E.T. to phone home again

Henry Thomas (center) as Elliott in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

Who hasn’t, at some point, uttered the words “E.T. phone home.”

I know I have, and I’d be willing to bet money that you have, too, especially if you were a kid in the ’80s.

Released in 1982, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” was, at the time, the highest-grossing film of all time, a record it held for 10 years. It’s currently the fourth most successful movie of all time in the domestic box office.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary (wow, that makes me feel old), “E.T.” is returning to theaters for one night, Oct. 3.

A special taped introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz will play before the film. Fans will discover how Spielberg came up with the idea for “E.T.” and learn what working on the movie was like for the film’s three young stars. As an added treat, Drew Barrymore, who plays Gertie in the film and co-hosts TCM’s “The Essentials” showcase, shares what the film means to her 30 years later.

The newly remastered version of Steven Spielberg’s film, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards, will be shown at 7 p.m. at Azalea Square Stadium 16, 215 Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville, and Charlestowne Square 18, 2401 Mall Drive in North Charleston. Tickets are $12.50.

Go to www.fathomevents.com.

New Belgium Brewing Co., the folks behind Fat Tire, will host the third annual “Clips of Faith,” a screening of short films.

Held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Marion Square, this free event will feature a compilation of winning short films submitted by New Belgium’s “filmmaking friends.” The films that will be shown are “The Canning Queen of the Desert: Classie Parker,” “DamNation” and “Foxy Shazam-Unstoppable.”

In addition to the films, more than a dozen of New Belgium’s finest (and hard-to-find) beers will be on-site for fans to sip on. A 3-ounce sample will be available for $1.25, while 12-ounce beers will be $5. The offerings available will include Cocoa Mole, Biere de Mars, Tart Lychee, The Lost Abbey, Super IPA, Peach Porch Lounger, Matt’s Dubbel, Red Hoptober, La Folie, Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Trippel, Abbey, Blue Paddle, Belgo IPA and Shift.

While the event is free, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to Charleston Moves. A Fat Tire Cruiser also will be auctioned off.

Call 303-433-7020 or 720-244-4268, or check out www.newbelgium.com or clipsoffaith.com.

Another event happening at 7 p.m. Thursday is a free screening of the documentary film “Age of Champions,” a story that follows five competitors as they vie for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

Showing at the Simons Center for the Arts’ Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St., the filmmaker, Christopher Rufo, will be in attendance. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening, along with a refreshment reception.

Go tohalsey.cofc.edu or ageofchampions.org.

Another contender Thursday, this one at 6 p.m., is a showing of “El Bulli” at The American Theater, 456 King St.

Put on by Slow Food Charleston along with Whole Foods Market, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, Cinebarre and Holy City Brewing, the series spotlights films that pertain to food culture and community activism.

Admission is free. Beers from Holy City will be available for $2 before the film, and film-inspired foods will be available. A reception ($10) will follow the showing at Fish, 442 King St., and will feature appetizers inspired by the film as well as cocktails.

Check out www.slowfoodcharleston.org.