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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.
WEDNESDAY: A program of Animation from CCSF features Macro media flash animation by San Francisco City College students. $3 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: City College's Student Director Showcase features films from Wuyao Fan, Siobhan O'Brien, Sheng Tsung Chi, K.D. Paul, Joseph Lucas, Diane Vallecillo, Gabriel Goldstein, Paige Bierma, Scott Lange, Aaron Buttig, Andrew Coggeshall. $3 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: "In my own dreams, I have been shown that the only art that comes from ‘conscious mind' is dead art," says Antero Alli, director of this video of Rainer Maria Rilke's poem The Greater Circulation (2005) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Romance, Mystery and Death" offers experimental Czech videos including Daniel Pitin's Mary (2000), the true story of the suffragette who cut up Velazquez's Venus With a Mirror in London in 1912, Sylva Malova's Shakespearean Actress (2004), about Marilyn Monroe, Radim Labuda's Black Angel (2005), and more 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: A documentary about childhood cancer, A Lion in the House (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, 2006) 2, 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 26-June 1): Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao, Mongolia, 2004). See Opening for review 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 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. 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: Theater closed for private event.
THURSDAY: A double bill of two rare Jane Russell titles, in Technicolor and CinemaScope. A musical comedy, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (Richard Sale, 1955; 7 p.m.), co-stars Jeanne Crain as Russell's sister (instead of Marilyn Monroe as her pal in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). Nicholas Ray's colorful gypsy melodrama Hot Blood (1956; 9 p.m.) follows.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: It's Sing-A-Long Evita as Alan Parker's 1996 adaptation of the hit stage musical screens with superimposed titles, so you too can sing along with Madonna, Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron, and Antonio Bandaras as Che. Who's crying now, Argentina? Preshow features more singing and audience costume contests. I'm crying now! $15 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 30 & 31): A gay-themed melodrama, Hate Crime (Tommy Stoval, 2005) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
THURSDAY (May 25): "Movie Night on the Patio" features Sidney J. Furie's kitchen sink drama The Leather Boys (U.K., 1964), with Rita Tushingham's marriage threatened by her husband's "Teddy Boy" activities. A "one woman feminist electro band," Nicky Click, plays after the film. $4 9 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Federico Fellini exposes the sour side of the sweet life in La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: How'd The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) get to be foreign? "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (May 30): A rare German silent, Elf Teufel (Eleven Devils, Zoltan Korda, 1927) screens on projected video in conjunction with an ongoing Fussball film series honoring Germany's June hosting of the Soccer World Cup 7:30 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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Chiwetal Ejiofor dons Kinky Boots (Julian Jarrold, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 4:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Anti-war Vietnam soldiers cry Sir! No Sir! (David Zieger, 2006). Call for 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 26): The Irish Literary Historical Society co-sponsors the last of this month's John Huston series, The Dead (Ireland, 1987), from James Joyce's novella. Special guest Mark Andre Singer helps lead the discussion 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. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Sisters (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 2005) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.