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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Musicians Dig! (Ondi Timoner, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's Quotations From Chairman Bob in Revolution (Stephen Jones, 2004), the first 136 minutes of an 11-hour lecture by Revolutionary Communist Party USA Chairman Bob Avakian. According to Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, who's watched the whole speech (available for purchase), "his communist analysis is graceful, and he lucidly explains concepts ranging from dialectical materialism to irony without condescending to his audience. ... Regrettably, the portion of his lecture that's being screened is devoted largely to American atrocities such as lynchings, stories he often punctuates with, And that isn't the worst of it.'" $10 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 15-21): Shane Carruth's Primer (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): And now for something completely Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, U.K., 1974).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 13): A Frenchwoman takes up with Tony Todd in Le Secret (Virginie Wagon, 2000) 6 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.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 13): The Gadabout, a touring film festival of independent works, screens a program of shorts including David Hurwich's Turtle Hill (turtle versus hares), Roger Beebe's Composition in Red and Yellow (the Golden Arches), Niels Post's Bowhunting ("Extreme sports video"), and Pop Films' Bush Boys. For more info, see www.gadaboutfilmfest.com. $5 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 15): The San Francisco Cinematheque (its fall season under way with screenings here), California College of the Arts, and YBC sponsor "Betweens," films from "a constellation of analogue/digital explorers unlocking light patterns lingering between chemical and electronic technologies." Light patterns to be screened include Kerry Laitala's Muses of Cinema, Scott Stark's The Sound of His Face, and Rick Danielson's 153 Simultaneous Exposures of Me, plus live poetry and "live video scrubbing" by Katherin McInnis 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 16): Other Cinema's "Sex Positive" offers "empowered women in the sex industry," including Louisa Achille's The Naked Feminist, Sylvia Schedelbauer's Chisakura Girls, and Julia Ostertag's SexJunkie. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass Season of Horror" every Saturday this fall, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.
SATURDAY (Oct. 16): Peter Jackson's splatstick gorefest Dead Alive (New Zealand, 1992). "No one living will be admitted; brains for sale at concession stand" midnight.
435 Broadway (at Folsom), (650) 754-0869 and email@example.com for tickets and info. Over 21 only. $10.
FRIDAY (Oct. 15): "Girlz Who Roll!!!," a minifest of female bands and filmmakers, features live music plus movies by Pamela Busch, Alica Dattner, Diane Griffin, CECE Cannabo, and others. Doors open 7:30 p.m. , event runs 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. The San Francisco Cinematheque frequently presents programs here. $7.
SUNDAY (Oct. 17): "Acting Up and Out" presents a program drawn from Joe Gibbons' 30-year career, including his voyeuristic Spying, Confessions of a Sociopath, Part 1 (about his thefts from bookstores and run-ins with probation officers), and Pixelvision works such as Multiple Barbie. Artist in person. Count your change! 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.mvff.com for Thursday's films. $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: Bruce Weber's A Letter to True (2004); see Ongoing for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program from the Mill Valley Film Festival screens The Nomi Song (Andrew Horn, Germany, 2004), about the alternative opera star of the 1970s. $10 7 p.m. A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, Korea, 2003). $10 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 15-21): Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Wed 2, 4:15 p.m.; Sun 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: A family screening of Cheaper by the Dozen (Walter Lang, 1950), with Clifton Webb the efficiency expert managing a dozen kids. $12.50 noon.
ENDOCRINE COMPANY WAREHOUSE
278 Fourth St. (between Jackson and Harrison), Oakland, (510) 464-4640 and www.verticalpool.com for this event. The venue is near Jack London Square. $5-10 sliding scale.
THURSDAY (Oct. 14): A Croatian war veteran sees visions in Antero Alli's Hysteria (2002), screening as a benefit for the Endocrine Co. Filmmaker in person 9 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Ink and paint dance in The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003) 7, 8:30, 10 p.m.