THURSDAY: A new series, Ò65 Seconds That Shook the Earth,Ó marks the centenary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Tonight, a program of ÒArtistic DisastersÓ includes experimental work by Semiconductor (All the Time in the World), Bill Morrison (What We Build) and others. Free 5:30 p.m. An experimental narrative by Britta Sjogren, In This Short Life (2004) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: 65 Seconds A simulated Sensurround screening of the rumbly disaster flick Earthquake (Mark Robson, 1974), with Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and one Walter Matuschanskayasky (Walter Matthau using his real name) as a comical drunk 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: 65 Seconds Geographer Gray Brechin lectures on the 1906 quake and screens footage shot at the time in ÒDisaster at DawnÓ 7 p.m. Cowpoke John Wayne challenges gambler Joseph Schildkraut for the affections of Ann Dvorak in quake-era San Francisco in Flame of Barbary Coast (Joseph Kane, 1946) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Philip Lopate, editor of the new collection of fine film criticism American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now, compensates for his inexplicable omission of a sample Reps, Etc. column with a screening of Mikio NaruseÕs excellent family dramedy Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Japan, 1935) accompanied by a lecture 3 p.m. 65 Seconds A massive quake threatens to destroy the planet in The Night the World Exploded (Fred Sears, 1957). After the film UC Berkeley seismologist Dr. Peggy Hellweg will discourse on the filmÕs scientific plausibility 6 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Rebecca BaronÕs How Little We Know Our Neighbors (2005) documents the British Mass Observation studies of the 1930s, and screens with BaronÕs short The Idea of North (1995) and a Mass Observation film by the great Humphrey Jennings, Spare Time (U.K., 1939). Baron in person 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. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
SUNDAY (April 9): The 9th hi/lo Film Festival screens the Òweird, wild, wondrous, and wackyÓ from ‘round the world. Shorts Program 2 features Will PascoeÕs dancing Burger Joint 2 p.m. Shorts Program 3 highlights Tom GingellÕs Recliner Dance 5 p.m. See www.hilofilmfestival.com for more. $7 per program.
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: Rabbit season! Duck season! Rabbit season! No, itÕs Duck Season (Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico, 2005) 7, 9 p.m. The WorldÕs Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 8:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. ThereÕs a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A mom fights coke addiction in Debra GranikÕs Sundance favorite, Down to the Bone (2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 7-13): The Viet vet antiwar movement is recalled in Sir! No Sir! (David Zeiger, 2005). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. Call for other films.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 7-13): The Outsider (Nicholas Jarecki, 2006) documents the making of director James TobackÕs When Will I Be Loved. See Opening for review. Toback in person after second screening on Friday Fri 7, 9 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3, 7, 9 p.m.; Mon - Thurs 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: As a sidebar, the Roxie screens Toback directed or written films all this week. Tonight, the autobiographical Harvard Man (Toback, 2001) 7 p.m. TobackÕs directing debut finds pianist-gangster Harvey Keitel losing his Fingers (1978) 9 p.m. Neve Campbell wonders When Will I Be Loved (2004) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Ease on down Toback Road with his personalized documentary The Big Bang (1989) 1 p.m. Fingers 2, 7:30 p.m. When Will I Be Loved 3:45, 9:15 p.m. White teens mix it up with rappers in the semi-improvised Black and White (Toback, 1999) 4:45 p.m. Harvard Man 5:30 p.m. Natasha Gregson Wagner and Heather Graham inexplicably joust for the affections of Robert Downey Jr. in Two Girls and a Guy (Toback, 1997) no pizza place, though 10:30 p.m.
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