to follow. Information: 410-396-5430 or

Musicians on film

"Baltimore Musicians In Film and Song," a collection of film appearances by music legends such as Cab Calloway, Eubie Blake, Billie Holliday and Ethel Ennis, will be shown Thursday night at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., as part of its August Film Festival. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or

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