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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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 22): A new, monthly kino21 series opens with a freshly translated edition of Guy Debord's legendary Society of the Spectacle (France, 1973) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 22): A noisevideo presentation of Tralphaz ("an experience in over-the-counter broken Chinese just talking to 55555 meat cleavers hitting military skyplane side by side electronical sleeping smell"), Core of the Coalman ("dyspeptic subtended prescient lacuna") and Ploc Munster ("gurgling sounds only a slobbering humanoid orifice can create"). $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 23): Other Cinema opens its spring season with "small gauge master" Jem Cohen screening his poetic works, including his latest "Super-8 meditation on history and memory in Eastern Europe," Buried in Light (2007). $7 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: Peter O'Toole chases Venus (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006) noon, 2:20, 8:50 p.m.; also Wed 4:35, 6:45 p.m. ).
WEDNESDAY: All nine 2006 Academy Award nominated documentaries screen here today. Free. Jesus Camp (Ewing and Grady) noon. The Blood of Yingzhou District (Yang) 1:35 p.m. My Country, My Country (Poitras) 2:15 p.m. Two Hands (Kahn) 3:50 p.m. Al Gore presents An Inconvenient Truth (Guggenheim) 4:10 p.m. Rehearsing a Dream (Goodman and Simon) 6 p.m. Deliver Us from Evil (Berg) 6:40 p.m. Recycled Life (Iwerks) 8:30 p.m. James Longley's outstanding Iraq in Fragments 9:10 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 22): Two outstanding visionary films, Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006; 12:10, 4:50, 9:20 p.m. ) and Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaròn, U.K., 2006; 2:35, 7:05 p.m. ). On the Balboa's second screen, the San Francisco Architecture Heritage presents extracts from a new documentary, The Pure Eccentrics: San Francisco (2007), followed by a panel discussion and Victorian-inspired tea reception 6 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SUNDAY (Feb. 25): An Oscar Costume Party screens the Academy Awards, with live entertainment during the commercial breaks (why not during the musical numbers as well?). Audience members are encouraged to make their own acceptance speeches. Regular admission. Doors open 3:45 p.m. , ceremony on screen 5 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 27): The Balboa's 81st Birthday Bash recreates a night at the movies in the silent era, with live music, song and vaudeville, plus Buster Keaton's great short film The Playhouse (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1921) and feature Sherlock Jr. (1924), the latter actually set in a movie house. Period clothing, prizes and home-made cake are also featured. $12 7:15 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 50 Years of Janus Films series screens a double bill of two films about upper-middle-class members mowing down poor young folk, Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, Spain, 1955; 1:30, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski, Poland, 1962; 3:15, 7 p.m. ). Leon Niemczyk, the husband in Polanski's film, scored a nice role (as Marek) in David Lynch's Inland Empire before his recent death.
THURSDAY: Janus Max Von Sydow plays chess with death in The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957; 1:20, 5:05, 9 p.m. ) and Jean Marais courts Josette Day in Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946; 3:10, 7 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: A live performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Call for details.
SATURDAY: The GAYVN Awards honor gay adult entertainment stars. "From Leather to Twink, all the men of your wildest fantasies will be here in person." Can Oscar say the same? Call for details.
SUNDAY: A tribute to the late Robert Altman screens his country music satire Nashville (1975; 1, 6:30 p.m. ) and his western rodeo satire Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976; 4:05, 9:30 p.m. ) spikier than Nashville but no less of a political commentary.
TUESDAY: A "Tormented Terrestrial Double Feature" of the lavishly designed Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980; 7 p.m. ), with Max Von Sydow slumming from Bergman as Ming the Merciless, and Stephen King's single directorial credit, Maximum Overdrive (1986; 9:10 p.m. ), a truck stop-set epic about possessed machinery.
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 (Feb. 24): Gregory Peck is the perfect dad in Robert Mulligan's sensitive Harper Lee adaptation To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 3, 6 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 (Feb. 25): Earth's future is at stake in a martial arts tourney in Dark Room's "Bad Movie Night" presentation of the video game adaptation Mortal Kombat (Paul Anderson, 1995). $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).
TUESDAY (Feb. 27): The Heads Up Collective's "Televising the Revolution" series offers Occupation 101 (Abdallah and Sufyan Omeish, 2006), a critical look at Israel. Free, donations welcome 8 p.m.