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by Keith Barber

The 12th annual RiverRun International Film Festival remains in full swing until Sunday, so there’s still plenty of chances for avid cinephiles and just plain movie lovers to enjoy some of the cinematic gems among the festival’s 120 films hailing from 34 different countries. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, RiverRun continues its spotlight on Mexican cinema this weekend with a screening of director Alejandro Gonz’lez In’rritu’s Amores Perros starring Gael Garcia Bernal at UNCSA’s’ Babcock Theater Saturday at 3 p.m. Legendary Spanish director Luis Bu’uel’s 1950 classic Los Olvidados will screen at UNCSA Babcock at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Friday, RiverRun will screen David Gordon Green’s George Washington at UNCSA’s Main Theater 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, Green, a UNCSA graduate, will participate in a discussion about the film and his career and will be presented with RiverRun’s 2010 Emerging Master Award. After achieving independent success with George Washington, Green co-wrote and directed All the Real Girls, which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Green has also directed the independent films, Undertow and Snow Angels, as well as the mainstream comedy Pineapple Express. Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Center box office located at 405 W. 4th St. in Winston-Salem, and UNCSA at 1533 S. Main St. For further info, call 336.721.1945.

Speaking of independent film, Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the documentary film Fresh on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The film celebrates people across America who are reinventing the food delivery system and creating healthier alternatives to the way we eat. Admission is free but seating is limited.

Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow continues at Triad Stage at Pyrle Theater this week. The play tells the life story of a legendary singer known for such classics as “Stormy Weather” and “Am I blue?” Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday with 8 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The show runs through May 2.

And finally, the Community Arts Caf’, located at 411 W. 4th St. in Winston-Salem, presents its exhibit Poetic Expressions 2010. A blending of poetry with visual art by local artists, Poetic Expressions runs through April 30.

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