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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (March 29): The "Water Works Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 13 water-themed films, including Reynold Reynolds" The Drowning Room ("vignettes from the sunken suburbs"), Mehmet Ozcelik's Thirst for Revenge, and Virginia Valdez's Submerged 8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A man's rubber doll gives his human girlfriend some competition in Robert Parigi's Love Object (2003) 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 26-April 1): A pizza-delivery man feels class envy in Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh, 2003). See Page 41 for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 24): A couple try to recover from the death of their daughter with a road trip to Spain in Pleure pas Germaine (Alain de Halleux, France, 2000) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 27): World beat musician Papa Wemba stars in a popular "rags to riches" tale, La vie est belle (Ngangura Mweze, Zaire, 1967). Program repeats on Wednesday 2 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (March 26): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" is already partially booked with "the Kafkaesque Skye Thorstenson's' 1953 Part II, Ray Baeza's Video Voyeur, and more. Bring your own! Free for filmmakers. Live music by Sun of Mercury at 7:30 p.m. Films at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 27): An Other Cinema screening of Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954), screening with a live Thelemic ritual, Eric Salter's Dupe and Destroy, Tari Abranovich's Wall of Noise, and more 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 30): A program in memory of the late local filmmaker Sarah Jacobson. A set of short films includes I Was a Teenage Serial Killer (1993), early Pixelvision movies, and more 7 p.m. Jacobson's indie feature Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997) 9 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (March 26): Bette Davis delivers The Letter (1940) in William Wyler's melodrama 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 27): Clarence Brown's steamy pre-Code melo Possessed (1931), with Joan Crawford and the untamed early Clark Gable 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 28): Possessed 5 p.m. The Letter 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 for regular programs; (866) 468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, priced at $20 evenings, $15 Wednesday matinee. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, billed as an interactive encounter between audiences and the 1939 MGM classic directed by Victor Fleming 7 p.m.; also Wed 1 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 26-April 1): A double bill of Jerzy Stuhr's The Big Animal (Poland, 2000; 7 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 3:30 p.m.) and György Pálfi's Hukkle (Hungary, 2002; 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1:45, 5:10 p.m.). See Opening for more.
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: Francesco Rosi's Carmen (Italy, 1984), with Placido Domingo 6:30, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: A special evening for Alliance Française members and Swiss consulate staff offers a meal and the 1999 policier Attention aux chiens (Christophe Marzal, Switzerland). Call for reservations 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Carmen resumes, screening nightly (closed Mondays) through April 4 6:30, 9 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:30 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (March 30): A once-banned film of the East German 1960s, The Traces of Stones (1966), about a love triangle on a construction site. Thought lost for 25 years, reconstructed after the fall of the Wall 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (March 27): "Red, Hot and Be-Bop," a program of jazz greats on 16mm clips curated by Mark Cantor. Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Louis Armstrong are featured. $20, series tickets available 8 p.m.
MONDAY (March 29): An eight-week lecture/film class taught by Janis Plotkin, "The World of Jewish Cinema," screens Alexander Askoldov's Commissar (U.S.S.R., 1967), about a pregnant Red Army officer moved into a poor Jewish family home during battle. $18, series tickets available 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 30): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival opens a 12-week series with a movie about the liturgical music Chaazanut, Chants of Sand and Stars (Nicolas Klotz, France, 1997). $9, series tickets available 8 p.m.