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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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ANON SALON GALLERY 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), E-mail for more information.

FRIDAY (Dec. 1): Ambiotica, "an evening of inspired music, art and interactivities" includes DJs, live performance, and video art including Barbara Marx Hubbard's Humanity Ascending (2006) and rare footage of the circa 1970 Human Be-In. It's all a follow-up to a MindMeld discussion circle on the topic "What Is Your Religion?" held at the Lofty Thoughts Gallery, 1286 Folsom Street (at Ninth), at 9 p.m. $20, $15 admission if you're dressed "with fashionable flair ... cosmic couture!" covers both events, here from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted.

FRIDAY (Dec. 1): "Celluloid Sketches and Watercolor Movies," a program of 8 mm films by Paul Clipson, in collaboration with the Bay Area band Tarentel "experimenting with the chance continuity of image meeting with sound." $5-$7 sliding scale 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Other Cinema presents found footage maestro Rick Prelinger's Industrial and Institutional Films: A Field Guide, a program including A Is for Atom and Why Not Live? 8:30 p.m.

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: For your consideration, For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest, 2006), screening with the cartoon The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker, Canada, 1988) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 p.m. In Theater 2, Helen Mirren is The Queen (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2006), screening with the Oscar-winning short Charade (John Minnis, Canada, 1984) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500,

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 29): Selected Films by Bjørn Melhus features work by a German video artist who frequently casts himself (as Dorothy in Oz or as a Home Shopping Network saleswoman) in his media critiques. Free noon.

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and; for the Third I program on Saturday. $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: A retrospective of the films of Hiroshi Teshigahara continues with his signature film, written on sand: Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964) 2, 5, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Teshigahara's documentary of the life of the building-bending Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (Spain/Japan, 1984). Like Teshigahara's other films, it employs modernistic music by Toru Takemitsu 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: The local premiere of Broken Sky (Julin Hernndez, Spain, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9:40 p.m.

SATURDAY: Two programs presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Society, first up an excellent group of very much sound films, Silly Symphonies from the Walt Disney Studio, including such hard-to-see gems as Skeleton Dance (1929), Hell's Bells (1929) and Egyptian Melodies (1931). A panel discussion with scholar Russell Merritt and others follows. $13 1:30 p.m. The highly entertaining, newly rediscovered first screen version of Chicago (Elia Kazan, 1927) features a compelling performance from Phyllis Haver as Roxie Hart, holding nothing back and not trying to be likeable the way Ginger Rogers and Renee Zellweger try to be in their versions of this semitrue story. Live music by the Hot Four. $15 7:30 p.m. ).

SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 3-7): Broken Sky 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Sun, Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.

285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 2-3): Gene Kelly is Singin' in the Rain (Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952) Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), 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.

DAILY: Hot bubbling magic realism, Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992), through Dec. 31 "Starts at dusk."

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Dec. 1): A "Stage to Screen" series concludes with James Whale's tongue-in-cheek version of Showboat (1936) 6:30 p.m.

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: The 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The local premiere of the senior surf doc Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown (David L. Brown, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: There's beauty everywhere for Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,; for the Third I program on Sunday. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Another Martin Scorsese remix, The Departed (2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: What's that in your cup? Black Gold (Marc Francis, Nick Francis, U.K. 2006) 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.

THURSDAY: Elderly D.Ks., Bad Brains and other fans can revisit their youth in the new documentary Farmcore: The Punk Rock History of S.F.'s Legendary Farm (2006) 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 1-7): 3 Needles (Thom Fitzgerald, Canada, 2006). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY: The monthly Crash Cabaret: Where Queers Collide features live performance plus video. $10, $8 with food donation 11:45 p.m.

Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Reiner Moritz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m.

THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 2): In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, a Werner Herzog Retrospective continues with Fitzcarraldo (Germany, 1982), an operatic epic better known for the difficulty Herzog had completing it than for its own (minor but real) merits. Series screens in conjunction with the ongoing Anselm Kiefer exhibit. $10 3 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

SUNDAY (Dec. 3): A Media Arts lecture and screening series presents Turkish video artist and activist Akram Zaatari in person curating Military Culture, a program of new work from the Middle East. $8 7:30 p.m.


There's a free public lecture by video artist Akram Zaatari at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. See for more information.


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