Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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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: International ANSWER presents Memoria del Saqueo (Social Genocide, Fernando Solanas, Argentina, 2004), a documentary record of the popular uprising against decades of corrupt government 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The ATA Web site announces a "Privet Screening" here tonight. BYO hedges 7 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, U.K., 2005) 12:15, 2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao, Mongolia, 2004) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 p.m.
FRIDAY: A month-long Boris Karloff tribute opens with Sara Karloff Presents, an evening of home movies and discussion with the actor's daughter 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Karloff The original Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931; 2, 4:40, 7:20 p.m. ) still a classic, not least for Karloff's sensitive monster screens with a Gothic melodrama, The Black Room (Roy William Neill, 1945; 3:20, 6, 8:40 p.m. ), with Boris in a double role.
SUNDAY: Karloff Two by camp master James Whale, Bride of Frankenstein (1935; 2:50, 5:50, 8:50 p.m. ) and The Old Dark House (1932; 4:20, 7:20 p.m. ), co-starring Gloria Stuart.
MONDAY: Karloff is a rival gangster who takes a fall at the bowling alley in Howard Hawks' classic Scarface (1932; 2:40, 5:40, 8:40 p.m. ), screening with Graft (Christy Cabanne, 1931; 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. ), with Karloff as a mastermind of political corruption. Whale spotted him in this and cast him as his monster.
TUESDAY: Karloff plays The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise, 1945; 1:25, 5:05, 8:35 p.m. ) for producer Val Lewton, and then is a dead man brought back to life in The Walking Dead (Michael Curtiz, 1936; 3:50, 7:20 p.m. ). Also screening is Karloff's 41-minute episode, The Wurdalak, from Mario Bava's Black Sabbath (Italy, 1963; 2:55, 6:30, 10 p.m. ).
2100 Bridgeway (at Spring), Sausalito, 332-3871 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society. Free.
SATURDAY (June 3): Bill Plympton's entertaining, animated 1950s high school ghost story Hair High (2004) 1 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. 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: A gay-themed melodrama, Hate Crime (Tommy Stoval, 2005) 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: When an idealist scholar sells his soul for the devil, first for knowledge, and then for Camilla Horn, it's an excuse for one of the most stunningly designed and directed films ever made, F. W. Murnau's Faust (Germany, 1926). The silent classic screens with a live score by the Italian quartet Gatto Marte. $20 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 2-8): Before Da Vinci got encrypted, the Fargo North Decoder of explorers, Indiana Jones, deciphered the Ark of the Covenant. No one protested except the face-melting Nazis of Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
COBALT SUN STUDIO
411-A Coloma (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, 332-3323 for venue, 381-4123 for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society.
FRIDAY (April 7): Under the Radar (J. Plunky Branch, Germany/Cuba), a "survey of Afro-Cuban music" filmed on site. $8 7 p.m.
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.
DAILY: Like a circle in a spiral like a wheel within a wheel, it's The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) through June 25 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787, www.goethe.de/ins/us. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (June 6): The soccer favorite Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, U.K., 2002) screens on projected video in conjunction with an ongoing Fussball film series honoring Germany's June hosting of the Soccer World Cup 7:30 p.m
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings, shown on a 10 x 12 foot screen.
WEDNESDAY (May 31): An Arab Women Film Series screens Souha Surviving Hell (Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon, 2000), about the fate of a 21-year-old woman who attempted to assassinate a general in 1989 and who then survived ten years in prison. $5-$10 sliding scale 7 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (June 3 & 4): Superfest XXVI, the International Disability Film Festival screens 14 works over two afternoons. See www. culturedisabilitytalent.org for more. $5-$20 sliding scale 1:30-5 p.m. Free awards program Sunday 6 p.m.
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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: A special screening of the children's classic The Yearling (Clarence Brown, 2006), with child star and present-day Kentfield resident Claude Jarman Jr. in person introducing a new print of the film. A fundraiser for the theater. Reserved seats, $100, general admission $80. Reception 6:15 p.m. Film 7 p.m.