FRIDAY (Sept. 30): S.F. Cinematheque offers "One Day This May No Longer Exist," a program on the theme of impermanence featuring Mauricio Ancalmo's installation comparing the 16mm projector to such obsolete devices as the sewing machine, Alex Mackenzie's live sound/archival footage mix Parallax, and Jeanne Liotta's live performance Summer Solstice 8 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: Video collages by Bay Area artist Tony Labat include his experimental narratives Lost in the Translation (1984) and Talk Show (1992). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A free "Salon With Jos de Putter" 1:30 p.m. "Along the Silk Road," a series of Central Asian films, concludes with The Adopted Son (Aktan Abdikalikov, Kyrgyzstan, 1998), detailing a boy's identity crisis 7:30 p.m. Andrei Konchalovsky's debut, The First Teacher (Kyrgyzstan, 1966), contrasts old and new after the Revolution 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: A series of films by husband-and-wife Soviet filmmakers Elem Klimov and Larissa Shepitko continues with Klimov's early comedies Welcome (No Trespassing) (1964; 7 p.m.), a satire set in a Young Pioneer camp, and Adventures of a Dentist (1965; 8:45 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Three by Dutch documentarian Jos de Putter, Solo, Law of the Favela (1994), about Brazilian slum response to the World Cup, and Brooklyn Stories (2002), about the city's loss of the Dodgers 4 p.m. It's Been a Lovely Day (1993) spends a year at de Putter's parents' farm 6:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Two programs of home movies by acclaimed filmmaker Derek Jarman commence with Imagining October (1984), a record of his trip to the U.S.S.R., and Waiting for Waiting for Godot (1983) 7:30 p.m.
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. 29): A "Reel Cult Freakout" screening of the detention classic The Breakfast Club (1985), accompanied by trivia, prizes, and other back-to-school fun. $6 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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: Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2004) 4:45, 7, 9:20 p.m. 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, 6:45 p.m. El Crimen Perfecto (Alex de la Iglesia, Spain, 2002) 9:05 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: MirrorMask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
99 Museum (off Roosevelt), 554-9600 and www.randallmuseum.org for venue; 864-2026 and www.chaseartfilm.com for information on this program. This museum's Cine/Club offers free screenings of classic films, followed by discussion, geared to teens, parents, mentors, and "friends of art and film."
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Two teen boys try to cope when their long-absent dad makes The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003). Doors open for refreshments 6:30 p.m. Film 7 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Zombie king George Romero returns us to the Land of the Dead (2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Microcosmos microcinematographers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou return with their latest, Genesis (France, 2004), on the origin of life 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
1290 Sutter (at Van Ness), 673-5716 and www.regencycentersf.com for location; 398-2333 and www.horizonsfoundation.org for this program. This longtime film theater now houses a ballroom for special events. Tickets start at $125.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): The 25th anniversary gala for Horizons Foundation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community foundation, includes the world premiere of Citizen Film's Reaching New Horizons (2005), a history of the organization. Doors open 6 p.m. Anniversary program 8:30 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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