When: Thursdays, 8 p.m.
Filmmakers need a way to get the word out. Web-based services like YouTube and Vimeo have their uses, but it's nothing like having an audience present for the thing. That's why Urban Steam owner Kelly Bubach has started Film of the Absurd, a weekly screening of curated short films for "independent filmmakers, hobbyists, people who don't have a mainstream outlet that's public that isn't digital." The ominous FotA website says to expect a promising mix of "abstract, family vacation embarrassments, found footage re-edits, gutter trash, DIY hypnosis, nightmares, psychodramas, subliminal experiments." Grab a coffee or a whiskey and check out the work of artists local and global alike. Starts at dark, 1025 S. Sierra Madre St., free, 473-7832, fota16.com. — Griffin Swartzell