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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 FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (July 16): A Claude Chabrol series continues with Betty (France, 1992), with Marie Trintignant as an adulterous wife cut off from seeing her son 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 19): Betty 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 (July 17): The Gadabout Traveling Film Festival screens indie films from places like India, Singapore, Australia, Argentina, Israel, and the U.K. 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (July 18): "Since the Summer Is Dark" why not offer a night of experimental film and video by local filmmakers? Those screening include Elaine Buckholtz, Olivia Brown, Steve Polta, Kim Miskowicz, James Ackerley Porter, Dolores Ausente, and Isaac Fisher 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 19): Les Diggers de San Francisco documents the hippie volunteers of the Haight circa 1967 8 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.thebalboatheater.com, $7.50 regular admission, $5 or $7 for all films in the "Children of the World" series listed here. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

SATURDAY (July 19): "Films for Children of the World" offers two days of movies, beginning with a program of "Cinematic Bon Bons" -- entertaining shorts for those 4 and up with short attention spans 11 a.m. A 9-year-old boy is the Dong Sung (Little Monk, Korea, 2003) of Joo Kyung Jung's film 1 p.m. A 10-year-old boy in a refugee camp sends The Letter (Denijal Hasanovic, Bosnia/Poland, 2001) 3 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 20): A program of "Cinematic Gems" for ages 5 and up 11 a.m. A sailor ferries snow south in A Snowman for Africa (Rolf Losansky, Germany, 1977) 1 p.m. Shorts by local children screen in "Bay Area Progeny," which includes Aaron Ranen's The Diversity Bus (on our 24 Divisadero line; somebody tell Puni) 3 p.m.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.

SATURDAY (July 19): John Huston's film of the Broadway warhorse Annie (1982) gets the Peaches treatment with the Midnight Mass Players' pre-film production trAnnie starring Peggy L'eggs as Lil' Orphan Trannie and Ms. Christ herself as Ms. Trannigan midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted for regular programming; 275-9490, www.sfjff.org, and $10 save as noted for San Francisco Jewish Film Festival programs. 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: A one-take tour of Russian art and history is made by Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.

THURSDAY: Opening night of the 23rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens Bobby Roth's Manhood (2002). $15 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Mark Huestis presents "War Is Over," a live evening of poetry, prose, and music benefiting Artists United. Program $37.50 7:30 p.m. , program plus Celebrity Dessert $60 10 p.m.

SATURDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Local Angel 12:30 p.m. "Sharing the Screen" offers 20 years of Israeli and Palestinian films from previous festivals 2:45 p.m. Black Israel 5 p.m. The Burial Society 7:15 p.m. Kinky Friedman: Proud to Be an Asshole From El Paso 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: JFF -- Detained and The Settlers 11 a.m. Michael Aviad in person with his For My Children 2 p.m. Hiding and Seeking 4:45 p.m. The Soul Keeper 7:15 p.m. The Glow 9:45 p.m.

MONDAY: JFF -- Close, Closed, Closure and It Is No Dream 11 a.m. Welcome to the Waks Family and The Collector of Bedford Street 2 p.m. The Last Letter and Foolish Me 4:15 p.m. Under Water 6:30 p.m. Monsieur Batignole 8:45 p.m.

TUESDAY: JFF -- Secret Lives and Johnny & Jones noon. Have You Heard About the Panthers? 3 p.m. Embrace Me and Taqasim 6 p.m. Hand on the Pulse and Attitude 9 p.m.

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): Before CGI and the green guy there was Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000), screening through July 27 8:45, 10:45 p.m.

FOUR STAR

2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnites for Maniacs" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.

THURSDAY (July 17): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues. Jet Li stars in Fist of Legend (Gordon Chan, 1994), plus a dubbed version of Street Fighter (Jing Wong, 1994), with Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): David Lynch's insufferable Wild at Heart (1990).

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

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