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 (May 22): A retrospective of films starring Luca Zingaretti screens a film spin-off his famed TV role as a Sicilian officer, "Commissario Montalbano," Tocco d'artista (Alberto Sironi, Italy, 2001), investigating a suicide that wasn't. No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (May 19): Archivist Mark Cantor's series "Giants of Jazz on Film" offers an evening of Piano Jazz, rare film clips of Art Tatum, Willie the Lion Smith, Duke Ellington and many others. $22 8 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: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Thurs 4:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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.
FRIDAY (May 18): It's the original "Lust in the Dust" as a month of epic films visits producer David O. Selznick's bizarro western Duel in the Sun (1946) 6:30 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.
THURSDAY (May 17): Episodes 7, 8 and 9 of Joss Whedon's cult-tv series Firefly (2002). $6 9:15 p.m.
Free. 2 p.m.MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org, $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: After the Wedding (Suzanne Bier, Denmark 2006) 6:30, 9:15 p.m. Adam's Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. A four-part Manual of Love (Giovanni Veronesi, Italy, 2007) 7 p.m. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (Rick Ray, 2006) 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: For one week only, Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977). Also opening, The Rape of Europa (Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, Bonni Cohen, 2007). See Opening for reviews. Call for times and other films.
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: Cut up those credit cards! Maxed Out (James D. Scurlock, 2006). Speakers at evening screenings 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: We agree, Ralph Nader is An Unreasonable Man (1985) 7:15, 9:15 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: The Mission Creek Film Festival offers a preview screening of Wild Tigers I Have Known (Cam Archer, 2006) 7, 10 p.m. Also, Exterminating Angels (Jean-Claude Brisseau, France, 2006) 3, 5 p.m. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (Sophie Fiennes, U.K., 2006) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: This month's Green Movie Night is devoted to sustainable architecture with Earth Walls: Cob and Straw Bale Construction in Wisconsin and Placemaking: An Antidote to Sprawl 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 18-24): Wild Tigers I Have Known (Cam Archer, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m. A psychotherapist seeks succor through sadism in Going Under (Eric Werthman, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3, 5 p.m. Director in person after 7 p.m. show Friday and Saturday. No 7 p.m. show Sunday May 21.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020 and www.sfai.edu for venue, 822-2885 and www.sfcinematheque.org for the San Francisco Cinematheque, based here. This art school includes film, video and mixed-media as part of its programming. Free save as noted.
SATURDAY (May 19): BFA and Post-Baccalaureate Film Screening 3 p.m. MFA Film Screenings with reception at 6 p.m. Films 7 p.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.
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