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THURSDAY: A "Love Revolution, Not State Delusion" program screens Homotopia (Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley), about radical queers "dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce," plus By Any Means Necessary (James Wentzy, 1994) and a trailer for Oakie Treadwell's film about the 1921 Kronstadt Uprising against the new Soviet regime, Maggots and Men. $3 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A program of films by avant-garde legend Maya Deren (Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943, and At Land, 1944) and local filmmaker David Michalak play with live soundtracks by Reel Change. $7-$12 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: ATA's Other Cinema hosts Erik Davis' slideshow about altered consciousness, Visionary State, and screens Aron Ranen's history of LSD documentary Power and Control 8:30 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: Sean Penn is Humpty Dumpty like you've never seen him before in All the King's Men (Steve Zaillian, 2006; 1:20, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m. ).and in Theatre 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.
CASTRO 3 4
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: Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, concludes with Matador (Spain, 1988), with Antonio Banderas as a serial killer in love 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 29-Oct. 5): Filippino transsexuals seek new lives in Israel in Paper Dolls (Tomer Heymann, Israel, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
CLAY 4 3
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series starts this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 29 & 30): The centerpiece of Matthew Barney's long-lasting, crotch-hugging art project Cremaster 3 (2002), with visual effects Supervisor Matthew Wallin in person midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
SUNDAY (Oct. 1): Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie" offers "Bad TV Movie Night" with an emphasis on "super heros" (heroes? sandwiches?). $5 8 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). 21 and over only.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 27): The 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women concludes here this evening with "A Quiet Storm," an evening of silent films with live music including an improvised, three-projector performance by filmmaker Sally Golding and sound artist Joel Stern, plus films by Kerry Laitala, Courtney Hoskins, and Sheri Wills with live music by Tartufi and The Secrets of Family Happiness. $720 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 28): Movie Night offers locally-made short films plus "strange and bizarre features" and DJ-cued music. Free 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 30): "Rural Rock Night" features live music and a documentary, Rural Rock, about Humboldt County's underground scene. $7 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 35 mm, 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: What is truth? asked jesting Pilate, but did not stay to hear the answer. And then he saw Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) and realized it didn't matter anyway "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: Akira Kurosawa's late and very interesting Dreams (Japan, 1990), features Martin Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh, sloshing through painted landscapes. Through Oct. 29 "Starts at dusk."
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted.
TUESDAY (Oct. 3): The local premiere of the inspirational documentary Runners High (Justine Jacob, 2006), about East Oakland teens running a marathon. Cast and crew in person 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 27): A ÁCelebrate Oaxaca! Film & Concert includes live music plus Maureen Gosling's new short film Sketches of Juchitan (2006) $15 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 30): Former Chilean political prisoner Héctor Salgado returns home in Marianne Teleki's film Special Circumstances (2005). Filmmakers in person $10 8 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. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Winston Churchill's favorite film, the Napoleonic era romance That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda, 1941), with Olivier and Leigh as Lord Nelson and his lover Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Orson Welles' bizarro noir The Lady from Shanghai (1948) 6:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Andrew Bujalski's latest, Mutual Appreciation (2005). Filmmaker in person Sept. 30. See Opening for review. Call for times.