Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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: Raise the Red Trousers (Robin Shou, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 12-18): Neil Young's Greendale (2004); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 10): A determined young woman becomes a doctor in the Quebecois film Blanche (Charles Binamé, Canada, 1992). Screens in French with no English subtitles 7 p.m.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9599 and http://trilogyticketing.com/sfiff/ for advance tickets to this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, concluding here this week. $9 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
WEDNESDAY: SFIAAFF screenings of The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands) 1 p.m. Chinese Restaurants: Song of the Exile (Kwan, Canada) 6:45 p.m. Beat Kitano's latest, Dolls (Japan) 7 p.m. "To the Ends of the World" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Flavors (Nidimoru and DK, U.S.) 7:30 p.m. "Tokyo Stories" (shorts) 9 p.m. Just One Look (Ip, Hong Kong) 9:30 p.m. "My Ninja for Your Nun" (shorts) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIAAFF -- Ramona Diaz's documentary on the Philippines' ex-first lady, Imelda 7 p.m. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Fleming, Canada) 7:15 p.m. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Panh, Cambodia) 7:30 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 (March 11): An SF Indymedia International Women's Day Celebration screens the short films Hip Hop Gurlz (Tamika Guishard) and the animated Saadia (Tarik Cherkaoui, South Africa), and a feature-length documentary, The Cucumber Incident (Bonita Makuch and Melodie Calvert) about women taking the law into their own hands 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 12): The Sonic Salon, an evening of experimental music and film, features Jess Rowland's depiction of an embattled hero warring against evil civil libertarians from beyond Earth, John Ashcroft vs. the Space Librarians (2004), plus Epic [Abridged] and The Dripping Tree 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (March 12): Orson Welles has trouble with his cane in Touch of Evil (1958) 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 14): An American in Paris 5 p.m. Touch of Evil 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 for regular programs. 866-468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz", priced at $20 Sunday-Thursday evening, $22 Friday and Saturday evening, $20 Saturday and Sunday matinee, $15 Wednesday matinee. 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.
FRIDAY: "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" is billed as an interactive encounter between audiences and the 1939 MGM classic directed by Victor Fleming. "A splashy night of theatre and film mixed with a festive costume-filled celebration," Opening Night features Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini and is hosted by Jan Wahl. Connie Champagne hosts every night. "A happy sing-out-loud night of smiles and laughter, enhancing the classic movie," co-produced by Warner Bros., the Nederlander Organization and Clear Channel Entertainment 7 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" screens through March 25 at 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sun, Sat 1 p.m.
DELANCEY STREET THEATRE
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 495-7380 and www.iaf.org/filum04 for this program. $10 an evening.
WEDNESDAY (March 10): Filum 04, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival, screens here today and tomorrow. Tonight, shorts, a documentary. Black Tunnels, on male suicide, and Head Rush (Shimmy Marcus, 2003), a comedy about drug smuggling 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 11): Filum 04 -- A program of four shorts and I Could Read the Sky (Nichola Bruce, 2003), about an immigrant in England 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 12): This science museum celebrates Pi Day with a screening of George Paul Csicsery's math doc Porridge, Pulleys and Pi, a film about knot and number theory 1 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call for film and times.
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.
DAILY: MC5: A True Testimonial (2004) screens through March 18. See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Balseros. Call for times.
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. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (March 10-12): Bette Davis puts Leslie Howard through the ringer in Of Human Bondage (John Cromwell, 1934; 7:30 p.m.) -- imagine what she'd have done to him if she'd played Scarlett O'Hara! It plays with William Wyler's bowlderized Lillian Hellman adaptation These Three (1935; 5:45, 9:05 p.m.), with Miriam Hopkins and Merle Oberon victims of a child's gossip.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 13 & 14): James Stewart plays well with others as the bandleader hero of Anthony Mann's The Glenn Miller Story (1954; 3:40, 7:30 p.m.). It screens, appropriately, with Song of the Thin Man (Edward Buzzell, 1947; 5:50, 9:40 p.m.), last in the series.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY (March 11): A Fearless Tales Genre Festival screens here for four days. Tonight, Detour (S. Lee Taylor) -- special effects by "Cannibalistic Gargoyle" 4 p.m. Tobe Hooper is honored with a screening of his remake of the 1978 slasher film The Toolbox Murders (2003) plus shorts and live performance 6:30 p.m. Gala to follow 11 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 12): Nightclubber (Reeves, Australia) 4 p.m. Moonlight by the Sea (Hennard) 6 p.m. Razor Eaters (Young, Australia) 9 p.m. Run, Run, Bunny! (Crampi, Argentina) midnight
SATURDAY (March 13): Animation Program 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion ("Filmmaking in the Age of Terror") and feature Killer Me (Hansen) 1:15 p.m. Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun (Crease) 4:15 p.m. Director Jack Hill interviewed by John Stanley, plus screening of his cult film Spider Baby (1964) 7 p.m. I'll Bury You Tomorrow (Kelly) 9:30 p.m. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (Russ Meyer, 1979) midnight
SUNDAY (March 14): Come Get Some (Griscom) 10:45 a.m. Demons (Lamberto Bava) 12:30 p.m. Bloodgnome (Lechago) 3 p.m. London Voodoo (Pratten, U.K.) 5 p.m. The Feast of the Preying Mantis (Levie, Belgium) 7:30 p.m. French cult director Jean Rollin's The Living Dead Girl (1982) 10 p.m. Sacred Flesh (Wingrove) midnight
WEDNESDAY (March 10): A Latino Film Festival screening of The Last Sephardic Jew (Miguel Angel Nieto, Spain, 2002), about the end of religious tolerance of 1492. $8 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 11): Swedish-born experimental filmmaker Gunvor Nelson returns to the Bay Area, where she made many films in the 1960s, and screens both new videos and her classics (the incredible Schmeerguntz). $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 12): The 2004 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival screens here Fridays in March. Tonight, Paul Delvin's Power Trip (2003; 7 p.m.), an engrossing look at capitalism and electricity in ex-Soviet Georgia. Also, Hany Abu-Asad's Rana's Wedding (Palestine, 2002; 8:30 p.m.), about a young woman who wants to pick her own husband.
TUESDAY (March 16): Ant Farm celebrates the release of a DVD of its early experimental videos with a screening of some of them, including Media Burn. $7 7 p.m.
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