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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) 464-5980, $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2004). See Ongoing for review 5, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 25-March 3): The local theatrical premiere of Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975), back in the day when little Steven's films had some bite to them.


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

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 23): Filmmaker Richard Copan's dental surgery-inspired Racines (Roots, France, 2000) 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 (Feb. 24): The Noise Pop Film Festival presents events here and elsewhere around the city this week. Tonight, the premiere of El Presidente (2005), "an incredibly strange wrestling movie" involving El Homo Loco's campaign for president of Boystown 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Feb. 25): The S.F. Black Independent Film Festival screens Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2003), with Epps in person, plus live performance by Rappin 4Tay 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 26): A Noise Pop screening of Burn to Shine (Brendan Canty, 2004), "the first in a series of films that attempts to document bands in America playing live in spaces that are slated to be demolished." Performances by Weird War, Q and Not U, French Toast, and others are included, filmed in a house about to be burned to the ground 3 p.m. ATA's Other Cinema hosts an emergency medical benefit for Rev. Screaming Fingers (Lucio Menegon) of the Overdub Club, alternating live music with "Incredibly Strange Music" clips from Daniel Johnston, Tex Ritter, Louis Prima, William Shatner, and many more. Pancakes will be served. See for more info 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 27): Noise Pop -- This Is the Sound: The Mother Hips (Bill DeBlonk, 2005), a music doc about the West Coast band 3 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house, long a good place to catch second-run fare, has converted one of its screens to a repertory theater. See our Showtimes page for what's on the Balboa's other screen.

WEDNESDAY: Untold Scandal (Je-yong Lee, Korea, 2003; 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.). See Ongoing for review.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: "Garbo's Back," a weeklong reissue of nine classic Greta Garbo vehicles, opens with her two best-regarded sound dramas, Camille (George Cukor, 1936; 1:10, 5, 9 p.m.) and the splendid Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933; 3:10, 7 p.m.).

STARTS FRIDAY: A new Bollywood film, Bewafaa (Dharmesh Darshan, India, 2005) opens today both here and in India. It stars Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and Kareena Kapoor 12:30, 4, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: "Garbo's Back," doing Tolstoy in Anna Karenina (Clarence Brown, 1935; 3:15, 7 p.m.) and comedy in Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka (1939; 1:15, 5, 8:45 p.m.).

SUNDAY: The Balboa marks its 69th birthday with its annual Birthday Bash, re-creating a day at the movies in 1926 with Garbo's first starring vehicle at MGM, The Torrent (Monta Bell), screening with live music by Nik Phelps and ensemble. Also, birthday cake and vaudeville 1 p.m. An "Oscar Masquerade" screens Hollywood's top stars in their finery and challenges them with a costume contest (you're encouraged to attend as a nominated movie). Who will go as the naked guy in Sideways? 5 p.m.

MONDAY: "Garbo's Back" -- Anna Karenina (3:15, 7 p.m.) and Ninotchka (1:15, 5, 8:45 p.m. ).

TUESDAY: "Garbo's Back" -- A double bill of The Painted Veil (Richard Boleslawski, 1934; 2:05, 5:25, 8:55 p.m.), a romantic triangle sourced in W. Somerset Maugham (just like current Oscar nominee Being Julia), and the silent A Woman of Affairs (Brown, 1928; 12:20, 3:40, 7 p.m.), screening with an introduction by Mick LaSalle and piano accompaniment by Jon Mirsalis at the 7 p.m. show only.


Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500 and for venue, for program. Free this week.

THURSDAY (Feb. 24): A lecture by Lebanese filmmaker Walid Raad (aka the Atlas Group) on his artwork on violence in contemporary Lebanon 7:30 p.m.


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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: New York underground legend Klaus Nomi is profiled in The Nomi Song (Andrew Horn, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Noise Pop screening of Dziga Vertov's delirious city symphony Man With a Movie Camera (USSR, 1930) with a live score by Oranger 7:30 p.m. Fearless Freaks (Bradley Beesley, 2005), a music doc on Oklahoma's Flaming Lips 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Robots rule in Robert Wise's science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Sat 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

SUNDAY: See Clint Eastwood put Howard Hughes (and Martin Scorsese) out of their misery at the Castro's Oscar Night Party, a benefit for End Hunger Now. $18 advance tickets at 621-6120, $20 night of show 5:30 p.m.


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