WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Milwaukee, Minnesota (Allan Mindel, 2003) 6 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4, 8, 10 p.m. Winter Soldier (Winterfilm Collective, 1972) 7 p.m. Margaret Cho: Assassin (Kerry Asmussen, 2005) 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program and times.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.
THURSDAY (Sept. 15): A series of A-bomb-related cinema presents Secrets, Lies and Atomic Spies (2002), an episode from the PBS series Nova noon.
ST. MARY'S PARK
Murray & Justin, 695-5006, www.bhoutdoorcine.org for more information. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers the last of three straight Saturday evenings of screenings by local filmmakers in area parks. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics.
SATURDAY (Sept. 17): Meet the filmmakers on site at the park 6-7 p.m. Films -- including Elizabeth Stevens' Luba: The Mother Teresa of Art; Susan Hoffman's adaptation of a David Henry Hwang version of a Japanese ghost story, Sound of a Voice; and Oscar-winning producer Debra Chasnoff's Winter of Love documentary One Wedding and a Revolution -- start at 7:30 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored and newly expanded neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The Stanford begins a centennial tribute to Greta Garbo with the all-star vehicle Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding, 1932; 7:30 p.m.), with Garbo as the ballerina who "vants to be alone," and as Anna Karenina (Clarence Brown, 1935; 5:45, 9:35 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two of Garbo's best, the still-timely comedy Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:40 p.m.) and Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933; 5:40, 9:30 p.m.).
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 14): A heavy-metal film series continues with Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (John Fasano, 1987), about a metal Viking gladiator's battle with Satan 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 15): The Goethe-Institut continues three weeks of the documentaries of Swiss filmmaker Erich Langjahr. Creatures transform into objects in Peasant's War (1998), examining "disturbing production methods of the farming community" in Langjahr's most praised film. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 16): More metal -- Metal Storm: The Scandinavian Black Metal Wars (2005), a re-edit by Kier-la Janisse of a 2000 documentary (Satan Rides the Media) on the violent "black metal" scene that burned 100 churches and involved the death of two stars 7:30 p.m.
SF IndieFest presents "A Mighty Ruckus at Islais Creek," a program promising live outdoor music, plus art, DJs, and short films, all near Custer and Rankin streets along Islais Creek in San Francisco starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 17. It's free. For more info, see sfindie.com. ... The free monthly "Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema" screens the popular indie set in an isolated train station The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003) on Ninth and Washington in downtown Oakland this Saturday, Sept. 17. BYO chairs and blankets. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit www.oldoakland.org. Starts at sunset. ... There's something about Amalia in Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl, an Argentine film about an adolescent with both inner ear and inner soul problems, screening at the Sonoma Film Institute, Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University in Cotati, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Call (707) 664-2606 or see www.sonoma.edu/sfi for more info. $5 admission.
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