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The self-conscious docudrama Basquiat contains much to annoy friends of graffitist-turned-painter Jean Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) and enemies of writer-director Julian Schnabel, the painter-turned-recording-artist-and-now-filmmaker. Basquiat is presented as an unknowable mystery, a notion that is at best laziness and at worst racist condescension. Still, the film is colorful and makes the money-glutted New York art world of the mid-’80s seem as freewheeling (and as mythic) as the swinging London of A Hard Day’s Night. Shown in conjunction with the University of Maryland Art Gallery’s “Reframing Andy Warhol: Constructing American Myths, Heroes, and Cultural Icons” exhibit at 3 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Hoff Theater, University Blvd. & Adelphi Rd., College Park. FREE. (301) 314-7174. (Mark Jenkins)