THURSDAY: UnAmerican Film Fest -- So it's true you may have to sell your soul to the devil to win office in California, as we see as a Satanist minister performs Unspeakable rituals for the powers that be 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: UnAmerican Film Fest -- A program of shorts, including an "Anti-War Update" from Ohmsmedia.org; S-11 Redux by the Guerrilla News Network; Flag TV (Susie Lee); A Message to Bin Laden, Monroe Bardot's pledge to destroy him; Roger Beebe's Composition in Red and Yellow, about the "one symbol that truly shows what Americans are all about, the Golden Arches"; Race Juice: An Elixir for the Soul (Narcel Reedus); The Hidden Life of Garbage (Heather Rogers), on recycling; and N.EW Y.ORK C.ASINO (Kyle Henry). "The voices of Times Square demand consumption" 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: A genius computer causes problems in Demon Seed (Donald Cammell, 1977) 8 p.m.
2601 Mariposa (at Bryant), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for this program only. Separate admissions listed below; $20 for all. KQED hosts public screenings of "The Best of INPUT 2002," three programs of documentaries from around the world. Filmmakers in person with discussion to follow each program.
FRIDAY (March 21): Offspring (Barry Stevens, Canada), about a prolific and anonymous sperm donor, and Paper Airplane (Zhao Liang, Fen Junyi, China), about the restless generation born in the 1970s. $10 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 22): The Himba tribe opposes a dam in Ochre and Water (Craig Matthews, Joelle Chesselet, South Africa); a whale swims upriver in The Tale of the White Whale (Stephan Koester, Germany); and Papua New Guinea is trendy for Westerners in Them and Me (Stephane Breton, France). $12 10 a.m. Reporters report in Live From Palestine (Rashid Masharawi, Patrice Barrat, Palestine) and Stringers (Eduard Dzhafarov, Russia); a woman visits her jailed son in Mother V (Sharur Rozen, Israel). $12 2 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a March series of courtroom dramas on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 21): Paul Newman's a failed lawyer who gets a second chance in Sidney Lumet's The Verdict (1982) 6:30 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Im Kwon-Taek's Chihwaseon (Painted Fire, Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for more. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: Vincente Minnelli's ode to mid-American life in 1903, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 3 p.m. "The Angry Breed" promises post-Sept. 11, pre-Gulf War II videos from Norman Cowie (Scenes From an Endless War), Paul Chan, and François Bucher 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Dialogues," documentaries from UCB's Graduate School of Journalism, includes Yvonne Kennedy's Celestial Real Estate (2003), on the selling of cemetery plots 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "New Japanese Cinema" series continues with two by Sogo Ishii, Crazy Thunder Road (1980; 7 p.m.), a post-apocalyptic biker film that established Ishii's career, and a science-fictional teen love story, August in the Water (1995; 9:20 p.m.). Director in person.
SATURDAY: "New Japanese Cinema" -- Ishii's Labyrinth of Dreams (1997; 7 p.m.), perversion and serial killings on a rural bus line; and a short film, Shuffle (1981), screening with a comic book-like tale of two battling men-machines, Electric Dragon 80,000 V (2001), both at 9:20 p.m. Director in person.
SUNDAY: "New Japanese Cinema" -- Shinji Aoyama's Eureka (2000) was tentatively scheduled, with a note that it might not be available. At press time a "Surprise Screening" was being offered 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-27): Theater closed.
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.
SUNDAY (March 23): Donna Sachet hosts "The Academy Gala Benefit," offering a live screening of the Oscars, with a Red Carpet entrance to a buffet dinner, a live production number, and prizes. $75, proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more info, call (510) 267-9699. Doors open at 3:30 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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (March 20): A small-time dealer gets in trouble with his boss in Desmond Gumbs' independent feature Rude Boy: The Jamaican Don (2002) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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