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Arthouse Movie Listings for April 20-26, 2011 

Wednesday, Apr 20 2011
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Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: One hour of shorts; monthly open submissions screening; feedback session follows films. Thu., April 21, 8 p.m. free-$5. "Hobnobbin' Hobo": Other Cinema: Bill Daniel's Tumbleweed Crossroads and other films. Sat., April 23, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Castro Theatre. Elmer Gantry: Star Shirley Jones in person. Wed., April 20, 7:30 p.m. Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble: Part of John Waters' birthday weekend. Fri., April 22, 7:30 p.m. Desperate Living and Polyester: Part of John Waters' birthday weekend. Sat., April 23, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15 & 9 p.m. Hairspray and Serial Mom: Part of John Waters' birthday weekend. Sun., April 24, 1:25, 3:20, 5:05, 7 & 8:45 p.m. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Slaughter's Big Rip-Off: Part of blaxsploitation month at "Mystery Science Theater 3000 live." Sun., April 24, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Multiple San Francisco locations. San Francisco International Film Festival: Large fest with features, parties, discussions, awards, and more. April 21-May 5. multiple addresses.

Oddball Film and Video. "Home Brewed Cinema: From Populist Drink to Pop Culture": Films highlighting historical and pop cultural aspects of beer including Dortmund Beer (1973), A Fatal Glass of Beer (1933), and The Cat Who Drank and Used Too Much (1988). An assortment of beers will also be available for a donation. Thu., April 21, 8 p.m. $10. "Speed of Light": Short films covering themes of speed and light including Rendezvous, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Spacy, and Powers of 10. Fri., April 22, 8:30 p.m. $10. "Silent Cinema Series #4": Short films by silent cinema greats including Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. Sat., April 23, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8112, www.oddballfilm.com.

Red Vic Movie House. The Big Lebowski: The Coen brothers' supercult feature; screens as part of the "Day of the Dude." Through April 21, 7 & 9:25 p.m.; Wed., April 20, 2 & 4:20 p.m.; Thu., April 21, 7 & 9:25 p.m. $6-$12. Reservoir Dogs: Quentin Tarantino's movie about violence. April 22-23, 7:15 & 9:25 p.m.; Sat., April 23, 2 & 4:15 p.m. Baraka: Ron Fricke's non-narrative film. Sun., April 24, 2 & 4:15 p.m.; April 24-25, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Valley Girl: Martha Coolidge's '80s classic. April 26-27, 7:15 & 9:25 p.m.; Wed., April 27, 2 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com.

Roxie Theater. Carancho: A love story set in Argentina of a lawyer looking for clients injured in traffic accidents and a physician who treats them. Through April 21. $10. Even the Rain: Director Icíar Bollaín tackles themes of exploitation, art vs. propaganda, revisionist history, and multinational corporations. Through April 21; Through April 24. $6-$10. Some Days Are Better than Others: Debut film by Matt McCormick exploring depression and art as refuge among three characters. Through April 28. $6-$10. Super: Dark comedy by director James Gunn about a man who fights crime as a self-styled superhero with no powers. April 22-28. $6-$10. Red, White & Blue: Simon Rumley's horror feature. April 22-28. $6-$10. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

SFMOMA. "Electric Party Songs": Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards Workcenter present performances based on the works of Allen Ginsberg as well as the poet's home movies. Thu., April 21, 6 p.m. free with museum admission. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

The Vortex Room. "The Rebel TV Set: A Beatnik Marathon from Television's Golden Age": A collection of beatnik-themed episodes from The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Flintstones, Honey West, Mister Ed, and The Munsters. Sun., April 24, 7 p.m. $5. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.), www.myspace.com/thevortexroom.

VIZ Cinema. Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts: 99 Years of Love: Sugako Hashida's episodic Japanese film about the Japanese-American experience. Through April 20, 10:30 a.m., $5 donation. 1746 Post (at Webster), 525-8600, www.newpeopleworld.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Fearless: Chinese Independent Documentaries": Through April 21. $8. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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