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 series pairs Marx Brothers and Preston Sturges comedies.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Feb. 11-13): "Hoorah for Captain Spaulding!" sings the reception committee for Groucho Marx in Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.), billed with Sturges' satire of small-town mores The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m.).
THURSDAY (Feb. 10): The Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival offers "Still a Little Mao in the Mozart," a screening of the documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner, 1980), detailing the maestro's visit to China at the end of the Cultural Revolution, and a follow-up, Musical Encounters (Allan Miller, 2000), a record of Stern's return visit in 1999. Miller in person. $10 7 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has now been held over for a second month, through February, now for three days a week. That's really sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeley.edu for venue; (925) 275-9005 and www.ibff.org for this week's films. This college theater hosts screenings from the International Buddhist Film Festival. $9 save as noted.
THURSDAY: Hi! Dharma! (Cheol-kwan Park, Korea, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: No films scheduled.
SATURDAY: A King of the Hill episode, "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" (John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, 2000), parodies Kundun and screens with two shorts 2 p.m. The impermanent art of Andy Goldsworthy is swept away by Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 4 p.m.The Lion's Roar (Elliott, 1985) 6:30 p.m.Festival (Im Kwon-taek, Korea, 1996) 9 p.m.
3543 18th St. (at Valencia), 621-4969 for venue, www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Love Me! (Montmayeur, France) 2:45 p.m.Made in Secret (Whale, Canada) 5 p.m.EMR (Erskine and McCullough, U.K.) 7 p.m.After the Apocalypse (Nakajima) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- Casuistry (Asher, Canada) noon.EXIST (Bell) 2:15 p.m. Literary life is satirized in The Recommendations (Slutsky, Perlmutter, and Owen, Canada) 4:30 p.m.The Dry Spell (Dowdle) 7 p.m.Sigma (Heffring, Canada) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- I, Curmudgeon (Zweig, Canada) noon.Power and Control (Ranen) 2:15 p.m.24 Hours on Craigslist (Gibson) 4:30 p.m.High Life (Yomtoob) 7 p.m."Munch on This" (shorts) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 10): One of Nagisa Oshima's radical (politically, stylistically) Japanese New Wave films, The Man Who Left His Will on Film (1970) justifies the director's repute as the Godard of Japan as a student radical acts out the filmed record of a dead comrade 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The Human Rights International Film Festival continues here with Edward Said: The Last Interview (Mike Dibb, 2004), a record of the late Palestinian intellectual's final thoughts. $8 7 p.m.Persons of Interest (Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse, 2003) looks at the 5,000-plus Arab or Muslim immigrants taken into custody by the United States after Sept. 11. $8 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): Human Rights International Film Festival -- Edward Said: The Last Interview. $8 7 p.m.