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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
MONDAY (March 15): An eight-week lecture-film class taught by Janis Plotkin, "The World of Jewish Cinema," opens with the rare Yiddish language film The Dybbuk (Michal Waszynski, Poland, 1937). $18, series tickets available 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 16): "Talking Tuesdays," a lecture series, offers Debbie Findling's presentation "Doh!? Is Homer Jewish?: Finding Torah in the Simpsons". $10 7:30 p.m. Also, a S.F. Jewish Film Festival screening of Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights (1999), a look back at social issues in 1950s Baltimore. $9 8 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 screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 12): "Cinema Lit" continues a month of Marlene Dietrich films with the comedy-western Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939), with Marlene seeing what the boys in the back room will have. It screens with guest speaker Norma Barzman, author of the recent Hollywood memoir The Red and the Blacklist 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY (March 15): "The Contemporary Documentary," a film screening and discussion series hosted by Michael Fox, offers George Paul Csicsery's Hungry for Monsters (2003), about abuse allegations gone awry. Filmmaker in person. $7 7 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 Satyajit Ray's Charulata (India, 1964), a character study about a stifled wife waking up 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival concludes here with Being Normal (Choi Hyun-jung, Korea, 2002; 12:15 p.m.), documenting the friendship of the filmmaker and a man born with male and female sex organs, billed with The Adventure of Iron Pussy (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2003; 9 p.m.), about a transvestite secret agent.
THURSDAY: Experimental films by UCB undergrads includes Vicky Choy's How to Make Jello, Draw a Kitty, Scare Others 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Women of Color Film Festival screens programs of short films here for three days, opening with "The Secret Language of Youth" featuring Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs' Ravishing Raspberry 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Women of Color -- "The Liberation of Every Day Life" features Juli Kang's film of that same name, and Haruko Tanaka's California Telephone 6:30 p.m. The program "Ways of Love" includes Thea St. Omer's Love in an Elevator, about two 80-year-olds 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Women of Color -- "The Endurance of Spirit" includes films on rape, abuse, neglect and murder, including Shilpi Gupta's Kashmir war documentary When the Storm Came 3 p.m. A program of short stories, "Truth Has a Perfect Memory," includes Donna Lee's Enter the Mullet (2003) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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.
TUESDAY (March 16): Three short films screen as a fundraiser for Marriage Equality of California, a group fighting homophobia. Included is All God's Children, about the black community, and De Colores, on Latinos. $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 Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $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: Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 7, 9:10 p.m. Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Balseros (Carles Bosch and Josep Domènech, Spain, 2002) 6:30 p.m. My Architect: A Son's Journey (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003) 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Cubans flee Castro in Balseros (Carles Bosch, Josep Domènech, Spain, 2002); see Ongoing for review 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.
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