Fresh Powder [Special Screenings, Nov. 18-24]

Finding Dory. Oh, there she is, behind that $1.018 billion at the box office. Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Auditorium, Room B, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738.6327. Thurs., Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Muppet Treasure Island. Travel back in time to 1996 for the Muppets' twist on the classic fairy tale. With Tim Curry as Long John Silver, Billy Connolly as Billy Bones and Jennifer Saunders as Mrs. Bluveridge. Food trucks, touch tanks and other activities abound. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, (949) 496-2274. Fri., 5 p.m. $10; family four-pack, $30.

The Nightmare Before Christmas. Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) has become bored with leading zany Oingo Boingo, so he switches to Hollywood composer and . . . Check that: Jack gets bored with scaring people in the real world before a stumble into Christmastown gives him a new lease on life. Food and beer are available for purchase at this family screening. Fullerton Community Center, Courtyard, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334. Fri., 5:30 p.m. $5. RSVP required.

SikhLens: Sikh Art & Film Festival. The festival aims to shine a light on “Sikh-centric” talent in movies, writing, music and art. See “SikhLens Honors and Introduces Sikh Culture” for descriptions of festival films, which include Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur, All Quiet on the Homefront, Under the Turban, Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe, Kalyan—A Servant of the Night, Sikh Musical Heritage: The Untold Story, Table for Sixty-Thousand, Ardaas, Love Punjab, plus PDV (post, digital and visual effects) films and multiple shorts programs. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Fri., 7 p.m. $30 in advance; $100 at the door (covers opening-night films Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur and All Quiet on the Homefront and 10 p.m. after-party with food and drinks included). Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Most feature films $5 in advance; $15 at the door.

Baby Jane? Taking its cues from the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford freak fest of 1962, director Billy Clift's first feature film is about the resentment Baby Jane feels after giving up her kid-movie stardom and growing old while taking care of her disabled sister Blanche, who . . . whoa, this seems to be doing more than “taking its cues” from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? There are added characters such as Elvira the housekeeper (and Blanche's “special friend”), nosey neighbor Mrs. Bates and her ding-dong daughter Gloria. Between a preshow dinner, the flick and a post-screening audience Q&A with Clift, there will be plenty of opportunities to break out your best “But you are, Blanche, you are in that chair.” The Filmmaker's Gallery, 2238 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 433-4460. Fri. Dinner, 7:30 p.m.; screening, 8:30 p.m. $25.

Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album. Composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the Abbey Road Studio with the Fab Four as they create their best-selling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). Released in 1968, the 30 songs—which include “Revolution,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird”—pack elements of hard rock, country, chamber music, avant-garde and recording tricks George Martin pulled out of his wizard bag. Freiman wants audiences to see and hear the evolution of the songs and understand their lasting influence on pop music. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50.

A Dragon Arrives! Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture presents Mani Haghighi's offbeat comedy about a detective (Amir Jadidi) who is drugged, abducted and interrogated by his own agency in 1964, causing him to flash back to a trip across a cemetery in an orange Chevy to a desert island in the Persian Gulf. Yep, Haghighi will have much explaining to do at the audience Q&A that follows. UC Irvine, McCormick Hall, 4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Sat., 5 p.m. Free.

Branagh Theatre at the Garrick: The Entertainer. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne's modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an examination of public masks and private torment. The live cinema broadcast from the London stage stars John Hurt, Kenneth Branagh and Greta Scacchi. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Sun., 12:55 p.m.; Tues., 7 p.m. $4.50-$10.50.

Questione di Cuore (A Question of the Heart). Cinema Italiano presents Francesca Archibugi's 2009 dramedy, based on Umberto Contarello's novel, about two men (Antonio Albanese and Kim Rossi Stuart) bonding after each suffers a heart attack. Rome is said to look fabulous through cinematographer Fabio Zamarion's lenses. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Norma Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677. Sun., 2 p.m. $12.

Modest Reception. Filmmaker Mani Haghighi hangs around UC Irvine for another Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture presentation. This time, he takes audience questions after his 2012 dramedy about a couple from the city that hands out money to poor villagers in a mountainous region of Iran in exchange for odd chores they do for the pair. UC Irvine, McCormick Hall, (949) 824-6117. Sun., 5 p.m. Free.

Warren Miller's Here, There & Everywhere. The latest snow porn from the company sprung from Warren Miller's first ski film 67 years ago has mostly been screening next to North American slopes, so consider yourselves lucky, Orange County flatlanders. The Weekly co-sponsors this screening of the documentary that has Miller back behind the mic reminding audiences that his camera crews have truly gone here, there and everywhere to capture amazing ski and snowboard footage for decades. Regency Lido, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (800) 523-7117; Mon., 7 p.m. $18.

The Polar Express. The Cinema Classics series continues with Robert Zemeckis' 2004 computer-animated chestnut, based on Chris Van Allsburg's book, about a young boy who learns about the spirit of Christmas on a magical train ride to the North Pole. Among the voices are Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; Wed., 7 p.m. $7.

Viva Las Vegas. Oh, Elvis, did you ever make a good movie? See what you think of this exploitation of Mr. Presley's immense talents as he plays Lucky Jackson (ugh!), a down-on-his-luck race-car driver who lost his engine and could thus lose the Las Vegas Grand Prix and the girl (Ann-Margret, in full va-va-voooom mode). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

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