Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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ACT I & II
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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 13-19): Save the Green Planet (Jang Jun-hwan, Korea, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
FRIDAY (May 13): A program of works by local filmmakers on themes of "Emergency, Distress, Struggle, Paranoia, Disillusion, Unrest, Strife" screens as "Mayday" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 14): Other Cinema hosts "Exploding Cinema," a half-dozen projector performance pieces by Pad McLaughlin (Depth of Field), Steve Polta (Drone Tones), Dean Santomieri (Three Views From the Panopticon), Ken Paul Rosenthal (The Galloping Whore-May), Craig Baldwin (Unified Film), and the Light Surgeons. Plus filmstrips and more. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
DAILY: The two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues on one screen through May 19 Wed -- Part 1: 12:15, 7:45 p.m., Part 2: 4 p.m.; Thurs -- Part 1: 4 p.m., Part 2: 12:15, 7:45 p.m.; Fri-Tues call for times.Separate admission for each part.
WEDNESDAY: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films concludes with the rock docs Janis (Phil Kaufman, 1974; 12:55, 5:05, 9:15 p.m.) and The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978; 2:50, 7 p.m.), with the Band and friends.
STARTS FRIDAY: A bill of Watermarks (Yaron Zilberman, Israel, 2004) and the short Backseat Bingo by local filmmaker Liz Blazer screens through May 26. See Opening for review of Watermarks. Call for times.
BIRD & BECKETT BOOKS & RECORDS
2788 Diamond (at Chenery), 586-3733, www.bird-beckett.com. This Glen Park bookstore offers occasional video screenings. Free.
THURSDAY (May 12): A 45-minute video of Ward Churchill, the controversial academic who called the 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns," speaking at the 2005 Anarchist Book Fair in Golden Gate Park screens twice today at 2, 6:30 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.pleiadesfestival.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a special program this weekend. $8.
FRIDAY (May 13): The second International Pleiades Film Festival of honored short films screens here and in 14 other cities around the world this weekend (including at the Landmark's Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto tomorrow). Films include The Man Without a Head (Juan Diego Solanas, France/Argentina), The Knickerman (Sonja Phillips, U.K.), and Meine Eltern (My Parents, Neele Vollmar, Germany). Call for times.
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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: Todd Solondz spelled backward is Palindromes (2005), screening through May 19 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "8 Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $7.
Dolores & 19th streets, 465-3456, www.sfntf.org. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents "Film Night" in this park on a giant outdoor screen. Free.
SATURDAY (May 14): It's no Vertigo, but despite the fact that none of its scenes were shot right here at the mission, Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) is considered one of the best films of its era. BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (May 17): A new German documentary series spotlights choreographer Pina Bausch in the short Coffee With Pina (Lee Yanor, Germany, 2003) and Ladies and Gentlemen Over 65 (Lilo Mangelsdorff, Germany, 2002), about her work with seniors who answered an ad 7:30 p.m.
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