WEDNESDAY (Aug. 25): "Two Halves, One Whole," a program "exploring gender archetypes through art, music, poetry, film and performance," includes a film installation by Vincent O'Brien5-7:30 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Aug. 27-29): Artist Andy Goldsworthy works with twigs, mud, and ice in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2002) Fri & Sun 5:40 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m. Korean monks watch time go by in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring (Ki-duk Kim, Korea, 2003) Fri & Sun 7:30 p.m.The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) Sat 12:30 p.m.; Sun 3:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Talented comic Marion Davies stars as an autograph hound in the silent The Cardboard Lover (Robert Z. Leonard, 1928; 7:30 p.m.), and as Peg O' My Heart (Leonard, 1933; 9 p.m.), as a good Irish lass who inherits a fortune.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two '50s sex comedies shuffle gender roles freely -- Howard Hawks' buoyant Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953; 7:30 p.m.) and Frank Tashlin's stereotype romp Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957; 5:45, 9:10 p.m.).
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle concludes its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Thursday, Aug. 26, a cop has Four Hours to Kill (Mitchell Leisen, 1935) so he takes his prisoner to a stage show. Why not? The film's introduced by local historian Daniel Hodges8 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.