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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). 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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ALLIANCE FRANAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): She ain't playing "Chopsticks" although there's some other chopping going on in The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, France, 2001) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 10): The Piano Teacher 2 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (May 8): Chicago filmmakers Jim Finn and Dean Rank in person with the "Pronoun Schmonoun Showdown," "an evening of films and discussion around gender variance." There's more info at www.pronounschmonoun.org. $5-10 sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 9): "Short Circuits," an evening of shorts inspired by the TV series Connections, including Sharif Nakhleh's Worms, about what folks will do for money 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 10): "Interspecies Communication," a two-woman show by Rebecca Barten and Patricia Resnick, screens the premieres of Barten's Johnson, "a love letter to a horse friend," and Resnick's Nine Is a Secret, plus other nature-loving movies. Also, live mountain music 8:30 p.m.

CASTRO

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.

DAILY: Jean-Pierre Melville¹s restored, rediscovered thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970), with Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, and Yves Montand, screening through May 15 2, 5, 8 p.m.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, concludes this week; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 9 & 10): The King of the Elves, the guy with no short-term memory, and the Limey engage in a transvestite/transgender road trip in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliot, Australia, 1994). Closing Night ceremony on Saturday midnight.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Can you hear me? Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) screens through May 25 at 8:15 & 10:15 p.m.

HORSESHOE CAFE

566 Haight (at Steiner), 626-8852. This popular coffee shop in the Lower Haight offers a special screening this week; call for admission price.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): A "Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance" screens The Children of Ibdaa, with filmmaker S. Smith Patrick in person and a Q&A after the film with guests from the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. James Longley's feature documentary Gaza Strip (2002) follows. Program begins at 7 p.m.

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: A female-to-male transsexual's progress is followed in Sir: Just a Normal Guy (Melanie La Rosa, 2001) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Bay Area premiere of The Widower (Marcus Rogers, 1999), about a man who won't recognize his wife's death 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Jon Moritsugu's Terminal USA (1993), an uncensored "psychedelic look at a dysfunctional Japanese American family" 8 p.m.

MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens Charlie Chaplin's beautiful and funny City Lights (1931) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Evil mind controllers make heads explode in David Cronenberg's Scanners (Canada, 1981) -- pure science fiction. In real life evil mind controllers run governments 8 p.m.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a May series of the films of Michael Powell. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (May 9): Powell's spy thriller The Spy in Black (1939), with ever-sinister Conrad Veidt 6:30 p.m.

METREON

Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, www.metreon.com. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.

SUNDAY (May 11): The Mobile Fighter G Gundam series, boxed set I to III, screens continuously 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

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: Damian Pettigrew's documentary portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 9-15): Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Opening for review. 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: "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.

PARKWAY

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.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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.

RED VIC

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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robert De Niro discovers that indeed, yes, someone is talking to him in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

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.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: A visionary is profiled in Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon, 1995) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 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.

ROXIE

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.

SHATTUCK

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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Damian Pettigrew's documentary portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 9-15): Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (May 8-10): Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel investigate a murder most red in Mathieu Kassovitz's The Crimson Rivers (France 2000) Thurs & Sat 7 p.m.; Fri 9 p.m.Tom Tykwer's tale of chance and destiny, Run Lola Run (Germany, 1998) Thurs & Sat 9 p.m.; Fri 7 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): The Goethe-Institut screens Part 1 of Heinrich Breloer's miniseries The Manns -- Novel of a Century (Germany, 2001), about those battling brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their friends and relations 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 8): The S.F. Cinematheque sponsors "Fresh Eyes," a program of new work by young artists "utilizing often hybridized forms of both cutting-edge and primitive techniques," meaning I guess that they're edited with a sharp flint. Films include Disneywood by Brian Traylor and 3 Ways to Remember Xanadu the Cat aka Sweet Peaby Rivkah Beth Medow. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 9): "On Fire," a monthlong series of recent Korean films, screens a double bill of two pictures by Park Ki-hyung, Memento Mori (1999), about the aftereffects of a schoolgirl's suicide, and Secret Tears (2000), about a teen with psychic abilities 7 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 13): The Cinemayaat/Arab Film Festival presents Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina's three-hour epic of a peasant's life from World War II through the Algerian revolt against France, Chronicle of the Years of Embers (Algeria, 1975). $7 7:30 p.m.

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