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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 447-9750 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $6.
MONDAY (July 31): The "Independent Exposure Touring Festival" screens 15 short films and videos, including Siobhan Bowers' Instructional Guide to Dating, Signe Baumane's Five Infomercials for Dentists, and Steffen Frech's Dunkelheit, about the consequences of turning the light switch to "Off" 8 p.m.
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 27): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 7:30 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: A double-bill of Robert Altman's last (?) feature, A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006; 3:25, 7:10 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005; 12:30, 4:50, 9:10 p.m. ) and Cars (John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, 2006; 2:40, 7 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.
SATURDAY (July 29): Midnight Mass John Waters' mock melodrama Polyester (1981) screens in Odorama with a Scratch-and-Sniff card with every admission. A Project Polyester Runway Show and Baltimore fashion contest accompanies the festivities midnight.
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: The 26th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues here. Two Yiddish-language films, The Living Orphan (Jospeh Seiden, 1939) and A Cantor on Trial (Sidney Goldin, 1931) 1:45 p.m. From Shtetl to Swing (Rousso-Lenoir, France) 4 p.m. Sisai (Gavro, Israel), followed by panel discussion on Jews of color 6:30 p.m. An interesting look at modern multi-culti Israel, What a Wonderful Place (Halfon, Israel) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School (Fayngold) 1:30 p.m. Be Fruitful and Multiply (Shalm, Israel) 2:15 p.m. 5 Days (Shamir, Israel) 5 p.m. The Closing Night feature, Live and Become (Radu Mihaileanu, Belgium, 2005), a drama of the 1984 rescue of Ethiopian Jews, is followed by a Dessert Reception. $20 7:45 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A John Kricfalusi Retrospective offers the wild cartoonist in person, introducing some of his favorite Ren and Stimpy and other shorts. The Saturday matinee is aimed toward kids, the evening shows to adults. $10 Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 3): Gee, Officer Krupke! Sing-A-Long West Side Story offers you a chance to warble "Maria" and make like a Jet in this super-titled screening of the 1960 Robert Wise-Jerome Robbins musical 7 p.m.; also Sun 2 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.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Changing Times (André Téchiné, France, 2004) 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m.
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. $5. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow led by Michael Fox.
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 464-4640, www.mills.edu/museum. Free.
DAILY (Closed Monday): "Love and Betrayal" screens five films drawn from five decades of Bollywood cinema, all Indian film classics, playing continuously in five separate screening rooms: Mr. and Mrs. 55 (Guru Dutt, 1955), Guide (Vijay Anand, 1965), Dostana (Raj Khosla, 1980), Henna (Randhir Kapoor, 1991) and Lajja (Rajkumar Santoshi, 2001). Through Aug. 6. Screenings run 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. 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.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens the black comedy Throne of Death (Murali Nair, 1999) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Frank Borzage series screens a rare silent by this staunch romantic, The Nth Commandment (1923; 6:30 p.m. ), plus Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in the restored Hemingway adaptation A Farewell to Arms (1932; 8 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Gaynor finds work as a maid in Servants' Entrance (Frank Lloyd, 1934) 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Teens pass along a Chain Camera (Kirby Dick, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 1): The ever-fresh Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001) screens as a benefit for Critical Resistance. $7 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: The Sundance Institute Art House Project continues its retrospective of its independent films with Treat Williams putting the moves on Laura Dern with his Smooth Talk (Joyce Chopra, 1985). Producer Martin Rosen in person 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The indieWIRE: Undiscovered Gems series of new, unreleased films screens Red Doors (Georgia Lee, 2005), a dramedy about a Chinese-American family in suburban New York 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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.
