China-Beyond the Clouds
The second of a two-part film produced by the National Geographic Society, this film continues to recognize the universal truths among different cultural lines with the introduction of illness, love and justice. With unprecendented access granted by the Chinese government, filmmaker Phil Agland captures various personal stories that captivate the viewer with brutal honesty. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3679; www.bowers.org . Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free with admission ($12-$17).
Alice Neel. A portrait of painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) featuring Neel herself, as well as Hartley Neel, Richard Neel, Chuck Close, Marlene Dumas and Robert Storr. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net . Thurs., May 24, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Behind the Mask. Orange County People for Animals presents this unique documentary focusing on those individuals who take direct action to save animals. For more information about the film, visit www.uncagedfilms.com. Please RSVP to OCPA's hot line at (714) 751-6272, or send an e-mail RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . The Goddess Temple, 17905 Sky Park Circle, Ste. A, Irvine. Sat., 1 p.m. $10.
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The Life of Emile Zola. This 1937 film, featuring Paul Muni and Donald Crisp, tells the story of writer Zola, author of such works as Germinal and La Bete Humain. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Some do Pilates, some do "The Time Warp." It's okay, boys, put on some makeup and look fabulous—a lot of girls are into ambiguous sexuality. Well, at least they were in Santa Cruz. Royal Theater Aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., midnight. $8.
Two or Three Things I Know About Her. This 1967 Jean-Luc Godard film is a commentary on the ways that modern industrial society degrades our souls. This screening will be introduced by Alexander Gelley, professor of comparative literature at UCI, and features a newly restored 35mm print. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., May 24, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
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