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WEDNESDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here this week. See "Night & Day" page 21 for more. Tonight, Max and Mona (Teddy Mattera, South Africa) 7 p.m. Political prisoners bond in Almost Brothers (Lucia Murat, Brazil) 9:30 p.m. .

THURSDAY: Global Lens — A young girl struggles for a place in the world in A Stolen Life (Li Shaohong, China) 7 p.m. Almost Brothers 9:30 p.m. .

FRIDAY: Global Lens — A Stolen Life 7 p.m. Exiles squat in an abandoned Israeli outpost in Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine) 9:30 p.m. .

SATURDAY: Global Lens — An African civil war may end after The Night of Truth (Fanta Regina Macro, Burkina Faso) 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Global Lens — Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Marcelo Gomes, Brazil) 2 p.m. Global Shorts 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Global Lens — A Stolen Life 7 p.m. In the Battlefields (Danielle Arbid, Lebanon) 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Global Lens — Thirst 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

LARK
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine, 2006) 6:30 p.m. Leonard Cohen — I'm Your Man (Lian Lunson, 2006) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: Tonight will be out of sight with a special screening of West Side Story (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961), featuring a live Swing Dancing performance before the film with Mike Quebec and Friends. $20 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The premiere of Robert Greenwald's latest, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006) with guest speaker Pratap Chatterjee this evening only. $20 7 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Sept. 16-23): Iraq for Sale for the regular admission fee. Call for times.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $10-$15 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Sept. 15): Victor Fleming's highly entertaining rubber plantation romance Red Dust (1932) 6:30 p.m.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. 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.

WEDNESDAY: A pirate film series continues with Vincente Minnelli's tongue-in-cheek The Pirate (1948), one of the world's most colorful musicals, plus a Negativland video Gimme the Mermaid (2000) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "A Conversation with Ali Kazimi," a live conversation with the PFA's artist-in-residence, an Indo-Canadian documentarian Free 5:30 p.m. Shooting Indians (Kazimi, 1997), on Edward S. Curtis' photographs of Native Americans 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Indian-Canadian life is probed in Kazimi's Some Kind of Arrangement (1998) and Runaway Grooms (2005) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Kazimi's Continuous Journey (2004) looks at a 1914 attempt by a boatload of Indians to settle in Canada 6:30 p.m. Residents of a valley in central India protest a dam that will displace them in Narmada: A Valley Rises (Kazimi, 1994) 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: A rare Australian silent, an enormous hit in its day, The Sentimental Bloke (Raymond Longford, 1919). Live musical accompaniment by Jen Anderson and the Larrikins featuring various instruments of the time including a tin whistle 5 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: James Benning's desensationalized documentary about two serial killers, Landscape Suicide (1986) 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): The Oaklandish Film Fest screens Oakland Raider Parking Lot and an hour-long "Local Love Montage" featuring footage of the city dating back to the 1920s. It's all part of the "Oaklandish crusade" of the Nonchalance Culture Labs 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Sept. 19): John Hughes' Brat Pack The Breakfast Club (1985) screens as a benefit for the Benefit for Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk this November. $7 9:15 p.m.

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

PYRAMID ALEHOUSE
901 Gilman (at 7th Street), Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, www.epicarts.org/cinema for more information. This brewery offers food, drink, and a summer film series. BYO seats. All proceeds to a local charity. $5 suggested donation.

SATURDAY (Sept. 16): Unlike the remake, getting hammered isn't necessary to enjoy the original Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968). Gates open 7 p.m. Live music 7:30 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m.

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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cedric Klapisch's follow-up to L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls (France, 2005) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The acclaimed American indie road movie (not the one with the kid in the van), The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Al Gore spills An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. A Frameline at The Center series offers a monthly program. Free.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): Two couples, gay and lesbian, seek infants in Johnny Sumons' new documentary Beyond Conception 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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

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