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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Incident at Loch Ness (Zak Penn, 2004). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 12-18): Ron Mann follows Woody Harrelson's bus in Go Further (Russia, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 10): Two people demand answers from God in Des Nouvelles du Bon Dieu (Didier Le Pecheur, 1996). Here's my question: Ohio? 6 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 10): Punk Sound Night screens live shows of The Pixies on tour in 1988, plus Nina Hagen in Berlin, 1978, Plus surprises 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 11): Cinematastic, a new monthly series, offers five films for five bucks. Tonight, short films by Mike Missiaen and others 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 13): Deborah Stratman's Kings of the Sky, a video record of an acrobat troupe in Chinese Turkestan, screens with James Hong's protest against an Americanized Taiwan, Taipei 101, and Dovar Chen's film about that island s workers laboring in the global economy, Into Air. See for more info 8:30 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass Season of Horror", hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (Nov. 13): Midnight Mass concludes its fall season with a S.F. Underground Short Film Festival, billed as a "cavalcade of Midnight Shorts." Plus live rock midnight.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $8 save as noted; $10 for the Film Arts Festival (Sunday). 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: Brit filmmaker Simon Pummell's "kaleidoscopic lifecycle journey" Bodysong (2004). $8.50 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: The Future of Food (Deborah Koons Garcia) looks at what we'll be eating in the 21st century. Thursday benefit for Slow Food, $10 7 p.m. Regular screenings Friday 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: The Second Annual 3rd I Film Festival screens a day of South Asian cinema. See or call 835-4782 for more info. Reason, Argument and Story (Ritwik Ghatak, India, 1974), an autobiographical film by a respected experimental filmmaker 1 p.m. Young British Indians explore life in Second Generation (Jon Sen, U.K., 2003) 4:30 p.m. A new Bollywood blockbuster, Main Hoon Na (I'm Here, Don't Be Afraid, Farah Khan, India, 2004) 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: The 20th Annual Film Arts Festival screens Oil on Ice (Djerrasi and Boudart) 11:30 a.m. Alive in Limbo (Marcus et al, Lebanon) 1:30 p.m. Water Under the Bridge (Brigham) 3:30 p.m. Tell It Like It Is (Bravo) 6 p.m. A work in progress screening of The Refugee All Stars (Niles and White) 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY: UCSF AIDS Health Project's A Night to Remember of live entertainment. Tickets available at (866) 468-3399. $25, $100, $250 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: The Underskatement 2004 Film Festival screens short films by skateboarders. See for more info 7, 9:15 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Björk is Dancing in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), screening through Nov. 28 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.


1285 Sutter (at Van Ness), 474-8700 for venue; 554-5525 and for this program. For regular screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page. The 28th annual American Indian Film Festival screens here this week. $6 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: Three episodes of the Canadian series Absolutely Cree (Diamond and Lewis) plus other short films noon A free screening of Chris Eyre's Edge of America (2004) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Films from the Tribal Touring Program, a digital film workshop for teenagers 10 a.m.


530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

TUESDAY (Nov. 16): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, concludes with Black Forest Girl (Hans Deppe, 1950), a comedy about a missing necklace 7:30 p.m.


1310 Mission (at 9th St.), 21 and over. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 10): Bill Plympton's really quite droll Hair High (2004), an animated musical horror show 8 p.m.


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568,; for this week's program. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings. $9.

SATURDAY: The International Latino Film Festival screens KordaVision (Hector Cruz Sandoval, Cuba, 2004), a documentary about photographer Alberto "Korda" Diaz 7 p.m. Gonzalo Justinado's B-Happy (Chile, 2000), a well made if saddening film about an abandoned teenager 9:10 p.m.

SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- You're My Hero (Antonio Cuadri, Spain, 2002), about a boy, used to moving every year, settling into a new school at age 13 7 p.m. The Buena Vista Social Club meets a hip-hop influenced band in Paraíso ("Heaven", Alina Teodorescu, Cuba/Germany/Romania, 2003) 9:15 p.m.


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