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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 4 992 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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 26): "Science, Skull Punching and Metal Moms" offers a program of new short films, including Erin Gleeson's Tina and Frank, about two friends who punch strangers in the face, and Claire Houghtalen's documentary about a rock-loving woman and her 7-year-old daughter who prefers Hilary Duff, Metal Mom. $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): A noise video program offers Xambuca, a "sonic attempt" by Chandra Shukla; "confusion and awkwardness" by Sutekh; and James F. Ellis' "noisecore/electro/AV experiment" Magnetic Stripper. $6 8 p.m. BALBOA
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: Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m. Children of Men (Alfonso CuarÓn, U.K., 2006) 12:20 p.m.; 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $10.
FRIDAY (Jan. 26): Small Press Traffic Poets Theater Jamboree presents "Neo-Benshi Night," an evening of live film narration offering "re-interpretations of various genre scenes live with video." The titles offered are presented in anagram form so as to not rile the copyright holders, so come watch creative revoicings of the music video Favorite Hell Willing, the porn-mystery feature Art Hunck Cred, the cold war detective thriller 1000 Dead Smileys, and more 7:30 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: A tribute to the late Robert Altman screens an excellent crime drama set in the 1930s, Thieves Like Us (1974; 2:25, 7 p.m. ), and Fool for Love (1985; 4:45, 9:20 p.m. ), starring Sam Shepard in an adaptation of Shepard's play.
THURSDAY: Animators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt host The Animation Show, a program of original toons. $10 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Noir City series offers fans chances to see some unfamiliar titles in reputedly excellent 35 mm prints. Film star Marsha Hunt's in person for the Opening Night Reception 6 p.m. Hunt and Claire Trevor compete for hard luck felon Dennis O'Keefe in Anthony Mann's fine Raw Deal (1948; 7:30 p.m. ), followed by an on-stage interview. Fred Zinnemann's debut feature Kid Glove Killer (1942; 10 p.m. ) follows.
SATURDAY: Noir City Two scripted by Bill Bowers, Cry Danger (Robert Parrish, 1951; 12:30, 3:40, 7 p.m. ) and Abandoned (Joseph Newman, 1949; 2:05, 5:20, 9 p.m. ), starring Dick Powell and Dennis O'Keefe, respectively, the latter in a saga of black-market babies. Cry Danger co-star Richard Erdman will be interviewed on-stage between features. SUNDAY: Noir City Evelyn Keyes stars in Phil Karlson's outstanding 99 River Street (1953; 12:45, 4:20, 7:45 p.m. ), featuring this underrated director's trademark "agony shot" of an actor in physical extremis (here, John Payne). Also screening, a Honolulu-set "Tiki Noir," Hell's Half Acre?(John Auer, 1954; 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Noir City Noir tough guy Charles McGraw is featured as a jail-breaking The Threat (Felix Feist, 1949; 8 p.m. ) and as an insurance man gone wrong in Roadblock (Harold Daniels, 1951; 9:20 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: Noir City A tribute to the late Glenn Ford offers the rarity Framed (Richard Wallace, 1947; 7:15 p.m. ), with Ford a "pugnacious patsy" involved with Janis Carter. It screens with Ford reunited with his Gilda co-star Rita Hayworth for an Affair in Trinidad (Vincent Sherman, 1952; 9 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.
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.
SUNDAY (Jan. 28): Dark Room's "Bad Movie Night" "tweaks the Batsuit's nipples" with "franchise killer" Batman and Robin (Joel Schumacher, 1997), the film that sent Arnold Schwarzenegger into politics. $5 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Jan. 25): You can't beat this thriller with two gloved hands: Michael Jackson Night offers a nonstop night of MJ music and videos. Free 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 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.
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