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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 447-9750 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $6.
MONDAY (July 31): The "Independent Exposure Touring Festival" screens 15 short films and videos, including Siobhan Bowers' Instructional Guide to Dating, Signe Baumane's Five Infomercials for Dentists, and Steffen Frech's Dunkelheit, about the consequences of turning the light switch to "Off" 8 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 (July 27): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 29): Rhythm from Wreckage!, a program of "Adventures in Vidsonic Art" includes work by Sue Costabile, Wago Krieder, Joey Bargsten, Carl Diehl, and Mack Mcfarland 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 double-bill of Robert Altman's last (?) feature, A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006; 3:25, 7:10 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005; 12:30, 4:50, 9:10 p.m. ) and Cars (John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, 2006; 2:40, 7 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
SATURDAY (July 29): Midnight Mass John Waters' mock melodrama Polyester (1981) screens in Odorama with a Scratch-and-Sniff card with every admission. A Project Polyester Runway Show and Baltimore fashion contest accompanies the festivities midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for venue; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $10 save as noted for regular programs, $11 save as noted for the Jewish Film Festival. 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: The 26th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues here. Two Yiddish-language films, The Living Orphan (Jospeh Seiden, 1939) and A Cantor on Trial (Sidney Goldin, 1931) 1:45 p.m. From Shtetl to Swing (Rousso-Lenoir, France) 4 p.m. Sisai (Gavro, Israel), followed by panel discussion on Jews of color 6:30 p.m. An interesting look at modern multi-culti Israel, What a Wonderful Place (Halfon, Israel) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School (Fayngold) 1:30 p.m. Be Fruitful and Multiply (Shalm, Israel) 2:15 p.m. 5 Days (Shamir, Israel) 5 p.m. The Closing Night feature, Live and Become (Radu Mihaileanu, Belgium, 2005), a drama of the 1984 rescue of Ethiopian Jews, is followed by a Dessert Reception. $20 7:45 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A John Kricfalusi Retrospective offers the wild cartoonist in person, introducing some of his favorite Ren and Stimpy and other shorts. The Saturday matinee is aimed toward kids, the evening shows to adults. $10 Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 3): Gee, Officer Krupke! Sing-A-Long West Side Story offers you a chance to warble "Maria" and make like a Jet in this super-titled screening of the 1960 Robert Wise-Jerome Robbins musical 7 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
Dolores at 19th Street, 465-3456, www.sfntf.org. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents Film Night in this park on a giant outdoor screen. Free.
SATURDAY (July 29): Giant boulders will chase either you or Harrison Ford if you attend Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981). BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 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 (July 27): A Movie Night on the Patio offering of the original Freaky Friday (Gary Nelson, 1977), with teen Jodie Foster and mom Barbara Harris switching bodies. $2 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: Banish all thought of Richard Gere, all ye who enter here, for the Japanese original version of Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo, 1995) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Any year, we have since discovered, living with Mel Gibson is a Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, Australia, 1982). Through Aug. 27 "Starts at dusk."
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings, shown on a 10 x 12-foot screen. $6.
WEDNESDAY (July 26): A doctor falls for an indigenous woman in remote Guatemala in Where All Roads End (Carlos Garca, Mexico/Guatemala, 2003) 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Changing Times (André Téchiné, France, 2004) 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m.