Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members
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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nicolas Philibert's To Be and To Have (2002); see Ongoing for review 7:10, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 6-12): Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003); see Opening for review 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:15, 4:45 p.m. Also, The Fog of War (Errol Morris, 2003) continues; see Ongoing for review 6:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:45, 4:15 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Feb. 7): Lovers on the Bridge 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Feb. 5): An International ANSWER-sponsored screening of Raoul Peck's documentary Lumumba: Death of a Prophet (France, 1992), to be distinguished from Peck's fiction film about the African leader, Lumumba (2000) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 6): A screening of video work from "Independent TV Italia," including segments from Palestine 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Feb. 6): Jules Dassin's heist flick Rififi (France, 1955) 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 8): Les Girls 5 p.m. Rififi 7:30 p.m. Separate admission.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 621-4969 and www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: Nicolas Philibert's To Be and To Have (2002); see Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night screenings of the S.F. Independent Film Festival offers Monika Mitchell's Break a Leg (2004). $9 7 p.m. Alex Cox's Revenger's Tragedy (2004). $9 9:15 p.m. Afterparty to follow at DNA Lounge ($20).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 6-12): My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003); see Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY (Closed Monday): Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern (China, 1991) screens through Feb. 15 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI COMMUNITY
145 Guerrero (between Brosnan and Clinton), 282-6529 for information on this presentation. This senior center hosts a video program this week.
SATURDAY (Feb. 7): "Keeping Lesbian History Alive" offers a tribute to the late Pat Bond with videos of her one-woman shows from the 1980s, Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein Is Back, Back, Back and Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt -- A Love Story. $15-25 sliding scale; no one turned away 2-5 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
SUNDAY (Feb. 8): The eighth annual Bike Film Fest screens as a "FUNdraiser" for Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition (BFBC) with screenings of "bicycle and human powered movies" plus live music. $10-20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Free valet bike parking 4-9 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing begins a new film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 6): "Cinema Lit" returns with a month of Woody Allen films, beginning with the early funny Bananas (1971) 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com/events for information. Free.
SUNDAY (Feb. 8): Bandai Entertainment presents a day of "Action Anime" TV episodes, including hack//SIGN: Uncovered 11 a.m. Superior Defender Gundam Force: New Allies 1 p.m. Witch Hunter Robin: Belief 2:30 p.m. Witch Hunter Robin: Inquisition 4:30 p.m. Infinite Ryvius: Tension 6:30 p.m.
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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens the most enjoyable of Sergei Eisenstein's montage classics, The General Line (U.S.S.R., 1928). You'll split your sides at the hilarious creamer sequence 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, continues with a program by Gary Hill, including Videograms (1980-81) and the Maurice Blanchot-inspired Incidence of Catastrophe (1987) 7:30 p.m.
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