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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.

RED VIC

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.

ROXIE

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.

SOMARTS GALLERY

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.

UA BERKELEY

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.

FILM NOTES

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 darkmarc@msn.com.

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