A birthday toast to Poe

The Baltimore Sun

Celebrate what would have been Edgar Allan Poe's 199th birthday with a free program of three short films based on his stories, set for 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. The three shorts, culled from the Pratt's vast 16 mm film archives, are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death and The Haunted Palace. Information: 410-396- 1580 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Hitchcock retrospective

The Charles' Alfred Hitchcock retrospective continues this weekend with 1940's Rebecca, the great director's first American film and the only one to win a Best Picture Oscar. (Hitchcock himself never won the award for best director, a slight the motion-picture academy has never lived down.) Joan Fontaine plays the shy young wallflower who attracts the eye of the rich and disturbed Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier). The two impulsively marry, but the real fun starts when Maxim takes his bride back to his mansion, Manderlay, and its imperious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson, chilling), who has never quite gotten over the original Mrs. De Winter. David O. Selznick, still flush with the success of Gone With the Wind, produced, and film scholars have been arguing ever since whether Rebecca more reflects Hitchcock's or Selznick's sensibilities. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the theater, at 1711 N. Charles St., is $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.

Jewish Film Series

The Columbia Jewish Congregation's 16th Jewish Film Series opens tomorrow with British director Paul Morrison's Wondrous Oblivion (2003), a coming-of-age film set in 1960 in working-class London. Sam Smith plays a young Jewish boy who gets coached in cricket by the Jamaican family that moves in next door. Tickets for the screening, set for 8 p.m. at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, are $9. Information: 410-381-4809 or colum biajewish.org/film_series.shtml.

Jazz series conclusion

The latest jazz film series at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., concludes Wednesday with "Jazz Dance," a program of short films showcasing the talents of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines and others. The program begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andiemusiklive.com.

Opera at the movies

A performance of Richard Wagner's magnificent Tristan und Isolde, taped at Milan, Italy's La Scala opera house, will be shown this weekend at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. as part of a monthly series of La Scala operas to be shown at the Charles through June. Showtimes are 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets are $21. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.

Magic lantern show

A magic lantern show featuring Molly Ross' Nana Projects, using overhead projectors and hand-manipulated cutouts to project wondrous scenes onto a screen, is set for 7:30 tonight at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. A pair of short videos from Eric Dyer will open the evening. Tickets are $12, $10 for alliance members, $8 for kids 12 and younger. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.


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