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Arthouse Listings October 9-15, 2013 

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Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Mission School: Short films take a cinematic glance at the street artists who came to be collectively known as the Mission School. Sat., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. 17th Annual Arab Film Festival: Opening Night: The monthlong statewide film festival launches its latest celebration of Arab cinema with a screening of Lamma Shoftak's When I Saw You, set in a Jordanian refugee camp during the 1967 hostilities with Israel. Fri., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $15-$40. arabfilmfestival.org. Return to Grey Gardens: Pay another visit to the Beales, those eccentric shut-ins from the 1976 cult documentary Grey Gardens, with pre-film entertainment featuring Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and Mink Stole. Sat., Oct. 12, 3 & 8 p.m. $25-$55. peacheschrist.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Exhibition Series: Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure: Exhibition is a cinematic art series spotlighting classic artists and representative exhibitions at museums around the world. Tonight's episode features a Vermeer exhibition held at the National Gallery in London. Thu., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. www.fathomevents.com. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422, www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1672.

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Room: Tommy Wiseau's cinematic bomb is every bit as bad as it's cracked up to be. You'll crack up as well at this riotous midnight screening with lots of Rocky Horror-style audience participation. Second Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Exorcist II: The Heretic: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Ira Emsig wonder how acting legend Richard Burton ever got roped into this thing. Could it be ... Satan? Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Lost Weekend Video. Fresh Like Cadaver: A monthly horror-themed, live movie riffing comedy show in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Second Friday of every month, 8 p.m. $10. facebook.com/FreshLikeCadaver. 1034 Valencia St., San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Mezzanine. Lebowski Fest S.F.: Movie Party: Extra Action Marching Band kicks off the night, followed by the annual screening of The Big Lebowski (or, if they're feeling nihilistic this year, Fargo). Fri., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $20-$25. https://lebowskifest.com. 444 Jessie, San Francisco, 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. Mill Valley Film Festival: The North Bay's best cinematic event enters its 36th year, with 2013 promising dozens of premiere screenings at venues including the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, CinéArts @ Sequoia, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Century Cinema, and the Lark Theater. Through Oct. 13. mvff.com. San Francisco, N/A.

Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium. Lunafest: San Francisco World Premiere: The traveling film festival — featuring short films by, for, and about women — makes a red carpet debut in San Francisco. Proceeds help benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. Thu., Oct. 10, 6 p.m. $20-$30. lunafest.org/sanfrancisco. 1111 California, San Francisco, 776-4702, www.masonicauditorium.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. When Comedy Went to School: Documentary about legendary Jewish comedians from the Borscht Belt era. Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. Museum Hours: Indie documentary filmmaker Jem Cohen (Fugazi's Instrument, Elliott Smith's Lucky Three) directs this dramatic fictional feature centered around Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Daily. Muscle Shoals: This music documentary looks at the history of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where many hugely iconic rock and soul songs — including the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" — were recorded. Starting Oct. 11. Daily. Mother of George: The pressures of family and tradition weigh upon Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé in this new drama by Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu. Starting Oct. 11. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Seven by Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mini-tribute to the prolific German director — including screenings of Lola, Fox and His Friends, The American Soldier, Fear of Fear, Mother Kuster Goes to Heaven, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and The Marriage of Maria Braun — as a lead-in to the YBCA's upcoming two-month retrospective. Through Oct. 10. The Institute: Documentary about the Jejune Institute, the strange local ARG organization — whose surreal, inexplicable flyers you surely saw on lampposts around the city — that seemed like the Church of the SubGenius and the Church of Scientology hosting a mad scavenger hunt inside your subconscious. Through Oct. 9. S.F. Shorts: Short films from 21 countries, divided into eight separate feature programs. Oct. 10-12. The New Black: Frameline Encore presents a free screening of this documentary about the struggle to change attitudes towards LGBT lifestyles among African-Americans. Thu., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Free. frameline.org. Escape from Tomorrow: If Disney lawyers get involved, you may not get another chance to see this provocatively odd B+W fantasy film — shot without permission at Disney amusement parks — that shows a phantasmagorical dark side lurking beneath the Happiest Place on Earth. Oct. 11-17. The Mystery in Old Bathbath: The puppet characters from Quintron and Miss Pussycat's "Trixie and the Treetrunks" series go on a new adventure in this 45-minute indie film. Q&MP also perform live at the Elbo Room on October 16. Tue., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Temescal Arts Center. Shapeshifters Cinema: Free monthly film series featuring experimental image manipulators and ambient sound shamans. Second Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. Free. shapeshifterscinema.com. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074, www.temescalartscenter.org.

Vogue Theatre. Letters to Jackie: Documentary about the piles of condoling correspondence sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Through Oct. 10. American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco: Historical documentary about the Jewish experience in — and its influence upon — the City by the Bay. Oct. 11-17. $8-$10.50. americanjerusalem.com. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

The Vortex Room. The Satanic Rites of the Vortex Room: Double feature screening of Good Against Evil (1977) and Satan's Cheerleaders (1977). Thu., Oct. 10, 9 p.m. $10. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

Women's Building. Superfest International Disability Film Festival: Superfest presents "The Dissies," a humorous awards show at which audience members can vote for the worst cinematic representations of people with disabilities. Sat., Oct. 12, 6 p.m. $10. lighthouse-sf.org. 3543 18th St., San Francisco, 431-1180, www.womensbuilding.org.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Bill T. Jones Documentaries: Two short docs profiling the NYC choreographer (who not-so-coincidentally happens to be performing in S.F. this week). Sat., Oct. 12, 3:30 & 5:20 p.m. Free with RSVP. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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