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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 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.
FRIDAY (Aug. 11): Local novelist and screenwriter James Dalessandro presents his documentary expose about the 1906 earthquake. The Damnedest, Finest Ruins (2006) 6:30 p.m.
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 464-4640, www.mills.edu/museum. Free.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: "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.
Fort Mason, Building C, 643-2200 and www.museoitaloamericano.org for information on this program. Reservation required. $5.
TUESDAY (Aug. 8): A "Tuesday Night at the Movies" series continues with Francesco Rosi's drama of an anti-fascist exiled to a small town, Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italy, 1979), with the great Gian Maria Volonté 8 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 a drama of a woman trained to be a suicide bomber, The Terrorist (Santosh Sivan, 1999) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frank Borzage's Man's Castle (1933) finds vagabond tough Spencer Tracy redeeming himself for the love of Loretta Young 7 p.m. Kenji Mizoguchi's Sisters of the Gion (Japan, 1936) strips away the glamor of the geisha world in a nice corrective to its recent popularization 8:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Frank Borzage series screens a commendable anti-war allegory acted out with children, No Greater Glory (1934; 6:30 p.m. ), screening with a drama of surivival in the German 1920s, Little Man, What Now? (1934; 8:10 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: A pre-stardom Gaynor is featured in two-hour-long silent films, the disaster epic The Johnstown Flood (Irving Cummings, 1926) and John Ford's Irish-set horse-racing tale The Shamrock Handicap (1926). Judith Rosenberg on piano 5:30 p.m.
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. >
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 & THURSDAY: Filmmaking titan Roberto Rossellini's centennial is marked with a screening of his wonderful St. Francis biopic The Flowers of St. Francis (Italy, 1950) and daughter Isabella's tribute My Dad Is 100 Years Old (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2005) 7 p.m. Also screening are Brothers of the Head (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, U.K., 2005) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Russian Dolls (Cedric Klapisch, France, 2005) 9:10 p.m. The Oh in Ohio (Deborah Scranton, 2006) 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m.
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.
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: Favela Rising (Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary, Brazil / U.S., 2005). Good film! See Opening for review Wed 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.; Thurs 9:35 p.m. . On screen 2, the work of the Peruvian Truth Commission uncovers a State of Fear (Pamela Yates, 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY: The SF Shorts Festival plays here today. See www.sfshorts.com and "Night & Day" page TK for more. Documentary Program 3 p.m. Pioneering Program 5 p.m. Comedy Program 7:15 p.m. Program 4 9:45 p.m. On screen 2, Program 3 1:30 p.m. Program 1 3:30 p.m. Program 2 5:30 p.m. Program 3 7:30 p.m. Pioneering Program 9:30 p.m. All programs $9.
SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 12-17): Favela Rising 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:15 p.m. . Call for programming for screen 2.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. A Frameline at The Center series offers a monthly program. Free.
THURSSDAY (Aug. 10): DIY: New Youth Films screens eight productions made over the past year by Bay Area teens at the Frameline Youth Filmmaker Workshop. Titles include Where Have You Been All This Time? and Do You Get It Yet?. Filmmakers in person 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): 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! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 10): An opera series screens Puccini's Manon Lescaut in the 1998 La Scala production 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: Brothers of the Head (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, U.K., 2005) 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 11-17): The Bridesmaid (Claude Chabrol, France, 2004). 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 continues with Garland singing "Dear Mr. Gable" in the multistar revue Broadway Melody of 1938 (Roy Del Ruth, 1937; 7:30 p.m.), plus Rooney imitating Carmen Miranda and Garland singing "Franklin D. Roosevelt Jones" in Busby Berkeley's Babes on Broadway (1941; 5:20, 9:40 p.m. ).
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's dark romance/spy thriller Notorious (1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. ) screens with Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942; 5:35, 9:30 p.m. ). Ingrid Bergman stars and Claude Rains provides excellent support in both.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 15-17): Rooney is sent to a dude ranch to forget women and meets Judy Garland in Girl Crazy (Norman Taurog, 1943; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with Listen, Darling (Edward L. Marin, 1938; 6:05, 9:40 p.m. ), with Freddie Bartholomew and Garland trying to land their mother (Mary Astor) a husband (Walter Pidgeon).
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $9.
SATURDAY (Aug. 12): The SF Shorts Festival plays here today. See www.sfshorts.com and "Night & Day" page TK for more. Program 3 noon Program 4 2:15 p.m. Program 1 4:30 p.m. Program 2 6:45 p.m. Documentary Program 9 p.m. Comedy Program 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 9): Legendary musician Papa Wemba stars in the rags to riches popular hit La Vie Est Belle (Mweze Ngangura, Congo, 1987) 7:30 p.m.
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