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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $5 save as noted.
THURSDAY (Aug. 9): When not treating visiting heroes of 9/11, Cuban doctors treat people throughout Africa and Latin America, as documented in Montaña de Luz (Mountain of Light, Guillermo Centeno, Cuba, 2005). $6 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Maybe the fourth Bourne movie should be done like Memento, with amnesiac Matt Damon tattooing himself with CIA secrets in the meantime, there's The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greenglass, 2007) noon, 2:20, 4:35, 7, 9:20 p.m. Homer forgets his doughnut in The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman, 2007) 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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. $10 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Wes Anderson's melancholic fish tale The Life Aquatic (2004; 2:50, 7 p.m. ) screens with Paul Thomas Anderson's musical romance Punch Drunk Love (2002; 1, 5:05, 9:20 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: Dead Channels, the San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film, opens with an ultra-rare 35mm print of a Kurt Vonnegut adaptation Happy Birtday, Wanda June (Mark Robson, 1971) with Susannah York and Rod Steiger 5:15 p.m. Cult favorite Takashi Miike's boys-in-prison fantasy Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Japan, 2006) 7:30 p.m. Postal (Uwe Boll, Germany/Canada, 2007) with director and cast in person 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Live music from Monique Argent and "Hawaii's Ambassador of Music" Amy Hanaiali'I Gilliom. Reserved seating only; see www.cityboxoffice.com for tickets ($35 and $45) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: The charming Laurel & Hardy western comedy Way Out West (James Horne, 1937) plus a program of Bugs Bunny cartoons, all for a quarter (that's 25, the same price as the Castro's opening day in 1922) 11 a.m. It's a Singalong The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939), with Monique Argent singing "Over the Rainbow" and other tunes before the film. $15 2 p.m. An "Only in San Francisco" themed evening screens Jeanette MacDonald warbling San Francisco (W. S. Van Dyke, 1936) followed by live music by the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, cake and Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941). Program starts at 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: The South rises again in its Civil War revision Gone With the Wind (Fleming, 1939) noon Lon Chaney prowls again as The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925), with a live organ score by Warren Lubich and the splendid Laurel & Hardy short subject Big Business (Horne, 1929) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14-15): Werner Herzog's classics of humanity in extremis, Aguirre the Wrath of God (Germany, 1972; 7 p.m.; also Wed 2:50 p.m. ) and The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (Germany, 1974, 9 p.m.; also Wed 12:45, 4:50 p.m. ), the one about a mad conquistidor, the other about a victimized enigma.
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. $5.
SUNDAY (Aug. 12): Supervillain Ivan Ooze takes on "Bad Movie Night" and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (Bryan Spicer, 1995) 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. 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. Free with meal.
DAILY: Ang Lee's generous The Wedding Banquet (1993), through Aug. 26 "Starts at dusk."
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. $8.50.
THURSDAY: An on-going "Asian Movie Madness" series screens Jet Li's farewell to martial arts, Fearless (Ronny Yu, China, 2006; noon, 4, 8 p.m. ) and the famed martial arts epic Shaolin Temple (Cheh Cheng, Hong Kong, 1976; 2, 6, 9:45 p.m. ) in its English-dubbed version. Jet Li played the hero played here by Alexander Fu Sheng in his 1993 film Fong Sai Yuk.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: One to Another (Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr, France, 2006) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 10-16): This is England (Shane Meadows, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or email email@example.com for required reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $10 donation.
FRIDAY (Aug. 10): A musical series screens MGM's all-star Ziegfeld Follies (1944), much of it lavishly directed by Vincente Minnelli (but not the painfully unfunny Red Skelton and Fanny Brice comedy skits) 6:30 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for venue, www.deadchannels.com for the Dead Channels Film Festival, here Aug. 10-16. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $8 regular admission, $10 for Dead Channels save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Private Property (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium, 2006) 7, 8:50 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Gypsy Caravan (Jasmine Dellal, U.S.-U.K., 2007) 2:30, 7 p.m. Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Australia, 2007) 5, 9 p.m. Separate admission.
