WEDNESDAY: "Screening the Body," a program of video dance and live music, with video mixed by Douglas Rosenberg 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Heroic Grace," a series of key early Chinese martial arts films, continues with Zhang Che's Vengeance! (Hong Kong, 1970), said to be a Peckinpah-level saga of male honor and violent revenge 7, 9:05 p.m.
FRIDAY: Academics converge for a weekend UC Berkeley conference of scholarly presentations on "trash cinema," Born to Be Bad 2. Screenings include Jacques Tourneur's poetic I Walked With a Zombie (1943; 7:30 p.m.), which is not trash, thank you very much; and Chu Yuan's Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Hong Kong, 1972; 9:30 p.m.), detailing an abducted prostitute's violent revenge.
SATURDAY: Born to Be Bad -- Cameron Mitchell sets sail for an island of Kung Fu Cannibals, the alternate title of Raw Force (Edward D. Murphy, 1982) 7:30 p.m.Bethel Buckalew's hillbilly sex comedy Pigkeeper's Daughter (1972). For this you get tenure! 9:20 p.m.
SUNDAY: For Mother's Day, a "Family Classics" series screens Gary Nelson's Freaky Friday (1976), with mom Barbara Harris and daughter Jodie Foster switching bodies for a day. $4.50 2 p.m. Born to Be Bad -- Vincent Price stars in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), by Oscar-winning director Norman Taurog (but not for this film) 5 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "The Inquiring Camera," a new series of documentaries, screens Deborah Stratman's In Order Not to Be Here (2002), a portrait of suburban communities shot entirely at night, and other shorts including Diane Bonder's thematically relevant If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now (2001) 7 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 (May 8): "Thrillville" presents William "Matinee" Castle's Homicidal (1961), billed as a "sleazy, grindhouse riff on Psycho, with a pretty young nurse trapped in a house full of creepy wackos." Screens with the original "fright break" and Chapter 7 of the 1940 serial The Shadow. $6 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, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: Rick Goldsmith's documentary about maverick publisher Gilbert Seldes, Tell The Truth and Run (1996), with Goldsmith and other filmmakers in person 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002) 6:45, also Thurs 9 p.m. Lars von Trier's Medea (Denmark, 1988) 8:45 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m.See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jean-Pierre Melville's thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970). Medea, The Man Without a Past, and Nowhere in Africa continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Surfers go wild off Half Moon Bay in Mavericks (Lili Schad and Grant Washburn, 1998), screening with a short catching us up on surfing action through spring 2003 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: How do you solve a problem like Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002)? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? The French deconstructionist butters a muffin and talks to his video image in this uncritical profile 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lars von Trier's Medea (Denmark, 1988); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The world premiere of Bill Macdonald's Forbidden Photographs (2001), about photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood and his snaps of S/M activity here (the Folsom Street Fair), there (Burning Man), and everywhere ("bikers, dungeon players, goths, vampires, and enthusiasts of radical body modification"). And it's all narrated by a behavioral psychologist 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $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 here, its home base.
SUNDAY (May 11): James Benning in person with his complete "California Trilogy" (1998-2002), consisting of three films, each of them 35 shots of 2 1/2 minutes each, on the Central Valley (El Valley Centro), Los Angeles (Los), and the California wilderness (Sogobi), the latter screening in its local premiere. $10 for all three. El Valley Centro 5 p.m., one-hour break 6:30 p.m. Los followed by Sogobi 7:30 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $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.
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