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Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | FILM

Cine mexicano. Mexican mystery-comedy, “Santos Peregrinos” opens Friday at the Mann Theatres Hazard Center in Mission Valley, as part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s monthly series, “Cinema en Tu Idioma.” The lives of several residents of a Mexico City tenement building are turned upside down upon the discovery that a set of holiday statuettes are filled with gold. The film, described as a “wacky mix of Agatha Christie and Melrose Place,” stars popular Mexican comedian Adal Ramones. 

“Santos Peregrinos” will be screened five times daily, Friday through June 16. For more information, call (619) 230-1638 or visit http://www.sdlatinofilm.com.

VISUAL ART

Literary happening. San Diego City Works Press celebrates the release of its latest literary work, “Sunshine/Noir: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana,” with a book signing party and art show Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ice Gallery, 3417 30th St., in North Park.

The anthology, edited by Jim Miller (co-author of “Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See”), presents a diverse range of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, paintings and photography by more than 40 contemporary local writers and artists, exploring various themes such as the border, identity, history and place.

San Diego City Works Press is the city’s only local, independent press dedicated to the publication of work by local writers. For more information, visit www.cityworkspress.org.

Walkabout art. The art galleries and shops along North Park’s Ray Street stay open late Saturday for the monthly Ray at Night event. An eclectic, all-ages crowd descends on the one-block stretch to leisurely meander through participating galleries — viewing everything from paintings, ceramics and photography to blown glass, jewelry and organic art — as well as enjoy live music and light refreshments.

Ray at Night happens every second Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Ray Street between University Avenue and North Park Way.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Say cheese. The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts becomes an open scrapbook this Sunday with its new exhibition, “Snapshot: From Box Brownies to Camera Phones.”

The exhibition explores the historical and contemporary use of everyday snapshots to preserve a sense of self, culture and history. Original black and white and color snapshots taken by amateur photographers from the 1920s to 1960s will be on display along with a live feed of images captured by camera phones.

“Snapshot” runs through Sept. 18. The museum is located at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more information, call (619) 238-7559.

THEATER

Screwball stage antics. La Jolla Playhouse officially opens its 2005 season Sunday with the world premiere of “Palm Beach, The Screwball Musical.” Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, the fast-paced musical takes inspiration from the zany screwball movies of the 1930s and tells the tale of Liz, a jilted New York showgirl who seeks to marry her way into the good life.

“Palm Beach, The Screwball Musical” runs through July 10 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre, located on the University of California, San Diego campus.

CLAIRE CARASKA, Voice Staff Writer

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