SATURDAY (Feb. 11): Rudolph Valentino stars as his own son in the sequel to his greatest hit, Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice, 1926), screening with the short Shootin' Mad (1918), written by and starring Niles' own Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson 7:30 p.m.
NORTH BEACH RECREATION CENTER
Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 651 Lombard (at Mason), 274-0200 for venue, www.noirfilm.com for information on this program. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $10 donation to raise funds for the clubhouse.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle offers a month's worth of noirs at the site where the baseball legend learned to play. Tonight, Ann Sheridan sings as Nora Prentiss (Victor Sherman, 1947) 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Be Here to Love Me (Margaret Brown, 2004) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program and times.
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: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Guy Maddin's brilliant parody of early Soviet cinema, The Heart of the World (Canada, 2000), and Jean Epstein's experimental feature The Fall of the House of Usher (France, 1928) 3 p.m. Okie Noodling (Brad Beesley, 2001) looks at the odd habits of Oklahoma "hand fishers" of catfish 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with Summer Clouds (1958), about a war widow's efforts to write about her farming village 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The African Film Festival screens Zézé Gamboa's The Hero (Angola, 2004), about the suffering veterans of 40 years of war 7 p.m. "New Voices From Africa," a program of shorts including Daniel Cattier's prizefighting tale African Middleweights (Zimbabwe, 2004) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: African Film Festival -- A small boy yearns to play soccer in the family-oriented The Golden Ball (Cheick Doukouré, Guinea, 1994) 4 p.m. Two by Naruse -- A young woman's marriage to a writer sours in Anzukko (1958) 7 p.m. Hideko Takamine is a bar hostess struggling for independence in the superb When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) 9:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two by Naruse -- A widow finds work in a hotel in The Approach of Autumn (1960) 4:30 p.m. A car crash disrupts the lives of Daughters, Wives and a Mother (1956) 6:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Films by Austrian experimentalist Peter Tscherkassky include Outer Space (1999), Instructions for Light and Sound Machine (2005), and Dream Work (2001) 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 (Feb. 9): Vincent Price's fembots invade San Francisco in the campy Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (Norman Taurog, 1965), directed by the 1931 Academy Award winner for Best Director (for Skippy). Skipping onstage, the burlesque troupe Hot Pink Feathers. $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 14): Twenty-year-old urban rom-com Deperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985), with Rosanna Arquette and one Madonna Ciccione, screens as a benefit for Bitch magazine. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Korean American Film Festival screens here this week. All titles from South Korea. Tonight, Double Agent (Hyun Jung Kim, 2003) 7:15 p.m. Spring in my Home Town (Kwang Mo Lee, 1998) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Voice (Ik-Hwan Choi, 2005) 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Murder, Take One (Jin Jang, 2005) 7:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: The closing-night film is Taegukgi (Je-Gyu Kang, 2004), with Q&A session to follow. $10 4 p.m.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) 6:30 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2004) 7 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 8:45 p.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Taggart Siegel, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY: The "Beyond Borders International Family Film Series" screens the animated Alosha (Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 2004), about the adventures of a good-natured giant. For ages 5 and up; earphones with live translation available 4 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.
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