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.

SUNDAY (Nov. 30): The fight to win cheap AIDS medication for poor countries is documented in Pills Profits Protest (2003), screening as a benefit for HealthGap and Priority Africa Network. Live Zimbabwean music by Machingura. $8 3 p.m. A Hip Hop Film Festival screens as a benefit for Early Bird Prep School. Separate admission for each program. Soundz of Spiritz (Joshlyn Rose Lyons, 2002), on spirituality in hip hop, screens with director in person. $8 6 p.m. Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001) screens with director in person. $8 9 p.m.

TUESDAY (Dec. 2): A "Local Filmmaker's Showcase" screening of Nonpotable Production's Sensitivity Training (2003), about the doings of "two drunken Man-Boys." $5 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: Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003) 7, 9 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Donald O'Connor, making them laugh, is remembered with a memorial screening of Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952) Wed & Thurs 6:30 p.m.; Fri TBA.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): New prints of Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1982) and La Jetée (1962). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Jonathan Karsh's My Flesh and Blood (2003); see Opening for review. Autumn Spring and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion 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: The big-wave winter season of 2002-03 is documented in Fueled (2003). From Powerline Productions (Whipped!!! and 100 Ft. Wednesday) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Closed for the holiday. You can't surf when you're full of turkey.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Fueled 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat-Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 2 & 3): The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A double bill of the supercalifragilisticespe -- oh, wait, can I start over? Spellbound (Jeffrey Blitz, 2002; 7 p.m., also Wed 2:50 p.m.), a, er, fun documentary about the National Spelling Bee, and José Padilha's Bus 174 (Brazil, 2002; 8:40 p.m.; also Wed 4:50 p.m.). See Ongoing for reviews.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): War refugees in the United States are the Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 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.

FRIDAY (Nov. 28): Ridley Scott's con-men comedy Matchstick Men (2003) 4:30 p.m. Diane Lane is Under the Tuscan Sun (Audrey Wells, 2003) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 29): Under the Tuscan Sun 4:30, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 30): Matchstick Men 3 p.m. Under the Tuscan Sun 5:30 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. The theater has begun to program works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The long -- three episodes, not two -- version of Satyajit Ray's Three Daughters (1961; 7:30 p.m.), every episode of this film about women based on stories by Rabindranath Tagore. It screens with Pikoo (1981; 6:55, 10:35 p.m.), a short made for television with Ray regulars Victor Banerjee and Aparna Sen, whose film debut was in the Three Daughters segment "Samapti."

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ray's The Elephant God (1978; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.), an entertainment about a brilliant detective's search for the titular missing statue, screens with John Huston's popular film version of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (1941; 5:40, 9:35 p.m.), with everyone in the hunt for the bird.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.

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