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On Friday, March 11, the South By Southwest film festival begins in Austin, sending yours truly and thousands of other industry professionals and film lovers deep into the heart of Texas. For those unable to attend, thankfully there are plenty of other local options for unique, important, or just fun screenings in a variety of theaters across the country. In Los Angeles, for example, Quentin Tarantino's monthlong programming series at the New Beverly Cinema continues; meanwhile in San Francisco, the Castro Theatre plays host to a Sing-Along with 'The Little Mermaid.' But suffice it to say there are numerous options for cinephiles to choose from if they want to see something a little further off the beaten path.

Otherwise, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for events, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!

Austin

While most of Austin will be consumed with SXSW scheduling starting on March 11, before then the Alamo Drafthouse continues its spate of terrific programming: specifically, on March 9 at the Alamo Ritz, check out a screening of the blaxploitation classic 'Trouble Man,' which features a truly glorious soundtrack by none other than R&B luminary Marvin Gaye. The film is being screened at midnight, but make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Chicago

The good folks at the top-tier cult DVD and Blu-ray re-release label Severin Films are putting out a new high-definition version of Brian Trenchard-Smith's 'BMX Bandits' on March 15, but get an advance look at the stellar transfer on March 10 when they host a screening over at Ida Noyes Hall at the Max Palevsky Cinema. Tickets are $5, but make sure you check out the Eventful website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Dallas

On March 11 and 12, check out a true classic when the Inwood Theatre shows John Huston's noir masterpiece 'The Maltese Falcon.' Both screenings are at midnight, check out the Inwood Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Los Angeles

The Aero Theate continues its uninterrupted spate of stellar programming on March 11 with a double-feature screening of 'Death Wish' and 'The Nightcomers' which is hosted by director Michael Winner, who will also be performing his one-man show, "My Life in Movies & Other Places." The program begins at 7:30, but make sure you check out the Aero Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.

March 11 is a hot date in Los Angeles: over at the Silent Movie Theatre, Ben Gazzara will appear in person to host a screening of John Cassavetes' 'Husbands.' Gazzara goes on at 7:30 and 'Husbands' reportedly begins around 9:00, but make sure you check out the Cinefamily website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Fellow Cinematical contributor Eric D. Snider recommended we include in our weekly listing the theatrical release of 'Redland,' an independent film he reviewed in 2009 but which will be shown for a limited time starting on March 11. Click here to read a copy of Snider's wonderful review of the film, and make sure you check out the Sunset 5 website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Over at the New Beverly, Tarantino's programming series continues with 'White Lightning' and 'The Last American Hero,' two low-budget, car-themed thrill rides. The double feature begins at 7:30, but make sure you check out the New Beverly Cinema website for ticket information and additional screening details.

New York

On March 11 and 12, the IFC Center will be offering midnight screenings of Frank Marshall's terrific and terrifying 1990 film 'Arachnophobia.' Make sure you check out the IFC Center website for ticket information and additional screening details.

San Francisco

For an epic triple feature, head over to the Castro Theatre on March 11 for 'The Craft,' 'Thelma & Louise,' and 'Ms. 45.' The first two films are arguably more familiar to most audiences, but Abel Ferrara's nasty little slice of female-themed revenge is a weird, wild movie, especially on the big screen, so make sure you check out the Castro Theatre website for ticket information and additional screening details.

Seattle

On March 9 as part of their ongoing series of classic screenings, check out Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' at Seattle's Metro Cinemas. There are two screenings of the film, at 6:45 and 9:15, but make sure you check out the Metro Cinemas website for ticket information and additional screening details.