PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations continues with Lynn Hershman Leeson's insane clone posse Teknolust (2003), screening with the cleverly shot Copy Shop (Virgil Widrich, Austria, 2001), aka Nightmare on Kinko Street 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The musicians of Paris' Metro perform as The Underground Orchestra (Heddy Honigmann, 1997) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A series of new Latin American films continues with Bolivia (Adrian Caetano, Argentina, 2001), a Cassavetes-style look at an illegal alien's struggles in wealthier Argentina 5:25, 8:50 p.m. São Paulo's domestics are the subject of an overly slick comedy, Maids (Fernando Meirelies, Nando Olival, Brazil, 2001) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A series by pioneer Mexican filmmaker Fernando Fuentes opens with the first two installments of his trilogy on the Mexican Revolution, Prisoner Number 13 (1933; 5:30 p.m. ) and El Compadre Mendoza (1933; 7:05 p.m. ), an ironic tragedy and a satire, respectively.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A three-Tuesday series of experimental films by Ernie Gehr concludes with works exploring the urban topography of San Francisco -- Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991) -- and Berlin -- This Side of Paradise (1991) and Passage (1991-2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
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 (Oct. 16): A rural Southerner is harassed by crank calls in Andrew Shea's The Corndog Man (1998), billed as "a blistering comedy" on sex and racism. Filmmaker in person. $5 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 18): A "shattering" documentary about the death of a Laotian immigrant (and father of filmmaker Fahm Saeyang), Death of a Shaman (Richard Hall and Saeyang, 2003) screens as a benefit for Lao Family Community Development. $6 3 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 19): Alice Walker presents Ho'oku'ikahi (To Unify as One, Meleanna Aluli Meyer), a documentary about Hawaiian culture, and Onipa'a (To Move Forward With Steadfastness, David Kalama), on the islands' last queen. Walker and Meyer in person. $5 1, 5 p.m. The Hi Lo Film Festival of low-budget indie shorts. For more info, see www.hilofilmfestival.com. $6 6, 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, www.cafilm.org. $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.
THURSDAY: "A Century of Curly" offers six Three Stooges shorts starring the charismatic Curly Howard (1903-1952) on the occasion of his centennial. Sony Pictures chose these particular shorts for "maximum Curly impact" -- Punch Drunks (1934), Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938), From Nurse to Worse (1940), Dutiful But Dumb (1941), What's the Matador (1942), and Micro-Phonies (1945) 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Carnage (Delphine Gleize, France, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
SATURDAY: "A Century of Curly" -- see Thursday for program 1 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: Other American Voices (Corinna Belz, Neil Hollander, 2002) profiles post-9/11 American dissidents. A speaker from the National Lawyers Guild accompanies evening screenings (with a special "Dissidents Get Out of Jail Free" card, we hope) 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 21 & 22): X-2: X-Men United (Bryan Singer, 2003) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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