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What a drag to be a superhero in America, where saving the world doesn’t cover the rent and you have to hide behind some lame secret identity just to hold down a day job. Surely Clark Kent must want to stand up in the middle of those Monday-morning planning meetings and scream, “The Son of Krypton is so outta here!” Things are a little different south of the border, where silver-masked Mexican wrestling legend Santo is in hero mode all the time, driving a badass Aston Martin and sporting a fetching ankle-length cape. So when Martians land and begin announcing their hostile takeover on Mexican television (“We are not just actors performing in a scary movie. We are from the planet you call Mars”), Santo doesn’t need to make up some lame excuse about a doctor’s appointment to get out of the office. He’s taking the Martians to the mat in an interstellar match to protect the fate of mankind! It’s The War of the Worlds—lucha libre style—when Santo Versus the Martian Invasion screens at 8:30 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Jason Powell)