Man Push Cart. Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) was once a rock star in his native Pakistan, but now, living in America, he gets by pushing a coffee-and-doughnut cart around the streets of New York. It's a rather grim existence, but things pick up when he catches the eye of a Spanish girl working at a nearby newsstand and he encounters a wealthy, Pakistani gentleman who remembers Ahmad's glory days. Director Ramin Bahrazi appears at this, the latest picture in the UC Irvine Film and Video Center's Los Angeles/Experimental Film Series. UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.; reception, 7:30 p.m. $3-$5.
The Motel. Director Michael Kang appears at this screening of his 2005 film about Ernest Chin (Jeffrey Chyau), an adolescent, Chinese American boy unhappily working at his mom's hotel who is befriended by a self-destructive Korean American man passing through town. It's the latest entry in the UCI Film and Video Center's Contemporary Asian-American Film Series. UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Shark Park: The Heaviest Wave in California. A documentary about those dopes who surf in shark-infested waters. I'm sorry, but really, that's just plain dopey. I shouldn't have to tell you people not to surf where there are sharks! Didn't your goddamn parents teach you anything? Jeez. It screens with the short film Shark Alley. Pierside Surfcity, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 969-3151. Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 & 9 p.m. $8.
Student Night and Screen Slam. A special edition of Orange Crush for students, featuring museum tours, talks, student film and video screenings, music, food, and more—all free. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net. Thurs., Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Free.
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