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2128 Center (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM. In addition to its regular programming, this theater is offering a 10-week midnight movie series. $6.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) introduced Paul Reubens' Indiana Jones of arrested development to a waiting world midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video now screen as part of a "Cine-Bistro" twice weekly, complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members on Wednesdays; $25 general, $20 members on Saturdays.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 6): A family reunion goes awry in Les Marmottes (Elie Chouraqui, 1997). "Misunderstandings and comical situations will succeed one another at a furious pace." I'm sure it's fun, but spare us an all-star American remake! 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Bruce Campbell stars in a comedy about filmmaking, La Patinoire (The Ice Rink, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, 1998) 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.
FRIDAY (Feb. 8): A program urging viewers to "Travel Through Time With Your VCR" offers "re-edits of popular memories," including Jason Kocol's Otnemem, which is evidently a reworking of Christopher Nolan's Memento. Kocol spelled backward is Locok 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Canadian South Asian filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz satirizes the status of Muslims in North America with her films BBQ Muslims and Death Threat, the latter about a would-be Rushdie who invents a fatwa against herself for publicity. Filmmaker in person 2 p.m. The ATA's Other Cinema opens its spring 2002 season with "That's Scentertainment!" featuring David Yonge's Smell-O-Vision Experience, edited found footage accompanied by the scent of flowers, burgers, and aerosol from behind the screen. Plus novelty music clips and live performances 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Feb. 11): West Philadelphia's touring Lost Film Festival offers "controversial pranks and politically charged lunacy" with a program of such films as Crowd Bites Wolf, documenting the recent demonstrations in Prague, Gigi From 9-5, and more. For info see www.lostfilmfest.com 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace - recently refurbished - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies (Germany, 1996-2000); see Ongoing for review 8 p.m.; also Wed 1:15, 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Bruce Weber's Chop Suey (2001) plays through Feb. 21. See Opening for review 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
EXPRESSION CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA
6601 Shelmound, Emeryville, 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for more information on these programs. $8.
FRIDAY (Feb. 8): The fourth annual S.F. Independent Film Festival plays here this weekend. Today, "Strange Tales" (shorts) 2:45 p.m. "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) 5 p.m. It's All About You 7:15 p.m. Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 9): Love on the Run 12:30 p.m. Listen With Pain 2:45 p.m. Two Days Till Tomorrow 5 p.m. Todd Hughes' The New Women, a "mostly successful" (says our Gary Morris) remake of Clare Booth Luce's play 7:15 p.m. Dan Mintz's "overlong but intense exercise in druggy paranoia" Cookers 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 10): "Chock Full of Notes" (shorts) 12:30 p.m. Living in Missouri 2:45 p.m. The Journeyman 5 p.m. you don't know what i got 7 p.m. 97 Brooks 9 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A triple bill of documentaries, Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest (Coleman Romalis, Canada, 2000; 7:15 p.m.); Helen Nearing: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying (Polly Bennell and Andrea Sarris, 2000; 8 p.m.); and Svetlana Village (Gunnar Madsen, 2001; 9 p.m.).
FRIDAY: The fifth Arab Film Festival, postponed from last September, screens at this venue for three days, beginning this evening with Martin Meissonnier's Invisible War (France, 2000) 7 p.m. Thirst (Saad Chraibi, Morocco, 2000) 9:30 p.m. For more festival info, see www.aff.org.
SATURDAY: Arab Film Festival - Derrida's Elsewhere (Safaa Fathy, Egypt, 1999), a documentary about the French philosopher's address of his Algerian childhood 1:15 p.m. Khiam (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lebanon, 2001) 3 p.m. Ben Barka: The Moroccan Equation (Simone Bitton, France, 2001) 5:15 p.m. From Palestine, Waiting for Salah Al Din and Light at the End of the Tunnel 7:30 p.m. The Tornado (Samir Habchi, Lebanon, 1992) 9:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: Arab Film Festival - The Poet of Cane (Mohamed Tawfiq, Denmark, 2000) 2:15 p.m. Looking Awry (Sobhi Zobaidi, Palestine, 2001) 4:30 p.m. And After... (Mohamed Ismail, Morocco, 2001) 6 p.m. A program of Moroccan shorts 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12 & 13): Exploitation maestro Ray Dennis Steckler appears in person with his Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966; 7:15 p.m.), a "Batman" spoof, and his homage to the Bowery Boys pictures, The Lemon Groves Kids Meet the Monsters (1966; 9:30 p.m.). Hosted by Will "The Thrill" Viharo.
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.