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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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263,

WEDNESDAY (July 28): The "Manifest Destiny Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents an evening of "political moving image art" with 10 short films and videos, including Victoria Gamburg's excellent Right Road Lost (about a Gulf War vet's troubled conscience), Bush for Peace by Sarah Christman and Jen Simmons, and Kasumi's Free Speech Zone, "a psychedelic Dada/techno opera." Plus live performances. $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.


2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dickens gets a Twist (Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 5): Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 2:45, 5 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (July 28): A lonely 30-year-old loves a young stranger in Anne Villacèque's Petite Chérie (France, 1997) 6 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (July 30): The DIY Ladyfest Bay Area Film Festival offers movies and workshops for three days. Tonight, a "Super 8 Film Workshop" with Lauren Madow 6 p.m. "Hott Cherry PopTarts" (shorts) 7 p.m. Reception 7:30 p.m. A workshop on "DIY Porn-Making" moderated by Shawn Tamarabuchi 8 p.m. A program of "Porn by and for Women" screens the last scene of Working Girlz 8:30 p.m. More porn: SIR Productions' Sugar High Glitter City 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 31): Ladyfest -- "Lost Thoughts, Found Reels" (narrative shorts) 7 p.m. "Frozen to Fluid" (experimental shorts) 7:45 p.m. Yvonne Rainer's experimental feature Privilege (1990) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 1): Ladyfest -- Documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo's latest, Señorita Extraviada (2001), about women disappearing along the U.S.-Mexican border. Speaker to follow 2 p.m. "Place Your Politics" (documentary shorts) 4:30 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 (July 30): Problem-causing kids highlight this weekend, with Patty McCormack as The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy, 1956) 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 31): More problems stem from Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), who's old enough now to run for president 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 1): Rosemary's Baby 2:45, 7:30 p.m. The Bad Seed 5 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (July 31): Peaches wants you to take a bite from The Apple (1980), a vision of the disco world of 1994, ruled by the evil Mr. Boogaloo midnight.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, for regular programs, $8 save as noted; (925) 275-9490 and for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, $11 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 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues at this venue with Recuerdos (Arteaga, Mexico) 2 p.m. Israel and Palestine at a Checkpoint (Shamir, Israel) 4:30 p.m. Ivy Meeropol's film about her grandparents, the Rosenbergs, Heir to an Execution 6:30 p.m. Gay prostitutes gather in the Garden (Barash and Shatz, Israel) 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFJFF -- A deli loses its lease in I Like Killing Flies (Mahurin) 1 p.m. Jews in rural Uganda, Moving Heaven and Earth (Vinik and Vinik) 3:30 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 6 p.m. Closing Night film, with reception to follow: Nina's Tragedies (Gabizon, Israel). $20 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 5): John Greyson's Proteus (South Africa, 2004). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.


3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering!" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (July 31): Films that tinker with speed include Oskar Fischinger's fast-motion Munich-Berlin Walking Trip (Germany, 1927) and Rock Ross' Vespucciland (1982) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 1): Films that tinker with food include Ellen Lake's French Fries, Skip Blumberg's Chinese Noodle Making, and Eric Dyer's Kinetic Sandwich 2 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.

DAILY (Closed Monday): Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues this Friday. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.


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