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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 (May 10): The Mission Creek Music/Film Festival, at various places around the city, offers several programs at this venue this week. Tonight, "A Tuned Relationship Between Film and Music" is revealed by this open screening of music oriented films. A two-week advance submission was "strongly recommended" but "if not. . . it is all good." For information on next month's open screening email firstname.lastname@example.org. $5, free for artists 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 11): Mission Creek A 1970 instance of "arthouse porn," Bacchanale (John and Lem Amero) concerns "fashion, dreams, death, discos, calliopes, spiral staircases, water, war, hell, and, of course, sex." 50 audio artists have been invited to reinterpret the film in "an era-bending megamix of illicit thrills." $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 12): Other Cinema's 16th annual PXL This festival of odd and wonderful short films made on this blurry, b&w toy camera of the 1980s. Highlights include fest founder Garry Fialka's theory-laden introduction and sometime feature filmmaker Michael Almereyda's Aliens 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 13): Mission Creek A night of visual and live music includes Paul Clipson's experimental Super 8 film Passageways with a score by the band Tarentel, and Phil Spirito's First Egg with live accompaniment by an 8-piece "oRSorchestra" 8 p.m.
MONDAY (May 14): Slow Superconductors, a music-themed evening featuring Brian De Graw's Retina Riddim ("33 minutes 3 seconds of eye splitting edits"), extracts of music films by Andrew Kesin, and Takeshi Murata's reworking of an Italian horror film "into a dreamlike sequence of toxicity" 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: The very funny police parody Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, the local premiere of Domestic Import (Kevin Connor, 2006) noon. Separate admission for a double bill of The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2006; 2:10, 6:45 p.m.) and Avenue Montaigne (Danile Thompson, France, 2006; 4:45, 9:10 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and
Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This
facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
TUESDAY (March 15): A "Jewish Film Class" offers a projected video screening of Get Thee Out (Dmitri Astrakhan, Russia, 1991), about an affable dairy farmer and only Jew in a Ukrainian village. Discussion will follow 7 p.m.
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: The Epidemic Film Festival screens films, video and animation from the Academy of Art University. Free7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Closing Night program of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival offers La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, France, 2006), a biopic of Edith Piaf with Marion Cotillard. The Closing Night Party follows at the Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street. Film and party $75 (VIP $125); film only $20 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: A week devoted to the films of Japanese rebel filmmaker Shohei Imamura opens with Vengeance Is Mine (1979), with Ken Ogata as a master criminal slicing his way through Japan in 1963 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Imamura's The Pornographers: An Introduction to Anthropology (1966), about a small-time operator with ambitions 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Imamura A woman's rape leads to Intentions of Murder (1964) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Vengeance Is Mine 8 p.m.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (May 12 & 13): A great Preston Sturges comedy, Sullivan's Travels (1941) it's about life, and movies, and how to tell them apart Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series continues on weekends. $9.75.
SATURDAY (May 12): The ultimate midnight movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (May 13): "The Wayans brothers destroy your will to live" as "Bad Movie Night" screens Razzie nominees for Worst Picture of 2006 this month. Tonight, the winner for Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Remake/Rip-Off, Little Man (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2006) 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 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.
DAILY: The great Philippe Noiret is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, in exile in Il Postino (Michael Radford, Italy, 1994), through May 27 "Starts at dusk."