During a preview of this lecture/performance about monsters (in fiction, in movies, in life), the miraculously intelligent and unpretentious Rebecca Brown noted how the Creature from the Black Lagoon always looks lost, equally out of place in water and on land—monsters don’t belong anywhere. Then she turned to teenage author Mary Shelley, who accidentally killed her famous mother just by being born and had a near-death miscarriage of her own—the horror of creation was hot in her head when she wrote Frankenstein. I can’t wait to hear what other thoughts Brown has been thinking. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, nwfilmforum.org, 8 pm, $15/$12 NWFF members, Dec 5–7)

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