MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, opens with Film (Alan Schneider, 1965), Samuel Beckett's one original screenplay, with Buster Keaton as an old man trying to avoid self-awareness 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: "JPEX," a series of Japanese experimental films, continues with Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), a "drag queen melodrama" 7:30 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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
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) 7, 9:15 p.m. Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:45 p.m. In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 8:35 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Kinsey, Travellers & Magicians, Short Cut to Nirvana, and In the Realms of the Unreal continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: "Global Lens," an international film series of new works intended to "promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema," opens with the sock factory comedy Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Uruguay) 6:45 p.m. An Angolan civil war orphan is lost in the Hollow City (Ganga, Angola) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Global Lens" -- Hollow City 2 p.m. An amnesiac taxi driver wonders What's a Human Anyway? (Erdem, Turkey) 4 p.m. A boy leads two water buffalo on a dangerous trek in Buffalo Boy (Minh, Vietnam) 6:45 p.m. A promised visit by President Clinton lights a Bosnian Fuse (Zalica) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Global Lens" -- A Chinese indie about a rebel who dons a policeman's Uniform (Diao) 2 p.m. An exile returns to his small town in Kabala (Kouyate, Mali) 4 p.m. Whisky 6:30 p.m. An unemployed cook dons drag to find work in Lili's Apron (Galperin, Argentina) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: "Global Lens" -- A Swiss-raised woman seeks her mother in the desert in Daughter of Keltoum (Charef, Algeria) 6:45 p.m. An actress takes up prostitution in Today and Tomorrow (Chomski, Argentina) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Global Lens" -- Hollow City 6:45 p.m. Buffalo Boy 9 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.
WEDNESDAY: What the Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette, 2004)?!? 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Penelope Spheeris charts The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) in this document of the L.A. punk scene 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
DAILY: Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review. Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 4:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexandra's Project (Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 21-27): A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 2003); see Opening for review 6, 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs 2:30, 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 2:30, 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 22): 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.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. A winter season of Fred Astaire musicals continues. Closed Monday through Thursday.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Astaire thaws out Soviet ice princess Cyd Charisse in the Cold War musical Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.), screening with Daddy Long Legs (Jean Negulesco, 1955; 5:15, 9:35 p.m.), with Leslie Caron playing the Mary Pickford part in this version of an oft-remade film.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
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