Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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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.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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.
THURSDAY: "Street Level TV," billed as an "independent, non commercial news program with a sense of humor." After recent events, they'll need it. $5 and up, sliding scale 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Spreading Propaganda (Nadine Laule and David Moisl, 2004) documents the S.F.-based "anarcho-electro label" Entartete Kunst (German for "degenerate art"). Groups such as Drowning Dog, the Deletist, and Malatesta are featured 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Orphan film" archivist Rick Prelinger in person with Panorama Ephemera, his feature-length compilation of industrial documentaries. Also, musician Graham Connah provides live accompaniment to a half-hour reel of amateur travelogues, Barcelona 1928 to Central Park 1968. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
SUNDAY: "Unmarked Territory," a program of new work from Bay Area filmmakers including Lawrence Jordan's Chateau/Poyet, Robert Fox's Mixed Accidentals, Brook Hinton's "frenetic landscape exploration" Slow Force Glimpse, Jun Jalbuena's Apparatus of Recreation, Furniture for the Future, and much more 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 3-9): Gilles Marchand's thriller Who Killed Bambi? (2003). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
2390 Mission (at 20th Street), Third Floor, www.borderland.missionartist.net for information on this event. The Borderland Film/Arts Festival, on the divide between the United States and Mexico, offers a program here. $3.
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.
GALERĺA DE LA RAZA
2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009 and www.galeriadelaraza.org for venue, www.borderland.missionartist.net for information on this event. The Borderland Film/Arts Festival, on the divide between the United States and Mexico, offers two programs this weekend. $3.
SATURDAY: An evening of documentaries and experimental films includes Luis Palos' Beyond the Border (2001) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A second evening screens Surfing the Border, about dudes of all nations who do just that, and Natives (1991), a documentary about anti-immigrant activists in San Diego 7 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
FRIDAY: The institute's monthly "Happy Hour" offers snacks and a film TBA 6 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The Polar Express (Robert Zemeckis, 2004). See Ongoing for review Wed 6, 8 p.m.; Thurs 4, 6, 8 p.m.; Fri-Sun 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.; Mon 6, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Call for program.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (Robert Stone, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
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