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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
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AMNESIA 853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. $5.
SUNDAY (Feb. 11): Emily Ann and Her Hot Nuts present a Silent Film Night with original live score. Call for title. $6 9 p.m.
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.
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: Two outstanding visionary films: in Theater One, Alfonso CuarÓn's near-future Children of Men (U.K., 2006; 12:20 p.m.; 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:30 p.m. ); in Theater Two, Guillermo del Toro's fantastic past Pan's Labyrinth Spain, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
FRIDAY (Feb. 9): TIE, the International Experimental Cinema Exposition, presents Celluloid Cinema: Program Two, a set of experimental films including footage of Peggy Fleming skating, polished with Pledge by the filmmaker to remove scratches (!), Clip from Colorado Springs Home of Champions (James Prange, 1968), The Influence of Ocular Light Perception on Man and in Animal (Thomas Draschan and Stella Friedrichs, Austria, 2005) and Meat Packing House (Eduardo Darino, Uruguay, 1981) 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: Peter O'Toole as King Henry II wishes to rid himself of troublesome priest Richard Burton as Becket (Peter Glenville, 1964) in a rare chance to see this handsomely mounted historical drama 2, 5, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: S.F. IndieFest's Opening Night, David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006; 7 p.m. ), followed by the Opening Night Gala at Kink's Porn Palace $25.
FRIDAY: A "So Straight It's Gay" triple feature "oozing with confused sexual repression": Patrick Swayze goes for the throat as a bouncer in Rowdy Herrington's Road House (1989, 7:30 p.m. ), Tom Cruise competes for Val Kilmer and his Top Gun (1986; 9:45 p.m. ) and sexually menacing Freddy stalks Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (Jack Sholder, 1985; midnight). $10 for all 3.SATURDAY: Soon not headed for a Broadway remake, a hit's neglected sequel Grease 2 (Patricia Birch, 1982), with Michelle Pfeiffer 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A "Troubled Terrestrials Tuesdays" series screens Charlton Heston as the last Woodstock fan on earth in The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971; 7 p.m. and Mel Gibson getting his apocalypto on as The Road Warrior (George Miller, 1982; 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.
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. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Flannel Pajamas (Jeff Lipsky, 2006).
4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $10. This cultural asset of long standing concludes a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 9): A "Stranger Than Fiction" series screens Steve Sekely's eye-catching The Day of the Triffids (U.K., 1963), from John Wyndham's novel about a meteor shower that blinds all who see it 6:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A beglittered David Bowie takes on Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (D. A. Pennebaker, 1973) in this recently restored rock concert classic 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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