Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 5): Léos Carax's love story of two vagrants, Les Amants du Pont Neuf (France, 1991) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 8): Les Amants du Pont Neuf 2 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night screenings of the 5th Annual SF Independent Film Festival are Spun (Jonas Äkerlund, 2003, 7 p.m.) and the all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003; 9:30 p.m.). Dial up www.sfindie.com for more info.
FRIDAY: Live performances by Joan Baez and Reno precede a film of the latter's one-woman show, inspired by Sept. 11, Reno: Rebel Without a Pause (Nancy Savoca, 2003). $27.50 7:30 p.m. A Dessert Reception with the two artists follows for $50 (including the earlier program) 10 p.m.
MONDAY: The Frameline-hosted series "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema" offers an evening with director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside). $12 8 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 11-12): Transvestite actor-singer Akhiro Maruyama stars in a follow-up to the recently revived crime film Black Lizard, Black Rose Mansion (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1969), as the star attraction at a men's club 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
DIGITAL MOVIE HOUSE
1306 Mission (at 9th), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screening here Feb. 7-16. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m. for S.F. Indie films save as noted.
FRIDAY: "DIY and Doc" (shorts) 12:30 p.m. A romantic comedy set to Muzak, Easy Listening (Pamela Corkley, 2002) 2:45 p.m. G.W. Bush's "election" is Unprecedented 5 p.m. Five losers are Stuck (Paul Stephen and David Owen, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "Fuel for the Quirky Alone" (shorts) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: UFO abductees tell all in People of Earth 12:30 p.m. Greek gods walk the earth in 12 (Lawrence Bridges, 2002) 2:45 p.m. Wealthy campers travel from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart and discover This Is Nowhere 5 p.m. The computer-animated Missing Persons (Matthew and Dan O'Donnell, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "Sex Rated " (shorts) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Fuel for the Quirky Alone" 12:30 p.m. People of Earth 2:45 p.m. Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping 5 p.m. A cartoonist's life is taken over by a dead dog in Lucky (Steve Cuden, 2002) 7:15 p.m. The bondage underground occupies its Headspace 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: "Sex Rated" 2:45 p.m. A genius' clone wants to be janitor in The Snowflake Crusade (Megan Holley, 2002) 5 p.m. "DIY and Doc" 7:15 p.m. A horror film, with big black goats, Horror (Dante Tomaseli, 2002) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Unprecedented 2:45 p.m. : "Sex Rated" 7:15 p.m. Xan Price's unclassifiable Nitwit (2002) 9:30 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Mira Nair's colorful crowd-pleaser Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: After The Fly, Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis teamed again for the hi-fi sci-fi musical comedy Earth Girls Are Easy (Julien Temple, 1989), featuring Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans in furry alien suits 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Not coming soon to PBS' American Masters -- Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style (Michael Bishop, Scott Jacoby, 2001) features Jello Biafra, Duane Peters, Keith Morris, Gitane Demone of Christian Death and Don Bolles of the Germs discussing '80s punk 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Rockabilly aliens who come to earth to kill hippies" in John Michael McCarthy's The Sore Losers (1997) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Isn't it Nekromantik (Jörg Buttergereit, Germany, 1987)? "Love means never having to say you're dead" 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a "February Film Noir" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films featuring noir expert Eddie Muller.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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.
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