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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 4 992 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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 26): "Science, Skull Punching and Metal Moms" offers a program of new short films, including Erin Gleeson's Tina and Frank, about two friends who punch strangers in the face, and Claire Houghtalen's documentary about a rock-loving woman and her 7-year-old daughter who prefers Hilary Duff, Metal Mom. $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): A noise video program offers Xambuca, a "sonic attempt" by Chandra Shukla; "confusion and awkwardness" by Sutekh; and James F. Ellis' "noisecore/electro/AV experiment" Magnetic Stripper. $6 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: Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m. Children of Men (Alfonso CuarÓn, U.K., 2006) 12:20 p.m.; 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $10.
FRIDAY (Jan. 26): Small Press Traffic Poets Theater Jamboree presents "Neo-Benshi Night," an evening of live film narration offering "re-interpretations of various genre scenes live with video." The titles offered are presented in anagram form so as to not rile the copyright holders, so come watch creative revoicings of the music video Favorite Hell Willing, the porn-mystery feature Art Hunck Cred, the cold war detective thriller 1000 Dead Smileys, and more 7:30 p.m.
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: A tribute to the late Robert Altman screens an excellent crime drama set in the 1930s, Thieves Like Us (1974; 2:25, 7 p.m. ), and Fool for Love (1985; 4:45, 9:20 p.m. ), starring Sam Shepard in an adaptation of Shepard's play.
THURSDAY: Animators Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt host The Animation Show, a program of original toons. $10 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Noir City series offers fans chances to see some unfamiliar titles in reputedly excellent 35 mm prints. Film star Marsha Hunt's in person for the Opening Night Reception 6 p.m. Hunt and Claire Trevor compete for hard luck felon Dennis O'Keefe in Anthony Mann's fine Raw Deal (1948; 7:30 p.m. ), followed by an on-stage interview. Fred Zinnemann's debut feature Kid Glove Killer (1942; 10 p.m. ) follows.
SATURDAY: Noir City Two scripted by Bill Bowers, Cry Danger (Robert Parrish, 1951; 12:30, 3:40, 7 p.m. ) and Abandoned (Joseph Newman, 1949; 2:05, 5:20, 9 p.m. ), starring Dick Powell and Dennis O'Keefe, respectively, the latter in a saga of black-market babies. Cry Danger co-star Richard Erdman will be interviewed on-stage between features. SUNDAY: Noir City Evelyn Keyes stars in Phil Karlson's outstanding 99 River Street (1953; 12:45, 4:20, 7:45 p.m. ), featuring this underrated director's trademark "agony shot" of an actor in physical extremis (here, John Payne). Also screening, a Honolulu-set "Tiki Noir," Hell's Half Acre?(John Auer, 1954; 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Noir City Noir tough guy Charles McGraw is featured as a jail-breaking The Threat (Felix Feist, 1949; 8 p.m. ) and as an insurance man gone wrong in Roadblock (Harold Daniels, 1951; 9:20 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: Noir City A tribute to the late Glenn Ford offers the rarity Framed (Richard Wallace, 1947; 7:15 p.m. ), with Ford a "pugnacious patsy" involved with Janis Carter. It screens with Ford reunited with his Gilda co-star Rita Hayworth for an Affair in Trinidad (Vincent Sherman, 1952; 9 p.m. ).
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. 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. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Jan. 27-28): A four-week Alfred Hitchcock series concludes with birdlike birdwatcher Anthony Perkins offering up special hospitality in Psycho (1960) Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.
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 (Jan. 28): Dark Room's "Bad Movie Night" "tweaks the Batsuit's nipples" with "franchise killer" Batman and Robin (Joel Schumacher, 1997), the film that sent Arnold Schwarzenegger into politics. $5 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 (Jan. 25): You can't beat this thriller with two gloved hands: Michael Jackson Night offers a nonstop night of MJ music and videos. Free 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: To rule is to perform, in The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: To perform is to rule, in La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1978), screening through Feb. 25 "Starts at dusk."
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200 and www.jccsf.org for venue; call 292-1233 or e-mail email@example.com to order tickets. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): "From Swing to Bop" Film archivist Mark Cantor presents an evening of "Giants of Jazz on Film" featuring rare footage of Armstrong, Goodman, Basie, Dorsey, Chick Webb, Monk, Blakey and more. $22 8 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: Romántico (Mark Becker, 2006) 4:45, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Doug Block's 51 Birch Street (2006) explores his parents' 54-year marriage after it suddenly ends 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Christian pop meets alt rock in the local premiere of J. L. Aronson's Danielson: A Family Movie (2006). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Klaus Kinski is a wrong-way conquistador in a new print of Werner Herzog's jungle apocalypse Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Germany, 1972) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): IndieFest offers a Benefit/Launch Party to support the upcoming 9th Annual S.F. Independent Film Festival. Live music, plus festival previews and trailers 8 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: On Screen 1, make sure your jeans are clean in China Blue (Micha Peled, 2006) 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2:15, 4:15 p.m. On Screen 2, French genre master Jean-Pierre Melville's stark Resistance drama Army of Shadows (1969) which made an astonishing number of 2006 Top Ten lists 6:30 p.m. American genre jack of all trades Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006), which also made an astonishing number of 2006 Top Ten lists 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 26-Feb. 1): The Dragapella Barber Shop Quartet the Kinsey Sicks croon I Wanna Be a Republican (Micha Peled, 2006). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY (Jan. 28): The debut of a new half-hour film, Legacy of Torture (Andres Alegria, Claude Marks, 2007) on the revival of interest, recently reported in this paper, of a 30-year-old SFPD investigation of black activists. Filmmakers and participants in person. See freedomarchives.org for more. $8-$25 sliding scale noon
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Phillip Guston: A Life Lived (Michael Blackwood, 1997) 2:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Jan. 25): Phyllis Wattis Theater A Werner Herzog retrospective resumes with a double bill of his faithful Nosferatu (Germany, 1978), followed by F.W. Murnau's transformative original (Germany, 1922) with a live score by Tarentel. $10 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): Phyllis Wattis Theater A triple bill of Herzog documentaries concludes this series. A ski jumper waxes lyrical in The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (Germany, 1974). Lessons of Darkness (1992) is a record of the post-Gulf War oil fires and Bells from the Deep (1993) explores Russian mysticism. $10 3 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Jan. 25): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes Bridge to Freedom (1965) and The Time Has Come (1964-66) noon. In the evening, a screening of Greg Young's documentary about creative women age 85 plus, Still Kicking (2006), with filmmaker and three of the artists in person 6:30 p.m.
3543 18th St. (at Guerrero), 431-1180, www.womensbuilding.org.
SUNDAY (Jan. 28): The Arab Film Festival presents Little Birds (Takeharu Watai, 2005), with filmmaker and Carolyn Ho, the mother of Iraq war veteran Lt. Ehren Watada, in person. See www.aff.org for more. $8 admission 7 p.m.
Author Judy Stone (Not Quite a Memoir) discusses the state of cinema at the Opera Plaza Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, this Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. For more info, contact 776-1111 or see www.booksinc.net