Adventures in Silence


Long before Captain Jack Sparrow went hunting for the Black Pearl, Douglas Fairbanks ruled the seas (and movie screens) as The Black Pirate, one of cinema's original swashbucklers. Filmed in 1926, the silent movie classic follows a desperado's attempt to seek revenge on the pirates who mercilessly killed his father. The film features every pirate cliché known to man — saber duels, plank-walking, men in black boots and gold hoops — and set the standard for the various high-seas adventures that followed. At this weekend's screening (which includes live accompaniment by the venerable Rosa Rio), Tampa Theatre invites attendees to unleash the voyager within and dress up like their favorite renegade. Bandanas and eye patches pass as acceptable accessories to wear for this occasion, but please leave your parrots at home. Sun., August 27, 3 p.m., 711 Franklin St., Tampa, $10, 813-274-8982,

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