Reps Etc.

SATURDAY (May 28): Lon Chaney is Outside the Law (Tod Browning, 1921) in this set-in-San Francisco melodrama with Chaney in the double role of a criminal and a Chinese man. It screens with Harold Lloyd as a country hotel reformer, The City Slicker (Gilbert Pratt, 1918), and a 1972 documentary, Hollywood: The Dream Factory 7:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Other Side of the Street (Marcos Bernstein, Brazil, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): "Look out, Haskell, it's real" -- Tell Them Who You Are (Mark Wexler, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124,, $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.

TUESDAY (May 31): After its spring hiatus, the PFA returns with Jack Walsh's autobiographical film essay The Lost Generation (2004), a film about being a gay middle-aged man. It screens with Rising Tide (Robert Todd and Michael Dwyer, 2004), portraits of craftsmen dealing with the new economy 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

THURSDAY (May 26): A "Reel Cult Freakout" screening of that real cult freakout Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). $7 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 31): That punk sci-fi classic Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) screens as a benefit for Team Alameda Bicycle Club's AIDS Life Cycle Ride. $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Indian prison reform involves Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998). Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Richard Peterson introduces a complete program of Jean Vigo's films, which unspools over three hours the three shorts and single feature by the visionary French filmmaker who died at 29. They include the justly famed schoolboy rebellion of Zero for Conduct (1933) and the lyrical river voyage of L'Atalante (1934). A must-see 3 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jessica Yu animates outsider artist Henry Darger In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Argentine workers challenge globalization and occupy an abandoned factory in The Take (Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, Canada, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 31 & June 1): The revised and expanded, still mind-expanding Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001/2004) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Le Grand Voyage (Isma&emul;l Ferroukhi, France/Morocco, 2005) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. The lesbian romantic comedy Girl Play (Lee Friedlander, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998) 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.


Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.


THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses (2001) Thurs, Fri, Mon 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1 p.m. Video as Art (Art/New York, 1983) Thurs, Fri, Mon 4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 3 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.

TUESDAY: Call for program.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.

THURSDAY (May 26): A theater-on-film series ends with Philadelphia, Here I Come! (John Quested, Ireland, 1975), an adaptation of Brian Friel's play about a man with an extroverted ("Private Gar," played by Des Cave) and introverted ("Public Gar," Donal McCann) side noon.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY: The West Coast premiere of Jeremy Gilley's Peace One Day (2004), about the filmmaker's efforts to personally persuade the United Nations to declare an international day of peace. Director in person 7:30 p.m.

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