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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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Raise the Red Trousers (Robin Shou, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 12-18): Neil Young's Greendale (2004); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (March 10): A determined young woman becomes a doctor in the Quebecois film Blanche (Charles Binamé, Canada, 1992). Screens in French with no English subtitles 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 13): Sexual obsession drives a woman into madness in Alain Tanner's Une flamme dans mon coeur (Switzerland, 1989). Program repeats on Wednesday 2 p.m.


1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9599 and for advance tickets to this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 22nd annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, concluding here this week. $9 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)

WEDNESDAY: SFIAAFF screenings of The Other Final (Kramer, Netherlands) 1 p.m. Chinese Restaurants: Song of the Exile (Kwan, Canada) 6:45 p.m. Beat Kitano's latest, Dolls (Japan) 7 p.m. "To the Ends of the World" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Flavors (Nidimoru and DK, U.S.) 7:30 p.m. "Tokyo Stories" (shorts) 9 p.m. Just One Look (Ip, Hong Kong) 9:30 p.m. "My Ninja for Your Nun" (shorts) 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFIAAFF -- Ramona Diaz's documentary on the Philippines' ex-first lady, Imelda 7 p.m. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Fleming, Canada) 7:15 p.m. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Panh, Cambodia) 7:30 p.m.


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

THURSDAY (March 11): An SF Indymedia International Women's Day Celebration screens the short films Hip Hop Gurlz (Tamika Guishard) and the animated Saadia (Tarik Cherkaoui, South Africa), and a feature-length documentary, The Cucumber Incident (Bonita Makuch and Melodie Calvert) about women taking the law into their own hands 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 12): The Sonic Salon, an evening of experimental music and film, features Jess Rowland's depiction of an embattled hero warring against evil civil libertarians from beyond Earth, John Ashcroft vs. the Space Librarians (2004), plus Epic [Abridged] and The Dripping Tree 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 13): Live, on-site projected performances by Sue Constabile, Sarah Lockhart, and Kerry Laitala, the latter hand cranking her Muse of Cinema 8:30 p.m.


Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (March 12): Orson Welles has trouble with his cane in Touch of Evil (1958) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 13): Gene Kelly causes trouble with his brush as An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 14): An American in Paris 5 p.m. Touch of Evil 7:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $8 for regular programs. 866-468-3399 and for "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz", priced at $20 Sunday-Thursday evening, $22 Friday and Saturday evening, $20 Saturday and Sunday matinee, $15 Wednesday matinee. 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 & THURSDAY: Anna May Wong stars in Piccadilly (E.A. Dupont, 1929) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" is billed as an interactive encounter between audiences and the 1939 MGM classic directed by Victor Fleming. "A splashy night of theatre and film mixed with a festive costume-filled celebration," Opening Night features Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini and is hosted by Jan Wahl. Connie Champagne hosts every night. "A happy sing-out-loud night of smiles and laughter, enhancing the classic movie," co-produced by Warner Bros., the Nederlander Organization and Clear Channel Entertainment 7 p.m.

STARTS SATURDAY: "Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz" screens through March 25 at 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sun, Sat 1 p.m.


600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 495-7380 and for this program. $10 an evening.

WEDNESDAY (March 10): Filum 04, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival, screens here today and tomorrow. Tonight, shorts, a documentary. Black Tunnels, on male suicide, and Head Rush (Shimmy Marcus, 2003), a comedy about drug smuggling 7 p.m.

THURSDAY (March 11): Filum 04 -- A program of four shorts and I Could Read the Sky (Nichola Bruce, 2003), about an immigrant in England 7 p.m.


3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, Free with museum admission of $12. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SUNDAY (March 12): This science museum celebrates Pi Day with a screening of George Paul Csicsery's math doc Porridge, Pulleys and Pi, a film about knot and number theory 1 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.


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