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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
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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 (Aug. 10): A Retrospective for Squidhead offers six films by Mike Missiaen mingling Super 8 and digital video. Titles include his three-part Tokyo Triptych and Cow vs. Robot 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 11): Nick Cooper's documentary Soma: An Anarchist Therapy (2006) documents 79-year-old Roberto Freire's therapy for the psychological effects of authoritarianism as developed by the half-blinded Brazilian torture victim. Filmmaker in person. See www.somadocumentary.com for more 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 12): "Fierce Femmes," a program of five films challenging "mainstream and queer gender norms" including Skye Thortenson's Heavy Metal Wonder Woman (reinterpreting the TV icon) and the hour-long FtF: Female to Femme (Kami Chisholm & Elizabeth Stark, 2006). See www.altcinema.com for more. $5-$15 sliding scale 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: Journalists take a beating with a double-bill of M. Night Shymalian's critic killer Lady in the Water (2006; 2:15, 7:10 p.m. ) and Bryan Singer's Clark Kent crushing Superman Returns (2006; 4:20, 9:15 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of the crossword puzzler Wordplay (Patrick Creadon, 2006; 1:15, 5:05, 8:55 p.m. ) and the crosswalk cruising Cars (John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, 2006; 2:55, 6:45 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 & SATURDAY (Aug. 11 & 12): Midnight Mass Throw Mommie Dearest from the train with a screening of Frank Perry's seriously intended, camp favorite biopic of Joan Crawford (1981). A stage version, Trannie Dearest precedes the film midnight.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
THURSDAY (Aug. 10): The SF Shorts Festival screens its Documentary Program here this evening. See www.sfshorts.com and "Night & Day" page TK for more 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. 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 & THURSDAY: Another Gay Movie (Todd Stephens, 2006) 12:30, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A 70mm film series commences with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Ultra-giant apes, astronauts and slabs 6, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: 70 mm David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (U.K., 1962), clocks in at a modest 216 minutes and still has much to say about foreign interlopers in the Arab world 7 p.m.; also Sun 2:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A rare 70mm screening of John Byrum's intelligent adaptation of Somerset Maughm's spiritual saga The Razor's Edge (1984), with several good performances, notably by Theresa Russell, foredoomed by Bill Murray's deadpan nonacting in the central role. The film at once anticipates Murray's participation in the more successful soul quest of Groundhog Day and the grumpy cipher he's made ubiquitous in contemporary indie films 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 10): Movie Night on the Patio screens Robert Altman's country music hoedown showdown Nashville (1975), screening with locally made short films. $2.50 cover 9 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.
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. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: And why exactly does Al Gore want to keep Florida from sinking under water? Oh, that's right he actually won there. Just An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 4:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com 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.
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