Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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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 11): A program of nine short optically printed films that "reveal psychosomatic illnesses of American culture" by Tony Gault includes Not Too Much Remember (2004) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 13): The CounterCorp Festival screens corporate promo films from the 1950s-60s and later, including Philco/Ford's Year 1999, Coronet's What Is Capitalism? and Oscar Meyer's Because We Care. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $5-$20 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 14): The 10th Annual Mission Creek Music and Film Festival presents "The West May Save Us Yet," a program of "DIY visual kinesis" that includes Martha Colburn's Wrong Time Capsule, with Deerhoof and Nicolas Amato's Bloody Begonias with Ariel Pink 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 16): Mission Creek Michael Musika's the myth of Obo Martin (2005) looks at creative music making in San Francisco 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: Rang de Basanti (Rakeysh Mehra, India, 2005) noon, 3:20, 7:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double-bill of I Am A Sex Addict (Caveh Zahedi, 2005; 2:05, 5:40, 9:15 p.m. ) and Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (Lu Chuan, China, 2004; 12:20, 3:55, 7:30 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Model Works (Yan-Ting Yuen , China, 2005). See Opening for review noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10 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 & THURSDAY: A Year Without Love (Anahi Berneri, Spain, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Castro's new schedule opens with a Jacques Demy series, starting with his ever popular, candy-coated musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France, 1964) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Anouk Aimee stars twice as Demy's cabaret performer Lola, in France for the ultra-romantic Lola (1961; noon, 3:40p, 7:15 p.m.) and disillusioned and living in Los Angeles, working in a Model Shop (1969; 1:45, 5:20, 9 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Two lavishly mounted fairy tales by Demy, Donkey Skin (France, 1970; noon, 3:30, 7 p.m.), with Catherine Deneuve, and The Piped Piper (U.K., 1972; 1:45, 5:10, 8:45 p.m.), with Donovan as the titular rat charmer.
MONDAY: Closed for private event.
TUESDAY: Two musicals with Liza Minnelli, Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972; 12:30, 6 p.m.) and New York, New York (Martin Scorsese, 1977; 2:45, 8:20 p.m.).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 12 & 13): An "8 Tales" midnight movie series screening of a very guilty pleasure, Death to Smoochy (Danny DeVito, 2002). $7 midnight.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue; 775-7755 for reservations to this program and www.afsf.com for more information. $9 SFFS members, $12 others.
SATURDAY (May 13): Alliance Française sponsors author Amélie Nothomb, in person with the film adaptation of her best-selling autobiographical novel, Fear and Trembling (Alain Corneau, 2003), with Sylvie Testud as an unhappy Belgian woman lost as a translator for a Japanese corporation 5 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."
TUESDAY (May 16): In Foreign Cinema's Gallery, an Art, Film, & Book Party Benefit that celebrates San Francisco's historic movie theaters features a slide show of images from the Castro, Coronet, Harding, Bridge, Roxie, New Mission, Balboa, and other cinemas, drawn from R.A. McBride and Julie Lindow's Left in the Dark, and a preview of Christian Bruno's documentary Strand: A Natural History of Cinema (2006), on San Francisco's movie theater culture. Also live music, a mini-auction and food. For more info see www.ramcbride.com and www.naturalhistoryofcinema.net. $10-40 7-11 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Stick It (Jessica Bendinger, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (May 12): A John Huston series screens his filmed-in-Stockton saga of downbeat boxers, Fat City (1972), with Stacy Keach advising younger pug Jeff Bridges to hang in there. Dark city expert Eddie Muller in person 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.