1800 Market (at Octavia), Second Floor, 865-5555, www.outandequal.org for more about this event. Suggested donation $20.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): Out & Equal Workplace Advocates sponsors "The Commercial Closet," a video show hosted by Michael Wilke of gay images in commercials worldwide over the past 30 years. Drinks and networking at 6 p.m., film at 7 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $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: Satyajit Ray's Branches of a Tree (1990; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the family difficulties of William Wyler's film of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1940; 5:20, 9:45 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Musicians Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin set out to reform a corrupt kingdom in Ray's comedy The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.), screening with the Marx Brothers farce A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935; 5:45, 9:40 p.m.).
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): A program of films by Bay Area auteur Dominic Angerame includes Pixiscope and I'd Rather Be in Paris. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 12): "Ten Perfect Moments," a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, presents Hayao Miyazaki'sMy Neighbor Totoro (English-dubbed; Japan, 1988), an anime classic about a vanishing rural Japan, screening with Sally Cruikshank's short Face Like a Frog (1987) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 16): An Arab Film Festival screening of Yousef Malouf's Broken Wings (1962), an adaptation of Khalil Gibran's autobiographical poem. On video. $7 7:30 p.m.