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Reel Cleveland: Banff Mountain Film Festival 

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A showcase for short documentaries about outdoor-sports thrill seekers, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to the Allen Theatre (1407 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10. Friday's highlights include Azazel, a film about four friends who try to conquer Pakistan's Trango Pulpit Tower; Take a Seat, about a tandem cyclist who attempts to log 19,000 miles on his bike, picking up random passengers along the way; and Rowing the Atlantic, about a woman who tries to row across the ocean. Saturday's schedule offers Finding Farley, about a family that travels 3,000 miles to get to a Nova Scotia home; Hunlen, about two guys who try to climb a frozen Canadian waterfall; and First Ascent: Alone on the Wall, about a free climber who tackles the northwest face of Yosemite's Half Dome. Tickets are $35, which includes admission to the pre-screening receptions at 6 each night.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium (11150 East Blvd., 216.421.7350) recently underwent an extensive facelift, including new seats, a new projector, enhanced acoustics and a new sound system. As a result, the facility can now screen films in surround sound on the Gartner's 37-foot screen. To show off the newly rehabbed venue, there will be a screening of Steven Spielberg's classic adventure flick Raiders of the Lost Ark. The1981 film stars Harrison Ford as snake-hating archeologist Indiana Jones, who ends up battling Nazi creeps for control of the Ark of the Covenant. It shows at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10. The screening is free, but tickets are required. Find more info at

Last year, Matthew Wilkening moved from Boston to Akron with his fiancée, a psychologist with family in the area. To introduce himself to the music and arts community, he hosted a screening of Still Bill, a feature-length documentary about soul singer Bill Withers. Now, Wilkening, who runs a small record label called Stellah, is screening Defendor, a film about a superhero (Woody Harrelson) who tries to protect the city streets from the evil Captain Industry, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Akron Public Library (60 S. High St., 330.643.9000, The screening is free, but tickets are required, and organizers have asked that patrons bring canned or non-perishable food for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. E-mail reservation requests to

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