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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 (March 2): An "Evening of Experimental Music and Media" is promised featuring video by Biagio Azzarelli of the transmedia art collective en·ve·lope. $6-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 5): "Ideas in Animation" -- Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble provide live music to selected cartoons from Russia, Belgium, France, Germany, America, China, and Japan. $10 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. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991). See Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 4-10): Don Hertzfeldt's latest anthology, "The Animation Show 2005." See Opening for review. Hertzfeldt in person both Saturday evening shows. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Who let the Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) out?


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

WEDNESDAY (March 2): Jean-Louis Trintignant is an escaped prisoner hiding out with Philippe Noiret and Marlene Jobert in Robert Enrico's Le Secret (France, 2000) -- the director of the classic short Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge is still weaving mysteries 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 (March 3): International Answer screens Women in Struggle, a 1990s documentary about four Palestinians jailed by the Israelis 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 4): A fund-raiser for Kerry Laitala's "Muse of Cinema" series, a lovely group of hand-processed 35mm films, including Torchlight Tango, Retrospectroscope, and more. $10-20 sliding scale 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 5): ATA's Other Cinema offers a slide show from Sudan by Mark Brecke, who'll speak on the ongoing catastrophe. Also, The Spectre of Hope (Paul Carlin, U.K., 2000), with Brazilian photo-essayist Sebastião Salgado in conversation with John Berger. See for more info 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 6): A new "Street Level TV" program of political videos, including reports from Ecuador on oil pollution, New York on attorney Lynne Stewart's conviction, Indonesia on oppression after the tsunami, and more 8 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: A new Bollywood film, Bewafaa (Dharmesh Darshan, India, 2005), starring Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and Kareena Kapoor 12:30, 4, 7:30 p.m. "Garbo's Back," a weeklong reissue of nine classic Greta Garbo vehicles, concludes with her role as the famous spy in Mata Hari (George Fitzmaurice, 1931; 3:15, 7 p.m.). Even more famously, Garbo "vants to be alone" in the all-star Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding, 1932; 1:10, 4:55, 8:40 p.m.).

THURSDAY: "Garbo's Back" -- Mata Hari 3:15, 7 p.m. Grand Hotel 1:10, 4:55, 8:40 p.m. Call for other titles and times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


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

THURSDAY (March 3): Four videos comprise "A Sense of Site," including Dominic Angerame's Anaconda Targets (aerial video of a bombing run in Afghanistan) and Mahnaz Afzali's The Ladies Room (Iran, 2004), women in the public bathroom of a Tehran park 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: A new print of Michelangelo Antonioni's shutterbug classic Blowup (U.K., 1966) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3:15, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 4-9): Fascism meets fashion in a new print of Bernardo Bertolucci's gorgeous The Conformist (Italy, 1970) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat noon, 2:20, 4:35 p.m.; Sun noon.


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): Akira Kurosawa's Shakespearean masterwork Ran (Japan, 1985) screens through March 20 6:30, 9:15 p.m.


3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.

SATURDAY (March 5): "Tenor Madness," a program of film clips of great jazz sax players -- Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and more. $20 8 p.m.


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $9.

DAILY: Jamie Foxx polishes his Oscar as Ray (Taylor Hackford, 2004) 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Piglet polishes his heffalump in Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Lauren Lazen, 2004) 4, 5:30 p.m.; also Sun 2:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Pooh's Heffalump Movie 5:30 p.m.


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