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Movie of the Week:
Una Historia Adolescente en el Medio de la Nada (Glue). In this comedy/drama set in a small town in the vast, empty Patagonia region, the gawky Lucas—a 15-year-old time bomb of hormones, boredom and family alienation—hangs out with his hunky and horny best friend, Nacho, and bespectacled, mousey gal pal, Andrea. The threesome cope with the trials of burgeoning adolescence by getting high and getting off, mostly, in variations with one another. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $2.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. The title pretty much says it all. Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Ste. 1, Brea, (714) 671-3601; www.ci.brea.ca.us. Fri.-Sun. Call for times. $2; Brea residents, free.
Como Mariposas en la Luz (Burned as Butterflies to the Light). Diego is convinced: There is no future in his country. He is an Argentine youth of Catalan origin, obsessed with obtaining his grandfather's birth certificate for his passport, which will open the doors of Europe to him. Diego fights to forge a new future for himself just as his grandfather had done years before. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., April 24, 7 p.m. $2.
The Cool School. The formation of the Ferus Art Gallery was like an earthquake for the California art scene, showcasing a scrappy gang of Venice beats. This is how LA learned to Love Modern Art. Although it thrived under co-owners Irvine Blum and Walter Hopps, the gallery—the first to display Andy Warhol's soup cans—was relatively short-lived. The film shows us how a handful of artists established a Los Angeles art scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The event includes a Q&A session. Forum Theater, Festival of the Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971, ext. 201. Fri. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m. $20.
Crossing the Line/Living in Limbo. Two documentaries analyzing the realities of undocumented immigration from Mexico to America. El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 310 W. Fifth St., Santa Ana, (714) 543-0095; www.el-centro.org. Fri., 8 p.m. $3 donation suggested.
Dos Patrias, Cuba y la Noche. Six men from different backgrounds and of different ages describe their life, afflictions, desires, longings and joys in Cuba.UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Sat., 7 p.m. $2.
An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore helms this award-winning documentary about the threat of global climate change and what we can do about it. Viento y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 434-1182. Tues., 7 p.m. Free.
Journey From the Fall. Inspired by the true story of Vietnamese refugees, the film follows one family's struggle for freedom as they flee their country after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and chronicles those who were forced to stay behind. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. $10; members, $8.
Love Me If You Dare. As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children—a fearless competition to outdo each other with daring, outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve their pain, the game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for each other. Laguna South Coast Cinemas, 162 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-1711. Thurs., April 17, 7 p.m. $20; Laguna Beach Film Society members, free.
Pura Sangre. After his parents die in a tragic car accident just when his estranged family is about to reunite, 9-year-old Santiago must go to the country to live with his curmudgeon of a grandfather. A roundtable discussion with the film's director will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in HIB 135.UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., April 17, 7 p.m. $2.
La Ragazza con la Valigia. Claudia Cardinale plays a young woman who heads to the city alone after being dumped. She is befriended and protected by her ex-suitor's 16-year-old brother, who eventually becomes her new lover. Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 628-4938. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.
Se Arrienda (For Rent).Would-be serious composer Gastón, a onetime "most likely to succeed" at Santiago 's Musical Conservatory, is now 34 and a failure. With nothing else on his plate, Gastón half-heartedly accepts a position with his father's real-estate company, an attempt to recover a trajectory he has lost. A roundtable discussion with the film's director will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Humanities Hall 344. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Fri., 7 p.m. $2.
The Tailenders. A captivating look at a missionary group's use of ultra-low-tech audio devices to evangelize indigenous communities facing crises caused by global economic forces. OC Catholic Worker, 316 Cypress Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-6304. Sat., 9:30 a.m. Free.
The Wall.Pink Floyd's dark, cautionary, psychedelic tale about war, drugs, sex, rock & roll, and hero worship comes to Wednesday night's classic-film showcase. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.50.
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