SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Judy Holliday is a switchboard operator in love with swinging Dean Martin in Minnelli's pleasing musical comedy Bells Are Ringing (1960; 7:30 p.m. ). Howard Keel and Ann Blyth star in the film version of another Broadway musical, Kismet (1955; 5:25, 9:50 p.m. ), an assignment for the director who held off boredom with ever more astonishing Arabic decor.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (June 14): Two recent African films, screening on video. A dwarf's love is the subject of the "adult fairy tale" Kounandi (Apolline Traore, Burkina Faso, 2004), screening with Al'leessi... An African Acrtress (Rahmatou Keita, Nigeria, 2004), a documentary about Zalinka Souley, African cinema's first "femme fatale." $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 15): A new Beijing Underground Film Series exploring independent digital videos screens Lui Jiayin's Good Morning, Beijing (Pan Jianlin, 2004), based on true stories of kidnappings in the modern city. 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 18): S. F. Cinematheque screens Polis is This (2006), a documentary about experimental poet Charles Olson. Lower-cased director henry ferrini in person 7:30 p.m.
Richard Conte's at an undisclosed downtown S.F. locale! The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its June series of film noirs starring Conte this Thursday with Thieves Highway (Jules Dassin, 1948), co-starring Valentina Cortese, a great one to play tic-tac-toe with. See www.noirfilm.org for more information; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.