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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.
WEDNESDAY (March 7): Andy Warhol's Haircut (No. 1) (1963) screens as as an adjunct to ATA's ongoing window display "For Freddie: Freddie Herko Memorial Evocation Window Installation." Herko is featured in Warhol's film as "a very nasty-looking type posing without a shirt." $6 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 10): Other Cinema Psycho-Geography explores along the Mason-Dixon line, from Roger Deutch's Eastern Dead People to Sabrina Alonso's Mischief at 16th and Florida via Jenny Stark's Texan Floods, Ghosts and Contamination and a compilation of Katrina footage by the late Helen Hill. $7 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 11): The Arab Film Festival screens new political documentaries by Lebanese women, "Through Lebanese Eyes." Beirut Diaries: Truth, Lies and Video (Mai Masri, 2006) records the youth movement protest against Syrian domination after a 2005 assassination, and Lebanon/War (Rania Stephan, 2006) features reportage from the 2006 Israeli war. $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: Monstrous beasts haunt both Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006; 1:50, 7 p.m. ) and The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006; 4:10, 9:10 p.m. ), but only one of them is Jack Nicholson. On the Balboa's second screen, Forest Whitaker takes the Oscar as The Last King of Scotland (U.K., 2006; noon, 4:25, 8:50 p.m. ) while Peter O'Toole chases Venus (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006; 2:20, 6:45 p.m. ).
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 Robert Altman memorial series screens a double bill of his drizzly western classic McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971; 2:15, 7 p.m. ) and the desert-bound post-western enigma 3 Women (1977; 4:35, 9:20 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: More Altman two agreeably sophomoric comedies from his breakthrough year, 1970: MASH (7 p.m. ) and Brewster McCloud (9:15 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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 10 & 11): Wartime heroes return from combat in the still powerful The Best Years of Our Light (William Wyler, 1946) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 9 & 10): You can see David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) through your tears at the Clay's Late Night Picture Show midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (March 13): The Institute is "Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival" with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, he's a street urchin in Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio (Italy, 2001) 6:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings, shown on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow. $10.
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: Actors interact with history in the multi-character Bobby (Emilio Estevez, 2006) Wed 2, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; Thurs 7, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: We're all Bozos on this polymorphously perverse Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Run! Nosegay! Run! Tom Tykwer turns from metaphysics to Perfume (Germany, 2006) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.
TUESDAY: A screening of Rene Laloux's animated cult favorite Fantastic Planet (France, 1973) screens with a new, live soundtrack by Enuma Elish. The Oms have never had it so good 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular programs, www.sfirishfest.com for the Irish Film Festival, here March 1-4. $8 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Irish Fest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: All aboard for The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Crossroads Irish-American Festival presents Home (Dawn Scibila, 2006), a documentary about a Dubliner's experiences in New York City 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Shadow Company. See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 3, 5 p.m. Call for additional films and times.
SATURDAY: Cine del Barrio, a new series of independent Latin American cinema curated by Adrian C. Zanini, screens two videos by Bolivia's Tupac Saavedra, Barroco Boliviano (2004) and Con Evo en Camino (2006) 11:30 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
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 (March 8): A Barbara Stanwyck series screens The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone, 1946), with Barbara an heiress torn between weak husband Kirk Douglas and sexy drifter Van Heflin (a few years later that casting would have been reversed) noon.
TUESDAY (March 13): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of the hot coffee investigation Black Gold (Marc and Nick Francis, U.K., 2006) with discussion to follow 5:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (March 7): Todd Rohal's The Guatemalan Handshake (2006), an independent film exploring "unusual human behavior" after a mysterious disappearance 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 8): The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival screens The Camden 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), tracing the aftermath of a 1971 antiwar action 7 p.m. Daily life near a concentration camp, recorded in KZ (Rex Bloomstein, U.K., 2005) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 11): S.F. Cinematheque's Cinema of Shock program presents Kurt Kren's 16/67 September 20 ("kinetically edited bodily fluids"), Jon Moritsugu's Mommy, Mommy, Where's My Brain?, Valie Export's Remote, Remote ("takes the act of self-mutilation to extremes") and Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy's Heidi ("dysfunctional horror film with stuffed animals") 7:30 p.m.
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