DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): An interactive presentation, Making Sense of Modern Art: Magritte and Surrealism 3:30 p.m. American Masters: Alexander Calder (Roger Sherman, 1998) 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: ÒEarly Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915Ó2 p.m.
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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 (March 30): An Escape to Alcatraz series concludes with Escape From Alcatraz (Don Siegel, 1979), with Clint Eastwood slipping away into the Bay, neÕer to return noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the ShattuckÕs schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 April 6): Lonesome Jim (Steve Buscemi, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. This springÕs series offers up films by the stylish Vincente Minnelli.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 - April 6): Fred Astaire sells his hat in the opening scene of MinnelliÕs elegiac backstage musical The Band Wagon (1953) while Judy Garland and family sample catsup in MinnelliÕs elegiac musical Americana Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Call for times.
THURSDAY (March 30): The Human Rights Watch Festival concludes with Shakespeare Behind Bars (Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, 2005), following a Kentucky prisonÕs production of The Tempest 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 2): Christian missionaries propagate The Word to The Tailenders (Adele Horne, 2005) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 4): Doug Varone: Modern Danceoffers the choreographer a chance to show and discuss videos of his Òhigh velocityÓ work. $7 7 p.m.
Thanks and farewell to Deborah Lewis, who copyedited this column so long and so well.