Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
TUESDAY (Aug. 21): A Universciné Series devoted to depicting the French family screens Petite Chérie (Anne Villacèque, 2000), a black comedy about a mysterious suitor. No subtitles! 7 p.m.
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 (Aug. 16): On the Road, an open screening with a traveling theme. Advance submissions recommended for next month's event, but try bringing a film anyway. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Free for artists 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 17): I Pity the Fool (Brent Coughenour, 2007) sifts the rubble of demolished Detroit. Filmmaker in person. $6. 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
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BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Community Room, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), (510) 981-6100, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Projected digital versions of classics. Free.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers occasional special screenings.
CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR
Florence Gould Theatre,100 34th Ave. (at Clement, in Lincoln Park), 863-3330, www.thinker.org/legion. The San Francisco landmark offers occasional screenings. $10 includes museum access before the film.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): A "Cinema Supper Club" series offers Robert Altman's impressive exploration of artistic madness, Vincent and Theo (France, 1990). Dinner at the Legion Café, 5:30 p.m. Film 8 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Werner Herzog's classics of humanity in extremis, Aguirre: the Wrath of God (Germany, 1972; 2:50, 7 p.m.) and The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (Germany, 1974; 12:45, 4:50, 9 p.m.), the one about a mad conquistador, the other about a victimized enigma.
THURSDAY: Writer and star Margaret Cho's first narrative feature, Bam Bam and Celeste (Lorene Machado, 2005). Cho in person. $15 advance, $20 at door for film; $75/$100 for VIP reception after the film. 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 17-23): A new print of Jean-Pierre Melville's excellent crime drama Le Doulos (France, 1962). Who can you trust? 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): Thrillville marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley with what's considered his best musical, Viva Las Vegas (George Sidney, 1964). Plus a live set by Cari Lee and the Saddle-ettes. $8. 9 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Aug. 18 & 19): Elvis Presley blasts out Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957). Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
400 block of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, www.filmnight.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues with a triple-header this weekend. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $6 donation.
FRIDAY (Aug. 17): A Paul Newman tribute screens Robert Rossen's pool shark classic The Hustler (1961), a somber and downbeat film that really isn't party fare. Great movie, though. Music, raffle, and cartoon at 8 p.m., followed by feature at dusk.
SUNDAY (Aug. 19): And then there's Sing-Along Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978). I missed Newman in that! Music, raffle, and cartoon at 8 p.m., followed by feature at dusk.
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.
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