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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 (April 12): An evening of "thespians, lesbians, and laughs" is promised with a reading of actor/writer Tina D'Elia's play Groucho: A Queer Loca,plus Michael LaRocco's short film Groucho 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 13): Multimedia artist Michael Trigilio's new film Thanks for Giving My Number Back (2007), "a tangle of giggles, heartache, and fear." $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 14): Other Cinema's "Dis-Oriented," a program of old and new films including WWII propaganda, James Hong and Yin-Ju Chen's 731: Two Visions of Hell, about Japanese medical experiments on Chinese prisoners, and J.D. Ligon's Ha Ha Ha America (2005), about the Chinese-U.S. trade imbalance 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 17): A "big screen rerun" of this venue's cable television ATV programming for last November, including Au Pairs, X, Bikini Kill, Vanita Smyth, the Slits and works from the 2006 ATA film and video festival. $6 8 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: Will Ferrell rides the Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon and Will Speck, 2007) 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 9:25 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and other times.
FRIDAY (April 13): A radio station-sponsored Alice's 3-Minute Film Festival marks its fifth stanza with more than 15 short-shorts including Pixar's latest, Lifted (Gary Rydstrom, 2007). Doors 7 p.m. , films 8 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 641-7657 and www.openrangeweb1.com/calendar/brava/calendar.asp for venue, www.killingmylobster.com for program. This restored movie house hosts the Hi/Lo Film Festival this week, and other screenings as well.
FRIDAY: Hi/Lo Shorts Program 2 features A Pomegranate Escaped (William Frey III) 7:15 p.m. Shorts Program 3 includes Tales of Mere Existence (Lev Yilmaz) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Hi/Lo Shorts Program 1 5 p.m. Shorts Program 2 7:15 p.m. A retrospective, "The Best of Hi/Lo," a 1997-2007 look back 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Graduation Screening from the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Free and open to the public 6:30 p.m.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (April 14 & 15): It's pretty stodgy, but it beats the Spielberg all to hell: War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin, 1953) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 13): The Late Night Picture Show dares to screen Friday the 13th (Sean Cunningham, 1980), all about bad doings at Crystal Lake midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (April 8): A "Bad Movie Night" presentation of The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004), for heretics only 8 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 17): A Helmut Käutner series closes with his postwar satire The Captain from Köpenick (Germany, 1956), a neat contrast to the several Nazi-era films from this talented filmmaker the Goethe has been running. San Francisco Film Society Creative Director Miguel Pendas introduces the film, which screened on the Opening Night of the first San Francisco International Film Festival back in 1957 7 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue. Free.
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