Much as the writers have given up on understanding the laws of physics, I have given up trying to understand what name to call each entry in the Fast and Furious series. Hell, I’m not even sure if there’s an ampersand up in that business or what kind of conjunction mojo they’ve got going on. What I DO know, is that Aksarben Cinema is where you want to be for the release of the seventh movie on Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm. Why? Oh, I don’t know… Do you like nachos? Because there’s a nacho bar from Dudley’s Pizza & Tavern (my personal favorite restaurant). You like free giveaways? Because there will be free giveaways! Sit down, we ain’t done yet. Free samples of Corona, Corona Light, Modelo, Negra Modelo and Pacifico will be available, along with a Pixel Box photo booth, music from DJ Shif-D and the arcade games Dirty Drivin’ and Super Bikes 2, which you can play for free. Like, I wanna apologize for blowing your mind, but if Aksarben won’t apologize for putting on an event this bad-ass, what choice do I have? Tickets are $20 for all of this and the movie, which actually starts at 9 pm. Why are you still reading this and not clicking on the link to buy tickets? Here, I’ll drop the link again for your convenience. Go!

You know what else is cool? Aksarben Cinema really, truly gets Omaha. How so? They are hosting a watch party for the UNO Mavericks hockey game on Saturday night at 6:30 pm. Hockey’s the one sport I don’t know a lot about, outside of extensive Mighty Ducks knowledge. That said, I don’t need Emilio Estevez to remind me how awesome it is that on a Saturday night, Aksarben is showing a hockey game in their biggest auditorium FOR FREE. I guarantee you, that’s THE place to be for the game. When the puck goes through the hoop for a homerun, that place will go berserk!

One of the things that really tugs at my heartstrings is the challenge folks with autism face enjoying things like movies in public. Because of various sensory issues, they don’t get to often experience films the way they should be seen: in an actual theater with an actual audience. That’s why the awesome folks at Film Streams are offering a sensory-friendly screening of Autism: The Musical on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm. Film Streams is partnering with Autism Action Partnership to present this free screening at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, which will be followed by a discussion with Elaine Hall, one of the subjects of the documentary. I’ve actually seen this back when it aired on HBO. I promise you, it is an emotional wrecking ball of kindness and insight. Kudos to all involved for approaching this event with the sort of thoughtfulness that is synonymous with the Film Streams brand. 

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.

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