WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: To rule is to perform, in The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: To perform is to rule, in La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1978), screening through Feb. 25 "Starts at dusk."
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200 and www.jccsf.org for venue; call 292-1233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to order tickets. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): "From Swing to Bop" Film archivist Mark Cantor presents an evening of "Giants of Jazz on Film" featuring rare footage of Armstrong, Goodman, Basie, Dorsey, Chick Webb, Monk, Blakey and more. $22 8 p.m.
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: Romántico (Mark Becker, 2006) 4:45, 7:15, 9:15 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: Doug Block's 51 Birch Street (2006) explores his parents' 54-year marriage after it suddenly ends 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Christian pop meets alt rock in the local premiere of J. L. Aronson's Danielson: A Family Movie (2006). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): IndieFest offers a Benefit/Launch Party to support the upcoming 9th Annual S.F. Independent Film Festival. Live music, plus festival previews and trailers 8 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: On Screen 1, make sure your jeans are clean in China Blue (Micha Peled, 2006) 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2:15, 4:15 p.m. On Screen 2, French genre master Jean-Pierre Melville's stark Resistance drama Army of Shadows (1969) which made an astonishing number of 2006 Top Ten lists 6:30 p.m. American genre jack of all trades Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006), which also made an astonishing number of 2006 Top Ten lists 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 26-Feb. 1): The Dragapella Barber Shop Quartet the Kinsey Sicks croon I Wanna Be a Republican (Micha Peled, 2006). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY (Jan. 28): The debut of a new half-hour film, Legacy of Torture (Andres Alegria, Claude Marks, 2007) on the revival of interest, recently reported in this paper, of a 30-year-old SFPD investigation of black activists. Filmmakers and participants in person. See freedomarchives.org for more. $8-$25 sliding scale noon
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.
THURSDAY (Jan. 25): Phyllis Wattis Theater A Werner Herzog retrospective resumes with a double bill of his faithful Nosferatu (Germany, 1978), followed by F.W. Murnau's transformative original (Germany, 1922) with a live score by Tarentel. $10 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): Phyllis Wattis Theater A triple bill of Herzog documentaries concludes this series. A ski jumper waxes lyrical in The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (Germany, 1974). Lessons of Darkness (1992) is a record of the post-Gulf War oil fires and Bells from the Deep (1993) explores Russian mysticism. $10 3 p.m.
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 (Jan. 25): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes Bridge to Freedom (1965) and The Time Has Come (1964-66) noon. In the evening, a screening of Greg Young's documentary about creative women age 85 plus, Still Kicking (2006), with filmmaker and three of the artists in person 6:30 p.m.
3543 18th St. (at Guerrero), 431-1180, www.womensbuilding.org.
SUNDAY (Jan. 28): The Arab Film Festival presents Little Birds (Takeharu Watai, 2005), with filmmaker and Carolyn Ho, the mother of Iraq war veteran Lt. Ehren Watada, in person. See www.aff.org for more. $8 admission 7 p.m.
Author Judy Stone(Not Quite a Memoir) discusses the state of cinema at the Opera Plaza Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, this Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. For more info, contact 776-1111 or see www.booksinc.net
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