WEDNESDAY: After 35 years, still a rep theater lifeline: Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A flying saucer's crash landing causes problems in the desert in Jack Arnold's crisp, cool It Came from Outer Space (1953) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison (near Shattuck), (510) 647-2949; (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $11 save as noted. This legit theater hosts the 26th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
SATURDAY: The SF Jewish Film Festival opens here with Belzec (Moscovitz, France) noon. A Voice without a Face (Basson, Israel) 2:30 p.m. Sisai (Gavro, Israel), followed by panel discussion 4:20 p.m. A drama of the 1984 rescue of Ethiopian Jews, Live and Become (Radu Mihaileanu, Belgium, 2005), followed by a Dessert Reception. $20 6:45 p.m. Women compete to be The First Zionist Bunny (Shahar, Israel) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jewish Film Festival Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School (Fayngold) 11:30 a.m. Be Fruitful and Multiply (Shalm, Israel) 2 p.m. The expulsion of settlers from the Gaza Strip is documented in Yoav Shamir's documentary 5 Days (Israel). A panel discussion follows 4:30 p.m. Troubled Water (Karni, Israel) 7:30 p.m. What a Wonderful Place (Halfon, Israel) 9:35 p.m.
MONDAY: Jewish Film Festival A painfully unfunny comedy, Roots (Loungin, France/Russia) 2 p.m. Amos Gitai's new documentary, News from Home/News from House (Israel) 4:15 p.m. Gitai's drama, Free Zone 6:30 p.m. Blues by the Beach (Faudem, Israel/U.S.) 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jewish Film Festival A free screening of the anthology film 18-J (Burman et al, Argentina) 2 p.m. Love Iranian-American Style (Eshaghian) and Jews of Iran (Farahani, Israel) 4:15 p.m. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Hercules and Pugh) 6:45 p.m. Papa (Mashkov) 9:15 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Russian Dolls (Cedric Klapisch, France, 2005) Wed 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.; Thurs 9:30 p.m. Three Times (Hou Hsiao Hsien, Taiwan, 2005) Wed 7, 9:30 p.m.; Thurs 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: LaborFest 2006 screens Death Threats The Lives of Columbian Trade Unionists (Silvia Maria Hoyos, Columbia, 2005). $5 7 p.m. On the Roxie's second screen, the Bay Area Video Coaltion presents a preview of Jessie Deeter's Taking Guns from Boys (2006), a documentary about post-civil war Liberia 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 28-Aug. 3): The work of the Peruvian Truth Commission uncovers a State of Fear (Pamela Yates, 2005). See Opening for review Fri, Sat, Mon-Thurs 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 3, 5 p.m. Call theater for programming on the second screen.
SUNDAY: "Help Light Up the Roxie" with a benefit to fix up the theater's neon, "A Tribute to Peru" with drinks, food, live music, and the film State of Fear (Pamela Yates, 2005). $15 7 p.m.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Photographer Shomei Tomatsu is profiled in Nagasaki From a 45 Degree Angle (Nami Jodai, Japan, 2002) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
WEDNESDAY (July 26): The Superfest International Disabilty Film Festival screens a program in honor of the 16th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act. Advance request for any accomodations is recommended 1:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 27): A Reel Patriotism series asks Why We Fight (Eugene Jarecki, 2005) noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Changing Times (André Téchiné, France, 2004) 1, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 28-Aug. 3): Azumi (Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY& THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series starts with Judy's feature debut, Pigskin Parade (David Butler, 1936; 5:45, 9:20 p.m.), plus Love Finds Andy Hardy (George B. Seitz, 1938; 7:30 p.m. ), with Rooney, Garland and Lana Turner.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 1-3): Rooney and Garland are in both Babes in Arms (Busby Berkeley, 1939; 7:30 p.m. ) and Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (Seitz, 1940; 5:50, 9:20 p.m. ).
THEATRE 39 AT PIER 39
MONDAY & TUESDAY (July 31 & Aug. 1): A Reel Women Film Series screens The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2005), about a bird-loving street musician, all this summer and fall. The filmmaker, star, and at times a cherry-headed parrot from the flock will appear at some screenings 2 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 27): "Too Scary for DVD," a series of rare, 35mm horror films, screens Donald Cammel's White of the Eye (1987), all about a really bad marriage 7:30 p.m.
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