Note- Lower City is also opening in either the Lumiere or Opera Plaza (TBD).
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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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 17): Filmmaker Tores Arturo Perez follows two friends traveling from Nicaragua to the U.S.in Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (2005) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 19): Pirate Cat Radio marks a decade as an outlaw FM/Internet station with "A Night of Sound and Vision" featuring rare music videos, footage from a 1980s cable access show, and live music 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: Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 p.m. ) and in Theatre 2, Woody Allen stars as the Great Splendini in Scoop (U.K., 2006; 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
BAY CLUB MARIN
220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the Tiburon Film Society, which continues a "third Thursday" film series this month.
THURSDAY (Aug. 17): Three women seek Mr. Right! (Dree Andrea, Netherlands, 2005) in this documentary about love-starved Manhattanites. $15 8 p.m.
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" series hosted by Peaches Christ. $10.
SATURDAY (Aug. 19): Midnight Mass concludes its summer season with its fourth annual San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival of "outrageous" short films including Jim Hopkins' I Don't Wanna Be a Freak, Sarah Enid's Reign of the Malicious and Uphill Both Ways' Sock Puppet Porn midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 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 & THURSDAY: A 70mm film series screens the globe-trotting, eye-filling Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: 70 mm All the children are insane in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991) 7, 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: 70mm Joshua Logan's waterlogged wartime epic South Pacific (1958) 2, 5:15, 8:30 p.m. A rare 70mm print of the prophetic computer game adventure Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982) midnight
SUNDAY: 70mm To sit or not to sit for the four-hour run of Kenneth Branagh's uncut Hamlet (U.K., 1996), that is the question. Sleep no more 2, 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed for private event.
TUESDAY: A rare 70mm screening of Jacques Tati's Playtime (France, 1967), screening as it was meant to be seen with the sharpest of images. Must see viewing for any city dweller 7, 9:30 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.
DAILY: 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."
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. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: And why exactly does Al Gore want to keep Florida from sinking under water? Oh, that's right he actually won there. Just An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Once in a Lifetime (Paul Crowder and John Dower, 2006) screens through Aug. 31. See Opening for review. Call for times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Bridesmaid (Claude Chabrol, France, 2004) 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. 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.
WEDNESDAY: Jean Arthur flees abusive husband Colin Clive in favor of romantic headwaiter Charles Boyer in Frank Borzage's excellent romance History Is Made at Night (1937), with a surprise Titanic-evoking finale 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Anuj Vaidya's deconstruction of Bollywood female suffering, Bad Girl With a Heart of Gold (2005). Vaidya in person. Also, a live "neo-benshi" performance by Rodney Koeneke remagining a scene from the Bollywood classic Pyaasa (1957) and a short film, Dancing Othello (Ashish Avikunthak, India, 2002) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Two by Kenji Mizoguchi, the drama of a switchboard operator in ultra-modern Osaka, Osaka Elegy (Japan, 1936; 7 p.m. ) and the great ghost story Ugetsu (1953; 8:45 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Two anti-fascist dramas directed by Frank Borzage, Three Comrades (1938; 6:30 p.m. ) and The Mortal Storm (1940; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Borzage brings his intense romanticism to the Ernst Lubitsch-produced jewel-thief comedy Desire (1936), with Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich 5:30 p.m.