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. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 11-17): The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Dark Crystal.
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 (Feb. 10): "Cinematastic!," a monthly program devoted to narrative shorts, screens "five cool films for just five bucks" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): Uni-named cinéaste Sham's Fierce (2005) is "a campy, gay, experimental documentary that deals with Fierceness'" 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): An S.F. Bike Messenger Association screening of the shorts Metropoloco and Yellow Jersey, "Bicycle Repairman" (a Monty Python skit), "Bicycle" (a Queen music video), and Sylvain Chomet's splendid The Triplets of Belleville (France, 2004) 2 p.m. ATA's Other Cinema opens its spring season with a critique of George W. Bush's "Retard Nation," premiering Austrian documentarian Andreas Horvath's This Ain't No Heartland (2004), interviews on the Iraq War with callous red-state Americans. Plus anti-Bush agitprop from Bryan Boyce and others. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 15): A DVD release party for "Nomads and No-Zones" screens selected works from this compilation by Greta Snider and Vanessa Renwick, including Snider's Portland, Renwick's Richart, and collaborations with Bay Area underground artists. Free 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house, long a good place to catch second-run fare, has converted one of its screens to a repertory theater. See our Showtimes page for what's on the Balboa's other screen.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 10-16): Vodka Lemon (Armenia). See Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Follow Me to Sudden Death," a program of documentaries by Vanessa Renwick and others, including Renwick's 9 Is a Secret, Warren Haack's Selective Service System, and Peter Kubelka's German tourists-in-Africa classic Unsere Afrikareise 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.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.
STARTS THURSDAY: A Turkish woman tries to escape her family in Head-On (Faith Akin, 2004), screening through Feb. 17. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 11-17): "Dance Week" features the local premiere of Ghostlight (Christopher Herrmann, 2003), starring Richard Move as Martha Graham, and the classic The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1948). Call for times.
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