57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 4): CinemaLit opens a month of French films with Jean Gabin lending pajamas and toothpaste to his foolish friend Riton in the excellent crime drama Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Don't Touch the Loot, Jacques Becker, France, 1954) 6:30 p.m.
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.
SATURDAY (March 5): A crippled Lon Chaney falls for the daughter of the banker he's been sent to blackmail in the highly regarded melodrama The Shock (Lambert Hillyer, 1923), screening with Billy Bevan in the Mack Sennett-produced short Butterfingers (Del Lord, 1925), a Georges Melies special-effects short The Mysterious Box (1900), and a 1916 newsreel, Selig Tribune #217:30 p.m.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
FRIDAY (March 4): Filmmaker collective Canyon Cinema presents "Films From the Canyon Collection," with specific titles TBA. See www.canyoncinema.com for more 8 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Orson Welles' bizarro noir The Lady From Shanghai (1948) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with Steven Lisberger's Tron (1982), a harbinger of video game movies to come 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Women of Color Film Festival opens with a free screening of shorts made "Outside the Box," including Miki Ann Maddox's My People the Manatee5:30 p.m.Michael Renov screens Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004) and lectures on the documentary in conjunction with his new book, The Subject of Documentary7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Women of Color -- "Bending the Beat," a program of short films including Some Real Fangs (Desiree Lim, Canada), about a vampire to be 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Women of Color -- "Our Cosmos, Our Chaos," documentary activist shorts including Behind the Checkpoint (Suzanne La and Danielle Muldoon), about SFO screeners 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Women of Color -- The short films in the program "Querida Família" include Kawana Bullock's A Letter to You and Narissa Lee's For My Beloved5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with Lost Horizon (Frank Capra, 1937), a key film reflecting Western ideas about Tibet3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Two new works by "sensually beautiful" experimental filmmaker Edward Noren, Time Being (2001) and Free to Go (Interlude) (2003) 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.
2340 Chestnut (between Divisadero and Scott), 921-6720 for venue, www.nightofhenna.com for this event. $15.