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FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 19-25): What Alice Found (A. Dean Bell, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.


Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 for venue and for event information.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 20 & 21): A new 16mm ski and snowboard film, The Prophecy (2002) delineates "the future of riding" in Slovakia, Alaska, Utah, and other exotic spots 5 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A series of films by Japan's Yasujiro Ozu continues with a salaryman's losing battle against loss, Early Spring (1956) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: More warm family dramas guided by Ozu's firm hand and lucid filmmaking, Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952; 4:45, 9:40 p.m.) and Equinox Flower (1958; 9:15 p.m.).

FRIDAY: Ozu -- Two siblings deal with an ailing father in both Tokyo Twilight (1957; 7 p.m.) and The Munekata Sisters (1950; 9:40 p.m.), the latter made at a different studio than Shochiku and starring non-Ozu actors Kinuyo Tanaka and Hideko Takamine.

SATURDAY: Ozu -- A comedy about obstreperous kids, Good Morning (1959; 2, 7 p.m.), a remake of 1932's I Was Born, But..., screening with Late Autumn (1960; 4, 8:15 p.m.), with Ozu regular Setsuko Hara, constantly married off in earlier Ozu films and now trying to marry off her own daughter.

SUNDAY: The Ozu series and the PFA's 2003 calendar conclude with Floating Weeds (1959; 2:30, 7:35 p.m.), a remake of the director's 1934 comedy-drama about traveling actors, and The End of Summer (1961, 5:30 p.m.), about a sake-brewing family facing death.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


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 (Dec. 18): Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, U.K., 1975) screens as a benefit for the Midnight Special Law Collective, which coordinates legal defenses for WTO and war protesters. $7 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), San Rafael, 454-1222, $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: A love triangle in 1930s Budapest lasts until wartime in Rolf Schübel's Gloomy Sunday (Germany, 2000) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003) 7, 8:40 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:45 p.m. Gwyneth is Sylvia (Christine Jeffs, 2003) 9 p.m.See Ongoing for reviews.

FRIDAY: A preview screening of Piaf: Her Story... Her Songs (George Elder, 2003), with Raquel Bitton performing as the legendary singer. $10 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Gloomy Sunday, Shelter Dogs, and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times.


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 & THURSDAY: Helen Stickler's Stoked (2003) looks at the rise and fall of skater Gator 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Girls run wild in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen (2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's handpicked The Animation Show (2003) mixes up classics, new computer animation, new films by Hertzfeldt, and more 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: Ron Fricke's Baraka (1992) tours the world in search of wonder 7:15, 9:30 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 9:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Andy Goldsworthy plays with time, leaves, and melting ice in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2001), screening through Jan. 1 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.


1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, Free to members, $5 donation for nonmembers.

MONDAY (Dec. 22): "Legendary Lesbian" activists and partners Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon are profiled in No Secrets Anymore! (JEB, 2003), screening at 4, 6:30 p.m. with Martin and Lyon in person at 5 p.m.


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. The theater has begun to program works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Satyajit Ray adapts Ibsen in his version of An Enemy of the People (1989; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Frank Capra's homespun variant Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 5:10, 9:20 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A man claiming to be a long-lost uncle descends upon a rich family in Ray's The Stranger (1980; /i>3:25, 7:30 p.m.), screening with Joseph Cotton as Uncle Charlie descending upon Santa Rosa in Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.).

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


2691 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Dec. 19 & 20): The latest installment of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. $9 8:30, 10:30 p.m.


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