Film

Worst in Show

When: Thu., March 24, 7 p.m. 2011

Forget the Puppy Bowl. In the wide, wonderful world of dog shows, the best stories aren't found among the purebreds, but rather with the nasty, gnarly, one-eyed, more-than-a-little terrifying mutts whose owners flock to the Sonoma-Marin Fair every summer to duke it out for the surprisingly competitive title of World's Ugliest Dog. If it sounds like perfect fodder for a documentary, that's because it is: Filmmakers John Beck and Don R. Lewis, both locals, describe Worst in Show, which recently ran at SF IndieFest, as something of a cross between Toddler and Tiaras and the brilliant Christopher Guest satire Best in Show. And if that description alone isn't enough to get you to the Elmwood Theater (2966 College Ave., Berkeley) for a screening on Thursday, Mar. 24, consider this: Proceeds go to the Berkeley-EastBay Humane Society, whose facilities were recently damaged by a fire. The event also includes a raffle and a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers as well as appearances by some of the movie's (human and canine) stars. 7 p.m., $20 (includes raffle ticket). RialtoCinemas.com

Ellen Cushing

Price: $20

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