SATURDAY: Part 1 of Wang Bing's nine-hour documentary about China's northeastern industrial zone, Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks -- Part One: Rust (2003) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A W.C. Fields series opens with the comic's cross-country trip to his Arcadian dream of a California orange grove, It's a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod, 1934) -- to many, one of Fields' best. It's certainly enough to qualify him for governor. Screens with the short The Barber Shop (Arthur Ripley, 1933), the one with the opportunistic dog that hangs around said shop 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Ten years of a radical theater group's summer workshops are distilled in Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet (DeeDee Halleck, Tamar Schumann, 2002), with Halleck in person, perhaps carrying a giant papier-mâché head 7:30 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 (July 31):A "Thrillville" screening of Kingdom of the Spiders (John "Bud" Cardos, 1977), with no less than William Shatner taking on the eight-legged critters. $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, www.cafilm.org; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.com for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, screening here Saturday through Monday. $9 regular screenings, $10 Jewish Film Festival programs 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) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001) 6:30 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2003) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Capturing the Friedmans continue. Call for times.
SATURDAY: The Jewish Film Festival screens Galoot (Tlalim, Israel) for free 1 p.m. Under Water (Londer, Israel) 6:30 p.m. Manhood (Roth) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: JFF -- Shalom Ireland (Ganley) noon. Divan (Gluck) 2:45 p.m. Close, Closed, Closure (Loevy, France) 4:30 p.m. Embrace Me (Meislich and Avraham, Israel) 7 p.m. The Soul Keeper (Faenza, Italy) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: JFF -- Monsieur Batignole (Jugnot, France) 6:30 p.m. The Burial Society (Racz) 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: Peck again, To Kill a Mockingbird 6:45 p.m.
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: The inevitable mawkishness aside, Minority Report (2002) is Steven Spielberg's best in some years 2, 7, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Justin Lin's model minority meltdown, Better Luck Tomorrow (2003) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold travel America in search of the truth about polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in the "toxic odyssey" Blue Vinyl (2002) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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 USA.
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1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org. "Free admission, hot popcorn, cold drinks every last Wednesday of the month." Donations welcome.
WEDNESDAY (July 30): A double feature of Beautiful Thing (Hettie Macdonald, U.K., 1996; 4, 8 p.m. ), a teen coming-out drama, and Stephen Frears' My Beautiful Laundrette (U.K., 1985; 6 p.m. ), with Daniel Day-Lewis.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (July 30-Aug. 1): A bourgeoise woman and a prostitute bond in Coline Serreau's Chaos (France, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two of Alfred Hitchcock's deservedly popular chase thrillers, The 39 Steps (U.K., 1935; 7:30 p.m. ) and Young and Innocent (U.K., 1937; 5:55, 9:10 p.m. ).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Tyrone Power stars as the fop by day, swashbuckler by night in The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian, 1940; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:05 p.m. ) -- let's make him governor. He seems qualified. Also, Gene Tierney tries to fleece but learns to love Henry Fonda in Rings on Her Fingers (Mamoulian, 1942; 5:50, 9:15 p.m. ).
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