3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 25-Jan. 1): Andy Goldsworthy plays with time, leaves, and melting ice in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2001) 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
WEDNESDAY: The Stanford's annual screening of the Christmas perennial It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Theater closed until 2004.