Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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ACT I & II
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 24-March 2): Cowboy del Amor (Michèle Ohayon, 2005). See N&D Wednesday, Page 26, for more; or see Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Bridge's Peaches Christ ventures into the East Bay to say the secret word, offer up a special "Peaches' Playhouse" program, and screen Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985). $10.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 22): Racines (France, 2003), Richard Copans' documentary about his dental and family roots 6 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Feb. 23): Carl Dreyer's compelling silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (France, 1928) screens with a live new score for solo guitar written and performed by Lester "Tombstone" Raww 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 24): The music's completely different for The Song Remains the Same (Peter Clifton, Joe Massot, 1976), "the kind of dispiriting experience that even the most hardcore Led Zeppelin fan can barely endure," with the Led Zeppelin music for this Led Zeppelin concert film completely stripped away and replaced by a new live score by Arkansas noise band Reagan's Polyp. See Night & Day Friday, Page 21, for more 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 25): ATA's Other Cinema presents a "View-Master Spectacular," an evening of three-dimensional perspectives featuring 19th-century Stereo Views presented by Greta Snider and contemporary hand-processed work by Johunna Grayson and friends. Free 3-D popcorn 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Anthony Hopkins rides The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, 2005; 1:35, 6:30 p.m.), screening with Pocahontas being taken for a ride in The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005; 4, 8:50 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
MONDAY: The Balboa's annual "Birthday Bash" marks this venue's 80th with Rudolph Valentino as The Eagle (Clarence Brown, 1925). Plus shorts, music, vaudeville, magic, and special guests including Emily Leider (Dark Lover-- Rudolph Valentino) and Jack Tillmany (Theatres of San Francisco). "Come dressed for a special 1926 night at the movies." $10 includes post-film party. See Night & Day Monday, Page 25, for more. Pre-show 7 p.m.; films 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $9 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: D. Strathairn channels E. Murrow in G. Clooney's clipped Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) Wed 6:45 p.m.; Thurs 9:20 p.m. J. Phoenix rises again as J. Cash and carries Walk the Line (J. Mangold, 2005) Wed 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 6:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2005) 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for film and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 24): Michael Fox hosts the "CinemaLit" spring season. Tonight, a pre-Code series offers Paul Muni declaiming I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932), a Depression-era classic 6:30 p.m.
NORTH BEACH RECREATION CENTER
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