Fast movies, bad movies, Keytar Bear benefits and more events this week

By: - Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:38am

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While you spent the past 48 hours staving off scurvy by squirting lime juice into every food or beverage that went in your mouth, teams of local filmmakers were writing, shooting and editing entire movies. See how those turned out, plus a movie that’s so bad it’s good and one that hasn’t hit theaters yet.

* If you haven’t had your fill of Drinko de Mayo celebrations, check out the Beehive’s authentic Cinco de Mayo party. Not only is the event authentically happening on the actual fifth of May instead of the closest Saturday, it’ll feature authentic Mexican appetizers and entrees and an appearance by Telemundo star Veronica Robles and her mariachi band. 5.5. 5 p.m. FREE

* Trash Night, the Brattle’s monthly F-grade cinema series, returns with the 1985 sci-fi not-classic ”Trancers.” Its description needs no embellishment: “In 2247, a PSYCHIC CRIMINAL who turns people into ZOMBIE SLAVES escapes into the MID-EIGHTIES by abusing an INTRAVENOUS TIME-TRAVEL DRUG. TIM THOMERSON plays JACK DETH, a cop who timeskips back to chase him, only to meet A YOUNG HELEN HUNT and a band called THE BUTTHEADS.” The Trash Night organizers will splice in their usual weird idiot video art and promise something special for this screening. 5.6. 7:30 p.m. $7

* What happens when you give teams of local filmmakers just 48 hours to make a movie? For one thing, they’re definitely going to be better than “Trancers” and that movie took months. Kendall Square Cinema screens the 14 films that came out of the weekend’s 48-Hour Film Project over three nights: May 6, 7 and 12. 5.6 and 5.7. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $11

* Rinse the taste of tequila out of your mouth with another liquor from south of the border: rum! Brugal Rum’s three days of tastings at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts are totally free, but you need to reserve a spot in advance. That’s not too much to ask in exchange for free booze, right? 5.6 to 5.8. Various times. FREE

* The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s NY Film Critics Series offers a sneak preview of ”Chef.” Teaming up “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey, Jr., the film follows a chef who loses his restaurant and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. I like to imagine myself as a chef seeking to reclaim my creative prowess every time I flip my eggs without breaking the yolks. 5.7. 7 p.m. $15

* The tap takeover series at custom craft brewery Hopster’s welcomes Ipswich’s Clown Shoes Beer to take over the kettles and brew a new, rare recipe. While the brewers work their magic, guests can sample ten of Clown Shoes’ top beers on tap, from Tramp Stamp IPA to Muffin Top Tripel and eight others with more appetizing names. 5.8. 4 p.m. FREE

* Boston’s favorite street musician Keytar Bear has been missing from his usual spot outside the Old State House since suffering two attacks at the hands of people who obviously hate everything that is fun and good in the world. Thursday’s fundraiser at the Middle East will help KB get back to making our commutes a little less miserable, with performances by Freezepop and the man himself. 5.8. 7 p.m. $10

* Maria Bamford’s show at the Wilbur Theatre kicks off the sixth annual Women in Comedy Festival, featuring standup comedians, improv and sketch groups, musical comedy groups and solo artists, and storytellers. Panels and workshops about the creative and business sides of comedy are mostly free to the public. 5.8 to 5.11. Various times and prices