French Film Festival, Morning Light, White Spaces 

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The Alliance Française of Charleston presents a French Film Festival at the MUSC Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium at 67 President St. Admission is $1. Opening at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, Le Vol du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon) centers on a mysterious red balloon that tracks a lonely seven-year-old Simon through the streets of Paris and broadens into an extended meditation on slightly broken Parisian lives. Stars Juliette Binoche. At 8 p.m., La Faute à Fidel (Blame it on Fidel), directed by Julie Gavras, tells the story of nine-year-old Anna, whose parents become political activists and aids to bearded revolutionaries. On Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., Daratt (Dry Season) takes place in Chad in 2006. With few words and beautiful photography, it follows Atim, a 16-year-old who is charged by his grandfather to find and exact revenge on the man who killed his father. At 8 p.m., in the comedy Ma Vie en l'Air (My Life in the Air ), Yann Kerbec, an aviation simulator pilot trainer, finds his fear of flying interferes with his private life with potential girlfriend Alice (Marion Cotillard). On Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) is based on Harlen Coben's novel about a pediatrician's wife disappearing while swimming in a lake. The police conclude she was the victim of a serial killer. But was she? All films are in French with English subtitles. Seating is limited. For more, call (843) 235-6447. —John Stoehr


Charleston Community Sailing presents the screening of Morning Light on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15-$25. Location is the Palmetto Grande in Mt. Pleasant. Morning Light is a documentary that tells the story of 15 young sailors on six months of training aiming to win the title against seasoned professional sailors. Benefits CCS programs. For more, call (843) 607-4890, or go to —JS


The Associated press reported that Bill Gates is pushing a new bill to the Federal Communications Commission that addresses unused wireless airwaves called "white spaces." Microsoft and Google want the airwaves, because they will help support their wireless devices. Opposition for the bill comes from musicians and entertainers who believe occupied airwaves will interfere with live performances that use wireless mics. Dolly Parton has led the attack in a letter asking the commission to reconsider the bill. —Mark Glenn


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