Week of June 26, 2002

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Cinema in the City. Webster University sponsors once-a-month Wednesday screenings in Beatnik Bob's Cafe. This month features features William A. Seiter's Sons of the Desert (1933), which is considered to be Laurel and Hardy's best performance. Plays at 7:30 p.m. July 3 at Beatnik Bob's Cafe, City Museum, 15th and Lucas streets. NR

Reel Late Midnight Movie Series. The Tivoli Theatre presents a summer series of classic and destined to be classic films. This week features Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation. The latest edition of Spike and Mike's eternally revised compilation of the deliberately distasteful has a way higher average of hits to misses than usual; if it has any drawback, it is that none of the new works is a breakout masterpiece on the level of Don Hertzfeldt's "Rejected" (still in the show). But most of the entries are at least funny, and none is (as has often been the case before) merely gross and unfunny. Among the returning favorites are several of Craig McCracken's "No Neck Joe" shorts; Hertzfeldt's early "Ah l'Amour"; Christopher Simon's visualization of Was/Not Was' "Hello Dad, I'm in Jail"; and the really old Betty Boop cartoon "Snow White." (John Magnuson's famed Lenny Bruce short, "Thank You Masked Man," is listed in the flier but missing in action.) Among the better items new to the Sick & Twisted Fest is Bill Plympton's "Eat"; two episodes of Mad Dog Films' Bill Johnson Show; Howie Huffman and Stephen Kroninger's "Bad Phone Sex" (from a Chris Rock routine); and Tony Millionaire's deadpan "Maakies." weighs in with two episodes of Behind the Music That Sucks that do a better job at skewering MTV/VH1 conventions than nominal targets Britney Spears and Eminem. The best of the new stuff is "Fuck Her Gently," a video for Tenacious D's touching love ballad, as realized by John Kricfalusi's Spumco Inc. Also playing this weekend as part of the series is Better Off Dead. Both play at midnight June 28-29 at the Tivoli. (AK)

Sunday Afternoon Film Series. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center hosts a monthly series of movies relating to the Holocaust. This month features Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972), the film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical of the same name. The film takes place in prewar Berlin, when the celebration of the '20s was being supplanted by Hitler's fear-mongering. Liza Minelli gives one of her most iconic performances as Sally Bowles, an American expat basking in the glow of the Kit Kat Klub. Plays at 2 p.m. June 30 at the Holocaust Museum. NR

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