Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 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.
THURSDAY (July 20): Robin Dunn's feature A Wilderness in Your Heart (2006), promises to be "a rough, beautiful, uncompromising dissection of the passions and vicious cruelties of a tortured and powerful love affair" starring Dunn and Anna McConnell. Filmmaker in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 22): Hands-on Manipulation: Earache My Eye offers four "experimental noise acts" with video backdrops: Mummers (Eype), Commode Minstrels in Bullface, Replicock, and Ju Suk Reet Meate 8 p.m.
BALBOA 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: A double bill of Robert Altman's last (?) feature, A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 1:15, 5, 8:45 p.m. ) and Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006; 3:15, 7 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of Nacho Libre (Jared Hess, 2006; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m. ) and The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006; 3:25, 7:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
BRIDGE 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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (July 21 & 22): Midnight Mass Paul Verhoeven's career-killing (for him, anyway) Showgirls (1995) with a live show and a free lap dance with every large popcorn midnight.
CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for venue; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $10 save as noted for regular programs, $11 save as noted for the Jewish Film Festival. 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: A double bill of two stylized westerns built around female icons, Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang, 1952; 3, 7 p.m. ), with Marlene Dietrich, and Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954; 4:45, 8:45 p.m. ) They're both tales, to quote the opening song of Rancho Notorious, of "hate, murder, and revenge."
THURSDAY: The 26th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here for most of the next week. See "Night & Day" page TK for more on this festival. Opening Night Reception at 6:30 p.m. is followed by the Opening Night feature, Four Weeks in June (Henry Meyer, Sweden, 2005) at 8 p.m. Reception and film $50, film only $20.
FRIDAY: The Joan Crawford vehicle Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945), with co-star Ann Blyth in person. The Gala program with onstage Q&A by Eddie Muller, clip reel, live music, pie-eating contest and film starts at 7 p.m. with Dessert Reception to follow 10:30 p.m. $ 27.50 Gala only, $55 Gala and reception.
SATURDAY: The Jewish Film Festival continues. Shadya (Westler) and First Lesson in Peace (Honig, Israel) 11:30 a.m. Love Iranian-American Style (Eshaghian) and Jews of Iran (Farahani, Israel) 1:45 p.m. 51 Birch Street (Block) 4:30 p.m. La Petite Jerusalem (Albou, France) 7:15 p.m. The First Zionist Bunny (Shahar, Israel) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jewish Film Festival "True to Life", a program of shorts by teens from the Israeli town of Ramla 11 a.m. An afternoon of films by festival honoree Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai opens with House (1980) 1:30 p.m. Gitai's documentary sequel, News from Home/News from House (2006) 4:30 p.m. Free Zone (Gitai, 2005) 7:15 p.m. The results of a "Cinemasports" instant filmmaking competition 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Jewish Film Festival Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Argentina) 1:30 p.m. Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (Katzir, Israel) 3:50 p.m. KZ (Bloomstein) 6:15 p.m. Papa (Mashkov) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jewish Film Festival Roots (Loungin, France/Russia) noon Belzec (Moscovitz, France). Free 2:15 p.m. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Hercules and Pugh) 5 p.m. Close to Home (Bilu and Hager, Israel) 7 p.m. Local Call! (Joffe, France) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 25): The Heads Up Collective's "Televising the Revolution" series screens Cruel and Unusual (Adrien Lyne, 1980), a documentary about pre-op transgender women in men's prison, as a benefit for the Trans/Gender Variant in Prison Committee. Donations accepted 8 p.m.
FOREIGN CINEMA 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.
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