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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, $5-10 sliding scale for this event.

THURSDAY (Aug. 12): A "Sight and Sound" series presents, in conjunction with an ongoing "Discrete Palettes" exhibit, an evening of video and film work by local musicians Merlin Coleman, Peter Conheim, Gretchen Hildebran, and others 8:30 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: Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Ongoing for review 7:10, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 11): A teen tries to survive civil war-torn Beirut in West Beyrouth (Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon, 1998) 6 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 (Aug. 12): ANSWER screens The Murder of Fred Hampton (Howard Alk, 1971), documenting the death of a Black Panther in Chicago, 1969 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 14): The Rough Cut Film Festival 2004 presents trailers and new and unfinished films, offered up for audience comment to aid the filmmakers. See for more 8 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

DAILY: The Iranian comedy The Lizard (Kamal Tabrizi, 2004). See Ongoing for review. $9 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 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 (Aug. 14): "Midnight Mass" concludes with its annual S.F. Underground Short Film Festival of new works by Bay Area iconoclasts midnight.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $8 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 & THURSDAY: Jackie Curtis is Superstar in a Housedress (Craig Highberger, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): A new print of Federico Fellini's hugely popular exposé of the decadent rich, La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959) 1, 4:30, 8 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 (Aug. 14): Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer is found at play in this, The Palace of Delights (Jon Else, 1982) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 15): Sound is tinkered with in John Sanborn's Ear to the Ground (1985), Jason Leonard's Sonata for the World (2002), and more 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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) tells all 8:30, 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Niki Caro's Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2003) screens through Sept. 5 8:15, 10 p.m.


2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings and, Aug. 12-23, its eighth annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some screenings are projected video.) $8 for AFF shows save as noted.

THURSDAY: The Asian Film Festival opens here with the much-anticipated Ju-On 1 (Shimizu, Japan). $10 /i>8 p.m.

FRIDAY: AFF -- A widow drives a minibus in Lost in Time (Yee, Hong Kong) 12:30 p.m. A police drama, Colour of the Truth (Wing and Mak, Hong Kong) 2:50 p.m. A true-life murder case is re-created in Macabre Case of Prom-Pi-Ram (Udomdej, Thailand) 4:55 p.m. Mother and daughter reunite, but one of them has SARS, in Homecoming (Portes, Philippines) 7:20 p.m. A San Francisco kung fu school-produced Gate of Souls (Heinrich) 9:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: AFF -- Romance and rivalry during the Cultural Revolution amid The Foliage (Lu, China) noon. Colour of the Truth 2 p.m. A melodrama set during Japan's occupation, In the Bosom of the Enemy (Portes, Philippines) 3:55 p.m. Gate of Souls 6:05 p.m. A carjacking goes wrong in Drive (Sabu, Japan) 8 p.m. An old samurai teaches kids to fight in Azumi (Kitamura, Japan) 10 p.m.

SUNDAY: AFF -- Adultery goes awry in Men Suddenly in Black (Pang, Hong Kong) noon. A transvestite caught up in World War II becomes Markova: Comfort Gay (Portes, Philippines) 2 p.m. Homecoming 4:05 p.m. Coming of age with Conduct Zero (Cho, Korea) 8:15 p.m. Macabre Case of Prom-Pi-Ram 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: AFF -- Azumi noon. The Foliage 2:55 p.m. Conduct Zero 5 p.m. A gangster signs on for a fake wedding in Failan (Song, Korea) 7:10 p.m. Drive 9:30 p.m.


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