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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. 21 and over; $6.
MONDAY (Dec. 18): The "Addictive Television Best of 2006" offers highlights from this year's "Independent Exposure Screening Series." A program of 15 short films and videos, including first prize winner Night Visions (Kathy Huang), second placer 5 Infomercials for Dentists, and in third position Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin (Lizzi Akana) 8 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The best animation from Long Beach City College, Animations of Identity, features work by Oscar Fabiani, Christina Golde, Pesya Shmigelsky, Jose Miranda. Sri Phienanda, Trey Jackson, Teija Kuosku, Sigur Sprang and more. $3 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program of Documentaries on Mexico premieres No Te Rajes (Caitlin Manning and the Videoactivista collective, 2006), documenting civil disobedience in Mexico City this summer. Manning in person. Also, Frontlines in Oaxaca (Mal de Ojo collective, 2006) on last November's protests there 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Little Too Direct features live action films from Long Beach City College students Chris Villareal, Laura J. Lukitsch, Kathleen McNamara, Ryoji Kajikawa, Olesya Karpova and 10 others. $3-$5 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 9): "Avant to Live," Other Cinema's annual Christmas program of new experimental works, features To-get-her (David Cox), Remote Controller (Vicki Bennett), Pellucid World (Kyle Silfer) and more, including the premiere of Damon Packard's Lost in the Thinking $6 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jam and Jive, "an attack of destructive music and moving pictures" featuring Ezee Tiger and Reagan's Memory 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: Has anyone else noticed that Daniel Craig looks like Vladimir Putin on steroids? Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, U.K., 1997) 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. In Theater 2, for your consideration, For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest, 2006), screening with the cartoon The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker, Canada, 1988) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SATURDAY (Dec. 16): A program of work by pioneer video artist Chip Lord. Free noon.
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: In the city named after him, Roberto Rossellini's quite delightful film about St. Francis, The Flowers of St. Francis (Italy, 1950) 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: No films, just singing: The San Francisco Gay Man's Chorus does include a tribute to holiday music. Call for showtimes; get tickets at http://www.sfgmc.org or call the Community Box office at 415.865.ARTS (2787).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): And speaking of vocalizing, Sing-A-Long Grease offers supertitles allowing you to join in with Travolta, Newton-John and the rest in this karaoke take on the 1978 film musical directed by Randal Kleiser. $15 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2 p.m.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
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: Hot bubbling magic realism, Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992), through Dec. 31 "Starts at dusk."
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: Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): Off the Black (James Ponsoldt, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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: Lovers crisscross Paris as a Jacques Rivette series screens his acclaimed theatrical comedy Va savoir (Who knows?,France, 2001) 7 p.m.FRIDAY: Two samurai classics starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Kill! (Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 1968; 7 p.m.) and Sword of Doom (Okamoto, 1966; 9:15 p.m.) as a pacifist and psychotic, respectively.
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