There once was a wonderful, earthy world existing as a boon to freedom that came before the satanic stupidity of the machines transforming Venice into a psychic sewer — but fuck all that! Come see Venice how it really was — not just how you remember it was — in the History of Venice: A Night of Film. The third night in the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art’s History of Venice series (with events through September 30), it’s a rare chance to watch scarce films shot in and around Venice. Surfers, skaters, Krishas, poets, Dogtown — they’re all here, sure to blow your mind and/or tear at your heart, depending.

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice; Thu., Sept. 19, 8 p.m; $10 general/free for members. (310) 822-3006,

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