SUNDAY & MONDAY: A thief and an alchemist seek the secrets of The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico, 1973), his hard-to-see follow-up to El Topo 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 1 & 2): Matthew Barney's a tapdancing devil in the final installments of his film epic, Cremaster 4 (1995) and Cremaster 5 (1997), together at 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Comedy of Power (Claude Chabrol, France 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, a Moroccan music concert, Sound of the Soul (Stephen Olsson, 2007) 6:30 p.m. What happened after the fall of Saigon? The tale's told in Journey from the Fall (Ham Tran, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 27-May 3): The story of a Japanese-American artist who survived internment and homelessness, The Cats of Mirikitani (Linda Hattendorf, 2006). See Opening for review Fri 6:45 p.m. Call for other times and films.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens El Recorrido: Oxkutzcab-San Francisco (Carlos Bazua, 2007). Free 11:30 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000 and www.sfmoma.org for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through Sunday. Museum screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted; SFIFF screenings $12.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint (Rick Tejada-Flores, 1992) 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater In conjunction with the ongoing Picasso exhibit, a program of Guernica Films, work relevant to the Spanish Civil War and thus Picasso's great painting. Films include the sarcastic documentary of poverty Land Without Bread (Luis Buñuel, Spain, 1932-6), The Spanish Earth (Jori Ivens, 1936) and Guernica (Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, France, 1950) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival screens here this weekend. Tonight, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater, Ken McMullen's live performance piece Arrows of Time 6:30 p.m. Murch (Ichioka and Ichioka) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater Fabricating Tom Zé (Matos, Brazil) 1 p.m. The Devil Came on Horseback (Sundberg and Stern) 3:30 p.m. Protagonist (Yu) 6:15 p.m. Amour-Legende (Wu, Taiwan) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater Daratt (Haroun, Chad) 2:45 p.m. A boy grows up in rural Bengal in Satyajit Ray's breakthrough Pather Panchali (India, 1955) 5:30 p.m. The Silly Age (Giroud, Cuba) 8:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Picasso and His Time (1994), daily through May 28 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
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 (April 26): An "Alphabet Soup" series finds young Keke Palmer trying to make it to the national spelling bee in Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison, 2006). If you didn't pick it up at Starbucks, here's your chance noon.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Humanities 133, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), www.sfsu.edu. Free.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $7. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Two classic noirs find Edmond O'Brien a walking dead man in D.O.A. (Rudolph Mate, 1950; 7:30 p.m. ), and Alan Ladd breaking off The Glass Key (Stuart Heisler, 1942; 5:55, 9:05 p.m. ) in this Dashiell Hammett adaptation.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Bette Davis breaks through as a southern belle in Cabin in the Cotton (Michael Curtiz, 1932; 4:20, 7:30 p.m. ). Hear the sound of dancing feet in the Busby Berkeley classic 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933; 5:50, 9 p.m. ).
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through May 9. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 50th SFIFF. See website for programs.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The latest Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation runs through April 28. 18 and over only. $9 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 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.
SUNDAY (April 29): An S.F. Cinematheque program devoted to "Blasphemy" screens two French classics, Germaine Dulac's The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) and Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or (1930), a film with a real sting in its scorpion tail 7:30 p.m.
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