WEDNESDAY: A spy series concludes with James Coburn as The President's Analyst (Theodore J. Flicker, 1967), about a therapist who gets into trouble when he takes on the Oval Office as a client. Look out for your telephone 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An "Along the Silk Road" series of films from Central Asia opens with a free screening of The Last Stop (Serik Aprimov, Kazakhstan, 1989), about a young man's somber return home after his stint in the Soviet army 5:30 p.m. At regular admission, The Fierce One (Tolomush Okeev, Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan, 1973), about a boy who raises a wolf cub. Scripted by Andrei Konchalovsky 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Along the Silk Road" -- In the 1920s a Red Army officer oversees the elimination of women's veils in the Konchalovsky-scripted Without Fear (Ali Khamraev, Uzbekistan, 1972; 7 p.m.), screening with The Daughter-in-Law (Khodjakuli Narliev, Turkmenistan, 1972; 9:25 p.m.), about a widow's sojourn in the desert.
SATURDAY: A Henry Fonda look-alike learns how to steal, how to love, and how to accept God's grace in Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (France, 1959) 7 p.m. A new print of Orson Welles' scrambled remake of Citizen Kane, Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report, "Somewhere in Europe," 1955) 8:35 p.m.
SUNDAY: Mr. Arkadin 5:30 p.m. Pickpocket 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A program of British film artist Margaret Tait's "Film Poems" includes Ten Skies (2004) 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 392-4400 and www.theharrybridgesproject.org for this event. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
SUNDAY (Sept. 4): Longshoreman and labor legend Harry Bridges is honored with a screening of Haskell Wexler's From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Dock (2005). Reception, with live music and celebrity guests, $100 5:30 p.m. Film only, $10 7 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.
TUESDAY (Sept. 6): A "Local Filmmakers Showcase" screens Transitions, about "struggles for acceptance of the gay and transgender communities" in a film its publicity says "will make you wince, laugh [and] give you something to think about after you go home." Also screening is the short I Am Homosexual 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
Precita & Folsom, 285-2287 and www.sfneighborhoodparks.org for location; 641-0324 and www.bhoutdoorcine.org for event information. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers the first of three Saturday evenings of screenings of movies by local filmmakers in area parks. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics.
SATURDAY (Sept. 3): A "Meet the Filmmakers" event hosted by Bernal Heights' own B. Ruby Rich at Charlie's Café, 3202 Folsom 6-7 p.m., precedes the screening, which includes 10-year-old Noah Gavrich's stop-motion The Fall of Harry Potter; Alonzo King's record of his modern dance troupe at the 2004 Venice Biennalle, Alonzo King Goes to Venice; and an hourlong documentary destined for PBS, Race Is the Place (Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles, 2005). Gates open 7 p.m. Screening sundown.
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 & THURSDAY: The inexorable March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Intimate Stories (Carlos Sorin, Argentina, 2002) 4:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess (Dai Sijie, China, 2004); see Opening for review 4:15, 6:45, 9:05 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A series of the black comedies of Álex de la Iglesia continues with Day of the Beast (Spain, 2002), about a scholar's prediction that the Antichrist will be born in Madrid on Christmas Day. That's impossible, as he's taken up summer residence in Crawford, Texas 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Reel Paradise (Steve James, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
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. The previously announced (and on the Red Vic's printed calendar) "Midnights for Maniacs" series has been canceled.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin (2005) looks at the aftermath of boyhood sexual abuse 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 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.
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