MONDAY: Julie Newmar hosts a screening of the drag comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron, 1995) as a benefit marking the 20th anniversary of the AIDS Emergency Fund. $25; screening plus reception with Miss Newmar $75 7 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, www.landmarktheatres.com. An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series continues; see www.8tales.com for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 20 & 21): The Coen Brothers' tribute to the Electric Company character "Fargo North, Decoder" (well, it's a theory anyway), Fargo (1996). Spectators will be invited to play a game of Chipped Buscemi midnight.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY: One of Jean-Luc Godard's few actually likable films, the petty-criminal caper Band of Outsiders (France, 1964; 7:30 p.m.), screens with Hal Hartley's No Such Thing (2001; 9:20 p.m.), about a tabloid discovery that turns out to be true.
THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 19-26): Two films by the documentary team of Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, and Albert Maysles, Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001; 7:30 p.m.), about a fight for better schools in the Mississippi Delta, and Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center (1997; 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 5:35 p.m.), on the architecture and angst surrounding the building of the new L.A. landmark.
THURSDAY (Sept. 19): Feminists essay pornography in Ladyporn 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 20): Mark Atkins' "Southern Gothic" Night Orchid; director in person 8 p.m.
MINNA STREET GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
TUESDAY (Sept. 24): The September edition of the "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 shorts from international filmmakers, including Jason Britski's Transfixed (from Nova Scotia); Ryan O'Connor's Observatory (Queensland, Australia), about the fishy habits of humans; and, from the exotic climes of Kalamazoo, Mich., Richard Koenig's Postcard to Oz 8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sam Jones' Wilco rockumentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 20-26): Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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: The director, a journalist, and The Lizard appear in person with Paul Hough's The Backyard (2002), about no-holds-barred backyard wrestling 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A program of "Early Actualités" screens documentary footage of Tokyo shot in 1898, plus records of Kabuki performances filmed between 1899 and 1916, a documentary record of a Japanese Expedition to Antarctica (1911-12), and a 20-minute fragment of a swordsman film, Peerless Patriot (Mansaku Itami, 1932), all at 7:30 p.m. Teinosuke Kinugasa's Crossways (1928), an experimental feature about an unlucky brother and sister, screens with live koto accompaniment by Miya Masaoka and Ensemble 9:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: In connection with the Berkeley Art Museum's exhibit of Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko's photographs, the PFA screens the legendary Soviet science-fiction film Aelita (Yakov Protazanov, U.S.S.R., 1924), with an original score by the chamber music ensemble Philharmonia, and Martian landscapes by Rodchenko 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A UC Berkeley class on courtroom dramas, "Trials and Film," with lectures by Carol Clover, is open to the public as space permits. Today, Peter Medak's Let Him Have It (U.K., 1991), a true tale of English capital punishment 3 p.m. Famed swordplay film Dragon Inn (King Hu, Hong Kong, 1967) pits a female knight and her companions against the ruthless forces of the emperor 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Michael Snow's "tableaux of transformation" *Corpus Callosum (Canada, 2001), which the legendary avant-gardist worked on for a dozen or more years before completing 7:30 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. A film noir series continues.
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