DAILY (Closed Wednesday): 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.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.
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 and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Jan. 12): A film series devoted to "The Beats" screens a new "director's cut" of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (Jerry Aronson, 1992/2005) noon.
As part of its sponsorship of the Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films, the Goethe-Institut at 530 Bush St. in San Francisco hosts a panel discussion on the topic "Resistance and Film" on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. with three festival directors including Michael Verhoeven. Admission is $10. Call 263-8760 or see www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for more information.