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FRIDAY: A three-day series of "trash cinema" screens in conjunction with the UCB academic conference "Born to Be Bad." George Kuchar's spoofs Color Me Shameless (1967) and Corruption of the Damned (1965) screen at 7 p.m., followed by goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis' Color Me Blood Red (1965) -- a rip-off of Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood, as somebody must have noticed -- at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: More trash -- William Rotsler's Agony of Love (1966; 7 p.m.), "a low-rent version of Belle de Jour" about a rich man's wife who moonlights as a prostitute, screens with Stephanie Rothman's The Student Nurses (1970; 9 p.m.), projected on video as no prints of this Roger Corman-produced "nursie film" survive. Director Rothman in person.

SUNDAY: Still more trash -- UCLA film school graduate Jamaa Fanaka's Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975) is about a pimp with a magical penis 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Gustav Deutsch's compilation of early trick films, Film Ist 7-12 (Austria, 2002), screens with Peggy Ahwesh's video reworking of Lara Croft's adventures as a "proto-feminist saga," She Puppet (2001) 7:30 p.m.


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

THURSDAY (May 16): A benefit for an anti-racist organization, "The Working Group," screens Not in Our Town and Not in Our Town 2. Filmmakers in person. $8 6:30, 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, $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bill Weber and David Weissman's The Cockettes (2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher (Austria, 2000) 6:30, 9 p.m. The Sept. 11 compilation "Underground Zero" 6:45 p.m. Italian for Beginners (Denmark, 2000) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: In July (Faith Akin, Germany, 2000); see Opening for review. Also, the premiere of John and Louise Riber's musical documentary Shanda (2002), a profile of Zimbabwe musician Oliver Mtukudzi. Call for times and other titles.

SATURDAY: San Rafael's 15th annual May Madness Classic Car Parade and Street Dance is commemorated by the Rafael with a screening of Francis Coppola's Tucker (1988), a misfired dream project about the visionary car designer 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Todd Solondz gets all controversial on us with his Storytelling (2001) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: One of Jane Fonda's many protean incarnations was that of Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy (Roger Vadim, 1968), a campy comic strip adaption 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Astronauts run wild in Cory McAbee's The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Jamaica suffers under the New World Order in Stephanie Black's Life and Debt (2001), with a narration written by Jamaica Kincaid 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 21 & 22): Willie Brown's mayoral re-election in 2000 is charted in Emily Morse and Kelly Duane's See How They Run (2001). Directors in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: The life of musician Nick Drake is the subject of A Skin Too Few (Jeroen Berkvens, 2000); see Page 165 for more. It screens with Coco Schrijber's short about saxophonist-turned-cabdriver David S. Ware, In Motion (1994) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff. A Cary Grant retrospective continues.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A neglected minor classic, Clifford Odets' None But the Lonely Heart (1944; 7:30 p.m.) stars a cockney Grant as "the tramp of the universe" in a worthy, somber drama. Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time (1944; 5:50, 9:35 p.m.) is about a promoter who discovers a dancing caterpillar, presented undigitized.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 17-23): A famously inaccurate biopic of composer Cole Porter, Night and Day (Michael Curtiz, 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 2:55 p.m.) is one of the few Grant films that's actually boring. Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace (1944; 5:20, 9:35 p.m.) is, on the other hand, a seriously underrated farce, with Grant's oft-criticized mugging -- as the faithful boy who discovers his sweet old aunts are mass murderers -- perfectly appropriate to the occasion.


314 11th St. (at Folsom), 820-3907 and for more information on this program. S.F. DocFest screens here May 16-21. All films digitally projected. $8.

THURSDAY: Spelling bee pressures mount in Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2002) 6 p.m. Fans congregate to see Phantom Menace; why? Starwoids (Dennis Przywara, 2002) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: The director's mom dowses for water in Divining Mom (George Kachadorian, 2002) 5 p.m. They Might Be Giants is profiled in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (A.J. Schnack, 2002) 7 p.m.


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