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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THURSDAY: ANSWER screens a documentary record of the July '64 racial uprising in Rochester, New York, recalled in a 2006 documentary 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: ATA's Other Cinema hosts Nate Boyce's "Very Video reVue," a history of video image processing including work dating back to 1960s pioneers Paul Sharits, Stan Vanderbeek, Ed Emshwiller, and more. Reception (with free Nutella!) 8 p.m., films at 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Out2 offers the Free Form Film Festival of holiday themed public access video and no-budget filmmaking, including the "unbelievably strange holiday cheer" of Miss Velma's Christmas Special. See www.freeformfilm.org for more. Followed by live music by the Metal-Punk-No-wave-Jazz-Funk-Noise-Junk stylings of Saberteeth 8 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 premiere revival of the World War II re-creation Overlord (Stuart Cooper, U.K., 1975) 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. In Theater 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006) Wed 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.; Thurs 1, 3, 9:30 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.
THURSDAY: Peter Coyote interviews anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldecott in regards to her new book Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.See www.nuclearpolicy.org for advance tickets and more info. $40 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY: A 3-D festival opens with a Midnights for Maniacs triple feature of Star Wars-knockoff Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (Lamont Johnson, 1983), with Peter Strauss and Molly Ringwald 7:30 p.m. Sharks go to Sea World in Jaws 3-D (Joe Alves, 1983), 9:45 p.m. Friday the 13th Part 3: 3-D (Steve Miner, 1982) midnight $10 for all three.
SATURDAY: The Castro's 3-D festival of 1950s films screens in the 35 mm "Dual-interlock" system, with both projectors simultaneously running overlapping left- and right-eye versions of the same film. Glasses will be provided. The complete Creature Trilogy offers the original The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) with stars Julie Adams and Ben Chapman (the Creature himself) in person noon, 7 p.m. Also, the other films in the series, Revenge Of The Creature (Arnold, 1955) 2, 9 p.m. Creature Walks Among Us (John Sherwood, 1956), a non-3-D film screened in projected DVD form, as no 35 mm prints are available 3:45, 10:35 p.m. $16 for all.
SUNDAY: 3-D Film Festival A double feature of Vincent Price, terrorizing The House of Wax (Andre deToth, 1953; 2:30, 7 p.m. ) and Karl Malden in Phantom of the Rue Morgue (Roy Del Ruth, 1954; 4:15, 8:45 p.m. ). $12.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Edward D. Wood's renowned disaster Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), with the Devil-Ettes live on stage before Friday's show midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
DE YOUNG MUSUEM
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330, www.deyoungmuseum.org. This new city landmark hosts occasional film and video screenings.
FRIDAY (Oct. 13): In Wilsey Court, the Piazzoni Murals Room and the Koret Auditorium, Xicanopalooza features Bay Area spoken word, video, theater and musical artists including videos by Reset/Madmedia. $5 5-8:30 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). 21 and over only.
THURSDAY (Oct. 12): Movie Night offers locally made shorts and "strange and bizarre" features, with "fabulous dj's" Bobby and Jenny Spin to follow. Free "9pmish" FOREIGN CINEMA v 2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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.
DAILY: Akira Kurosawa's late, interesting, and highly personal transcription of his Dreams (Japan, 1990), features Martin Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh, sloshing through painted landscapes. Through Oct. 29 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (Oct. 17): A series of "Sound Film Classics" on DVD screens visiting Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (Germany, 1930), with Marlene Dietrich falling in love again with fussy professor Emil Jannings 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
TUESDAY (Oct. 17): September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (Larry Weinstein, Canada, 1995) includes performances of "Mack the Knife," "September Song" and "Alabama Song" by the likes of Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Betty Carter, and William S. Burroughs (!). Advance registration required; call 292-1233 or email email@example.com. Free 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 49 Up (Michael Apted, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 13-19): American Hardcore (Paul Rachman, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
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 & THURSDAY: And the final score is Clerks II (Kevin Smith, 2006), Star Wars 6, Lord of the Rings 3 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Jean-Pierre Melville's hard-as-nails tale of the Resistance Army of Shadows (France, 1969) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 13-19): 13 Tzameti (Gela Babluani, France/Georgia, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted; SFIAS screenings, Thursday through Sunday, are $11 and do not include museum admission.
THURSDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater The First Annual S.F. International Animation Showcase screens here for three days. See "Night & Day" page 23 and www.sffs.org for more. Tonight, The Host (Bong, Korea) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater SFIAS screens "The Kids Are Alright" (shorts) 1 p.m. "International Panorama" (shorts) 3:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater SFIAS screens Brad Bird's The Iron Giant (1999) noon 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 (Oct. 12): Disability Awareness Month is marked with a screening of films from the 2006 Superfest International Disability Film Festival, including 39 Pounds of Love and One Strong Arm noon.
SATURDAY (Oct. 14): A Korean film program screens Welcome to Dongmakgol(Park Kwang-hyeon, 2005), set during the Korean war 2 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY: A program on "African Spirits in the Americas" screens Black Atlantic: On the Orixas Route 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Artists Ball Six: Stanlee's Brain, a biennial fundraiser for YBCA, includes food, drinks, live performances, and an art auction at the YBCA Theatre, 700 Howard St., San Francisco, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance at the YBCA Forum and Grand Lobby, this address, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
SUNDAY: S.F. Cinematheque screens a program of the films of San Francisco experimentalist Bruce Baillie, including his first, On Sundays (1961) 7:30 p.m.
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