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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (April 20): Struggles in the Basque country are depicted in Iñaki ArtetaÕs Silent Voices 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 22): A program of ÒPranks and InterventionsÓ offers Òculture jammingÓ exercises by Tom Borden, Michael Dale and Aphid, plus clips of the Yes Men, the Biotic Baking Brigade and others. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
DAILY: Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi admits I Am a Sex Addict (2005) noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A two-week Reel San Francisco series of films set in the City continues with two Pre-Code dramas. Barbara Stanwyck aims to break out of San Quentin in Ladies They Talk About (Howard Bretherton and William Keighley, 1933; 2:40, 5:40, 8:40 p.m. ) while Bette Davis flirts with danger in Fog Over Frisco (William Dieterle, 1934; 1:10), 4:10, 7:10 p.m. ).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. Alfred HitchcockÕs The Birds (1963; 1:55, 7 p.m. ) run wild while Burt Lancaster befriends our feathered friends as Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer, 1962; 4:15, 9:20 p.m. ).
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Reel S.F. Rita Hayworth buys a nightclub and pursues Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 12:50, 4:50, 8:50 p.m. ); Edward G. Robinson owns a nightclub and pursues Miriam Hopkins on the Barbary Coast (Howard Hawks, 1935; 3, 7 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: Reel S.F. Bluff Edmond OÕBrien discovers he should have moved to Utah and starred for HBO as The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, 1953; 12:25, 3:50, 7:15 p.m. ) and then, a tourist in this town, quaffs a fatal glass in D.O.A. (Rudolph Maté, 1950; 2, 5:25, 8:50 p.m. ).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $9 save as noted; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs (Saturday and Sunday). 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.
WEDNESDAY: The Lady in Question is Charles Busch (John Catania and Charles D. Ignacio, 2006) 2, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night offering of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival is Peter ChanÕs Hong Kong musical Perhaps Love (2005), with party to follow at the Regency Center Grand Ballroom. $60 7 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 16 for more.
FRIDAY: Midnights for Maniacs presents a ÒEarly 80Õs Aerobicize Triple FeatureÓ with Staying Alive (Sylvester Stallone, 1983; 7:30 p.m. ), Flashdance (Adrian Lyne, 1983; 9:45 p.m. ) and Heavenly Bodies (Lawrence Dane, 1984; midnight), with John Travolta, Jennifer Beals and Cynthia Dale, respectively, working it out in spandex, headbands, and legwarmers in this 1980s nightmare come to life. $10.
SATURDAY: SFIFF Heart of the Game (Serrill) noon Hal RoachÕs screwball comedy of swapped genders, Turnabout (1940) 3 p.m. Al Franken: God Spoke (Hegedus and Doob) 6 p.m. In Bed (Bizé, Chile) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF The Alloy Orchestra performs live scores to three silent shorts, including Buster KeatonÕs divine One Week (1920) 1 p.m. Iberia (Saura, Spain) 3:45 p.m. Alloy performs a live score for Rudolph Valentino as The Eagle (Clarence Brown, 1925). $20 7 p.m. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, Taiwan) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double bill of two of British great Michael PowellÕs more exotic blossoms, Black Narcissus (Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947), with Deborah Kerr one of several repressed nuns in the Himalayas, and Age of Consent (Australia, 1969; 4:55, 9 p.m. ), with Helen Mirren as a nude teen inspiring elderly painter James Mason.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.8tales.com for this series. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This gemlike box is one of the cityÕs last remaining single screens.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 21 & 22): An Ò8 TalesÓ midnight movie series continues with political activist Rob ReinerÕs analysis of California state politics, The Princess Bride (1987), with Andre the Giant standing in for Gov. Schwarzenegger. $7 midnight.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003) ÒStarts at dusk.Ó
STARTS MONDAY: Call for program.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8
Daily: Take the Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006) Wed, Thurs, Fri, Tues 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 3, 5:30, 7:45 p.m.; Mon 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a Òcalendar houseÓ rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS (Hank Rogerson, 2005) 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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