Kevin Clash can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. The Baltimore native who dreamed of becoming one of Jim Henson’s puppeteers got his wish when he became the man behind Elmo. See how he got his arm up the butt of a ticklish monster in Constance Marks’s Sundance-acclaimed Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, screening today at 2 as part of the BAMcinématek’s series Puppets on Film. Clash will be there to introduce the film, as will Martin P. Robinson (a/k/a Leonardo), when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screens next week. But the series isn’t all furry friends—there are slimy creatures (in Gremlins 2: The New Batch), drag queen aliens (in Arias with a Twist), and ancient Chinese warriors (in tonight’s Legend of the Sacred Stone). And, to help us prep for the forthcoming The Muppets, BAM’s showing of the much-overlooked Muppet Treasure Island, starring Tim Curry as the pirate Long John Silver.

Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 12. Continues through Nov. 20, 2011