Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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ALBERT PARK BASEBALL FIELD
B Street & Albert Park Lane, San Rafael, 488-8888, www.filmnight.org. The summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5 donation, no one turned away.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $5 save as noted.
THURSDAY (July 26): Direct from from Cube Microplex, Bristol, U.K., The Sparror Screenings, with Ali Sparror presenting recent film and video from Bristol's ATA counterpart. "cut and paste, homemade parcels of wonder, skate films, and baroque animation" are promised. $6, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 27): The Altcinema Short Film Festival screens films by locals, including Sigmund Freud, Professional Psychoanalyst (Kami Chisholm and Jennifer Giloman, 2005). $8-$20 sliding scale, 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Paris must indeed be the center of the universe, for on separate screens we find two very different movies that think so: Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m.) and Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007; 1, 4, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.)
STARTS FRIDAY: The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman, 2007). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every weekend this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (July 27 & 28): Peaches' tenth annual Sing-Along Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1997; midnight).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, here this week. 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. $10 regular admission, $11 SFJFF save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The 27th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues with Ladino 500 Years Young (Papish, Israel). Free, 2 p.m. Knowledge is the Beginning (Smaczny, Germany) 4 p.m. Hot House (Dotan, Israel)6:30 p.m. Wasted (Kedar, Israel) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFJFF Lebanon Dream (Kedar, Israel) 12:15 p.m. Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days (Dror and Shir, Israel) 3:15 p.m. Aviva My Love (Zarhin, Israel) 5:45 p.m. The Closing Night program includes Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women (Talbot), pre-film extras and live comedy by Sandra Gold. $22, 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "Fabulous Fashion in Film" series opens with the all-female snap-fest The Women (George Cukor, 1939), plus live fashion celebrities from Project Runway and more. $27.50, $15 low-priority seating, $55 Gold Ticket preferred seating and reception available at 863-0611, www.ticketweb.com, or by e-mailing email@example.com, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Bitchin' Fashion" Jessica Rabbit, fashion maven, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988) 1 p.m. Joan Crawford seeks The Best of Everything (Jean Negulesco, 1959) 3:30 p.m. Meryl Streep sacrifices virgins in The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006) 7 p.m. Jim Broadbent feels like a virgin in Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2000) 9:30 p.m. Jane Fonda undresses in space as Barbarella (Roger Vadim, France, 1968) midnight.
SUNDAY: "Classic Musical Fashion" Some wear tin, and some doff straw, in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). $10 1 p.m. Audrey Hepburn, still perfect in Funny Face?(Stanley Donen, 1956) 4 p.m. "A Night of the Fabulous Hat" competition enlivens the pre-show for My Fair Lady (Cukor, 1964) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: "Real Fashion" The Beales have their own fashion sense in the Maysles Brothers documentary Grey Gardens (1975). Justin Bond is in for a "Little Edie Look-Alike Contest" at 7 p.m. The classic drag doc Paris Is Burning (Jenny Livingston, 1990) plays at 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Rockin' Fashion" A friendly look at Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998) 7 p.m. Harry Potter's favorite owl takes flight in the ultra-glam Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
10070 San Pablo (at Central), El Cerrito, (510) 814-2400, www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend, and other special programs. Beer is served; children must be accompanied by an adult. $6 save as noted.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (July 28-29): It's a three-way standoff in the spaghetti western masterpiece The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1966) Sat 5:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 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.
SUNDAY (July 29): Todd Haynes fans may not approve of this "Bad Movie Night" screening of his glam rock tribute Velvet Goldmine (1998). Quite a contrast from the celebration at the Castro! 8 p.m.
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