Events for the week

february 16
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist: We're not generally in the habit of recommending films whose lead subjects hammer nails into their genitals for the camera, but Kirby Dick's remarkably poignant (yep, we chose the right adjective) Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist confirms that pre-millennial documentary filmmakers are beating the snot out of the directors of indie fiction flicks in terms of telling affecting, original stories. Bob Flanagan is the late performance artist whose lifelong, painful bout with the degenerative disease cystic fibrosis fueled his interest in masochism and body modification. Flanagan and his girlfriend-dominator Sheree Rose (literally) bared all for the filmmakers, as did Flanagan's endlessly patient parents, who struggle throughout the film to understand his obsessions. Given its Dallas premiere by the USA Film Festival, Sick is definitely not for the squeamish. But those who take this adventure will find themselves understanding Bob's strange motivations to a degree they wouldn't have thought possible. The screening happens at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes, 9450 N. Central Expressway. Tickets are $7. Call (214) 821-NEWS.

february 17
Falcons: Back From the Brink at 200 MPH: As information-age civilization pushes us farther and farther back from direct connection to the earth, preservationists have a harder time impressing on people the mechanisms of ecological systems and how the elimination of one species throws other things out of whack. To most of us ignoramuses, it all sounds like a bunch of "tree-hugging crap," to quote South Park's Cartman. The Dallas Museum of Natural History attempts to cut through the crap and impress the importance of ecological balance on our media-sodden souls with a show called Falcons: Back from the Brink at 200 MPH. The lesson about the raptors' near extinction and tentative salvation features demonstrations wit the birds themselves. Opening weekend festivities happen 10 a.m.-5 p.m. February 14 and 15. The show runs daily through May 24 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in Fair Park. Tickets are $2.50-$4. Call (214) 520-3666.

february 18
Weekday Classics: The Lakewood Theatre continues its flirtation with returning to the Granada's '70s and '80s halcyon days of repertory cinema in Dallas with a celebration of its 60-year anniversary. Comparing today's prices with those in 1938, the good old days do start to seem pretty damn good, bloody world war and all. For the next several weeks, the Lakewood presents "Weekday Classics," screenings of classic films from six decades ago. The first film to show on the weekday program is William Wyler's 1938 Jezebel, for which Bette Davis took home her second Oscar and forever established the "ice queen in a Suhthuhn hothouse" standard. No one makes a hoop skirt more diabolical. The shows run Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the Lakewood Theatre. Admission is 15 cents; popcorn is 25 cents. Call (214) 824-1203.

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