Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. 21 and over only. $6.
MONDAY (July 18): The bimonthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents its "Summer 2005 Edition" featuring 12 short films and videos from the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom, including Gregory Bourdeau's search for the 100% Perfect Girl, Rob Tyler's ode to Magic Hostess: The Electric Can Opener, and from Utah, a film about two frowned-upon Deseret pleasures, Lee Isaac Chung's Sex and Coffee 8 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Undead (Michael and Peter Spierig, Australia, 2003) 7:15, 9:40 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.
SATURDAY (July 16): Eric Ostrowski's E, a hand-painted work with a hand-drawn optical soundtrack. Filmmaker in person 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 17): The Erotic Service Providers Union offers "Sex Workers Unite," an evening of films including Tales of the Night Fairies (Shohini Ghosh, India, 2002) -- about Indians organizing for rights 6:30 p.m. Legalization Sucks -- Decriminalize Now! (Maxine Doogan, 2005), comparing conditions in Nevada brothels and San Francisco strip clubs 8 p.m. The Story of the Taipei Licensed Prostitutes (Taiwan, 2000) 9:30 p.m. $5-20 sliding scale for the evening.
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: Making its triumphant return to the theater that gave it life, the two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003). Separate admission for each part. Part 1 Wed 4:15 p.m.; Thurs 12:30, 8 p.m. Part 2 Wed 12:30, 8 p.m.; Thurs 4:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: The great Michel Simon stars in a revival of The Two of Us (France, 1967) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $10.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: William Wellman's Great War aviation epic Wings (1927) features Clara Bow but is really all about the Richard Arlen-Charles Rogers male bonding ... and the still-impressive aeroplanes. Live organ accompaniment by Warren Lubitsch 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 15): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 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.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.
WEDNESDAY (July 13): A weekly Arab Women Film Festival continues with the shorts Hollywood Harems (Tania-Kamal Eldin, 1999) -- on Arab imagery in old movies -- and Benaat Chicago, by Jennifer Canar and Mary Zerkel, about Arab teens in the Windy City. $5 suggested donation 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
DAILY: Dark Water (Walter Salles, 2005) 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Undead (Michael and Peter Spierig, Australia, 2003) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 15-21): Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
SATURDAY (July 16): Rin Tin Tin hears The Night Cry (Herman C. Raymaker, 1925), screening with the Our Gang comedy Love My Dog (Robert McGowan, 1927) and Bronco Billy and the Western Girls (Gilbert "Bronco Billy" Anderson, 1913) 7:30 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.
THURSDAY: A pre-Code series screens Ruth Chatterton as an executive dominatrix in Female (Michael Curtiz, 1933) 7 p.m. Passers-by straggle through a California diner in Heat Lightning (Mervyn LeRoy, 1934) 8:50 p.m.
FRIDAY: Fritz Lang's amazing high-tech epic Spies (Germany, 1927), in its newly restored 175-minute version 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Harold Lloyd's most famous comedy, climbing the clock in Safety Last (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923) 3 p.m. The pre-Code series continues with Mae West demonstrating I'm No Angel (Wesley Ruggles, 1933) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Eyeing Nature," a series of documentaries on humanity's impact on the ecology, continues with Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (David Lebrun, 2004), featuring 19th-century drawings of life on the ocean floor, newly animated 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5. 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 (July 14): Thrillville's "Annual Tribute to William Shatner" screens Impulse (William Grefe, 1974), with the once and future James T. Kirk as "a deranged disco pimp serial killer." Plus live belly dancing by Clandestine. $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 19): The Parkway shows its "Audience Appreciation" with a free screening of Ray Dennis Steckler's "monstrous musical masterpiece" The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies (1963), a documentary on President Bush's lineup of potential Supreme Court nominees. Live raffle prizes from Will the Thrill 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, www.cafilm.org. $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: "Unleashed," a canine film series, screens Sam Fuller's little-seen parable of racism, White Dog (1982). Highly recommended 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1988), a shot-for-shot remake of the Lucas-Spielberg adventure begun in 1981 by three 10-year-olds, with filmmakers Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb in person. $10 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: "Unleashed" -- Carroll Ballard in person with his splendid adventure Never Cry Wolf (1983) 3 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: An accordion-playing German goes Cajun in Schultze Gets the Blues 2, 7, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: A new "director's cut" of Eric Nelson's record of the huge swells of 1994, High Noon at Low Tide (2004). Filmmaker in person 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The 2005 edition of "The Animation Show" screens among other films the always-amazing Bill Plympton's Guard Dog and Don Hertzfeld's The Meaning of Life 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 15-21): A Sidewalk Astronomer (Jeff Jacobs, 2004) documents the life of enthusiast/scientist John Dobson. See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Filmmaker in person offering sidewalk astronomy ("There's Orion, right over the liquor store!") Friday through Sunday evenings. Call for other programming.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Photographers in Focus," a program of shorts 11 a.m. Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (Chris Maybach, 2005) 1 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Episodes 236 and 365 of the vampire soap Dark Shadows (1967) 3 p.m.
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.
FRIDAY (July 15): The premiere of "4 x 4," a group of four commissioned videos by sometime YBCA artists in residence Ellen Bruno, Bill Daniel, Sam Green, and Caveh Zahedi, plus installations and live music 8 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: Daily screenings of "4 x 4," continuing through Sept. 25. Free with gallery admission of $6 3 p.m.
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