WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS (Hank Rogerson, 2005) 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICSÕ INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 21): Your Enlightment is Guaranteed when a German comedy series screens Doris DorrieÕs Enlightenment Guaranteed (2002), as two clueless brothers move into a Japanese Buddhist monastery 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC BerkeleyÕs 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 Ingmar BergmanÕs cutting Cries and Whispers (Sweden, 1972) 3 p.m. A documentary about a black female drag racer, Cinnamon (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2006) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival comes to Berkeley with Iberia (Saura, Spain) 4:45 p.m. Al Franken: God Spoke (Hegedus and Doob) 7 p.m. A Perfect Couple (Suwa, France/Japan) 9:15 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 16 for more.
SATURDAY: SFIFF Taking Father Home (Ying, China) 1:30 p.m. WorkingmanÕs Death (Glawogger, Austria) 3:45 p.m. Illumination (Breton, France) 6:30 p.m. One Long Winter Without Fire (Zglinski, Switzerland) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF Gubra (Ahmad, Malaysia) 1:30 p.m. The Silent Holy Stones (Wanma-caidan, China) 4 p.m. Hal RoachÕs gender swap comedy Turnabout (1940) 6:15 p.m. Play (Scherson, Chile) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF October 17, 1961 (Tasma, France) 7 p.m. Perpetual Motion (Ning, China) 9:25 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF News from Afar (Benet, Mexico) 7 p.m. ÒCock Byte,Ó a program of CGI animation 9:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 650-834-1006 and www.carehomethemovie.com for information and tickets for this event. This nine-decade-old remnant of a WorldÕs Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
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.
THURSDAY (April 20): ÒStreet philosophyÓ merges with Òultra-violenceÓ in the filmed-in-NYC Threat (Matt Pizzolo, 2005), about the race riot triggered by the friendship of a Òstraightedge punk-rockerÓ and a Òblack hip-hop radical.Ó $7 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 23): The San Francisco WomenÕs Film Festival screens All is Normal (Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa, 2006), starring Brafa as a housesitter with an abusive boyfriend, Òin a disturbing mixture of isolation, confusion, and murder.Ó Co-stars Linda Blair. $7 5 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER 1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 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 WorldÕs Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (Graham Coleman, 2005) 7:30 p.m. Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 8:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The above program continues; call for times.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A new monthly series of Undiscovered Gems opens with a two day screening of one of indieWIREÕs ÒBest Undistributed FilmsÓ of 2005. The first selection is Jem CohenÕs Chain, a commentary on generic malls, hotels, and theme parks around the world 7 p.m.
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: ItÕs a bird! ItÕs a plane! ItÕs The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m., Thurs 4:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Viet vet antiwar movement is recalled in Sir! No Sir! (David Zeiger, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cory McAbeeÕs cult sci-fi musical The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 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.
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