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 (June 22): "Places in Pieces volume 2," a program of documentaries focusing on the urban landscapes of Western Europe. Silent with live music composed with field recordings by A. Parks. Filmmaker J. Pappariella in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 24): "The Connie and Bonnie Show and Friends" mixes live variety and music with "marginal videos made by people in the margins." Videos include Nick Miller's Fat Kid Going to the Dentist, Eric Dyer's Kinetic Sandwich, and work by hosts Rahne Alexander and Kristen Anchor 8 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: A relationship drama with the great Cherry Jones, Swimmers (Doug Sadler, 2005) noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A Boris Karloff series continues on the Balboa's second screen with a triple bill of the bizarre, devil-worship drama The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934; 2:50, 6:45 p.m. ), Karloff as the inventor of The Invisible Ray (Lambert Hillyer, 1936; 4:05, 8 p.m. ) and as the owner of a speakeasy blessed with the choreography of Busby Berkeley in Night World (Hobart Henley, 1932; 1:40, 5:35, 9:30 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: The Karloff series ends with the third and fourth of the long-running series, Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Lee, 1939; 2:30, 5:35, 8:40 p.m. ) and House of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton, 1944; 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today through Sunday. Today, "Momma's Boy" (shorts) 11 a.m. Mom's Apple Pie (Laine) and Queer Spawn (Boluda) 1:15 p.m. Sun Kissed (McGuinn) 3:30 p.m. A Very Serious Person (Busch) 6 p.m. small town gay bar (Ingram) 8:30 p.m. The Kinsey Sicks: I Want to Be a Republican (Bielenberg) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline "Family Ties" (shorts) 11 a.m. With You! (Dabach) 1:15 p.m. "Boys School" (shorts) 3:15 p.m. Pick Up the Mic (Hinton) 6 p.m. Paper Dolls (Heymann, Israel/Switzerland) 8:30 p.m. Two Drifters (Rodrigues, Portugal) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline A three-part British TV series, set in Thatcher's London, The Line of Beauty (Dibb) 11 a.m. "Worldly Affairs" (shorts) 3 p.m. Wrestling With Angels (Mock) profiles Tony Kushner 6 p.m. Looking for Cheyenne (Minetto, France) 8:30 p.m. Dirty Laundry (Jamal) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline Why We Sing! (Dillon) 11 a.m. Fat Girls (Christian) 1:15 p.m. Stand-up lesbian comedy in Laughing Matters... More (Meyerson) 3:30 p.m. An animated Queer Duck: The Movie (Reiss) 6 p.m. Bam Bam and Celeste (Machado) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline "Fun in Girls' Shorts" noon "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 2:30 p.m. A Love to Hide (Faure, France) 4:45 p.m. The Closing Night film is Manuel GÓmez Pereira's Queens (Spain, 2005). Film only $20, film and party to follow $60 7:30 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
85 West Portal (at Santa Clara), 661-2539 for venue; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $10 save as noted. This refurbished multiplex now offers art films.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today and Thursday. Tonight, Red Doors (Lee) 7 p.m. Broken Sky (Hernndez, Mexico) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline Eleven Men Out (Douglas, Iceland) 7 p.m. The film version of the cult TV show Strangers With Candy (Paul Dinello, 2006). Attendees are encouraged to dress up like Amy Sedaris' character (and maybe her brother will put you in one of his stories!) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for regular program.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
THURSDAY (June 22): "Movie Night on the Patio" features fighting soul sister Pam Grier this month. Tonight, the amazing Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973) takes on the mob single-handedly. $2 9 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 27): A "Televising the Revolution" program screens Coca and the Congressman, about Bolivia's Evo Morales, and Flood of Betrayal: Survivors Stories in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a benefit for Just Cause Oakland. Donations appreciated, not required 8 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that I said? It's the end of the run for The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Abolish all memories of Richard Gere, all ye who enter here, for the Japanese original version of Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo, 1995). Plays through July 20 "Starts at dusk."
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.