Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, email@example.com. $6-10 sliding scale.
THURSDAY (June 5): Prolific video auteur Antero Alli's new feature, Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003), about a man returning to his family after a 15-year absence. Filmmaker in person 9 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (June 4): Part 1 of Claude Lelouch's Les Misérables (France, 1995), set during the Nazi era and with Jean-Paul Belmondo as Jean Valjean. Part 2 is next week 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 7): Les Misérables, Part 1 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.
FRIDAY (June 6): A "Kucharathon" screening of the brothers' science-fiction spoofs includes George Kuchar's X-People (1985), about "mystery people" who "interact in somewhat unwholesome ways." Also George's Cattle Mutilations (1983), wherein "four people face a growing sense of panic and uncleanliness," and Mike Kuchar in person with Death Quest of the Ju-Ju Cult and the new Pagans in a Christian World 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 7): "Girls on Film," a Women of Color screening series, marks its one-year anniversary with "Vive La Femme," a program of films and videos that "mines the territory of the female psyche exploring, analyzing and re-envisioning emotional and physical landscapes from a uniquely feminine perspective." Filmminers in person 8 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.
WEDNESDAY: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle continues with Cremaster 4 (1994) and Cremaster 5 (1997), with complete shows at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The cycle concludes with its three-hour centerpiece, Cremaster 3 (2002). Any chance for a revival in this series of the Jerry Springer film Ringmaster? We'd like to see what he could do with some Vaseline noon, 4, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 6-11): Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Transylvania, 2003), a silent film with music from Mahler. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
544 Market (near Sansome). Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations (and directions!). A "16MM Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in June, with round-table discussion to follow.
THURSDAY (June 5): Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse (1947), an offbeat drama starring the actor-turned-director as a vet tracking down the killers of his buddy during an Albuquerque festival 8 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.
DAILY: Sandra Nettlebeck's tasty drama of a cook under pressure, Mostly Martha (Germany, 2002), screens through June 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Brian De Palma's unpleasant and ludicrous psychological thriller Dressed to Kill (1980), in its time taken seriously by many 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: Mark Neale's William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories (2000) offers the back-seat observations of the cyberpunk author as he"s driven from L.A. to Seattle. At what rest stop will he apologize for Johnny Mnemonic? 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Musical debauchery in Austin's the aria to which Bob Ray's Rock Opera is sung 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" -- Greta Garbo stars in The Kiss (Jacques Feyder, 1929), her last silent and one of her best films 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Horror Tuesday" continues a monthlong Vincent Price series with Robert Fuest's The Abominable Dr. Phibes (U.K., 1971), all about biblical plagues and general weirdness 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 classics screened on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (June 6): The library closes its spring series with All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950) 6:30 p.m.
METREON 1 2 4
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, www.metreon.com, http://www.thirdi.org/~sf/screenings.html for this event. Tickets are $12 advance purchase online, $20 at the door.
SATURDAY (June 7): 3rd I South Asian Films co-presents Global Sight & Sound 2003 with Project Ahimsa/Pangea, with films in the Action Theater and DJs, dance, fashion, and art from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the fourth floor. "Envelope Please," shorts from South Asian filmmakers 6-7 p.m. Mark Kidel's Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds (2001) 7:30 p.m.
444 Jessie (one half block from Powell Street BART), 820-9669 for information on this program. This venue offers a "June Art Salon" this week.