Free for All: Mediterranean Film Festival, Via Colori and Prem Souri Kishore

Turkey, France, Israel, Italy, Egypt and Greece, are all scheduled stops on the Mediterranean Film Festival's cinematic tour. There's Greece's Nicostratos, Olivier Horlait's cuddly family-friendly about a boy who rescues and raises a pelican on Friday and France's Khamsa by director Karim Dridi which follows a young boy who runs away from his foster family and returns to the gypsy camp where he was born.Turkey's comedy Ice Cream, I Scream about an ice cream peddler whose shiny new truck is stolen by bad little boys screens on Saturday. Israel's Turn Left at the End of the World, a coming-of-age story of two immigrant girls in the Negev desert, is scheduled for Sunday, followed by Egypt's The Yacoubian Building, set on the rooftop of the Cairo icon where poor families have moved into the storage sheds. Italy's La Passione, Chris Rea's race car fantasy, closes out the festival on Monday.

See Nicostratos at 7 p.m. Friday, Ice Cream at 7 p.m., followed by Khamsa at 9 p.m on Saturday; Turn Left and Yacoubian at 5 p.m. Sunday; Passion at 7 p.m. Monday. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, visit the Rice Cinema website or call 713-348-4882.

Each November for the past seven years Via Colori has celebrated sidewalk chalk painting as an art form. This year some 200 artists take over downtown on Saturday and Sunday, including the returning Anat Ronen. The self-taught muralist is responsible for works that stretch more than 90 feet long on the Galveston Causeway, in addition to dozens of other smaller works. Bryan Higgins and Kenneth Pierson will also be on hand for their amazingly photo-realistic sidewalk painting skills. If you're looking for something a little more off-beat, then Scott Wade will be showing off his ability to take a car window and transform it into anything from a portrait of the Marx Brothers to illustrations from the books of Lewis Carroll. Or you could watch the Reverend Butter chainsaw ice into sculptures. All proceeds from Via Colori benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Via Colori, the Street Painting Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Hermann Square Park, 900 Smith. For information, visit the center's website or call 713-523-3633.

Asia Society Texas Center is hosting a wide variety of programming this season, including Sunday's presentation by cookbook author Prem Souri Kishore, who discusses India: A Culinary Journey, leading fans through India's cuisine and history. Along with her daughter Anuradha Kishore Ganpati, Kishore will share personal memories and stories about Indian food and culture. Sample some Diwali sweets while you're there.

Hear Prem Souri Kishore at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore. For information, visit the center's website or call 713-496-9901.

D. L. Groover and Jef with One F contributed to this post.

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