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Man Push Cart. Director Ramin Bahrani appears for this screening of his new drama that follows Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi), who was once a rock star in his native Pakistan but now lives in America and barely gets by pushing a coffee-and-doughnut cart around the streets of New York. Things pick up when he crosses paths with a Spanish girl working at a nearby newsstand and a wealthy, Pakistani gentleman who remembers Ahmad's glory days. It's 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, 6:30 p.m. $3-$5.
The Most Typical Avant-Garde: Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. UCI begins a two-part look at the avant-garde filmmaking that flourished at the margins of mainstream American cinema. This first program includes such rarities asJosef von Sternberg's 1925 drama TheSalvation Huntersand Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich and Gregg Toland's1928 short The Life and Death of 9413—A Hollywood Extra. Introduction and discussion with David E. James, author and professor of critical studies (USC's Department of Cinema-Television). The series' second program screens Nov. 16.UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Let's do "The Time Warp" (yet) again, as the Midnight Insanity troupe rocks on at a new location, with dancing, costume contests and other special-event fun on different theme nights. This week's theme: pimps and ho's. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 694-4411 or (562) 235-8053; www.midnightinsanity.com. Sat., midnight. $8 tickets go on sale at 10:30 p.m.
Student Night and Screen Slam. A special edition of Orange Crush for the young folk, featuring museum tours, talks, student film and video screenings, music, food, and more. 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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