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 (June 10-16): Shake Hands With the Devil (Peter Raymont, Canada, 2004). 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.
WEDNESDAY (June 8): The problems of an Algerian-born Jew (Mathieu Demy, the son of directors Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy) foreground Renaud Cohen's Quand on sera grand (Once We Grow Up, France, 2000) 6 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY (June 8): The Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival offers "Bleepity Bloop Bloop," a program of music-based films and videos curated by Danny Plotnick. Films include Derek Sajbel's What Is Circuit Bending?, Eats Tapes' "seizure-inducing, retinally-scorching video" for Ptery D. (Nate Boyce), video remixes of Match Game and other cultural landmarks by the T.V. Sheriff, a Hieronymus Bosch animated bloodbath via Buckethead, Spokes for the Wheels of Torment (Syd Garon and Eric Henry), and much more. $6 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 9): Mission Creek asks "See me. Feel me," a program of new music videos inspired by the Who's Tommy by such luminaries as Gary Fembot, hobbypopMUSEUM, Anne McGuire, and Heather Snider. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 10): Mission Creek -- "Superconducter," a program of music videos by independent directors and bands including Aphex Twin's Rubber Johnny (Chris Cunningham), Bonnie "Prince" Billy's No More Work Horse Blues (Harmony Korine), Lightning Bolt's Power of Salad (Forcefield), and Eats Tapes' Sticky Buttons (Nate Boyce). $6 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 12): Mission Creek premieres Tripping With Caveh (2005), "the first installment of a documentary series in which independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi takes hallucinogenic mushrooms with various celebrities,'" in this case musician Will Oldham. Also, Eman Laerton's crusade against bad music, You Have Bad Taste in Music. $6 5 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new print of Luis Buñuel's ultrarealistic drama of juvenile delinquency in the slums of Mexico City, Los Olvidados (1950), accompanied in this screening by a rare alternate "happy ending" playing as a bonus. Highly recommended 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m. On the Balboa's other screen, Tennessee schoolchildren set out to represent the scale of the Holocaust by collecting Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, 2005). $6 noon. A double feature of Danny Boyle's Millions (U.K., 2004; 2:10, 7 p.m.) and Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004; 4:05, 8:50 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 10-16): New prints of the James Dean dramas East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1954; 2:30, 7 p.m.) and Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955; 12:15, 4:45, 9:15 p.m.). Call for other films.
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: It's escape from East Germany time via The Tunnel (Roland Suso Richter, Germany, 2001). See Opening for review 6, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun noon, 3 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. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (June 14): A new series of films by Peter Liechti screens Martha's Garden (1997), "ein Film über die Isolation und das langsame Irrewerden im Klima hartnäckig verteidigten Stumpfsinns." I see! 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (June 10 & 11): A special program from the Rova Saxophone Quartet, "Rovaté 2005: The Mirror World (For Stan Brakhage)" will screen short films by the late experimental filmmaker as part of the show. $18-20 8 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org.
THURSDAY (June 9): Two documentaries celebrating "the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela," Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War (Marcelo Andrade) and Chávez, Venezuela & the New Latin America (Aleida Guevara), screen as a scholarship fund-raiser for the 16th World Festival of Students & Youth. $10 7:30 p.m.
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