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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 3): An award winning French documentary, Les mauvais garons (Carr Brown, P. Bourgeois and P. Bodet, 2004), a record of a year in the life of Creil, the "sixth most violent city in France" 7 p.m.
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 (May 4): International ANSWER screensVoces Inocentes (Innocent Lies, Luis Mendoki, Mexico, 2004), a dramatization of screenwriter Oscar Torres's childhood in 1980s El Salvador. 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 6): A program of live music includes a Theremin demonstration, an interactive cell-phone symphony, and film clips of such greats as Spike Jones, Gene Simmons and the Punk Rock Orchestra. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 9): The "mother of all gory kung-fu flicks," The Story of Ricky (Lik wong, Ngai Kai Lam, Hong Kong, 1991), finds an angry man adrift in a futuristic prison with only his fists to protect him. $3 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two women fight for justice inSisters-in-Law (Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, Cameroon, 2005) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double-bill ofI Am A Sex Addict (Caveh Zahedi, 2005; 2:05, 5:40, 9:15 p.m. ) and Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004; 12:20, 3:55, 7:30 p.m. ).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5-11):Rang de Basanti (Rakeysh Mehra, India, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
BAY AREA MOTOR CLUB
SATURDAY (April 29): SF IndieFest presents "A Mighty Ruckus at Islais Creek", a music and film festival featuring 12 bands on two stages, rock posters, a DJ lounge, a custom car show, and films in a special screening room. All welcome 2-10 p.m.
2100 Bridgeway (at Spring), Sausalito, 332-3871 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society. Free.
FRIDAY (May 5): Grace Shafir'sChampions on Wheels (2005) tells of five young people who suddenly find themselves in wheelchairs 1 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $9 save as noted; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs (Wednesday through Friday). Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: A Stanley Kubrick series concludes with the posthumous Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 1:30, 4:45, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's Closing Night of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, featuring Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 7 p.m. ) followed by a Closing Night Party at Mezzanie (444 Jessie Street). Film only $20, film and party $75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5-11):A Year Without Love (Anahi Berneri, Spain, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 5 & 6): An "8 Tales" midnight movie series screening of the original sunken boat tale The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame, 1972). $7 midnight.
COBALT SUN STUDIO
411-A Coloma (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, 332-3323 for venue, 381-4123 for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society.
FRIDAY (April 7): Bye Bye Havana (J. Michael Seyfert, Germany/Cuba), a "stream of conscience documentary" with music by X Alfonso, Free Hole Negro, Roberto Carcasses, and Telmary. $8 7 p.m. .
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.
NIGHTLY: Federico Fellini exposes the sour side of the sweet life in La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959), screening through May 28 "Starts at dusk."
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200 and www.jccsf.org for venue. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented. Free, but you must call 292-1233 for reservations to this program.
MONDAY (May 8): "FreudFest," marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of psychoanalysis, is commemorated here by "Cinema on the Couch", a four-film retrospective. Tonight, in Gallantar Hall, parts 3 and 4 of British documentarian Adam Curtis' investigation of Freud's use in advertising, culture and politics,The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 9): In Kanbar Hall, Herbert Ross' enjoyable meet-up of Freud and Sherlock Holmes,The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976). Introduction and post-film discussion will be led by Peter L. Stein, Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 7 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.