SATURDAY: The PFA's newly selected senior curator, Susan Oxtoby, inaugurates her reign with a "Curator's Favorite," Alexander Dovzhenko's ravishing Earth (U.S.S.R., 1930), an ode to soil by one of Russia's great directors 2:30 p.m. "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of early Japanese films, screens the legendary experiment A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926), the subjective experiences of a janitor on a mission to save his wife in an insane asylum 7 p.m. Isuzu Yamada plays a woman who sacrifices everything for love in Kenji Mizoguchi's The Downfall of Osen (1935) 8:35 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- "Foreigner bars" and Christian schoolgirls meet in Hiroshi Shimizu's Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933) 2 p.m. Isuzu Yamada plays a famed star caught up in scandal in Actress (Kinugasa, 1947) 4 p.m. Kinugasa's experimental drama of a naive brother and sister, Crossroads (1928) 6:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Three by Jonas Mekas" are the veteran experimentalist's re-edits of old footage Travel Songs (filmed 1967-81, edited 2003), Williamsburg, Brooklyn (filmed 1949-50, edited 2002), and Mysteries (filmed 1966, released 2002) 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. $7 save as noted.
TUESDAY (Dec. 6): Christmas in the Clouds (Kate Montgomery, 2001), a romantic comedy set at a Native American-owned ski resort, screens as a fundraiser for Edna Brewer Middle School 6:30 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: A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 6:45, 9:10 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005) 8:50 p.m. The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Three autograph-collecting, basketball-packing fans ride mountain bikes across country en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame in True Fans (Dan Austin, 2005). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: A restored print of the beautifully photographed (by Jack Cardiff) "Himalayan gothic" Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947). Critic Kenneth Turan in person 4, 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.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Four Newport Folk Festivals, 1963-67, unfold in Festival (Murray Lerner, 1967) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6 & 7): "Dharma bum" Mark Bittner seeks truth and finds The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2003). Bittner and Irving in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:40 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 U.S.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Killer" Kane is the New York Doll (Greg Whiteley, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 7:15 p.m. Quality of Life (Benjamin Morgan, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Dec. 1): "Down in New Orleans," a film series set in the landscape formerly known as the Big Easy, screens Interview With the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994) noon.
TUESDAY (Dec. 6): Independent Television Service and KQED preview Almost Home (2005), documenting nursing home life 6 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday through Wednesday.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Aviator David Niven's life is judged in the supernatural war romance A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1946; 7:30 p.m.), screening with This Happy Breed (David Lean, U.K., 1944; 5:25, 9:25 p.m.), Noel Coward's screenplay about an ordinary English family between the wars.
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