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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.
THURSDAY (March 29): Yvonne Rainer's film essay Journeys from Berlin (Germany, 1971) examines different forms of radicalism, interweaving tales of 19th century Russian anarchists, sexism, psychoanalysis, and the contemporary Baader-Meinhof gang. $6 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 30): "Yarns for All", a program of "dreamy and lyrical hand made films" by David Enos, plus live music and locally-made short films, includes Lev's Tales of Mere Existence and the "grandiose fables" of Encyclopedia Pictura. $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 31): Other Cinema Providence, Rhode Island impresario Ben Russell presents "Noise Hippies Against All War," a program of 16mm "post-psychedelic/noise works" by Jo Dery, Xander Marro and others, including Russell's own The Red and the Blue Gods. Free peanut butter 8:30 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: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) noon, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double feature of Breach (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006; 1:20, 5:15, 9:10 p.m. ) and Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence, 2007; 3:25, 7:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and other times.
DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330 and www.thinker.org/deyoung for venue; 750-7634 for this program.
FRIDAY (March 30): As part of a museum-wide "Party with Viv" tribute to fashionista Vivienne Westwood, an hour long South Bank Show documentary, Vivienne Westwood screens at 7 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: If you were a rich man, you could enjoy the complete, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) at home, fiddling on your roof. Or you can come here through April 29 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (April 3): A retrospective of the films of Helmut Käutner screens Great Freedom No. 7 (Germany, 1943-44), an oceanside melodrama directed by the very talented Käutner. The ongoing war hangs heavily in the air 7 p.m.
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 (April 3): The Institute is "Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival" with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, part two of the 200-minute Uno blanca (Michele Soavi, Italy, 2001), a crime melodrama based on the exploits of policemen moonlighting as gangsters 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
WEDNESDAY (March 28): The League of Women Voters sponsors "Fighting for the Vote," honoring women who struggled for suffrage. Reception 5:30 p.m., talk followed by the film Iron Jawed Angels (Katja von Garnier, 2004) 6 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: Who will be the new American Dreamgirls (Bill Condon, 2006)? 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The S.F. premiere of a documentary about Sierra Leone's The Refugee All-Stars (Zach Miles and Baker White, 2006), musicians forced to flee home by civil war. Filmmakers in person for Friday and Saturday evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 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.
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