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WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public offers an "Introduction to Film Language" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, opens with a program from the collective Ant Farm, including The Cadillac Ranch Show (1974/1994), Media Burn (1975), and The Eternal Frame (1975), plus clips. Video artists Chip Lord and Hudson Marquez in person 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström continues with The Sea Vultures (1916), about smugglers, and Terje Vigen (1917), an adaptation from Ibsen's poem about a sailor violating a naval blockade to feed his family 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A parallel series of films by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann screens the excellent The Furies (1950; 7 p.m.), with rancher Barbara Stanwyck challenging dad Walter Huston, plus a minor noir, Side Street (1950; 9:10 p.m.), with Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell as the outlaw and his wife.

SATURDAY: More Mann -- A disturbing and still-timely noir about illegal immigrants, Border Incident (1949; 7 p.m. ) and a delirious French Revolution noir, The Black Book (1949; 8:50 p.m. ).

SUNDAY: More Sjöström -- The surviving fragment of The Kiss of Death (Sweden, 1916), followed by the celebrated The Outlaw and His Wife (Sweden, 1918), about two fugitives from society. Sjöström stars in both 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Double-Edged Sword," a program of found-footage films including Mary Beth Reed's Montessori Sword Fight 7:30 p.m.


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 (Jan. 22): Ann-Margret steals Bye Bye Birdie (George Sidney, 1963) from nominal stars Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh in this hybrid of an old Hollywood musical and a spoof of rock 'n' roll. Plus a live onstage dance contest. $6 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Jan. 27): Two educational videos screen as a benefit for the Lesbian Health Research Center, Viva la Vulva: Women's Sex Organs Revealed and Celebrating Orgasm: Women's Private Self-loving Sessions. $6 6:30 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.

DAILY: Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 2000) and The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003); call for times. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Mountaineer Joe Simpson, in person and on the ground with Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald, U.K., 2003); see Opening for review. $10 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: A three-week Sunday/Thursday series of films devoted to Cary Grant's "Century of Elegance" continues with his sterling early support for Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman, 1933), screening with the all-star Technicolor short Pirate Party on Catalina Island (Gene Burdette, 1935) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Robb Moss' The Same River Twice (2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.

SUNDAY: Cary Grant's "A Century of Elegance" -- Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946) finds Grant at his most cold and ruthless in a highly influential tale of espionage 7 p.m.


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 Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003) takes viewers inside the coup attempt against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: The School of the Americas as Hogwarts for torturers in John H. Smith's documentary Hidden in Plain Sight (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Andy Goldsworthy sculpts with leaves, dirt, twigs, and ice in Thomas Riedelsheimer's still-popular documentary Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2001) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 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: Duncan Roy's AKA (U.K., 2003) -- see Ongoing for more 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m., with a separate-admission screening of Charlie Chaplin's still-brilliant satire Modern Times (1936) at 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Two documentaries on a French fashion legend, YSL: His Life and Times (6:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:45 p.m.), an overview of Yves St. Laurent's career, and YSL: 5 Avenue Marceau (8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 4:30 p.m.), 60 days inside his salon. Both films were directed by David Teboul. See Opening for review.

MONDAY: S.F. Sketchfest screens Martin & Orloff (Lawrence Blume, 2002), with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh of the Upright Citizens Brigade as patient and shrink 7, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 27-29): Fashion frolics continue -- YSL: His Life and Times 6:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:45 p.m. YSL: 5 Avenue Marceau 8 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:30 p.m.


314 11th St. (at Folsom), 820-3907 and for more information on this program. $10.

FRIDAY (Jan. 23): The annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival's Benefit/Launch Party offers live music and short film screenings in anticipation of the February fest 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

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