STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
DAILY (Closed Wednesday and Christmas Day): 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 Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, Mon, Tues 4 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. 22): "Down in New Orleans," a film series set in the landscape formerly known as the Big Easy, screens Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1959), with Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift in more N.O. madness from Tennessee Williams noon.
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. Normally closed Monday through Wednesday.
WEDESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan are feuding lonely hearts in Ernst Lubitsch's beautifully modulated romance The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Kris Kringle rampant in Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY: James Stewart's rampant in the Stanford's annual screening of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946). Advance ticket purchase recommended 9 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Closed.
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