THURSDAY: Cocalero (Alejandro Landes, 2007), a documentary on Bolivia's President Evo Morales 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Dead Channels, a festival of fantastic cinema, opens with The World Sinks (Except Japan) (Kawasaki, Japan) 2:30 p.m. Jupiter Love (Andre and Kalashnikova) 4:30 p.m. "Short and Scary" 4:30 p.m. Trail of the Screaming Forehead (Blamire) 7 p.m. Jamaa Fanaka's Welcome Home, Brother Charles (1975) 7 p.m. End of the Line (Devereaux) 9:15 p.m. Disquiet (Doyle) 9:15 p.m. A 1973 ABC-TV movie, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Newland) 11:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Dead Channels Nuit Noire (Smolders, Belgium) 12:30 p.m. The 1953 version of The War of the Worlds (Byron Haskin) no Spielberg in sight 12:30 p.m. Freesia Icy Tears (Kazuyoshi, Japan) 2:30 p.m. Welcome Home, Brother Charles 2:30 p.m. "Short and Really Scary" 4:30 p.m. The 4th Dimension (Mattera and Mazzoni) 4:30 p.m. Living and the Dead (Rumley, U.K.) 7 p.m. The Devil Dared Me To (Stapp, New Zealand) 7 p.m. David Cronenberg's early short feature Crimes of the Future (Canada, 1970) screens with a live score by Spoonbender 1.1.1. 9:15 p.m. End of the Line 9:15 p.m. The Secret Life of Sarah Sheldon (Slomka) 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Dead Channels Disquiet 12:30 p.m. No babies allowed! ZPG (Michael Campus, 1970) 12:30 p.m. "A Sleazy Sunday Afternoon with Jack Hill" offers the grindhouse auteur in person with Spider Baby (1968) 2:30 p.m. Belleville Book of the Dead (Joudiau, France) and shorts 2:30 p.m. Hill in person with Pit Stop (1969) 4:30 p.m. The District! (Gauder, Hungary) 4:30 p.m. The giant turtle flies again in Gamera the Brave (Tasaki, Japan) 7 p.m. "Short and Scary" 7 p.m. Fingerprints (Basil) 9:15 p.m. The World Sinks (Except Japan) 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Dead Channels "Cosmic Hex's Free Secret Screening" of a TBA film 3 p.m. Belleville Book of the Dead 5 p.m. Disquiet 5:15 p.m. Fingerprints 7:15 p.m. Jupiter Love 7:15 p.m. Nuit Noire 9:30 p.m. "Short and Really Scary" 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Dead Channels "Cosmic Hex's Free Secret Screening" 3 p.m. Jupiter Love 5:15 p.m. Living and the Dead 5:15 p.m. Freesia Icy Tears 7:15 p.m. Trail of the Screaming Forehead 7:15 p.m. Hot Baby (Roenning) 9:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Sarah Sheldon 9:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. A monthly screenings series continues the second Thursday of every month. Free, arrive early due to limited seating.
THURSDAY (Aug. 9): Jeannie Poole's Peggy Gilbert & Her All Girl Band (2007) looks at a jazz musician whose career dates to the 1920s 7:30 p.m.
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. Free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Henri Matisse: Figure, Color, Space (Edith Jud, 2006), through Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. A television documentary, Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1996) through Aug. 31 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 9): Phyllis Wattis Theater A "Jean Renoir in the Thirties" series continues with a "Russia-in-Paris" adaptation of Gorky's Les Bas-Fonds (1935). $7 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 12): Phyllis Wattis Theater Renoir's mos t beloved film, Grand Illusion (1937) contrary to the pothead in Annie Hall, it's not better if you're stoned. $7 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 (Aug. 9): A "San Francisco Opera Season Preview" series continues with Puccini's La Rondine, a 1958 production at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples featuring Rosanna Carteri, Ornella Rovero, Giuseppe Gismondo and Guiseppe Valdengo noon.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 8): The African Metropolis film series screens two films about South African women, Hot Wax (Andrea Spitz, 2004) and Belonging (Khetiwe Ngcobo and Minky Schlesinger, 2004) 7:30 p.m. ??
THURSDAY (Aug. 9): A "Screw Netflix" series screening films not on DVD continues with Jack Nicholson's low-key look at the world of basketball, Drive, He Said (1971) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 11): Screw Netflix A teen idol is manipulated by the government in Peter Watkins' political parable Privilege (Vernon Zimmerman, 1972) 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11 is the early deadline for the Videofest 2007 contest; see www.missionculturalcenter.org for information and the entry for .... Early registration closes Aug. 10 for the Third Annual S.F. Independent Filmmakers Conference (Sept. 7-8 at YBCA). See www.filmarts.org or phone 552-9760 ext. 41 for more info.