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 (April 26): The "April Showers Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" commemorates the Rites of Springs with 11 short films and videos, including Potter-Belmar Labs" Esther Levine's Chicken Washing Technique (demonstrating same), Hyemee Choi's animated March of the Chicken-Man, and Tim Szetela's A-Z, about a typewriter's thoughts 8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues this week. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robot Stories (Greg Pak, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 23-29): La Vie Promise (Olivier Dehan, France, 2002). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 23 & 24): Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi enjoy their mission from God in The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980). $7.50 midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (April 21): An old lady causes problems in Tatie Danielle (Etienne Chatiliez, 1990) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 24): Tatie Danielle 2 p.m.
430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $7.25 for this midnight series. For additional Aquarius screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 23 & 24): A key Jackie Chan comedy, Legend of Drunken Master (Chia-Liang Liu, 1994), more likely to figure in his legend than The Tuxedo. Prize drawings on Saturday midnight.
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 (April 22): "Flicker" promises "an intersection of sound and film" in this mix of live music, video (by the lowercased Austrian thom poe, among others), and "listening sessions" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 23): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" already has works booked by Jessica Pezalla, Jesse Wiens, Victor Diaz, Cris Hall, and others and has changed its policy to request mailed submissions (attn: Meg). See www.atasite.org/openscreening for more. Live music by Grandpa Shig 7:30 p.m. Films 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 24): The 13th PXL This Fest. Turn to See/Be Seen, Page 31, for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 25): A Kucharathon! features local filmmaking legend George Kuchar in person with his movies House of the White People (1968) with the artist George Segal, the thunderstorm documentary Wild Night in El Reno (1977), Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966), and more. $7 8 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 (April 23): John Frankenheimer's paranoia-inducing The Manchurian Candidate (1962), soon to be remade -- WHY? 7, 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 24): Leo McCarey's laughter-inducing Duck Soup (1933), with the Marx Brothers. Hopefully not to be remade by the Coen Brothers, the Wachowski Brothers, or the Weitz Brothers 7, 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 25): Duck Soup 5 p.m. The Manchurian Candidate 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8; $12 for SFIFF programs save as noted. 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: The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival screens here intermittently through April 29. See Page 43 for more details. Tonight, an in-person "Tribute to Chris Cooper" proffers the deserving character actor the Peter J. Owens Award and screens John Sayles" coal-mining saga Matewan (1987). $25 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Piaf: Her Stories... Her Songs (2003), a concert-documentary with Raquel Bitton performing Piaf's standards. Bitton in person after the film for a live interview with Gerald Nachman. Call (925) 275-9490 for advance tickets. $10 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- Koktebel (Khlebnikov and Popogrebsky, Russia) 3 p.m. Milos Forman is honored with the Film Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, an event followed by a screening of his underrated musical Hair (1979). $25 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A live performance by entertainer Bill Talen, Reverend Billy & the Stop Big Boxes Choir. $10 8 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (April 25-28): The famously infamous surrealist classics that kick-started the film career of Luis Buñuel (with an assist from Salvador Dali), L'Age d'Or (1930) and Un chien Andalou (1929) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Bling -- 8 Incredibly Random Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 23 & 24): Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993) features many future stars, and Ben Affleck, in a most excellent tale of Texan high school life. On Saturday, 7 Minutes in Heaven and a Hazing contest. $7 midnight.
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.