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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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (June 18): Alain Resnais" La femme de chambre du Titanic (France, 1997), for some reason undistributed here in the wake of the James Cameron film 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (June 21): La femme de chambre du Titanic 2 p.m.


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

THURSDAY (June 19): "Antlers, Airports, and Desperate Detectives," a program of shorts by Bridget Irish and Bryan Connolly, features Connolly"s noir spoof The Savage Place and Irish"s "site and experience portraits" Shot at Bernie's Garage and SFO, plus a "performative video" of "pushing heavy furniture, naked, up a flight of narrow stairs" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (June 20): "Free Art!," "an antiwar, revolutionary gallery show and party for the people," includes a trailer for Art as Revolution, a not-for-profit documentary project about political artists in the Bay Area 7:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,; (925) 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $9 general, $6 matinee (before 5 p.m.) screenings for the SFILGFF, 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: The 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues with Walking on Water (Ayres, Australia) 1:30 p.m. A biography of the filmmaker, The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti (U.K.) 4 p.m. Don't Worry, It Will Probably Pass (Sweden) 6:30 p.m. Robin's Hood (Millman) 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFILGFF -- And the Band Played On (1993) 1 p.m. A documentary on London nudists, Being Human, and another on Texas obscenity, Dildo Diaries 4 p.m. Get a Way (France) 6:30 p.m. Love Forbidden (France) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- "Since You've Been Gone" (shorts) 1 p.m. Pandemic: Facing AIDS (Kennedy) 3 p.m. Daughters of the Sun (Iran) 6 p.m. Gasoline (Italy) 8:15 p.m. Cock & Bull Story (Hayes) 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Afternoon Delights" (shorts) noon. Men seeking AIDS ("bug chasers") are the subject of Louise Hogarth"s documentary The Gift. Community forum follows 2:30 p.m. A revival of Marc Huestis" Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? (1982) 5:30 p.m. My Life on Ice (France) 8 p.m. "Sexotica" (shorts) 10:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Mamas and Papas" (shorts) noon. "Homo Hop" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. "Missed Connections" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Lesbian comics tell all in Laughing Matters (Meyerson) 6:30 p.m. Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary (Flannigan) 9 p.m.

MONDAY: SFILGFF -- Cock & Bull Story 1 p.m. Daughters of the Sun 4 p.m. A good documentary on the civil rights pioneer Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin 6:30 p.m. Close to Leo (France) 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: SFILGFF -- "Shades of Pink," a program of new shorts distributed by Frameline 12:30 p.m. Secondary High (Mills, Halfon, & Bell-Koski, Canada) 2:45 p.m. People Like Us documents the making of the feature Philadelphia 6:30 p.m. The Child I Never Was (Germany) 9:30 p.m.


145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, for this program. Free.

FRIDAY (June 20): An "Open Screening" with new shorts by local filmmakers, taken on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn, too 7 p.m.


27 Sutter (near Market and Sansome), two doors down from the Flatiron Building. Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail for reservations. A "16MM Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in June, with round-table discussion to follow.

THURSDAY (June 19): A tribute series to Linda Darnell continues with Otto Preminger"s The 13th Letter (1945), about poison-pen letters in Quebec in this American remake of Clouzot"s The Raven. San Diego film historian A.K. Rode introduces the film and talks about Darnell 8 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star"s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.

THURSDAY: A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" commences with a double bill of Kids From Shaolin (Zinyan Zhang, 1983), a Shaolin kung fu movie with Jet Lee, and A Kid From Tibet (1992), directed by and starring Biao Yuen (with a Jackie Chan cameo). Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday): Simon: King of the Witches (Bruce Kessler, 1971), about a man who uses magic to bring down City Hall, screens with Jacques Boyreau"s science-fiction spoof Candy von Dewd (2002).

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Kids Are United (1986) features new wave bands at the 1978 Reading rock music festival, including Sham 69, Ultravox, and the Jam.


San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $9, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $6, save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: "Reel Transformations" (TG shorts) 6:30 p.m. "Twisted" (shorts) 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Butchers, Boys and Kings" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. Ho Yuk -- Let's Love Hong Kong (China) 9 p.m.


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