At the top of 2010 with endless “best films of the decade” lists whizzing by, one movie from the naughties that has turned up on a few lists but not nearly as many as it should is 2001’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch , John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of his own acclaimed off-Broadway musical (songs penned with Stephen Trask) about a never-was German transsexual glam goddess and her long-standing beef with the dim-bulb boyfriend who stole her dreams of rock & roll. While the renaissance of the musical was bandied about as a trend, and bigger, glossier films like Moulin Rouge! and Chicago got all the attention, it’s Hedwig — and Mitchell’s hilarious, heartbreaking, unforgettable performance — that remains the most wildly original musical to come down the pike in dog’s years. This Friday at the Nuart, the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Shadow-Cast & Sing-Along — featuring the excellent L.A.-based tribute troupe Rainbow Carnage — returns to the Nuart at midnight to get their wigs out of the box and tear that mother down. If you’re a Hedwig virgin, it might not be the best way to grok the film in all its glory, but if you’re already a fan, unmissable. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., Jan. 15; $10.50. (310) 473-8530. —Nicole Campos
Fri., Jan. 15, 11:59 p.m., 2010
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