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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.
FRIDAY (March 2): The annual Noise Pop festival of alt music videos settles in this weekend with the world premiere of Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake (2007), with filmmaker Michael Albright in person. $8 7 p.m. Noise Pop Alt country's David Kilgour performs in Nashville Far off Town (Bridget Sutherland, 2007). $8 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 3): Noise Pop Famed local venue 924 Gilman Street (2007) gets its due in this documentary by Jack Curran (present). $8 2 p.m. Noise Pop Six NYC street musicians try to stay alive in Downtown Locals (Robin and Rory Muir, 2006). $8 4 p.m. Other Cinema Veteran street comic Stoney Burke in person with a DVD of his Greatest Hits (2007) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 4): Noise Pop Southern soul musician Eddie Hinton travels a Dangerous Highway (Deryle Perryman and Moisés Gonzalez). Filmmakers in person. $8 2 p.m. A post-film reception at Annie's Social Club (917 Folsom) follows with live music. Meanwhile, back at the ATA, the Arab Film Festival screens new political documentaries by Lebanese women, "Through Lebanese Eyes." Here and Perhaps Elsewhere (Lamia Joreige, 2003) traces the aftermath of civil war and Mabrouk at Tahrir (Dalia Fathallah, 2002) follows a family's return to South Lebanon after the 2000 Israeli withdrawal. $6 7, 9:30 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: Two outstanding visionary films, Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006; 12:10, 4:50, 9:20 p.m. ) and Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaròn, U.K., 2006; 2:35, 7:05 p.m. ). On the Balboa's second screen, Peter O'Toole chases Venus (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006), and Forest Whitaker takes the Oscar as The Last King of Scotland (U.K., 2006). Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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 50 Years of Janus Films series screens a double bill of two of Alfred Hitchcock's still vibrant prewar English thrillers, The Lady Vanishes (1938; 1:30, 5:05, 8:45 p.m. ) and The 39 Steps (1935; 3:20, 7 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: The Documentary Film Institute offers Ken Burns' 90 minute compilation from his new documentary The War (2007), focusing on the experience of four families during World War II. Burns in person. $15 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Young Jodie Foster is featured in a triple bill of Freaky Friday (Gary Nelson, 1976; 7:30 p.m. ), trading identities with mom Barbara Harris; as a teen runaway in Foxes (Adrian Lyne, 1980; 9:45 p.m. ); as a gangland moll in the all-kid Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976; midnight). $10 for all three.
STARTS SATURDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 3 & 4): Get on the bus for the still lively classic It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330 and www.thinker.org/deyoung for venue; www.collegeofcreativearts.org/DFI for information on this program. This new San Francisco landmark occasionally screens films, always in DVD format. Free.
SATURDAY (March 3): "Witness to War," a documentary film series sponsored by San Francisco State's Documentary Film Institute. Today, David Thomson introduces a "Tribute to Humphrey Jennings" screening the poetic Englishman's great wartime films Listen to Britain (1942), A Diary for Timothy (1944), and Fires Were Started (1943) noon. Sergei Loznitsa's Blockade (Russia, 2005) documents the 900 day Siege of Leningrad 3:45 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.
DAILY: Get your Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) right here, every night through March 25 "Starts at dusk."
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $8.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings.
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