The Lady Vanishes, with Margaret Lockwood as a young woman puzzled about why only she realizes an elderly acquaintance has disappeared, is this weekend's offering in the Charles Theatre's Alfred Hitchcock retrospective. The 1938 film, also starring Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty, was the penultimate work of Hitchcock's early British period; the next year, after the release of Jamaica Inn, he would relocate to the United States. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
The Jazz Film Series at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., continues Wednesday with Bird Sits In: The BeBop Sessions, featuring legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker performing alongside such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Dick Hyman, Ella Fitzgerald and Buddy Rich. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. Information: andiemusiklive.com or 410-385-2638.
Italian director Luchino Visconti's 1954 Senso, the story of a 19th-century Venetian countess (Alida Valli) torn between love of country and love for Austrian army officer Franz Mahler (American actor Farley Granger), will be the subject of tomorrow's Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. If that plot line doesn't grab you right away, consider: Austria was occupying Italy at the time. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. Admission is free, and stimulating discussion is sure to follow the film. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org.
The Singing Revolution, James Tusty's documentary on how song helped Estonia in its fight for independence from the Soviet Union, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays offering at the Charles Theatre. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. The $15 admission price includes coffee and bagels served 50 minutes before the movie. Information: 410-727-3456 or cin emasundays.com.
Actor-director Adrienne Shelly's Waitress, a disarmingly whimsical discourse on strength, resilience and pie-making, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Howard County Public Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The film is this month's entry in the library's New Release Cinema program, which offers free screenings (with accompanying refreshments) of the latest DVD releases. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information: 410-313-7700 or hclibrary.org/events/.