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.
SATURDAY (May 31): Too Beautiful for You 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 29): "Moving Still," a program of films by Veronica Majano and PJ Raval, billed as "two emerging queer filmmakers of color whose works address the process of location." Locations include Majano's Calle Chula (1998) and Two Four (2002), shot in the Mission and decrying gentrification, and her latest, She Said (2003), shot in Oakland; and Raval's Holding Patterns (2002), shot in Austin, and his 100% Cotton (2000), shot in a laundromat. Artists in person for post-screening discussion. $8 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 30): A program of "Short Shorts" from recent SFAI grads includes Michele Silva's portrait of crack dealers at Sixth and Howard streets, BUMS; Todd Daniels' Leni Riefenstahl: The Woman Behind the Reich, shot using LEGOs (it says here); Brendan Lott's Afraid of Virginia Who's Wolf; and more 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 31): The ATA's Other Cinema concludes its spring series with a program of "New Experimental Works," including Kerry Laitala's The Muse of Cinema, Simon Tarr's 3-D Sundog Verga Matrix, Robbyn Leonard's sidewalk film installation Bathing With Lover, and many more 8:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle screens here through June 5. Currently, Cremaster 3 (2002), the one that ends with a race up the ramp of the Guggenheim noon, 4, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Cremaster 1 (1995), "a musical revue performed on the blue Astroturf playing field of Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho," and Cremaster 2 (1999), with Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini -- let's not forget the bees. Complete shows at 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 2-4): Barney's a satyr on the Isle of Man in Cremaster 4 (1994), screening with Cremaster 5 (1997), a dream opera set in 19th-century Budapest. Complete shows at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, www.filmarts.org/rsvp for this program. Free.
FRIDAY (May 30): An "Open House" featuring music, snacks, screenings, and panels at this site for local filmmakers. Free 6-9 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.
DAILY: Sandra Nettlebeck's tasty drama of a cook under pressure, Mostly Martha (Germany, 2002), screens through June 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Dino De Laurentiis' superproduction of Flash Gordon (1980), given a heavy camp treatment by hard-boiled Brit Mike Hodges (Get Carter), whose career never regained traction after this 7 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY: The "true street culture" of Brixton -- ravers, yuppies (!), and "Internet anarchists" -- put southwest England "through the windshield of the new millennium" in Richard Parry's South West 9 (U.K., 2001) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" -- call for program.
TUESDAY: Call for program.
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 May series of the films of Michael Powell. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
444 Jessie (one half block from Powell Street BART), 820-9669 for information on this program. Mezzanine offers a "June Art Salon" this week and next. Free.
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