Welcome to The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar, a weekly look at what's happening beyond the multiplexes all around North America. If you know of something indie-related happening near you -- a local festival, a series of classic restored films, lectures, workshops, etc. -- send the info to me at Eric.Snider(at)weblogsinc(dot)com and I'll add it to the list.

It's a very slow week at the multiplexes, not just for wide releases (One Missed Call is the only one) but for indie films too. Previously released Juno and The Orphanage are expanding, and you should see 'em both! And opening brand-new at the IFC Center in New York City is...
  • The Killing of John Lennon. Written and directed by British TV director Andrew Piddington, it's the story of Mark Chapman's 1980 murder of John Lennon. Now, there's another movie floating around on the exact same subject, called Chapter 27, which premiered to derisive hoots of laughter at Sundance last year and starred a chubby Jared Leto doing a vocal impression of Chapman that sounded like a cross between Winnie-the-Pooh and the old pedophile on Family Guy. The Killing of John Lennon is not that movie. But Cinematical's Ryan Stewart has reviewed it and declared it to be "ultimately something of a bore." The Jared Leto one was bad, but it sure wasn't boring.
Now then. On to the special screenings and events!

Austin: I'm sure you're aware that Tuesday is Elvis Presley's birthday. To celebrate, the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a sing-along, where subtitled video clips of the King will be played and the audience encouraged to join in. I don't know whether the clips will be from Elvis' movies or from other appearances, so technically this might not qualify as a "movie" event. But I don't care, because Elvis is the King and Tuesday is his birthday and you will show him some G.D. respect.

Boston: In what will surely lead to excitement-induced asthma attacks and nosebleeds among male college freshmen, the Brattle Theatre at Harvard Square is hosting a Python-A-Thon on Saturday: back-to-back screenings of Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different, Life of Brian, The Holy Grail, and The Meaning of Life. Gallop-imitating coconuts and wafer-thin mints not included.

After the jump, more events in Chicago, Denver, L.A., New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle....