SUNDAY (April 29): "Arrows of Time," a live cinema performance by Ken McMullen 2 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.
WEDNSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: 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 "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Call for film.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This beautiful old screen (and accompanying smaller screens) usually shows first-run movies. $10 for each of this Thursday's special programs.
THURSDAY (April 26): In Auditorium 1, the film Big Easy to Big Empty at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a live conversation, "From Baghdad to New Orleans," with investigative journalist Greg Palast, comedian Greg Proops and others at 7 p.m. In Auditorium 2, there's competition for your activist dollar with the Native American-themed film Follow Me Home (Peter Bratt, 1996), with discussions after each screening led by Lakota Harden 7, 9:30 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 24): Free spirited Grazia draws the ire of fellow fisherfolk in Respiro (Emanuele Crialese, Italy, 2002) 6:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Be very very quiet! Renee Zellweger goes rabbit hunting in Miss Potter (Chris Noonan, 2006) Wed 6:45 p.m.; Thurs 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
SATURDAY: A live opera feed from satellite of Puccini's Il Trittico broadcast from the Met. Tuxes not required! $25 10:30 a.m.
SUNDAY: The Second Annual Lark Theater Youth Film Festival screens locally made films by Marin kids. Jury members included Cheech Marin and Lemony Snicket, so you can see this fest is better connected than the SFIFF. $10 12:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 27- May 2): Diggers (Katherine Dieckmann, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
SATURDAY (April 28): Douglas Fairbanks stars as The Mollycoddle (Victor Fleming, 1920), one of his several vigorous pre-swashbuckler comedies 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.edu for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through May 5. Regular programs are $8, double bills $12; SFIFF programs $12 save as noted. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives on its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public (pending available seats), taught by Marilyn Fabe, screens Travis Wilkerson's fascinating documentary about the IWW and its legacy, An Injury to One (2002) 3 p.m. Tim Perkis in person with his documentary Noisy People (2006), sketches of "aurally fixated artists" with live performances to follow 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival opens at this site with Opera Jawa (Nugroho, Indonesia) 4:30 p.m. A Few Days Later... (Karimi, Iran) 7:15 p.m. The Old, Weird America (Singh) 8:55 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF All in This Tea (Blank and Leibricht) 1:30 p.m. Mukshin (Ahmad, Malaysia) 3:30 p.m. Vanaja (Domalpalli, India) 5:30 p.m. At the Edge: New Experimental Cinema 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF The Darfur genocide seen as The Devil Came on Horseback (Sundberg and Stern) 1 p.m. Souvenirs (Cohen and Efrat, Israel) 3:30 p.m. Archivist Kevin Brownlow in person with an "Introduction to Silents" 5:30 p.m. How is Your Fish Today? (Xiaolu, China) 8:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF Alain Resnais' elegant Private Fears in Public Places (France) 7 p.m. Emma's Bliss (Taddicken, Germany) 9:15 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
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: The three hour midsection of artist and Vaseline wrestler Matthew Barney's film epic, Cremaster 3 (2002), involves the Temple of Solomon, Gary Gilmore and paralympic athletics 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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