Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 4
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
SATURDAY (Dec. 15): The "Polyester Prince Road Show," a traveling program of Super 8 film, screens Martha Colburn's Spiders in Love, Matt Hulse's Director's Cut, and many more 8:30 p.m.
CASTRO 3 4
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: The theater will be closed for repairs until Dec. 24.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 13-19): David Lynch tries out linear narrative in the well-made The Straight Story (1999; 7:30 p.m.), with an excellent performance, his last, by Richard Farnsworth. It screens with Jay Capela's nice short film Breathe and is followed by Chris Smith's American Movie (2000; 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 5:25 p.m.), a documentary about a man's desperate efforts to complete his no-budget horror film in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine. Closed Mondays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Barbra Streisand's practically the whole show in her film debut, Funny Girl (William Wyler, 1968), screening in a freshly struck 35mm print 6, 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: Richard Quine's colorful comedy of magic, Bell, Book and Candle (1958), screens through Dec. 30 6, 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (at 21st Street), 401-0810. A Monday evening video series offers screenings plus live DJ performances. Free.
MONDAY (Dec. 17): A "Mad Movie Mix" of trailers and clips screens with a DJ
spinning movie soundtracks. Music at 8 p.m.
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1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The life and times of porn star Ron Jeremy are probed, as it were, in Porn Star (Scott J. Gill, 2001). See Ongoing for review 5:30, 7:45, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 14-20): Viet Helmer's Tuvalu (Germany, 1999); see Opening for review 5, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:40 p.m.
111 MINNA STREET GALLERY
1 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second Street), 681-3189 for this program. $10. TUESDAY (Dec. 18): Composer Nik Phelps and his Sprocket Ensemble play live music to new animation just brought back from the Ukraine's Krok International Festival of Animation, including Ulla-Carin Graftstrom's Royal Rumpus (Sweden), Jose Miguel Ribeiro's The Suspect (Portugal), plus more from Russia and San Francisco 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A tribute to the late director Budd Boetticher screens his classic Randolph Scott westerns Buchanan Rides Alone (1958; 7:30 p.m.) and Comanche Station (1960; 9:10 p.m.). The first is a black comedy of sudden reversals, the latter a purist's distillation of the genre.
SATURDAY: Budd Boetticher's Ride Lonesome (1959; 7 p.m.), with Randolph Scott and young future icons Lee Van Cleef and James Coburn; and his early film noir Escape in the Fog (1945; 8:35 p.m.), made back when the director signed his films "Oscar Boetticher Jr."
SUNDAY: A retrospective of the films of France's Jean Gremillon concludes with the crime drama The Strange M. Victor (1938), with mousy shopkeeper Raimu fronting a criminal gang 5:30 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Theater closed through Jan. 3.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
DAY: "Thrillville," whose impresario Will Viharo is spearheading the boycott of the Ocean's Eleven remake, hosts "Frank Sinatra's Birthday Party," complete with George Sidney's entertaining musical Pal Joey (1957), with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak (who's very good), plus a live Sinatra impersonator, Robert Ensler. $6 9:15 p.m. SUNDAY: Free projection-TV screenings of afternoon NFL football games continue through Dec. 30 noon-4 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER3 4
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.