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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Secrets of San Francisco Microcinema Revealed at Oddball Film and Video

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Crawl up a little mouse-house staircase, pass through the buzz-button doors, and find that the passage opens up into a high-celiinged grotto of dreams, each dream in its own round tin, neatly labeled. The trove is called Oddball Film and Video, and every weekend its mysterious, careful guardians make selections from it to show you.

This Friday, March 11, the slate is a classic setup: "Weirdsville 24." Titles include Lipstick and Dynamite (1949), Skimpy (1931), Stranger Than Fiction (1940), Sniffy Escapes Poisoning (1965), The Reel News (1964), The Two-Legged Spaceship (1972), and Mystery in the Kitchen (1958). Pete Gowdy, the steadfast guest curator, is taking a leave of absence, so it's on to ...

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Saturday's program: "Strange Sinema" is curated by Stephen Parr, the power behind this place; he knows why the 17 Reasons sign lives there, and he knows how to work most of the crazy contraptions.

Titles on Saturday: Art of the Sixties (1967), I've Got a Woman Boss! (1977), Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat (1941), Ladies in a Turkish Bath (1932), Red Hot Heat (1937), Double Talk Girl (1942), and The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (1928).

Admission is $10 but you must RSVP. It's small. Write to info@oddballfilm.com or call 558-8117.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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