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Within Our Gates/The Scar of Shame. In observation of Black History Month, the Found Theatre presents a free screening of those two rarely seen films. Both are examples of the "Race Movie" genre—films featuring black actors and made for a segregated audience. While many mainstream American films of the time continued to utilize racist portrayals of African-Americans, Race Movies afforded black filmmakers with an opportunity to speak to an audience that could relate to what was really going on in the country. Flying reasonably under the radar of the white audience, Race Movies occasionally tackled harder hitting issues than their mainstream counterparts could get away with. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 433-3363; www.foundtheatre.org. Mon., 6 p.m. Free.
Xanadu. Greek muses, Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelley, and disco roller rinks. Electric Light Orchestra contributes to the soundtrack and cocaine contributes to the mise-en-scene. Well intentioned perhaps, but greeted with critical raspberries upon its release, Xanadu features Kelley's final cinematic dance numbers. As lead actor Michael Beck once said regarding his career, "The Warriors opened a lot of doors in film for me, which Xanadu then closed." Like Rocky Horror, you probably already know if you'll like this film or not, but with the right mindset, it can be quite an experience. Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun., 6 p.m. & Mon. & Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
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