TUESDAY: OIFF -- "In the Classroom" 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for (required) reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Sept. 16): Critic David Thomson introduces Patterns (Fielder Cook, 1956), from a Rod Serling teleplay about televisual power struggles. Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley Sr. star 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 17): A shorts program offers Charlie Chaplin as The Floorwalker (Chaplin, 1916), Buster Keaton as The Balloonatic (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1923), and two supervised by comedy great Leo McCarey at Hal Roach Studios, Charley Chase as A One-Mama Man (James Parrott, 1927) and Laurel & Hardy in Leave 'Em Laughing (Clyde Bruckman, 1928). Molly Axtmann at the piano 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.
WEDNESDAY: A program by the British digital art duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt) screens their sound films Retropolis (1999), Digital Anthrax Live (2002), and The Sound of Microclimates (2004). Artists in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An "Along the Silk Road" series of films from Central Asia continues with Revenge (Ermek Shinarbaev, Uzbekistan, 1987), about a father's search for same over many years. Largely set in Korea 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Along the Silk Road" -- Two from Uzbekistan, a version of the Uzbek Romeo and Juliet, Takhir and Zukhra (Nabi Ganiev, 1945; 7:30 p.m.) and the French New Wave-influenced romance Tenderness (Elyer Ishmukhamedov, 1987; 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY: A British silent film series concludes with two starring Ivor Novello. A jewel thief bets he can win a woman's love in 30 days in The Triumph of the Rat (Graham Cutts, U.K., 1926; 7 p.m.), screening with Novello sliding Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, U.K., 1927; 9 p.m.) from schoolboy to gigolo.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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 (Sept. 15): "Tim Goodman's TV Hootenanny" offers S.F. Chronicle critic Goodman hosting "previews of exciting new Fall TV shows" (that should take about five minutes), plus surprises and prizes for TV trivia. Free 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 18): The Found Footage Festival compiles an hour's entertainment from videos purchased or found in garage sales, thrift stores, and dumpsters by curious curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. See www.foundfootagefestival.com for more. $6 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 20): "Audience Appreciation Night" offers a free screening of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992) 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 & THURSDAY: The inexorable March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess (Dai Sijie, China, 2004) 4:15 p.m.; also Thurs 9:05 p.m. El Crimen Perfecto (Alex de la Iglesia, Spain, 2002) 4:45, 7, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: "A new level of surf-stoke" is achieved in Down the Line (Eric Nelson and Curt Myers, 2005), filmed on location as last winter's waves hit Hawaii and California 7:15, 9:50 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:35 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: The two-part, six-hour Italian family saga The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) concludes this weekend with Part 2 at 5:30, 9 p.m.; also Sun 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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