Outdoor film series call it a wrap

Baltimore's infatuation with outdoor moviegoing continues over the next week, with several outdoor film series offering their last film for the summer. The Little Italy Open Air Film Festival continues today with a 9 p.m. screening of John Landis' 1980 The Blues Brothers at High and Stiles streets. The series at the Clifton Park Bandshell on St. Lo Drive concludes today with an 8:30 p.m. showing of Akeelah and the Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne as the demanding coach of a potential champion speller. Dundalk's Main Street Movies series, at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place (behind the old Strand Theatre), concludes tomorrow with an 8:15 p.m. showing of the animated Bee Movie, featuring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick and a hiveful of others. In Columbia, the Lakefront Film Series concludes Monday with an 8:30 p.m. showing of 2006's Charlotte's Web, with the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, Oprah Winfrey and others. On Wednesday, the Center Plaza Film Series at Charles and Fayette streets features a 9 p.m. showing of Cuba Gooding Jr. as Navy diver Carl Brashear in 2000's Men of Honor. And on Thursday, Fells Point's Films on the Pier series continues with an 8:45 p.m. showing of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, on the pier at the foot of Broadway.

'Dr. No' at the Charles


The Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series sticks with Bond, James Bond, for tomorrow's offering of 1962's Dr. No, the film that introduced both Sean Connery as 007 and Ursula Andress as the archetypal Bond girl (wearing a bikini that caused quite a stir), Honey Ryder. 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: 410-727-3456 or

Foreign films at Pratt


This weekend at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.:

From 1955, Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un Ciclista), Spanish director Juan Antonio Bardem's thinly veiled indictment of Spain under the rule of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, centers on two well-off lovers who hit a bicyclist while driving in the Spanish countryside, then leave him alone to die. (Perhaps the film wasn't veiled thinly enough, as Bardem was in jail for political dissent when the film played the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.) The film, the latest entry in the Pratt's free Rare Reels: The Best Films You've Never Seen series, unspools at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, the library's monthly Film Talk series offers 1943's Le Corbeau (The Raven). French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's film watches as the inhabitants of a small village begin eyeing each other warily after a series of anonymous poison-pen letters begin circulating. Showtime is 10 a.m., with informed discussion sure to follow.

Information: 410-396-5430 or

Book from filmmaker

The works of experimental filmmaker Stephanie Barber will be featured tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., in the old Patterson Theatre. The occasion is the release of her new book, These Here Separated to See How They Standing Alone Or The Soundtracks of Six Films by Stephanie Barber. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5, $20 if you want a copy of the book (which includes a DVD with six of her films). Information: 410-276-1651 or