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

WEDNESDAY: A program of Animation from CCSF features Macro media flash animation by San Francisco City College students. $3 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: City College's Student Director Showcase features films from Wuyao Fan, Siobhan O'Brien, Sheng Tsung Chi, K.D. Paul, Joseph Lucas, Diane Vallecillo, Gabriel Goldstein, Paige Bierma, Scott Lange, Aaron Buttig, Andrew Coggeshall. $3 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: "In my own dreams, I have been shown that the only art that comes from ‘conscious mind' is dead art," says Antero Alli, director of this video of Rainer Maria Rilke's poem The Greater Circulation (2005) 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Romance, Mystery and Death" offers experimental Czech videos including Daniel Pitin's Mary (2000), the true story of the suffragette who cut up Velazquez's Venus With a Mirror in London in 1912, Sylva Malova's Shakespearean Actress (2004), about Marilyn Monroe, Radim Labuda's Black Angel (2005), and more 8 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A documentary about childhood cancer, A Lion in the House (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, 2006) 2, 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 26-June 1): Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao, Mongolia, 2004). See Opening for review 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,; 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $9 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: Theater closed for private event.

THURSDAY: A double bill of two rare Jane Russell titles, in Technicolor and CinemaScope. A musical comedy, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (Richard Sale, 1955; 7 p.m.), co-stars Jeanne Crain as Russell's sister (instead of Marilyn Monroe as her pal in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). Nicholas Ray's colorful gypsy melodrama Hot Blood (1956; 9 p.m.) follows.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: It's Sing-A-Long Evita as Alan Parker's 1996 adaptation of the hit stage musical screens with superimposed titles, so you too can sing along with Madonna, Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron, and Antonio Bandaras as Che. Who's crying now, Argentina? Preshow features more singing and audience costume contests. I'm crying now! $15 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 30 & 31): A gay-themed melodrama, Hate Crime (Tommy Stoval, 2005) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.


3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).

THURSDAY (May 25): "Movie Night on the Patio" features Sidney J. Furie's kitchen sink drama The Leather Boys (U.K., 1964), with Rita Tushingham's marriage threatened by her husband's "Teddy Boy" activities. A "one woman feminist electro band," Nicky Click, plays after the film. $4 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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Federico Fellini exposes the sour side of the sweet life in La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959) "Starts at dusk."

STARTS MONDAY: How'd The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) get to be foreign? "Starts at dusk."


530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.

TUESDAY (May 30): A rare German silent, Elf Teufel (Eleven Devils, Zoltan Korda, 1927) screens on projected video in conjunction with an ongoing Fussball film series honoring Germany's June hosting of the Soccer World Cup 7:30 p.m


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Chiwetal Ejiofor dons Kinky Boots (Julian Jarrold, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 4:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Anti-war Vietnam soldiers cry Sir! No Sir! (David Zieger, 2006). Call for times.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (May 26): The Irish Literary Historical Society co-sponsors the last of this month's John Huston series, The Dead (Ireland, 1987), from James Joyce's novella. Special guest Mark Andre Singer helps lead the discussion 6:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Sisters (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 2005) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:20 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and for venue; 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.


THURSDAY: The PFA reopens after a short break with "A Theater Near You," a short series of premieres and revivals that have played San Francisco but not the East Bay. The series opens with Theo Angelopoulos' excellent drama of Greek history, The Weeping Meadow (Greece, 2004), which premiered at the Balboa 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Theater Near You — The restored version of the notorious PreCode Baby Face (1933; 7 p.m. ). Another Balboa special, a French crime drama with three great stars, Classes tous risques (Claude Sautet, 1960; 8:50 p.m. ).

SATURDAY: A Theater Near You — A young girl's isolation dominates the wintry Mouchette (Robert Bresson, France, 1966) 6:30 p.m. Classes tous risques 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: A Theater Near You — Baby Face 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: A Theater Near You — Mouchette 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.

THURSDAY (May 25): A Chainsaw Mafia Night of Mayhem screening of The Beyond (Lucio Fulchi, Italy, 1981), a "gory, glorious, ghoulish masterpiece of the undead." $6 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 30): A Local Filmmakers Showcase presentation of East Bay Women in Film, a program of shorts including Kit Fisher's documentary on "dance legend" Frank Shawl, Old Soul, New Shoes, Fran Roccaforte's film about the struggles of a homeless lesbian, Jo's Story: Stayin' Alive, and more. See www.rocknfranny for more 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 9 p.m.; also Wed 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2006) 6:40, 8:50 p.m. Andy Garcia's The Lost City (2006) Wed 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: IndieWire's monthly series of "Undiscovered Gems" discovers the road comedy The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2006) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack, 2006). Call for times and other films.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Eugene Jarecki explains Why We Fight (2005) in this anti-militarist movie 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Press play for Neil Young: Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The South's victory in the Civil War and the subsequent course of history are charted in the alternate history documentary CSA (Kevin Willmott, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and for regular programs, for S.F. DocFest. $8 for regular programs, $10 for S.F. DocFest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this reconstituted affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Asian screen images as seen through The Slanted Door (Jeff Adachi, 2006) 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 3:30, 5 p.m. On screen two, I Am A Sex Addict (Caveh Zahedi, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 26-June 1): 4 (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Russia, 2006). See Opening for review. No 7 p.m. show next Wednesday 7, 9:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 27): Schoolteachers defend Mexican public education in Jill Freidberg's documentary, Granito de Arena (2006). It screens as a benefit for Teachers 4 Social Justice and the New College Bilingual Teacher Education Scholarship Fund 4 p.m. After the film, free refrescos and dancing with Los Mocosos Live! down the street at the New College of California Cultural Center, 766 Valencia Street.


Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): The ongoing program of "Early Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915" closes this Tuesday. Daily at 2 p.m. Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy (Michael Blackwood, 2000) 4 p.m.

STARTS MONDAY: Paul Klee (Georgia van der Rohe, 1976) screens through June 22 at 11 a.m.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (May 25): An "Asian in America" screens Wayne Wang's adaptation of Amy Tan's multigenerational tear-jerker The Joy Luck Club (1994) noon.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Sisters (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 2005) 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 19-25): Clean (Olivier Assayas, Canada/France, 2004) See Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman, in the sequel to his comic crime saga Bulldog Drummond of 1929, Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Roy Del Ruth, 1934; 7:30 p.m. ). Colman then stars as the proper Bostonian The Late George Apley (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1947; 5:40, 9:05 p.m. ), from John P. Marquand's novel.

SATURDAY: Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back 9:05 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The silent adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan (1926) left out most of Oscar's bon mots but is still quite witty, as one might expect from director Ernst Lubitsch. Colman is featured. Live organ accompaniment by Jim Riggs Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two wide-screen melodramas by Vincente Minnelli that together form a diptych of mid-century America, Some Came Running (1959; 7:30 p.m. ) and Home From the Hill (1960; 4:50, 10 p.m. ). Highly recommended.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Ian Allen's Trapped by the Mormons (2005) is a video remake of a 1922 British anti-LDS propaganda film, about a pure young girl ensnared by a sinister polygamist ... are you sure this wasn't made for HBO? 7:30 p.m.


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