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TUESDAY (Oct. 5): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival (www.madcatfilmfestival.org) concludes this year's run at area venues with "A Turning Point," films about the search for life's meaning from Taiwan, Korea, Australia, and the USA. $6 6 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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: Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Producer Regina Ziegler's 10-part series of "Erotic Tales" screens here in rotation through Oct. 6. Episode 1 (films by Susan Seidelman, Mani Kaul, and Ken Russell) 7 p.m. Episode 2 (Bob Rafelson, Paul Cox, Melvin Van Peebles) 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 3 (Nicolas Roeg, et al.) 7 p.m. Episode 5 (Rosa von Praunheim, et al.) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: David Brower's years at the Sierra Club are Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Ongoing for review. Bush's Brain and Maria Full of Grace continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY: "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 5 (Mika Kaurismäki, et al.) 7 p.m. Episode 6 (Hal Hartley, et al.) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 7 (Jos Stelling, et al.) 3 p.m. Episode 8 (Susan Streitfeld, et al.) 5 p.m. Episode 9 (Rafelson again, et al.) 7 p.m. Episode 10 (Stelling again, et al.) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 1 3 p.m. Episode 2 5 p.m. Episode 3 7 p.m. Episode 4 9 p.m.

MONDAY: "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 5 7 p.m. Episode 6 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: Filmmaker Rob Nilsson introduces his inspiration, John Cassavetes' mood-swinging Faces (1968) 7:30 p.m. "Erotic Tales" -- Episode 7 7 p.m. Episode 8 9 p.m.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Brian Dannelly's born-again high school satire Saved! (2004) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Michael Moore takes our temperature at Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Get the Fox out of here! Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 5 & 6): Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and the Band are all on the Festival Express (Bob Smeaton, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (Adam Low, U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Call theater for program.

SUNDAY: The 8th annual Arab Film Festival screens here today; see Zoom Lens, Page 49, for commentary. Writers on the Borders 11:30 a.m. Children of Fire and Paradise Lost 1:20 p.m. Travail d'Arabe 3:30 p.m. Generation X-Saddam with discussion to follow 5:15 p.m. Under Another Sky 7 p.m. Sleepless Nights (Khalifa, Egypt) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call theater for program.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 29): The Bay Area Video Coalition inaugurates "Digital Movies/Digital Culture," a new video series, with a program representing the films, videos, writings, DJ mixes, and installations of Kirthi Nath, including screenings of Play Record (1997), the to do list confessions (2001), and by the by (2004). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 1): "God Bless the G.O.P.," a program of Republican Party campaign films dating back to the 1960s, including Attack on America and The Day Business Died 7, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY (Oct. 5): NAATA screens Victor Vu's video Spirits (2004), a Vietnam-set ghost story filmed in Southern California 7:30 p.m.

FILM NOTES

The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle concludes a series of 16mm screenings devoted to the noirs of 1941 with Joseph von Sternberg's grimly ironic The Shanghai Gesture, playing Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 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 darkmarc@msn.com. ... The Film Arts Foundation offers a weekend with independent narrative filmmaker Jon Jost (All the Vermeers in New York, the forthcoming Homecoming) on Oct. 2-3 for $260; contact 552-8760 ext. 311 or e-mail natalijav@filmarts.org for more info. ... The first annual North Bay EcoFest takes place this weekend (Oct. 1-3) with, in addition to a Hemp Fashion Show and Harmony Cabaret Dance Party, a program of ecological short films and the premiere of Go Further, "an eco-documentary starring Woody Harrelson and an amusing cast of characters as they road trip down the Pacific Coast" (Saturday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., $8). For more info, phone (707) 861-2035 ext. 304 or see www.northbayecofest.com.

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