NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY (Jan. 8): Filmmaker Timoleon Wilkins curates "The Ghost Films of Stan Brakhage," a program spanning four decades of the late director's work, from Nightcats (1956) through the 1980s 8 p.m.
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 (Jan. 11): The new Bay Area film organization Shadowplay presents "Flights of Fancy," a program of short films and videos by local artists with the common themes of "risk, whimsy and sincerity." $5 9:15 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: Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:50, 8:45 p.m. Ousmane Sembene's masterful Moolaadé (Senegal, 2004) 6:40 p.m. Outsider artist Henry Darger In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003); see Opening for review. Kinsey, Shortcut to Nirvana, Moolaadé, and In the Realms of the Unreal continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY (Jan. 9): The "Beyond Borders" series of children's films offers Waterbomb for a Fat Tomcat, a 2004 film from Latvia about two girls dealing with a bossy aunt. Live subtitle translation 4 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A red-state movie aimed at a blue-state demographic, Trey Parker's Team America: World Police (2004) counterattacks Michael Moore and friends by acting out their deaths 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Zhang Yimou's Hero (China, 2002), an exhilarating movie but one every bit as pro its government as Trey Parker's puppettoon is for George W. 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 11 & 12): The comic duo The Yes Men (Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, 2004) pull pranks on industry and the media -- since this film came out they killed a few more careers at the BBC 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com; email@example.com and 820-3907 for information on this program. A monthly S.F. IndieFest-sponsored event continues. 18 and up. $5 donation; all proceeds benefit IndieFest.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): IndieFest's "Happy New Year Happy Hour" of short films screens two by Jay Lee, The Affairs of God and a comedy of paranoia, Noon Blue Apples. Doors 7 p.m., films 8 p.m. Live music follows.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Fear meets Freud in Adam Curtis' four-hour BBC documentary The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review. Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 4:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Glamour in Context," a program of short films, screens through Jan. 17 Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 8): A program of the videos of Mary Lucier presents an hourlong screening of her works from "The 1990s and Beyond: Figure and Ground" every Saturday this month 4 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): "Two Hard-Asses: Ann Coulter vs. Charles Bronson" offers a fair and balanced double bill of a documentary about the aggressive Ms. Coulter, Is It True What They Say About Ann? (Elinor Burkett and Patrick Wright, 2004), and Michael Winner's The Mechanic (1972), with Bronson as a hit man and Jan-Michael Vincent as his protégé. $8 7:30 p.m.
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