JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
TUESDAY (May 9): A "Jewish Film Class" offers a DVD screening of Pearl Gluck's Divan (2003), about her efforts to recover a couch once belonging to her family in Hungary, where great rebbes may have slept 7 p.m.
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: Stick It (Jessica Bendinger, 2006) 7 p.m.; also Thurs 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948) 2:45, 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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 concludes with Tim Burton's loving homage to legendary bad filmmaker Ed Wood (1994) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival presents Alexander Sokurov's The Sun (Russia, 2005) 7 p.m. The Betrayal (Faucon, France) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of newly restored footage from the early 1930s taken on the Southern Pacific's Sunset Route (New Orleans to San Francisco),By Rail and Trail 5:30 p.m. SFIFF Bashing (Kobayashi, Japan) 7 p.m. James Longley's excellent documentaryIraq in Fragments 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: A tribute to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrire opens with two of his collaborations with Luis Buñuel, the disciplined Diary of a Chambermaid (France, 1964; 7 p.m. ), with Jeanne Moreau, andThe Milky Way (France, 1968; 9 p.m. ), two pilgrims' heresy hunt in one of the handful of films built around obscure points of theology (others include Dogma and The DaVinci Code).
SATURDAY: More Buñuel a la Carrire, the late masterpiece The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (France, 1972; 6:30 p.m. ) and the free form The Phantom of Liberty (France, 1974; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: "For the Love of It," the sixth annual festival of amateur films, screensThe Arctic Circle Club (Col. Alfred Strode, 1971) andIn Service to the Waxen Moon (David Enos, 2005) 3 p.m. A program of films and videos by UC students includes Eisner Prize winners MoMa Audio Adventure Club (Ian Cheng) andUnknown (Eric Martin) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
TUESDAY (May 9): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of a Landscape and Environment Film Festival screens shorts related to agriculture and the natural world. Films include Kim Miskowicz'sHere a Little AND There a Little and and Bill Basquin's family-orientedRange. See www.ce.berkeley.edu/~esw for more 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. $9.50 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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948) 7, 9 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 8:40 p.m. The Celestine Prophecy (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 6:45, 8:50 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5 - 11):The Promise (Chen Kaige, China, 2006),Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) andThe Beauty School of Kabul (Liz Mermin). See Opening for reviews. 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.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
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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