Marathon a treat for cinephiles

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Leave it to Baltimore's Imaginative Cinema Society to do Halloween right. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, the group's monthly meeting will culminate with an all-night Halloween movie marathon. No word on which films will be shown; that depends on what the members bring. A potluck dinner and trivia contest are included, and costumes are optional but encouraged. First-timers can visit for free; after that, visitors are invited to join (annual dues are $20 per person, $30 per couple). The marathon is in the fellowship hall at Perry Hall Presbyterian Church, 8848 Belair Road. Information: or 443-570-6455.

JCC Cinefest 2007 kicks off

JCC Cinefest 2007, a four-film, three-night walk-up to the 2008 Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, kicks off Wednesday with Israeli writer-director Hana Peled's Dear Mr. Waldman, the semi-autobiographical story of a man convinced that an adviser to President John Kennedy is the son he believes was lost in the Holocaust. Peled will discuss the film, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased ahead of time at the Gordon Center or the Park Heights Jewish Community Center (5700 Park Heights Ave.) or at the door 30 minutes before showtime. Information: 410-542-4900, ext. 4900.

Geppi's goes to the drive-in

The folks at Geppi's Entertainment Museum are bringing their act to the Bengies Drive-In tomorrow night. A costume contest is set for 6 p.m., with prizes for the best pop-culture-character impersonations in various age groups. There will also be pop-culture trivia contests and an auction of such items as original art from the Transformers comic book, a box of Three Stooges trading cards and a talking Optimus Prime figure. Bengies is at 3417 Eastern Blvd. Information: 410-687-5627 or

Kids' horror spoof premiere

The End of the World (As We Know It), an hourlong horror spoof, will have its world premiere Sunday at the Senator, 5904 York Road. The film, penned by local screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy, was produced by and stars middle school students who were enrolled in last summer's Young Filmmakers Workshop at the Park School. The workshop was run by Towson University film professor and Sundance-award-winning director Steve Yeager. The program, which begins at 9:30 a.m., also includes short documentaries and fake commercials, all produced by workshop participants. Tickets are $8. Information: fifth

See 3-D at the library

Just in time for Halloween, extra-dimensional horrors invade the Enoch Pratt Free Library tomorrow, with a free showing of 1961's The Mask. The film centers on a mask that causes weird hallucinations and possibly turns the wearer into a killer. Sections of the film were shot in 3-D, and the movie will tell you when it's time to put on the funny glasses. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium of the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Information: 410-396-5430.

An die Musik's jazzy film series

An die Musik Live's Jazz Film Series continues Thursday at 7 p.m. with Bird Sits In: The Be Bop Sessions. The program includes a 1952 television appearance by jazz legend Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie, Dick Hyman, Sandy Block and Charlie Smith, and a 1950 Jazz at the Philharmonic session, featuring Parker along with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy Rich and others. Tickets are $8. An die Musik is at 409 N. Charles St. Information: 410-385-2638 or

Life on the Salton Sea

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, a documentary look at the fringe dwellers living along California's man-made, festering Salton Sea, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays feature. Shown in an earlier cut at the 2005 Maryland Film Festival, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer's film is narrated by John Waters. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or

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