Like the bar, which fosters a culturally, racially, and sexually mixed environment, the film series likes to push gently at the boundaries. This Independence Day, the folks at El Rio present "Pie Fight 69 and Other Delectable Shorts." Aristocratic cinephiles can keep to the Foreign Cinema; these down and dirty short films about food will play on a sticky edible screen made entirely of meringue.
The films start at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the El Rio Bar, 3158 Mission (between Cesar Chavez and Valencia), S.F. $7 cover includes an omnivore's barbecue, served from 7 to 8 p.m.; call 282-3325.