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RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: David Brower's years at the Sierra Club are Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6:45 p.m. Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004); see Ongoing for review 8:30 p.m. Producer Regina Ziegler's 10-part series of "Erotic Tales" concludes a week's run with Episode 10 (Jos Stelling and others) 7 p.m. Episode 9 (Bob Rafelson and others) 9 p.m.
STARTS THURSDAY: The 2004 Mill Valley Film Festival opens at this site (and two others in Marin County); see our coverage in Zoom Lens, on Page 39. Contact www.mvff.com or call the Festival Hotline at 380-8264 for films and show times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7; $10 for Bicycle Film Festival programs. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and the Band are all on the Festival Express (Bob Smeaton, 2003); see Ongoing for review 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Bicycle Film Festival travels to San Francisco (see www.bicyclefilmfestival.com for more). Paperboys (Mills) 7 p.m. Tour of Legends (Van Empel) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Bicycle Film Festival -- The Hans Rey Story 3 p.m. Nasty's World (Olpin) 5 p.m. Warriors: The Bike Race re-creates the 1979 Walter Hill gang movie -- on bikes! 7 p.m. Tim Burton's comedy classic Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Corporation (Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar, Canada, 2004); see Ongoing for review 2, 5, 8 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vincent Gallo seeks The Brown Bunny (2004) of love 6, 10 p.m. Michael Moore seeks the temperature of regime change in Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 7:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 8-14): Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (Nonny de la Pena, 2004) and Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez, 2004) play as a double bill of outrage. Presented by Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald, the former uses talking heads and dramatic re-enactments of FBI raids, while the latter relies on news footage from the Florida recount. Both are effective 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for this special screening. Free.
SATURDAY (Oct. 9): The 15th annual Straight Outta Film Arts screening offers works produced in FAF classes over the past year. And there's barbecue! Noon.
2274 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3892, www.uatc.com; www.aff.org for this event. $12. This venerable theater hosts the eighth annual Arab Film Festival this week. For the rest of the UA Berkeley's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Oct. 9): Arabs living in New York after Sept. 11, profiled in Everything Is Going to Be Allright (Ezzat, U.S./Egypt) 12:30 p.m. Under Another Sky (Morel, Algeria/France) 2:45 p.m. Ordinary Iraqis talk before and after the U.S. occupation in About Bagdad 5:45 p.m. Forbidden to Wander (Youssef, Palestine) and Alive in Limbo (Gunnarsdottir et al., Lebanon) 7:45 p.m. Satin Rouge (Amari, Tunisia) 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 10): Beloved diva Fairuz is profiled in We Loved Each Other So Much (Janssen, Lebanon) 12:15 p.m. A schoolteacher flees terrorists in the recommended Rachida (Basir-Chouikh, Algeria) 2:30 p.m. Arna's Children (Khamis and Danniel, Palestine/Israel) 4:30 p.m. A documentary on the late Edward Said, Selves and Others (Hamon, France) 6:30 p.m. Women's Love (El Hagar, Egypt) 8:15 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 6): Hitler's Hit Parade (Oliver Axer and Susanne Benze, Germany, 2003) looks back at mass entertainment under the Nazis 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 7): The San Francisco Cinematheque offers filmmaker Julie Murray in person with her I Began to Wish, Deliquium, and others, plus films that influenced her including Chick Strand's Loose Ends /i>7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 12): SF Performances screens two dance films from Sweden, Mats Ek's Carmen and Johan Inger's Home and Home 7 p.m.
The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle begins a series of 16mm screenings of film noirs on political topics with Walk a Crooked Mile (Gordon Douglas, 1948), playing Thursday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.