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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.

STARTS WEDNESDAY: The Bay Area theatrical premiere of Dirt (Michael Covet and Tracy Fraim, 2003), a rustic comedy with Jennifer Tilly. Call for times.

LEGION OF HONOR

100 34th Ave. (at Clement, in Lincoln Park), 863-3330 for venue, (800) 850-7353 and www.sfjazz.com/concerts/ for information, 776-1999 for advance tickets. The San Francisco landmark hosts this San Francisco Jazz Festival event. $18-32.

SATURDAY (Oct. 30): A 3-D screening of Jack Arnold's atmospheric monster classic The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) screens with live music and new dialogue provided by the Jazz Passengers (shades of MST3K) 7 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.

DAILY: The World According to Bush (William Karel, 2004) features Norman Mailer, Hans Blix, Colin Powell, and the usual gang of idiots 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

LUMIERE

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. One of this multiplex's screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 29-Nov. 4): Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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. $10.75.

SATURDAY (Oct. 30): Enzo Monteleone's well-received war film The Line of Fire (El Alamein, 2001) 7, 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. 29): For Halloween, Henri-Georges Clouzot's thriller Diabolique (France, 1955) 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Nov. 1): A lecture series on Shakespeare's Henry V as a "study of war" screens Kenneth Branagh's film version, Henry V (1989), "which shows war as it really is." Shakespearean scholar Saul Galin introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. $12 7 p.m.

NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER

145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $8.

THURSDAY (Oct. 28): The S.F. Cinematheque offers "October Surprise," a program of short films including a 1938 home movie of a New Jersey Nazi rally, Bruce Baillie's A Hurrah for Soldiers (1963), Phil Patris' Gulf War Campaign (1991), and a 1955 Britannica documentary on how to recognize Despotism 7:30 p.m.

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: Charles Laughton is the decadent Nero of Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross (1933) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Kurdish immigrant's passage to Germany is traced in A Little Bit of Freedom (Yüksel Yavuz, Germany, 2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: "Behind the Seen: Walter Murch on Feature Film Editing" offers the famed sound designer and editor in an in-person discussion with Charles Koppelman. Program was all but sold out at press time 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Guy Maddin's Alpine parody of prewar German mountain films, Careful (Canada, 1992) 7 p.m. A surprise co-feature, Charlton Heston versus the ants in The Naked Jungle (Byron Haskin, 1954): "Haskin has been reading my mail" (Maddin) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: Maddin's silent ballet Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Canada, 2002) screens with his shorts It's a Wonderful Life (1996) and Sissy-Boy Slap-Party (1995) 7 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.

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.

TUESDAY (Nov. 2): Live election coverage on big-screen TV. Free. Over 21 only, thanks to alcohol sales (and predicted "massive consumption"). Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal, screens for two nights this Halloween weekend. $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: Josh Kornbluth is the Red Diaper Baby (Doug Pray, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004) 7 p.m.; also Thurs 9 p.m. Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) profiles the populist historian Wed 6:30 p.m.; Thurs 8:20 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: Actor, director, and Dr. Melfi psychiatrist Peter Bogdanovich in person will screen his underrated Saint Jack (1979), with Ben Gazarra, and discuss and sign copies of his new book about Hollywood actors, Who the Hell's In It. $10, $38 for ticket and book 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The sad career of Weimar personality Kurt Gerron is traced in the excellent documentary Prisoner of Paradise (Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, 2003). See Opening for review. Zelary (Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other programs.

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