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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 3): A Catherine Deneuve series opens the month with André Téchiné's good brother-sister tangle My Favorite Season (1993), with Daniel Auteuil as the problem sibling 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 6): My Favorite Season 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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 (July 5): A program of works by animators Pu-Teng Chang and Ming-Yu Lin includes films on the themes of nature, technology, and alienation, including Brave New World (1999), Tai-Lang's Dream (2001), and the Claymation The Robot's Blood Is Black (2002) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 6): A program of personal documentaries includes Amy Happ's Resilience (1997), about the filmmaker's relationship with her stepmother, and more 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu (China, 2001); see Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Thurs, Sat, & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, 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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: You're just another brick in Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker, U.K., 1982), screening through July 14 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
TUESDAY (July 9): A series honoring wire-haired, wire-framed-glasses-wearing comedian/director Maurizio Nichetti -- an Italian Woody Allen, only frailer -- concludes with Domani si balla (1982), about reporters stricken with a virus that makes them dance and laugh. No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (July 3): A performance artist leads a revolution against conservative repression in Coke Sams' Existo 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 4): Bikers kill Beatniks for fun and profit in John Michael McCarthy's The Sore Losers 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 5): The world of tribute bands is plumbed in An Incredible Simulation, by Jeff Economy and Darren Hacker 8 p.m.
2948 16th St. (at Capp), 864-8855, www.thelab.org, $10-20 sliding scale.
WEDNESDAY (July 3): The "Transcinema Benefit Gala," a fund-raiser for the Lab's October Festival, offers a reception at 6 p.m., artist presentations and discussions at 8 p.m., and DJs and VJs from 10 p.m. to midnight with video previews from 30 artists.
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. $7.50.
DAILY: Notorious C.H.O. (Lorene Machado, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A "Higher Education" series of college-based films screens Richard Rush's Getting Straight (1970), with Elliott Gould as a professor caught up in the student revolts of that era 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A Preston Sturges series commences with two of his early screenplays, Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1940; 7:30 p.m.), an effectively sentimental romance, and William Wyler's The Good Fairy (1935; 9:25 p.m.), a funny romantic triangle with Margaret Sullivan. To quote the film's funniest scene, "Go!"
SATURDAY: Preston Sturges' first two films as a writer/director, the dizzying political satire The Great McGinty (1940; 4:30, 8:30 p.m.) and a lower-key satire of commercialism, Christmas in July (1940; 7 p.m.), with a goofy performance by, of all people, Dick Powell.
SUNDAY: More Sturges -- The Good Fairy 5:30 p.m. Easy Living (Mitchell Leisen, 1937; 7:30 p.m.), with Jean Arthur as an unemployed woman mistaken as a Wall Street tycoon's mistress in a variant of Mark Twain's "The Million Pound Note."
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of films by Brazilian director Sergio Bianchi screens Should I Kill Them? (1982), a protest against the exploitation of Amazonian tribes 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
SUNDAY (July 7): A one-day Hip Hop Film Fest screens the world premiere of the locally made Street Legends. See www.hiphopfilmfest.com for more info. $6 3 p.m. Kevin Epps' San Francisco-filmed Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001), with filmmaker in person. $6 6 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Call theater for program.
STARTS FRIDAY: Zacharias Kunuk's The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (Canada, 2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
MONDAY (July 8): The conflicts, turf wars, and pollution of a neglected part of San Francisco are exposed in Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001), with filmmaker in person. $6 9 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Lone Scherfig's Dogme comedy Italian for Beginners (Denmark, 2000) 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: Closed for the holiday.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style (1982) catches South Bronx rappers in the beginning -- Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, the Cold Crush Brothers, and all the rest 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 7-11): Spiritual leader Ram Dass, displaying Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (Mickey Lemle, 2001) as he recovers from a stroke 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
DAILY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000) screens through July 9. See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Thurs, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
DAILY: Notorious C.H.O. (Lorene Machado, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY: Man hangs from clock in the iconographic Harold Lloyd comedy Safety Last (Fred Newmayer and Sam Taylor, 1923; 7:30 p.m.), as much a thriller to original audiences as it was a comedy; it's followed by the blithely funny Lloyd comedy Why Worry? (Newmayer and Taylor, 1923; 9:10 p.m.). Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two of Billy Wilder's more popular films, Some Like It Hot (1959; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m.), and The Apartment (1951; 5:15, 9:40 p.m.), both deservedly so, both with extremely good work from Jack Lemmon, and both with untoppable tag lines ("Nobody's perfect" and "Shut up and deal").
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays; also closed Thursday, July 4.
DAILY: Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston (1989), a film poem about Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, screens through July 14 at 11 a.m. Daily screenings of three documentaries by artist-in-residence Ellen Bruno on social issues in three Asian countries, Samsara, Satya, and Sacrifice, repeat thrice daily through July 14. Free with gallery admission noon, 2, 4 p.m.