549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Take the Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28-May 4): Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa, 2005). Call for times.
SATURDAY: The Lark's First Annual Youth Film Festival screens locally made short films by Bay Area youth, ages 10-18 1 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004) 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948). See Night & Day, page 24 for more. Call for times and other films.
MECHANICS' 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.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $10.
THURSDAY (April 27): The 9th Street Film Forum presents a panel discussion, "The Digital Generation," on the use of blogging, podcasts, Web streams and other innovations by young filmmakers, some of them here and showing clips. Reception to follow 7 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 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 Wim Wenders' urban film poem Wings of Desire (Germany, 1989) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival presents The Heart of Guy Maddin, a program of short films including his latest, starring Isabella Rossellini in a biography of her dad, director Roberto, My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m. The Lost Domain (Ruiz, France) 9 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 38 for more.
FRIDAY: SFIFF Gabrielle (Chéreau, France) 7 p.m. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, Taiwan) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF The Dignity of the Nobodies (Solanas, Argentina) 1 p.m. The Giant Buddhas (Frei, Switzerland) 3:45 p.m. Wide Awake (Berliner) 5:45 p.m. Regular Lovers (Garrel, France) 8:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF Into Great Silence (Groening, Germany) 1:30 p.m. Sex meets surrealism in the Luis Buñuel classic Belle de Jour (France, 1967), with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrire in person 5 p.m. Princess Racoon (Suzuki, Japan) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF "Fugitive Prayers," a program of experimental film and video 7 p.m. The Bridge (Steel) 9:20 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 30): Escaped fish are Darwin's Nightmare (Herbert Sauper, 2005) at a benefit for Priority Africa Network. $6 2 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 2): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of the popular 24 Hours on Craig's List (Michael Ferris Gibson, 1925) 9:15 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 World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (Graham Coleman, 2005) 7:30 p.m. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 8:40 p.m.
THURSDAY: Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28 - May 4): The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948). See Night & Day, page 24 for more. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
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