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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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21 GRAND

449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, www.21grand.org.

WEDNESDAY (March 31): The "Water Works Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 water-themed films, including Reynold Reynolds' The Drowning Room ("vignettes from the sunken suburbs"), Mehmet Ozcelik's Thirst for Revenge, and Virginia Valdes' Submerged $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.

ACT ONE/TWO

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: A pizza-delivery man feels class envy in Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): Reality games go too far in the "reality doc" Games People Play: New York (James Ronald Whitney, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (March 31): Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac (1997) stars Daniel Auteuil and Carole Bouquet in a tale of World War II heroism. Program repeats on Wednesday 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 3): Lucie Aubrac 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 (April 1): Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson presents his view of animal consciousness in the documentary The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2003) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 2): Barbara Trent's Panama Deception (1992) raises questions about a previous President Bush's foreign policy adventures 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 3): The career of clay animator Bruce Bickford is traced in Monster Road (Brett Ingram, 2004). Bickford in person with some 16mm Claymation 8:30 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (April 2): Joan Crawford and Bette Davis wonder What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) in Robert Aldrich's slab of Grand Guignol 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 3): It's more bad taste, tastefully presented, as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton wonder Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (April 4): Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 5 p.m. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 7:45 p.m. Separate admission.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. The San Francisco Cinematheque frequently presents programs here. $7.

SUNDAY (April 4): As part of a Philip Hoffman retrospective, CCA screens films "built upon a dialogue of personal history and memory, bringing together formal strategies that encompass both the conceptual and the accidental" -- Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan and Encarnacion (1984), passing through/torn formations (1988), ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (1986), and river (1979-89). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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 & THURSDAY: A double bill of Jerzy Stuhr's The Big Animal (Poland, 2000; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3:30 p.m.) and György Pálfi's Hukkle (Hungary, 2002; 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 1:45, 5:10 p.m.). See Ongoing for more.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): A Thousand Clouds of Peace (Julián Hernández, Mexico, 2003); see Opening for more 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Bling -- 8 Incredibly Random Tales," a midnight movie series, starts this weekend. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This series $7.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 2 & 3): Richard Kelly's ultra-cool Donnie Darko (2001) finds the titular teenager saving the world, 28 days later. On Saturday, a special appearance by Sparkle Motion and a "Stop the Bunny" contest midnight.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Francesco Rosi's Carmen (Italy, 1984), with Placido Domingo 6:30, 9 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Ol' gravel voice is back -- Robert Evans narrates the story of his life in The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, 2002), screening through April 25 7:45, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:15 p.m.

INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS

446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), 626-2787, www.theintersection.org. Free (donations accepted, $2-5). This art space offers a film screening this week.

SATURDAY (April 3): "Picturing Violence" is a film and video program screening in conjunction with the ongoing Barbara Harrison exhibit "Beautiful Ugly Violence." It includes a women's self-defense film from 1972 (Nobody's Victim); Sari Red (Pratibha Parmar, 1988), about a young Indian woman killed in a racist attack in England; Al Hernandez's Jump Fence (1996); and more. Many filmmakers in person 2 p.m.

ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA

425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200; 788-7142 and www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California. This week, it co-sponsors a two-week festival of Contemporary Italian Art and Cinema here and at UC Berkeley (see separate entry). All entries are subtitled in English. For more info on CIAC, see www.ciacfest.org. Free.

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