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While past host Mike Nelson, pictured, won’t be part of the “Mystery Science Theater” crew at Alamo Drafthouse La Vista, Trace Beaulieu, who voiced and operated the Crow T. Robot puppet, will be.

Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” fame will appear live at Alamo Drafthouse La Vista to riff on some seriously bad movies.

Conniff and Beaulieu were a big part of the show, and fans will recognize them for playing the show’s mad scientists, TV’s Frank and Dr. Clayton Forrester.

They also served behind-the-scenes roles on the show: Both wrote for the show. Conniff selected the films they screened. Beaulieu voiced and operated the Crow T. Robot puppet. (After “MST3K,” they also went on to write, produce and act in plenty of other iconic TV shows.)

Two screenings will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This week, Alamo Midtown will also screen “The Asphalt Jungle,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Goodfellas.” Alamo La Vista will screen “Say Anything” and “Princess Mononoke.”

‘Forever Young’ Series kicks off

Take a trip to Paris with a series of children’s films presented at Film Streams.

The “Forever Young” program begins Saturday at the Ruth Sokolof Theater with a special screening of “The Red Balloon” and “The White Mane.”

The series will continue through June with screenings of “A Cat in Paris,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hugo” and “Small Change.”

Film Streams starts ‘Sights on Sounds’ series

Pairing cinema and music, the “Sights on Sounds” series begins Sunday at Film Streams.

Sunday night’s “Sound Inventors” program will feature Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival artist-in-residence Ross Karre, who will provide commentary during a program of documentary shorts.

The series continues with an April 30 screening of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” which will benefit the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge, as well as “A Tuba to Cuba” on May 12 and “Carmine Street Guitars” on June 9.

‘Ben-Hur’ anniversary screening

We’re talking about the 1959 classic and not the 2016 remake. One is one of the greatest films ever, and the other has a really, really bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Anyway, the 1959 epic film won 11 Oscars, and to celebrate its 60th anniversary, it’s screening on Sunday and Wednesday at Bluffs 17, Oakview, Twin Creek and Majestic.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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