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. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Shirley Temple is a Poor Little Rich Girl (Irving Cummings, 1936; 7:30 p.m.) in one of her biggest hits, screening with the musical On the Avenue (Roy Del Ruth, 1937; 5:50, 9 p.m.). Both films co-star Alice Faye.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: James Stewart stars in Anthony Mann's meaty western The Far Country (1954; 4:20, 7:30 p.m.), billed with The Saint Strikes Back (John Farrow, 1939; 6:10, 9:20 p.m.), with George Sanders as the sharp-tongued detective.
WEDNESDAY (May 5): A Goethe-Institut screening of Life Goes On (Carl Schmitt and Marc Alan Cairns, Germany, 2003), based on the true story of the making of big-budget Nazi propaganda films in the last days of the war. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 7): A "Films From Along the Silk Road" series of Central Asian cinema opens with Darezhan Omirbaev's Kairatt (Kazakhstan, 1991; 7 p.m.), an autobiographical movie about his adolescence that's said to show the influence of Hitchcock and Bresson. Tolomush Okeev's The Fierce One (Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan, 1973; 8:45 p.m.), written by Andrei Konchalovsky, is about a boy who raises a wolf cub. Thirty-five millimeter prints, $7 admission for both.
SUNDAY (May 9): YBCA artist-in-residence Bill Daniel screens Roy Nolan's video The Last Free Ride (1975), a time capsule shot on Sausalito's houseboats. $7 2 p.m.