Reps Etc.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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 (July 3): Ray Harryhausen's legendary special effects enliven the octopus that's the "It" in It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955). Also, Chapter 9 of the serial The Shadow (1940). $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), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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 & THURSDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Nowhere in Africa continue. Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The ugliest hairstyle in the world is commemorated in the popular documentary American Mullet (Jennifer Arnold, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Phillip Noyce's fine Grahame Greene adaptation The Quiet American (2002), with Michael Caine as a wise old British hand and Brendan Fraser, a fine actor typed as a silly comic, excellent in the title role as an American operative. You think he's Holly Martins but instead he's Harry Lime 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 8 & 9): Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-Ever (Denmark, 2002), about a 15-year-old Russian girl victimized by the international capitalism of prostitution 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: A reissue of the popular documentary (and Roxie discovery) Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001) screens through July 8. See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.


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

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (July 3-5): The Peninsula premiere of Jeff Blitz's compelling spelling bee documentary Spellbound (2003) 5, 7 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 9 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: It's about sand -- David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia (U.K., 1962) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two children's fantasies, the beloved The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m.) and the cult favorite The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (Roy Rowland, 1953; 5:45, 9:25 p.m. ), scripted by Dr. Seuss and starring Hans Conried (not Richard Gere) as the hammy piano impresario who tyrannizes little boys.


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

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 (July 2): The Goethe-Institut screens the third and final part 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.

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