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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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 (Aug. 24): The ATA's monthly Open Screening for you film and video geniuses out there. Advance submission required (hey, they say that in Hollywood, too, but they mean a different kind of submission). $4 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 25): A Cinematastic! program of five short films. $5 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 27): 3rd I offers "Introducing Bollywood" a film class taught by Arti Jain. $7 2 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: Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ) and in Theatre 2, Woody Allen stars as the Great Splendini in Scoop (U.K., 2006; 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 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 70 mm series continues with the massive all-star comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World (Stanley Kramer, 1963) 1:30, 4:45, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's not only big, it's 70 mm: Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Digital Sex triple feature of 1980s oddities screens Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as robots in Heartbeeps (Allan Arkush, 1981; 7:30 p.m. ), John Hughes' Weird Science (1985; 9:45 p.m. ) and the arcade gaming Joysticks (Greydon Clark, 1983; midnight).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A Beatles Anniversary weekend screens films, hosts guests, plays music. See www.bayareafilmevents for more.
MONDAY: Call for program.
TUESDAY: A double bill of the Robert Bresson classics Mouchette (France, 1964) and Au Hasard Balthazar (France, 1966), about a suffering little girl and a suffering donkey, respectively. Call for times.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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: Any year, we have since discovered, living with Mel Gibson is a Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, Australia, 1982) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Call for film.
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. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY: And why exactly does Al Gore want to keep Florida from sinking under water? Oh, that's right he actually won there. Just An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 4:45 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 29): "A Summer Lark" offers a wine reception 6 p.m. A preview of a forthcoming comedy, Keeping Mum 6:30 p.m. Dinner at local restaurants, all for $145. Call for reservations.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lower City (Sérgio Machado, Brazil, 2005). 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow led by Michael Fox.
FRIDAY (Aug. 25):When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way . West Side Story (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961). How pretty do you feel? 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A Frank Borzage series concludes with the stylized stunner Moonrise (1948). Highly recommended 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Masala (Srinivas Krishna, Canada, 1991), a Bollywood takeoff filmed amid the expatriates of Toronto 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Kenji Mizoguchi series screens his last film, Street of Shame (Japan, 1956; 7 p.m. ), a drama of the life of five Yoshiwara prostitutes, and his arguable masterpiece, Sansho the Bailiff (Japan, 1954; 8:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: A program of the short animation of John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon includes the 2005 Oscar winner The Moon and the Sun. Artist in person 5 p.m. Canemaker lectures and screens a presentation on Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, honoring the pioneer and showing such classics as Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) 7:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Mizoguchi's painfully serene examination of the tragic The Life of Oharu (1952), with Kinuyo Tanaka 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: aka Don Bonus (Sokly Ny and Spencer Nakasako, 1995) looks at the life of an 18-year-old Cambodian refugee in San Francisco (filmmaker Ny a.ka. Bonus). Nakasako in person 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY (Aug. 24): Parkway Tribe Night offers members two-for-one admission to the cult classic Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Rafael's indieWIRE series of unreleased "Undiscovered Gems" is Andrew Bujalski's young adult dramedy Mutual Appreciation (2005) 7 p.m. Also, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m. Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. The Dogwalker (Jacques Thelemaque, 2006) 8:30 p.m. Conversations With Other Women (Hans Canosa, 2005) 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau, France 2005) and Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006). See Opening for reviews. Call for other films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: First, Monty Python, now Tom Hanks and his loveable band of rogues search for the Holy Grail in The DaVinci Code (Ron Howard, 2006) 7, 9:55 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Parisian ghettos of 2010 background the Luc Besson-produced District B-13 (Pierre Morel, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY: Brian Dougherty's locally made indie psych thriller Tragic Kingdom (2005) 11 a.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The American-soldier filmed The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, U.S./Iraq, 2006) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Favela Rising (Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary, Brazil / U.S., 2005). Good film! 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 24-31): Carville takes on Evo in Our Brand Is Crisis (Rachel Boynton, 2006). See Opening for review 7:15, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:45, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau, France 2005). See Opening for review 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
MONDAY: The local premiere of Dark Water Rising (2006), a documentary about the Katrina animal rescues 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 29-31): Gabrielle 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (Karen Thomas, 1999) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Aug. 24): An opera series screens Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier in a Royal Opera production starring Kiri Te Kanawa noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
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FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 25-31): Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), www.artworksf.com and 673-3080 for this event. $10 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 23): The 9th annual One Night Stand: The Pleasure Zone offers an evening of "artworks and performances that are guaranteed to arouse your senses" including erotic films amid the erotic live music, erotic dancing, erotic fashion show, and erotic "Artists Paint Wrestling" 5-9 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series continues with the pair together for the first time in the race track melo Thoroughbreads Don't Cry (Alfred E. Green, 1937; 6, 9:20 p.m. ), screening with Garland and family putting on a show in Everybody Sing (Edward L. Marin, 1938; 7:30 p.m. ).
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Rita Hayworth is at once victimized and indomitable as Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:45 p.m. ), screening with Otto Preminger's noir classic Laura (1944; 5:55, 9:40 p.m. ).
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 29-31): Rooney and Garland play and sing Strike Up the Band (Busby Berkeley, 1940; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with Little Nellie Kelly (Norman Taurog, 1940; 5:40, 9:50 p.m. ), with Garland an adult for the first time.