Your weekend: On film
First up: In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the Alameda Free Library is hosting a screening of “La Mission.“ The 2009 film stars Benjamin Bratt as an aging San Francisco tough coming to terms with the fact that his son is gay. The free screening, which is sponsored by the Alameda Multicultural Center, begins at 2 p.m. and will be preceded by a 1 p.m. discussion led by Alamedans Stella Gonzales and Charlie Lopez and moderated by Nanette Bradley Deetz. The library is at 1550 Oak Street. The film is rated R, and no one under 17 will be admitted without an adult. For more information, call 521-2516 or e-mail email@example.com.
Then at 7 p.m. Saturday, Temple Israel will show the first of three films in their upcoming Jewish Film Festival. Saturday night’s film will be “Then She Found Me,” a 2007 film starring Helen Hunt as a New York City teacher whose life is upended when her husband leaves her, her adoptive mother dies and her biological mother – a talk show host played by Bette Midler – enters her life as she begins dating the father of one of her students. Admission is $10 or $25 for all three films (“Goodbye Columbus” will be shown on November 6; “Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers” is up on December 11) and snacks are included. The film is rated R. Temple Israel is at 3183 Mecartney Road. More information is available online.
The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex’s ongoing Grand Opera Cinema Series continues on Sunday with a showing of the San Francisco Opera performing Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” featuring tenor Ramón Vargas in a tale of innocence set in the Napa Valley circa 1915, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 and are available online or at the theater. The film will also be shown at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The four-film series will conclude on October 24 and October 26 with a performance of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” and it repeats again beginning on October 31. The theater is at 2317 Central Avenue.
And last but not least, the Multicultural Center will continue its Autism Film Event series with a free screening of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the center, 501 Lincoln Avenue. The free screening is for people with autism and their family and friends, and all ages are welcome for the G-rated film. It’s co-sponsored by the Alameda Autism Community Network. For more information, call 521-9405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.