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 (Aug. 28): An isolated island"s attacked by The Killer Shrews (Ray Kellogg, 1958), subbing for a canceled tribute to Ray Dennis Steckler 9 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: Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. The Cuckoo (Kukushka) (Aleksandr Rogozhin, Russia, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 8:40 p.m. Jacques Perrin"s Winged Migration (France, 2002) Wed 9:10 p.m.; Thurs 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: A Claudette Colbert series concludes with Green Acres antecedent The Egg and I (Chester Erskine, 1947), with socialite Claudette marrying chicken farmer Fred MacMurray 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Martin Doblmeier"s Bonhoeffer (2003) examines the life of the Lutheran theologian martyred by the Nazis. Step into Liquid, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Cuckoo (Kukushka), and Winged Migration 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: Ex-LAPD officer Mike Ruppert expresses his skeptical take on The Truth and Lies of 9-11 (2002), a filmed lecture 2, 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A publisher"s efforts to market a difficult author"s suppressed biography of G.W. Bush is followed in Horns and Halos (Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, 2002). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY: If I Should Fall From Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (Sarah Share, Ireland, 2001) profiles the Pogues singer/songwriter. See Ongoing for review 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY: The San Francisco Video Activists" Network"s new compilation video of Iraq War protest, We Interrupt This Empire, screens with short films and guest speakers 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A two-week series of the films of R.W. Fassbinder opens with the prolific wunderkind"s most commercially successful film, The Marriage of Maria Braun (Germany, 1978), with his blond muse Hanna Schygulla a stubborn survivor of postwar Germany ... up to the point of success 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Schygulla"s a model inspiring the Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) as fashion designer Margit Carstensen falls apart over her lost affections 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: A faithful adaptation of Theodor Fontane"s 19th-century novel of Prussian repression, Effi Briest (1974) stars Schygulla as its primary victim in one of Fassbinder"s best, most disciplined films 7, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: Two of the bratty young Fassbinder"s early works, an experiment in pastiche American gangster cinema, Gods of the Plague (1969; 6:15, 9:45 p.m. ), and Katzelmacher (1969; 8 p.m. ), with Fassbinder himself as a mocked Greek immigrant worker over a series of frozen tableaux.


1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, e-mail for info. "Free admission, hot popcorn, cold drinks every last Wednesday of the month." Captioned.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 27): You"re invited to sing along with Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002; 4, 8 p.m. ) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001; 6 p.m. ).


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

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Video cameras prove lethal weapons in Andrew Jarecki"s Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:15 p.m.


SUNDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 3 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans 5, 7:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Spellbound 5 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: Capturing the Friedmans 7 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: A silents series screens King Vidor"s comedy The Patsy (1928; 7:30 p.m. ), with Marion Davies, along with Constance Talmadge in a dual role as Her Sister From Paris (Sidney Franklin, 1925; approximately 9:15 p.m. ). With Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Vincente Minnelli probes the problems of two tormented artists as portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956; 7:30 p.m. ) and film producer Jonathan Shields in The Bad and the Beautiful (1953; 5:20, 9:45 p.m. ). Minnelli"s hysterical style is a good match for Douglas" tormented acting in two of the 1950s" best male melodramas.

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Stanford favorite Audrey Hepburn takes Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m. ) and then travels through time and across France with lover Albert Finney in Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967; 5:25, 9:35 p.m. ).

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