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LAist Film Calendar: Star Treks, Space Cases & Evangelical Musicals

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Santa Claus Conquers the Cardboard Planet. | Courtesy of Niceness via Flickr

Weekend plans still up in the air? If 20,000 feet isn't enough elevation for you, boldly go to the Aero for screenings of JJ Abrams' Star Trek, fanboy tribute Free Enterprise, and a Trek triple: Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock & The Voyage Home. TrekMovie.com has organized panels reuniting the cast & crew of Free Enterprise, and welcomes writer/director Nicholas Meyer in-between Khan & Search for Spock. For a different warped drive, the Warner Grand has cracked-out Christmas flick Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, paired with surrealist seasonal import Santa Claus. If you'd rather stick to this planet, the Nuart has celluloid space-cases Werner Herzog & Nicolas Cage unspooling all week in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

Or, take a Heavenly flight with one of LA's more fascinating historical figures. Continuing a much-appreciated trend in recent weeks towards localist programs, the Echo Park Film Center and Downtown Independent present Sister Aimee: The Musical! For those unfamiliar, Aimee Semple McPherson founded Echo Park's Angelus Temple & pioneering Christian radio station KFSG. She also embodied classic showbiz, from her rags-to-riches origin, to her theatrical sermons & gossip-plagued personal life. While it's unclear how much of her checkered history is featured in Sister Aimee: The Musical (I hope lots), the production follows McPherson's DIY footsteps. With guidance from the EPFC, students aged 12-19 wrote, produced & choreographed the numbers, built the sets, stitched the costumes, and probably did their own stunts. And if that sell wasn't hard enough - it's FREE.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!