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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (June 30): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 1, 3:45, 7, 9:35 p.m. In Theatre 2, a double-bill of The Break-Up (Peyton Reed, 2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Keeping Up With the Steins (Scott Marshall, 2006; 3:35, 7:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
FRIDAY (June 30): The "Spooktacular" premiere of this year's Midnight Mass series offers horror host Elvira in person with Ub Iwerks' disturbing Cobweb Hotel (1936) and the original Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) midnight
SATURDAY (July 1): Midnight Mass Elvira's your prom date with Carrie (Brian DePalma, 1976) midnight.
Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The cult favorite (in Palm Springs, at least) Sordid Lives (Del Shores, 2000), with star Leslie Jordan in person after the first evening show 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Theater closed for private event.
STARTS FRIDAY: The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) screens through July 13. Soldier-cameraman Sgt. Zack Bazzi and executive producer Chuck Lacy in person after both evening shows Friday and Saturday. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY: Banish all thought of Richard Gere, all ye who enter here, for the Japanese original version of Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo, 1995). Plays through July 20 "Starts at dusk."
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings, shown on a 10 x 12-foot screen.
WEDNESDAY (June 28): The Arab Women Film Series screens Ashiqat Al-Cinema (Women Who Loved Cinema, Marianne Khoury, Egypt, 2002), a documentary about six women involved in film in early 20th-century Egypt. See SunbulaWomen.org for details. $5-$10 sliding scale 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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wheels spin in Justin Lin's The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SATURDAY (July 1): See the Quarter Final of the 2006 Soccer World Cup on the Lark's big screen. Advance purchase recommended. $20. Doors open 11:15 a.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005) 5, 7:30, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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 two-day series of the puppet animation of Japan's Kihachiro Kawamoto opens with a program of shorts, "Demons, Poets and Priests," including the style-defining Breaking Branches is Forbidden (1968) 7 p.m. An executed prince haunts a nobleman in Kawamoto's feature The Book of the Dead (2005) 8:35 p.m.
THURSDAY: Another program of Kawamoto shorts, "Absurdities, Legends, and Fairy Tales" includes Anthropo-Cynical Farce (1970) and Briar-Rose, or the Sleeping Beauty (1990) 7 p.m. The Book of the Dead 8:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: An Isabelle Huppert series concludes with two by a favored director, Claude Chabrol. Live-in maid Sandrine Bonnaire and jaunty postmistress Huppert take on the bourgeoise in La cérémonie (France, 1995) 7 p.m. Story of Women (1989) is based on the true story of Marie Latour, a housewife turned abortionist in occupied France 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two powerfully visual films, and thus excellent big-screen viewing, Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978; 6:30 p.m. ) and Hiroshi Teshigahara's enigmatic adaptation of Kobo Abe's Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Days of Heaven 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY: Join the Parkway Tribe and say hello to 2-for-1 admission to Scarface (Brian DePalma, 1983) 8:30 p.m.