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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. The Bureau of Jewish Education presents a monthly Jewish film class, a free public program with discussion.
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.
THURSDAY: Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005) 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY: The "Academy Awards at the Lark" offers glamour and food from local restaurants. Dress Hollywood style. $55, $65 reserved seats. Doors 4 p.m.
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 (March 3): Michael Fox hosts the CinemaLit spring season. Tonight, a special early time for a "Pre-Oscar Award Party," with Oscar ballot voting 5:30 p.m. A book event features David Kipen, author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History; see Night & Day Friday, Page 21, for more 6 p.m. A musical series commences with Michael Curtiz's joyfully patriotic Yankee Doodle Dandy (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942), with James Cagney 7 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: Cowboy del Amor (Michèle Ohayon, 2005) 2, 4:45, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 3-9): Go for Zucker (Dani Levy, Germany, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for 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 Jean Renoir's beautiful The River (India/U.S., 1951) 3 p.m. "Hybrid Autos," a program of experimental films about cars, includes Kustom Kar Kommandos (Kenneth Anger, 1965) and The World's Fastest Hippie (John Knoop, 1975) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 2006 Women of Color Film Festival opens with "Stepping Out," a shorts program including Sparrow Village (Christine Choy, 2003). Free 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Women of Color -- A free "Workshop With Christine Choy" 1 p.m. "Long Story Short" includes A Good Scratch Is Hard to Find (Lisa Fotedar Miller, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Women of Color -- The classic documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? (Christine Choy and Renee Tajima, 1988) 5:30 p.m. "Confronting What Was," a shorts program including Sleepwalking (Angela How, U.S./Singapore/Australia, 2005) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: Women of Color -- "I Have Seen," shorts including an Egyptian mother's decision about female circumcision, Tahara (Sara Rashad, 2005) 1 p.m. "Teach the Children: Works by Christine Choy" 3:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Vantage Points," a documentary series by women, opens with Threads of Belonging (Jennifer Montgomery, 2003), a re-creation of R.D. Laing's therapy methods in a Milwaukee experimental household 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.
SUNDAY (March 5): The Parkway's "Annual Oscar Bash" on two screens. Barely Legal Productions holds forth downstairs while Thrillville presents skits and contests upstairs. $15. Doors open 4 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 7): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of Rehearsal (Tyler and Nathan Logan Hanley), about actors in an isolated cabin rehearsing for a horror film. Filmmakers and surviving cast members in person 9:15 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, 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: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m. The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Fateless (Lajos Koltai, Hungary, 2005) 8:30 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Buddhist teacher Robert Hall, age 66, reflects on his childhood sexual abuse and its effects on his life in Downpour Resurfacing (Frances Nkara, 2003). It screens with Touch (Jeremy Podeswa, Canada, 2001), a short drama on the same theme. Discussion follows 7 p.m.
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