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How much bad art can you take? Tommy Wiseau’s infamously unwatchable opus The Room has revived the midnight-movie experience with an endurance test of banality to which words do little justice. Experiencing this cinematic phenomenon firsthand can be intimidating, although the Onion’s AV Club created a handy guide for the uninitiated. Quick tips for those looking to assimilate: Come prepared with plastic spoons, a football, rose pedals, and if appropriate, a sultry red dress. E Street Cinema’s monthly screenings of The Room sell out with regularity, but the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is bringing the auteur himself to introduce his drama-cum-comedy. Wiseau’s self-awareness (or lack thereof) is part of the The Room ‘s unyielding appeal, and his Q&As are reportedly just as bizarre and unfocused as his schlocky masterpiece.

THE ROOM SHOWS ALL WEEKEND (TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED) AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE ROAD, SILVER SPRING. $15. (301) 495-6720.