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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 7): She ain't playing "Chopsticks" although there's some other chopping going on in The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, France, 2001) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 10): The Piano Teacher 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (May 8): Chicago filmmakers Jim Finn and Dean Rank in person with the "Pronoun Schmonoun Showdown," "an evening of films and discussion around gender variance." There's more info at www.pronounschmonoun.org. $5-10 sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 9): "Short Circuits," an evening of shorts inspired by the TV series Connections, including Sharif Nakhleh's Worms, about what folks will do for money 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 10): "Interspecies Communication," a two-woman show by Rebecca Barten and Patricia Resnick, screens the premieres of Barten's Johnson, "a love letter to a horse friend," and Resnick's Nine Is a Secret, plus other nature-loving movies. Also, live mountain music 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 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: Jean-Pierre Melville¹s restored, rediscovered thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970), with Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, and Yves Montand, screening through May 15 2, 5, 8 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, concludes this week; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 9 & 10): The King of the Elves, the guy with no short-term memory, and the Limey engage in a transvestite/transgender road trip in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliot, Australia, 1994). Closing Night ceremony on Saturday midnight.
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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Can you hear me? Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) screens through May 25 at 8:15 & 10:15 p.m.
566 Haight (at Steiner), 626-8852. This popular coffee shop in the Lower Haight offers a special screening this week; call for admission price.
WEDNESDAY (May 7): A "Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance" screens The Children of Ibdaa, with filmmaker S. Smith Patrick in person and a Q&A after the film with guests from the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. James Longley's feature documentary Gaza Strip (2002) follows. Program begins at 7 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: A female-to-male transsexual's progress is followed in Sir: Just a Normal Guy (Melanie La Rosa, 2001) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Bay Area premiere of The Widower (Marcus Rogers, 1999), about a man who won't recognize his wife's death 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Jon Moritsugu's Terminal USA (1993), an uncensored "psychedelic look at a dysfunctional Japanese American family" 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens Charlie Chaplin's beautiful and funny City Lights (1931) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Evil mind controllers make heads explode in David Cronenberg's Scanners (Canada, 1981) -- pure science fiction. In real life evil mind controllers run governments 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a May series of the films of Michael Powell. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (May 9): Powell's spy thriller The Spy in Black (1939), with ever-sinister Conrad Veidt 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, www.metreon.com. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.
SUNDAY (May 11): The Mobile Fighter G Gundam series, boxed set I to III, screens continuously 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Damian Pettigrew's documentary portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 9-15): Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: "Screening the Body," a program of video dance and live music, with video mixed by Douglas Rosenberg 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Heroic Grace," a series of key early Chinese martial arts films, continues with Zhang Che's Vengeance! (Hong Kong, 1970), said to be a Peckinpah-level saga of male honor and violent revenge 7, 9:05 p.m.