STARTS FRIDAY: Andrew Bujalski's latest, Mutual Appreciation (2005). Filmmaker in person Sept. 30. See Opening for review. Call for times.
LUMIERE 4 2 3
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: La Moustache (Emmanuel Carrre, France, 2006) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MAIN POST THEATRE
99 Moraga (at Montgomery), The Presidio, www.presidio.gov for venue, 561-5500 and www.sffs.org for this event. The 67-year-old Main Post Theatre hosts an occasional outdoor movie event. BYO picnic basket, blankets and (low) lawn chairs. Free.
SATURDAY (Sept. 30): Ants crash the picnic as the fifth annual "Film in the Fog" event screens Them (Gordon Douglas, 1954), the one about the giant radioactive insects, and the ant-free cartoon classic What's Opera, Doc? (Chuck Jones, 1957). Festivities with live music begin at 5 p.m., screening at 7 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. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Sept. 29): Local author David Thomson writes in his new book Nicole Kidman that the "fragrant as spring, as ripe as summer, as sad as autumn and as coldly possessed as winter" Australian is "the bravest, the most adventurous and the most varied" actress of our time. Hello? Julianne Moore? Naomi Watts? The cast of Deadwood? John Goodman in a dress? This corner can offer more than a few more worthy nominees. Thomson makes his case here tonight, introducing the mildly diverting To Die For (Gus Van Sant, 1995) 6:30 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.
WEDNESDAY: A pirate film series changes definitions from sea-going buccaneer to freestyle sound-and-image appropriator with Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws (1995), all about Negativland's U2 pastiche 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series on our modern mechanical age screens serials reflecting the rise of the machines, including Lieutenant Rose R.N. and His Patent Aeroplane (Percy Stow, U.K., 1912), The Girl and the Game: Helen's Race with Death (J. P. McGowan, 1915) and The Exploits of Elaine: The Death Ray (Louis Gasnier and George Seitz, 1914). David Francis lectures and Judith Rosenberg accompanies the films on piano 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A two-weekend series of the serious films of Belgium's Dardenne Brothers screens The Son (2002; 7:30 p.m. ), about a carpenter's emotional rebirth, and The Child (2005; 9:05 p.m. ), about a petty thief's sale of his newborn.
SATURDAY: David Francis and Joss Marsh present a program on "The Magic Lantern and the Mechanical Age" 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A "Mechanical Age" series screens the first episode of Adam Curtis' documentary on same, Pandora's Box: The Engineer's Plot (U.K., 1992; 2:30 p.m. ), followed by Sergei Eisenstein's delirious celebration of a collective farm's mechanizaton, The General Line (U.S.S.R., 1929; 4 p.m. ). Single admission for both.
TUESDAY: "Alternative Requirements," a program of new films by local students, includes Portrait of a Glitch (Revere La Noue) and Subconsciouslessness (Danilo Parra) 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 392-4400 for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $15 at door, $12 in advance at City Box Office (392-4400 or cityboxoffice.com).
FRIDAY (Sept. 29): Two short snowboarding films from Mack Dawg Productions, Follow Me Around and People 8:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY (Sept. 28): Parkway Tribe members get 2-for-1 admission for Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
901 Gilman (at 7th Street), Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, www.epicarts.org/cinema for more information. This brewery offers food, drink and a summer film series. BYO seats. All proceeds to a local charity. $5 suggested donation.
SATURDAY (Sept. 30): Raise your skirts for the series finale, Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955). Gates open 7 p.m. Live music by Project Pimento, the world's sole Theremin lounge band 7:30 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER 3 4
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: The Rafael's indieWIRE series of new, undistributed films screens Room (Kyle Henry, 2005), about a Houston woman's breakdown (could the reason be... Houston?) 7 p.m. Also, the Global Lens Film Series continues this week. An African civil war may end after The Night of Truth (Fanta Regina Macro, Burkina Faso) 8:45 p.m. Regular screenings include Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006), Heading South (Laurent Cantet, France, 2005), and Vajra Sky Over Tibet (John Bush, 2006). Call for times.
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