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SATURDAY: A series of Austrian Ulrich Seidl's documentaries continues with Good News (1990; 7 p.m.), which shows immigrants from Asia and South Europe trying to sell newspapers to indifferent Viennese, and Models (1998; 9:30 p.m.), about three would-be fashion superstars.

SUNDAY: Currently onstage in Cal Performances' Medea, star Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner appear in person with two of their filmed collaborations, a performance of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land (U.K., 1996) and The Last September (U.K., 1999), a drama about Anglo-Irish in County Cork, 1920. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended; charge by phone at (510) 642-5249 6 p.m.

MONDAY: Martin Scorsese goes for a mass audience in the thriller Cape Fear (1991), screening as part of a class on trials in film 3 p.m. A suburban family of the 1970s encounters Watergate-era angst in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Living Color," a program of new experimental color shorts, including Luis Recorder's two-projector film Yellow-Red & Blue-Violet (1999-2000) and Stan Brakhage's hand-painted Night Mulch (2002) 7:30 p.m.


3301 Lyon (at Bay), 421-8497 for information and advance tickets for this special event (also screening Wednesday at Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley). $15.50.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Nov. 14 & 15): Warren Miller's ski adventure film Storm (2002) Thurs 6, 9 p.m.; Fri 6:30, 9:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.

THURSDAY (Nov. 14): Drama in the Desert (2002), a new digital documentary on "the sights and sounds of Burning Man." See for more 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Nov. 19): Live 105's "Rewind Cinema" series screens This Is Spinal Tap (1984), with director Rob Reiner standing in for Martin Scorsese as he interviews the celebrated metal band 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, $8.50 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Eugene Jerecki, 2002) 6:45, 8:30 p.m. Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany, 2002) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 7 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

THURSDAY: Five gospel greats -- the Rev. James Cleveland & the Southern California Community Choir, Shirley Caesar, Walter Hawkins & the Hawkins Family, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Twinkie Clark & the Clark Sisters -- perform at Oakland's Paramount Theater in a concert recorded in 35mm and Dolby stereo 20 years ago. The result was Gospel (1982), now reissued, with filmmakers David Leivick and Fred Ritzenberg in person 7 p.m.

OPENS FRIDAY: Alias Betty (Claude Miller, France, 2001) and Naqoyqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 2002). See Ongoing for reviews. Heaven, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robin Tunney's under house arrest in Finn Taylor's Cherish (2002), an offbeat, San Francisco-set comedy-thriller with the best work being done by Tim Blake Nelson's bracelet tech 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Margaret's the Notorious C.H.O. in Lorene Machado's 2002 film of Cho's stand-up act 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: An extended family obsesses about body image in Nicole Holofcener's Lovely & Amazing (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: Wattstax (Mel Stuart, 1973), a concert film featuring Isaac Hayes, the Staple Sisters, and Richard Pryor 7:15, 9:25 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY: Maurice Sendak and the ballet company Pilobolus combined their talents and the result was filmed in Mirra Bank's documentary Last Dance (2002) 6, 8, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY: Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002), billed as "The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq." Filmmaker in person 5:45, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Last Dance 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and its home base at the S.F. Art Institute.

SUNDAY (Nov. 17): A program of the "multi media art of Lynn Marie Kirby" features her Photons in Paris: Image encoding series and other works. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ventura Pons' Food of Love (Spain, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 15-21): A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

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