Desert Odyssey
A 9-year-old boy embarks on his first camel caravan through the Sahara. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Wed., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).

Happy Go Lucky
First Friday Film presents Mike Leigh’s 2008 film about a relentlessly upbeat 30-year-old kindergarten teacher in North London. Poppy (Sally Hawkins, in a Golden Globe-winning performance) is so relentlessly upbeat that her optimism tends to exasperate those around her. San Juan Capistrano Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 493-1752. Fri., 7 p.m. $2 donation suggested.

Lake Tahoe
Fernando Eimbcke’s 2008 Mexican indie about a teenager named Juan (Duck Season’s Diego Cataño) who crashes his family’s red Nissan into a telegraph pole on the outskirts of town, and then scours the streets for someone to help him fix the car. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334; fullertonlibrary.org. Mon, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
It’s Oregon in 1850, andAdam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town and comes back with a wife. Returning to their backwoods cabin, new wife Millie (Jane Powell) discovers his six brothers all live with them. She sets out to reform the uncouth siblings so they can get wives of their own. Stanley Donen’s lavish 1954 musical took home two Oscars. Cinema Fusion at Anaheim’s GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300; www.cinemafusionanaheim.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $7.50.

El Topo
Alejandro Jodorowsky plays the title character in his own Mexican art film. Gunfighter El Topo (“The Mole”) and his young son ride through a desert to a village, whose inhabitants have been massacred. He leaves his son with a group of monks while setting off on a rescue mission but is ultimately left wounded in the desert. Awakening years later, he returns to find the town run by a vicious sheriff and home to a bizarre religious cult. His son, now a man, is also a monk there. That would sum up what’s fairly normal about the plot. Just sprinkle in a whole lot more weirdness, and you’ve got the flick kicking off Mondo Celluloid’s two-week Jodorowsky retrospective, which concludes April 10 with The Holy Mountain. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; www.mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11:59 p.m. $10.

Viva La Causa
Fiesta Marketplace and the Dolores Huerta Foundation present the Orange County debut of Bill Brummel and Alonso Filomeno Mayo’s 2008 documentary on the movement for social justice led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Comedian George Lopez narrates. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana; koos.org/yosttheatre. Sat., 5 p.m. Free.

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