111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
TUESDAY (July 30): The "All Men Edition" of the monthly Independent Exposure Screening Series offers 12 short films and videos by male directors including Alfonso Alvarez's Calling All Cars (from Berkeley), Part 1 of Roger Beebe's Strip Mall Trilogy (Gainesville, Fla.), and David Blumenstein's Shit Party (Melbourne, Australia) 8 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: A "Higher Education" series of college-based films screens the Marx Brothers in their very funny Horse Feathers (Norman McLeod, 1932) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A "Second Chance" series of PFA-screened films that were sold out or otherwise deserve another showing continues with a new print of the Rod Serling adaptation Requiem for a Heavyweight (Ralph Nelson, 1962), a nicely mounted, TV-based character drama with Anthony Quinn as the boxing patsy 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Jean Gabin series screens the working-class hero's POW masterpiece Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, France, 1937; 7 p.m.) together with Max Ophuls' episode film Le Plaisir (France, 1952; 9:15 p.m.), in which Gabin's featured.
SATURDAY: Preston Sturges' brilliant, quasi-autobiographical Hollywood satire Sullivan's Travels (1941; 4:30, 9:05 p.m.) screens with the equally brilliant, icy cold comedy of jealousy Unfaithfully Yours (1948; 7 p.m.).
SUNDAY: An Armenian film series offers I Will Not Be Sad in This World (Karina Epperlein, 2001; 5:30 p.m.), a documentary portrait of a 94-year-old survivor of the Turkish genocide of 1915, screening with Sergei Paradjanov's Ashik Kerib (U.S.S.R., 1988; 7:15 p.m.), a tale of a wandering minstrel.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel. Doors open at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 26): Pile those potatoes high, in a new print of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 8 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (July 25): Will Viharo's "Thrillville" offers "Cult Vegas Night" with a screening of the musical doc Louis Prima: The Wildest (Don McGlynn, 1999) plus Vegas-themed shorts including French TV's Viva Las Vegas?, a record of Viharo's protest against the pointless and unnecessary Ocean's Eleven remake. Cult Vegas author Mike Weatherford co-hosts. $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 30): Roko Belic's hugely popular documentary Genghis Blues (2000), about a blind American throat-singer's trip to Tuva, makes its local debut as a benefit for MUST (Music in Schools Today). Director in person. $8 6:30, 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: My Wife Is an Actress9 p.m.Rivers and Tides6:45, 8:45 p.m.The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)8 p.m.Elling6 p.m.William Wyler's solid film version of the Sinclair Lewis novel Dodsworth (1936), with Walter Huston and Mary Astor 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: My Wife Is an Actress7, 9 p.m.Rivers and Tides6:45, 8:45 p.m.The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)8 p.m.Elling6 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Sex and Lucia, see Opening for review; and Conrad Rooks' adaption of Hermann Hesse's tale of spiritual enlightenment, Siddhartha (1972). Call for times and other films.