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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.
TUESDAY (Jan. 2): Two filmmakers create an ad campaign for a product that doesn't exist in the documentary Czech Dream (Czech Republic, 2006), with admen/directors Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda in person. $6 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. A Food Bank drive continues bring in canned and packaged foods for a movie prize.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Where there's a Will, there's a Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006) noon, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 p.m. In Theater 2, step into Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick, 2006) 11:45 am.; 1:55, 4:05, 6:20, 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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: A weeklong "Holiday with the Stars" series continues with a double-bill of African-set Humphrey Bogart favorites, Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942; 3, 7 p.m. ) and The African Queen (John Huston, 1951; 1, 5, 9 p.m. ), joined in the latter by Katherine Hepburn on a slow boat to nowhere.
THURSDAY: Holiday with Jean Harlow in two pre-Code comedies from 1933 that show her brassiness at its best, Bombshell (Victor Fleming; 1, 5:05, 9:10 p.m. ) and the all-star Dinner at Eight (George Cukor, 1933; 3, 7 p.m. ). Fast-talking Lee Tracy co-stars in Bombshell and while featured in Dinner was dropped from its publicity, fallen from corporate favor thanks to some misbehavior in Mexico.
FRIDAY: Katharine Hepburn in two mid-career roles as the superior woman, chastened by Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 1940; 3, 7 p.m. ), and by Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year (George Stevens, 1942; 4:40, 9:05 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Ring in the New Year with a Three Stooges Tribute and we don't mean G.W., Dick and Rummy. Larry, Moe, and Curly star in five shorts, from the all-rhyming Women Haters (Archie Gottler, 1934) through Micro-Phonies (Edward Bernds, 1945), and then Larry, Moe, and Shemp play every role in Self-Made Maids (Jules White, 1950). Just for variety there's also three of the most famous, and classiest, of Warner Brothers cartoons, including What's Opera, Doc? (Chuck Jones, 1957) 2, 4:45, 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 2-4): A new print of Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (France/Brazil, 1959), the Greek legend set in Rio 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Hot bubbling magic realism, Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Welcome the future with 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968), through Jan. 28 "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: Soap (Pernille Fischer Christensen, Denmark, 2006) 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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 THROUGH SATURDAY: Cinematographer Ron Fricke's world tour Baraka (1992) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Closed for the holiday.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan.1-4): Take a long ride on the Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Mon 2, 4:15 p.m.; Wed 2 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, U.K., 2006) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "'Greening' A Hopeful Moment," a discussion with Green Party leaders Ralph Nader, Matt Gonzalez and Peter Camejo about "Progressive Politics after the Democrats' Election Victory," will probably not address Y2K third party candidate Nader's responsibility for the Iraqi War. Thanks, Ralph! $5 7 p.m.
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