Arthouse Movie Listings for April 17-23, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: April Showers Bring Gay Powers: The community-run queer film series describes this month's entry as a "magical collection of queer shorts exploring the spriritual, heroic, and often times overlooked super powers that are harbored in queer identities and sexualities." Wed., April 17, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. We Are Winning, Don't Forget: A showcase of nine short films by Jean-Gabriel Périot. Fri., April 19, 8 p.m. $6-$10. Other Cinema: Optronica: Features a world premiere of Signal Mountain, the collaboration between local experimental filmmaker Allison Leigh Holt and rust artist/noise musician Jim Haynes, plus new projections by Craig Baldwin, live oscillator soundtracks by John Davis, and more. Sat., April 20, 8:30 p.m. $7. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. The Cliff House and Sutro Heights: A full-length documentary by Tom Wyrsch, director of Remembering Playland at the Beach and Sutro's: The Palace at Lands End. Through April 18. $7.50-$10. www.garfieldlaneproductions.net. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1707 Powell, San Francisco, 529-2237, www.bottlecapsf.com.

The Castro Theatre. Blow-Up and Deep Red: Double feature from Italian art house directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Dario Argento, with both films starring sleepy-eyed British actor David Hemmings. Wed., April 17, 7 & 9:10 p.m. Annual Epidemic Film Festival: A showcase of student work from the School of Motion Pictures & Television. Thu., April 18, 4 p.m. Midnites for Maniacs: A "TWIRP: Tribute to Sadie Hawkins" triple bill to revive your love (or, more likely, loathing) of adolescent formal dances via screenings of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Pretty in Pink, and the original Carrie. Fri., April 19, 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. $12. midnitesformaniacs.com. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Before they were Agent Smith and that guy in Memento (what was his name again? We forgot), Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce played Aussie drag queens who set off across the desert in a fabulous tour bus named Priscilla. Flamboyant hilarity ensues. A wee bit of Hedwig, John Cameron Mitchell's transsexual rock opera, fills in the middle of this three-screening double feature. Sat., April 20, 5, 7:10 & 9 p.m. Lawrence of Arabia: A newly restored version of the legendary desert epic starring Peter O'Toole. Sun., April 21, 2 & 7 p.m. Chasing Ice and Samsara: An Earth Day double feature pairing Jeff Orlowski's documentary about climate change with Ron (Baraka) Fricke's meditation of spiritual connectedness. Mon., April 22, 7 & 8:40 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

City Lights Books. B. Ruby Rich: The film writer discusses her non-fiction book, New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut. Thu., April 18, 7 p.m. free. 261 Columbus, San Francisco, 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

Clay Theatre. The Big Lebowski: Return of the Coen Brothers' eminently quotable comedy. April 20, midnight. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Cobb's Comedy Club. Doug Loves Movies Podcast Taping: Comedian Doug Benson makes a live recording of his cinema-centric podcast. Fri., April 19, 8 p.m. $25. 915 Columbus, San Francisco, 928-4320, www.cobbscomedy.com.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Angry Red Planet: Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tristan Buckner go back in time to mock Martians in the 1959 low-budget creature feature The Angry Red Planet. Sun., April 21, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. To the Wonder: Divisive director Terrence Malick (Tree of Life) continues to impress and perplex audiences with his latest film starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams. Daily. The Place Beyond the Pines: Director Derek Cianfrance reunites with his Blue Valentine star Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling for this dark crime drama also featuring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. Daily. No Place on Earth: The true story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived WWII by living in caves for a year and a half — the longest sustained time spent underground in history. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

The Emerald Tablet. Movie Lab: Make a Film from Public Archives: University of the Commons invites the public to remix and re-edit the Internet Archives' collection of copyright-free videos to create a new work of their own. Includes five weekly workshop sessions followed by final screenings on May 11. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 7 p.m. Continues through May 7. free. 80 Fresno St., San Francisco, 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Jews & Money: Documentary about the 2006 kidnapping and murder of a young French Jew — and the prejudices about alleged Jewish wealth that instigated it. Filmmaker Lewis Cohen will also be in attendance to answer questions afterwards. Wed., April 17, 7 p.m. $8-$12. 3200 California, San Francisco, 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Starbuck: After years of donating sperm for extra cash, a feckless 40-something discovers he's secretly sired over 500 kids in this French-Canadian comedy hit (soon to be remade in English). Daily. My Brother the Devil: This feature debut from director Sally El Hosaini focuses on the lives of two Arabic brothers — one a street gang banger who wants out, the other his adulative younger sibling who wants in — living in the ethnic mixing pot of London's Hackney borough. Through April 18. Quartet: Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is a dramedy based on the play of the same name by Ronald Harwood. Daily. The Silence: A copycat kidnapping committed 23 years after the original stirs up bad memories and more in this subtitled European thriller. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

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