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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Neil Young's Greendale (2004); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 19-25): A man's rubber doll gives his human girlfriend some competition in Robert Parigi's Love Object (2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (March 17): Sexual obsession drives a woman into madness in Alain Tanner's Une flamme dans mon coeur (Switzerland, 1989) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 20): A couple try to recover from the death of their daughter with a road trip to Spain in Pleure pas Germaine (Alain de Halleux, France, 2000). Program repeats on Wednesday 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (March 17): The Topsy Foundation presents a "Ripple Project Fundraiser," screening a student film from Prescott College, South Africa, about caring for orphans of the AIDS epidemic there. $10 5 p.m.

THURSDAY (March 18): The second annual Absolute Time Film Festival offers three days of "cross-cultural communication." Tonight, Steven McGregor's Cold Turkey, a drama about two brothers produced by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, and Nancy Stein's Stealing Innocence, about the friendship between an Israeli and Palestinian girl. $7 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 19): Absolute Time -- A program of short films on cultural myths, including Bruno Coppola's Stuff That Bear! (Bulgaria) and Samantha Sanders' Gypsy Blood, about a woman who sprouts wings. $7 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 20): Absolute Time -- Short films about women include Paul Wei's animated The Old Man, the Zither and the Dragon (China) and Forerunners (Pazeet Ben Hayl and Galit Shaked, Israel), a documentary about three women soccer players. $7 4 p.m. Other Cinema opens an all-evening anti-war canteen, with proceeds from pork and tofu dogs going to Free screenings of Robert Greenwald's Uncovered... and IndyMedia's ...In Time of War 7 p.m. More films and more food include the premiere of Mike Kavanagh's Weapons of Mass Deception (2004), culled from hundreds of hours of Iraq War footage from al-Jazeera and other satellite sources. $5 8:30 p.m.


Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (March 19): Alfred Hitchcock's spy romp The 39 Steps (U.K., 1935) shows the lighter side of the Master of Suspense 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 20): Hitchcock's avian ambush The Birds (1963) shows the darker side of this Autocrat of Anxiety 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 21): The 39 Steps 5 p.m. The Birds 7 p.m.


1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, This arts and crafts college hosts programs from the San Francisco Cinematheque. $7.

SUNDAY (March 21): A program of "Blind Films" by Basque composer Alex Mendizabal, "spatialized cinematic experiences of pure sound, performed live in pure and total darkness, over, under, around and through the traditionally seated audience." Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,; (866) 468-3399 and for Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, priced at $20 Sunday through Thursday evening, $22 Friday and Saturday evening, $20 for weekend matinees, and $15 for the Wednesday matinee. 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: Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, billed as an interactive encounter between audiences and the 1939 MGM classic directed by Victor Fleming, screens through March 25 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 1 p.m.


145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard),, 552-8760, ext. 305, for this event. Free.

FRIDAY (March 19): An "Open Screening" of Bay Area shorts accepted first come, first served, plus cheap beer, popcorn, and pop 6-9 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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): Francesco Rosi's Carmen (Italy, 1984), with Placido Domingo, screens through April 4 6:30, 9 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:30 p.m.


3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.

MONDAY (March 22): An eight-week lecture/film class taught by Janis Plotkin, "The World of Jewish Cinema," screens Axel Corti's Welcome in Vienna (Austria, 1986). $18, series tickets available 7 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (March 19): "Cinema Lit" continues a month of Marlene Dietrich films with Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (Germany, 1930), the landmark film with Marlene driving the men mad on the back stages 6:30 p.m.


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