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FRIDAY: "An Evening With Les Blank" offers a selection of the documentary filmmaker's best work in new prints, including God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968) and The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins (1969). Blank in person 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Blank's famous hymn to "the stinking rose," Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) screens with Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1979) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY: Blues singer Mance Lipscomb is honored in Les Blank's A Well Spent Life (1971), screening with the Mardi Gras film Always for Pleasure (1978) 2 p.m. Blank's Burden of Dreams (1982) documents Werner Herzog chewing the scenery instead of his shoes over production difficulties on Fitzcarraldo 8 p.m.


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: A "Funk Fest" screening of the original Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY: More Funk -- Ron O'Neil as Super Fly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: And what could be funkier than Tom Cruise as a futuristic detective in Mr. Funk himself Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002). It's so funky, it takes place in a 2054 District of Columbia almost devoid of blacks 7, 9:55 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Inuit drama The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2001) 2, 5:30, 9 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Sensitive musician Nick Drake's profiled in Jeroen Berkvens' A Skin Too Few (Netherlands, 2000) 7:15, 9:15 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.

DAILY: Digvijay Singh's Maya (India, 2001); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 24): Stealing the Fire (John S. Friedman and Eric Nadler, 2002) traces the roots of Iraq's nuclear program to a German cartel and screens here weekly at noon.


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. 24): A program of the "multi media art of Lynn Marie Kirby" features works about family life, including an installation and Choreography for camera remote. Filmmaker in person; reception follows 7:30 p.m.


August Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, 338-1629 for information on this program. $3.

FRIDAY (Nov. 22): "Counterflow," a program of films by local filmmakers, includes Irina Leimbacher's Travelogue, about "the reflection of time and its passing"; Mark O'Connell's Sept. 11-themed Summer Vacation (2001); and several more. Reception 6 p.m., films 7 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: A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 22-28): Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review.


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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Two late musicals with Fred Astaire, the rather coarse remake of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957; 7:30 p.m.), and the underrated Three Little Words (Richard Thorpe, 1950; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.), with Astaire and Red Skelton as songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, and Debbie Reynolds as Helen Kane.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two fables of marriage with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Frank Capra's State of the Union (1948; 3:20, 7:30 p.m.), and George Cukor's Adam's Rib (1949; 5:35, 9:45 p.m.).



3192 Adeline (between Ashby and Alcatraz), Berkeley, (510) 655-9755. $6-10 sliding scale.

FRIDAY (Nov. 22): Antero Alli's Tragos (2000), on the culture wars of the future. Filmmaker in person 7:15, 9:20 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

DAILY (closed Mondays): Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 20): The lives of three women in modern Jerusalem (Jewish Israeli, Jewish Russian, and Palestinian) are documented in Her Israel (2002), with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani in person. $7 7 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 21): The San Francisco Cinematheque offers films, videos, and a live performance by multimedia artist Lynn Marie Kirby, including Sharon and the Birds on the Way to the Wedding. See also her program on Sunday at the S.F. Cinematheque. $7 7:30 p.m.

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