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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.
WEDNESDAY (May 16): The Mission Creek Music/Film Festival, at various places around the city, offers several programs at this venue this week. Tonight, "Animated Films by Brent Green" with live soundtracks 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 18): The best student work from Directing Classes at Cogswell College's Digital Motion Picture Department and City College's Film Department. $3 - $5. Reception 7 p.m., films 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 20): Mission Creek The indie pop band Blammos sponsors the first Bay Area Indie Music Video Fest, for which entries made for local bands were solicited and due no later than May 13. See what was offered at 6 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: Just what is the Georgia Rule (Garry Marshall, 2007)? 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:10 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, the very funny police parody Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:35, 7:10, 9:25 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: A week devoted to the films of Japanese rebel filmmaker Shohei Imamura continues with his fiercely satirical take on the American occupation, Pigs and Battleships (1961), which viewers can mentally imagine taking place in present-day Iraq 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: In the postwar era a woman (Sachiko Hidari) does whatever it takes to survive in Imamura's The Insect Woman (1963) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 18-24): A premiere revival of Charles Burnett's acclaimed independent feature Killer of Sheep (1977). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
THURSDAY (May 17): A rare 35 mm film screening of the uncut horror landmark The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven, 1972), with star David Hess interviewed on stage before the film by Will Viharo 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (May 19 & 20): A kiddie matinee of the popular fantasy The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). $4 Sat noon, 3 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Billy Wilder's cross-dressing classic Some Like It Hot (1959) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
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.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue, www.grfilm.com for program and tickets. $15 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (May 16): The Greek Film Festival continues here with Coming as a Friend, the romance of two prisoners 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 17): Greek Film Festival A man tries to break with his past in The King (Nikos Grammatikos, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 18): Greek Film Festival Addicts fan out over Athens in search of drugs in the drama Tsiou (Makis Papadimitratos, 2005) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 22): Televising the Revolution screens Freedom on My Mind (Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford, 1994), a documentary about the 1960s civil rights group the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee, as a benefit for the Catalyst Project. Several speakers are promised; donations welcome 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. All films are on DVD. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (May 22): A Sound Film Classics series screens Max Ophüls' Merry Heirs (Germany, 1933), a comedy involving the massive consumption of alcohol from the future master of melodrama 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 (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.
SUNDAY (May 20): Phyllis Wattis Theater Parts One and Two of Leni Riefenstahl's highly stylized documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Olympia (Germany, 1938). Part One 1:30 p.m. Part Two 4:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Adam's Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2005) 2:50, 5:05, 7:25, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 18-24): Fay Grim (Hal Hartley, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 and Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Katherine Hepburn stars as the socially ambitious Alice Adams (George Stevens, 1935; 7:30 p.m.) and the cheerleader for a non-ambitious Cary Grant in Holiday (George Cukor, 1938; 5:45, 9:20 p.m. ).
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Attorney Hepburn battles her judicial husband Spencer Tracy as Adam's Rib (Cukor, 1949; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. ), screening with Judy Holliday, Hepburn's client in Adam's Rib, as a would-be celebrity in It Should Happen to You (Cukor, 1954; 5:50, 9:20 p.m. ). Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin wrote both films.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (May 17-20): Every screening of the local premiere of soccer doc Zidane (Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, U.K., 2006) is sold out. Now that's a real butt in the head! $10 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 20): A S.F. Cinematheque screening, Excavations of the Recordable World, includes Brook Hinton's "extra-temporal" study of Union Square, Transit, Katherin McInnis' Landscapes in Alphabetical Order and more by both artists. $8 7:30 p.m.
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