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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 for venue, www.microcinema.com for this program.

THURSDAY (Sept. 30): Independent Exposure's "Manifest Destiny Edition" screens 10 films on our times, including Kasumi's The Free Speech Zone, Mario Escobar's What to Believe, and Victoria Gamburg's excellent Right Road Lost, about a Gulf War vet's regrets. $5-10 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.

ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bang Rajan (Thanit Jitnukul, Thailand, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 1-7): Gays seek marriage rights in Jim de Sève's documentary Tying the Knot (2004). See review on Page 41. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 29): The last of a series of Robert Guédiguian's Marseilles-set dramas, A la vie, à la mort! (1990) 6 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.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 29): "Punk Sound Night" features Poly Styrene in the documentary X Ray Spex, screening with punk videos 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 30): Part 3 of Patricio Guzmán's documentary of Chile's Allende regime, The Battle of Chile: Power of the People (Venezuela/Cuba, 1979) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 2): Move (Ryan McKenna, Benjamin Garry, 2003), documenting 1985's aerial police bombing of a Philadelphia commune, screens with Ivan Dixon's political satire The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 3): Light F/X, a continuous video show by Rudy Lemcke featuring his "experiments in light and shadow," screens for free noon-5 p.m. The rise of the world's worst rock band is chronicled in the indie feature Benny, Marty and Jerkbeast (Brady Hall, Calvin Reader, 2003) 8 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.aff.org for the Arab Film Festival (Saturday). $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: The war that never ends -- a timely screening of Peter Davis' Oscar-winning Vietnam documentary Hearts & Minds (1974) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: It's Doomsday again with Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: The opening day of the eighth annual Arab Film Festival; see Zoom Lens, Page 49, for commentary. The Arabic news station Al-Jazeera is on camera in Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2003); see Ongoing for review noon. Eleven directors' 11 11-minute episodes comprise 11'09''01 (2003; released in the U.S. as September 11); the film's best episode is Idrissa Ouedrago's, from Burkina Faso 1:50 p.m. Recommended -- Rachida (Basir-Chouikh, Algeria) 4:15 p.m. Road to Love (Lange, France/Algeria) 6:15 p.m. Viva Laldjerie (Mokneche, Algeria) 8:30 p.m. Discussion with filmmaker and Opening Night reception follows.

SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 3-7): Dr. Strangelove 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 4:30 p.m.; Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Ink and paint dance in The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003), screening through Oct. 17 7, 8:30, 10 p.m.

GOETHE-INSTITUT

530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

TUESDAY (Oct. 5): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, opens with Harald Reinl's The Fisher Girl of Lake Constance (1956), following the fortunes of a young woman courted by the son of a wealthy neighbor 7:30 p.m.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 29): The Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project screens Hidden Internment and Caught in Between, two films comparing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the detentions of Arabs and Muslims since Sept. 11. Cat Stevens will not be performing. $5-25 donation 8 p.m.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: Kamal Tabrizi's good comedy The Lizard (Iran, 2004) puts a convict in priest's clothing 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A rich young woman debates her chances of getting into heaven in Valeria Tadeshi's It's Easier for a Camel (Italy, 2004) Wed 6:20, 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Gregory Jacobs' remake of the Argentine Nine Queens, Criminal (2004); see Ongoing for review Fri & Sat 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 6, 8 p.m.; Mon & Tues 6:30, 8:30 p.m.

LITTLE ROXIE

3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: David Brower -- Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6 p.m. Fox News -- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism(Robert Greenwald, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7:40 p.m. Iraq -- Uncovered: The War on Iraq (Greenwald, 2004) and Soldier's Pay (David O. Russell, 2004) 9:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

LUMIERE

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex offers a midnight movie series, "The Filth," with just the film on Fridays and audience participation events on Saturdays. Also, one of its screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 1-7): Gays seek marriage rights in Jim de Sève's documentary Tying the Knot (2004). See review on Page 41. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Stanley Kubrick's "least pretentious film," A Clockwork Orange (1971), turned out to be pretty accurate, sad to say. $8.

MAIN POST THEATRE

99 Moraga, The Presidio, 561-5500, www.sffs.org for more information on this event. The 65-year-old Main Post Theatre hosts an occasional outdoor movie event. BYO lawn chair. Free.

SATURDAY (Oct. 2): The third annual "Film in the Fog" event screens Forbidden Planet (Fred McLeod Wilcox, 1956), an allegory of id and ego re-enacting Shakespeare's Tempest and set on the distant planet Altair-4. Preceded by a newsreel and the Tom & Jerry cartoon Cruise Cat (William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, 1952). Festivities with live music begin at 5 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.

MARIN CIVIC CENTER

Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2004 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks starting Oct. 2. $10.75.

SATURDAY (Oct. 2): The past and future together of a newlywed couple are on view in Alessandro D'Alatri's If By Chance (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $7 save as noted.

FRIDAY (Oct. 1): Jean Renoir's humane and humanistic anti-war parable Grand Illusion (France, 1937) also works as a World War I POW escape story 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Oct. 4): Michael Fox hosts a documentary series. Tonight, Frederick Wiseman takes a close-up look behind the scenes of a giant department store in The Store (1983) 6:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bang Rajan (Thanit Jitnukul, Thailand, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

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: Paul McCarthy (Black and White Tapes, 1970-75) and Cheryl Donegan (Rehearsal, 1994) turn themselves into human paintbrushes in "Performance Anxiety," a series on video performance art 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Maurice Pialat series concludes with Jacques Dutronc as Van Gogh (France, 1991), as seen over the last two months of his life 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A weekend of films by Roy Andersson screens his long-take wonder Songs From the Second Floor (2000; 7 p.m.) plus a program of his "Commercials and Shorts" including the disowned anti-AIDS Something Happened (1987) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: Roy Andersson's Czech New Wave-influenced A Swedish Love Story (1969; 7 p.m.) and the film with which Andersson discovered his distinctive flat, absurdist style, Giliap (1975; 8:50 p.m.), a comedy set at a hotel.

SUNDAY: A program of the puppet animations of the Czech Jirí Trnka includes his anti-Nazi Springman and the SS (1946), the anti-totalitarian The Hand (1965), and Archangel Gabriel and Mother Goose (1964). Russell Merritt introduces the program 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Films by Julie Murray include Conscious (1993), Anathema (1995), If You Stand With Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water (1997), and a new work, plus Thomas J. Stanton's nature doc Slime Molds: Plant or Animal? (1979) 7:30 p.m.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 for venue, (212) 320-3709 and www.resfest.com for this program. The Resfest 2004 Digital Film Festival screens programs of digital shorts, music videos, and features here this week. $9 advance, $12 door, save as noted.

THURSDAY (Sept. 30): Opening Night, $15 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 1): Resfest 8, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 2): Resfest 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 3): Resfest 1, 3, 5 p.m. Closing Night, $15 7 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 29): The Parkway's sixth annual Film Noir Fest runs through Sept. 30. Tonight, Humphrey Bogart finds it hard to keep a straight face in Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, 1947). Geronimo! 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 30): A "Thrillville" screening, hosted by Will the Thrill Viharo and Tiki Goddess Monica, of Phil Karlson's keen Reno heist movie Five Against the House (1955), a much more enjoyable film than either version of Ocean's Eleven, if only for Kim Novak! With an episode of the serial The Shadow 9:15 p.m.

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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