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The Long Now Foundation's Seminars About Long-term Thinking presents:
Rick Prelinger, Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 14

Our annual Lost Landscapes of San Francisco show with Rick Prelinger will run for 2 nights this year and a portion of the proceeds are going directly to support the Prelinger Library!

This is, unbelievably, the 14th year of LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO. Combining a year of exciting archival discoveries with evergreen favorites from past years, this feature-length program shows San Francisco's people, neighborhoods, infrastructures and celebrations from the early 20th century through the 01980s.

New sequences this year run the gamut from the streets of noirish downtown San Francisco in the 01940s to the lively Mission, Richmond, Sunset and Ingleside Terrace districts; family life just prior to World War II; bohemia, psychedelia and punk; newly discovered footage of the late, lamented Sky Tram and the unlamented Bayside Motel and Embarcadero Freeway; horsing around on the Rainier Beer loading dock in 01937; water and transit infrastructure; a hobo by the zoo; Cinemascope footage from the 01950s; the building of I-280; and many intimate glimpses of Latinx, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Black and white families.

As always, the audience makes the soundtrack at the glorious Castro Theatre! Come prepared to identify places, people and events, to ask questions and to engage in spirited real-time repartee with fellow audience members.

The Wednesday showing will also feature a presentation on the Prelinger Library, San Francisco's famed experimental research library that supports artists, historians, community members, and researchers of all kinds. On both evenings you can purchase $50 Prelinger Library Patron Tickets, which includes reserved seating in the theater.

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SFFILM Presents
Part of Member Screenings

1917 7:00

Director Sam Mendes, actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and cinematographer Roger Deakins are expected to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre, and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. (2019 | 119 min | DCP)


Peaches Christ Productions Is Proud To Present...

our live, musical parody of everyone's favorite '80s twisted XMAS movie, "Gremlins" CUTE - NOT CLEVER - NOT BUTCH - BUT THEIR MAKEUP IS FIERCE! DON'T GIVE THEM VODKA - DON'T GIVE THEM PADDING - AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM SILICON!

Starring the gorgeous and indelible talents of

Written by Peaches Christ and Michael Varrati.

Besides our riotous musical stage show, we'll also have a fabulous '
80s Icons Costume Contest! Be sure to enter to win fabulous prizes!

** Unlike recent Peaches Christ Productions, this event
WILL be followed be a movie screening. In celebration of GREMLINS' 35th Anniversary, a ticket purchase is for both the stage show and the screening of the film! Complete with new 4K restoration DCP struck in honor of the anniversary!**

Doors open 90 minutes before show for Platinum Peach & VIP ticket holders and 1 hr before show for Orchestra and Balcony ticket holders. Will Call tickets available for pickup 90 minutes before doors open, at 1pm and 5pm respectively. Tickets at


Tis the Season
Join us Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm for a special evening of yule cruelty, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a dark holiday classic from south of the border--and reveals the entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe, coming January 24-February 2, 2020, to the majestic Castro Theatre.

1946, Mexico. Producciones Mercurio. 96 min.
Story: Rian James and Roberto Gavaldon, adapted by Jack Wagner; screenplay: Jose Revueltas; director: Roberto Gavaldon
In Spanish, DCP with English subtitles

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in this noir-laden thriller as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Costarring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips.

Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together, becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

Enjoy this hot-blooded noir appetizer in anticipation of the full-blown feast of international noir coming January 24-February 2, 2020 . . . NOIR CITY 18! Get tickets:


Thursday, January 9
SF Sketchfest Opening Night!
Maria Bamford with Josie Long

SF Sketchfest is delighted to open its Nineteenth Annual Festival with a performance by one of comedy's best and brightest. For years, Maria Bamford has been bringing audiences her hilarious, brave, strange and wonderful standup, while also co-creating and starring in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series "Lady Dynamite" and the cult hit web series "The Maria Bamford Show." From "Comedy Central Presents" and "The Comedians of Comedy (with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis)" to "Maria Bamford: the special special special" and "Old Baby," Maria's specials consistently garner critical and popular acclaim. She also manages to do a prolific amount of additional television and voice work, and shows no sign of slowing down!
Josie Long is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at age 14 and soon after went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award. Josie has appeared on multiple TV and Radio shows, including the UK programs "The News Quiz," "Just A Minute," "Never Mind the Buzzcocks," "The Alternative Comedy Experience," "Skins," "8 out of 10 Cats," "Drunk History," "Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central," and "Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls," as well as Australia’s "Thank God You’re Here," and Comedy Central’s "@midnight" and "Night Train with Wyatt Cenac" and "Hidden America" in the US. All ages. $29-49.


Saturday, January 11
SF Sketchfest Tribute to Tony Shalhoub, in conversation with Kevin Pollak, + 20th Anniversary Screening of “Galaxy Quest”

SF Sketchfest is honored to pay tribute to beloved actor Tony Shalhoub, who will sit down with his “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” co-star Kevin Pollak for a spirited conversation and Q&A, followed by a 20th Anniversary screening of the sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest,” in which Shalhoub starred as the hilariously mellow science officer Fred.

A four-time Emmy award winner for his work as the titular character on “Monk” and as Abe Weissman in the Amazon Prime sensation “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Tony has been delighting audiences for decades in film, television and on Broadway Stages. He broke out on the small screen in 1991 after joining the cast of “Wings” as Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci. Notable film and TV appearances include “Barton Fink,” “A Civil Action,” “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” “The Imposters,” “Spy Kids,” “Quick Change,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Men in Black,” “The Siege,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Stark Raving Mad,” and the hit indie comedy “Big Night,” for which he won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. He voices Luigi in the Disney/Pixar “Cars” film series, and Master Splinter in the two “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboots.

No stranger to the stage, Shalhoub won a Tony for his portrayal of Tewfiq Zakaria in the Best Musical winner “The Band’s Visit.” He received Tony nominations for his work in “Conversations With My Father,” “Golden Boy” and “Act One.” Shalhoub met his wife, actress Brooke Adams, when they co-starred in “The Heidi Chronicles,” and appeared together in the 2010 revival of “Lend Me A Tenor.” Shalhoub was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his work as the narrator in “A Cricket in Times Square.”All ages. $25-49.

Saturday, January 11
SF Sketchfest Tribute to Eugene Mirman + “It Started as a Joke” Bay Area Premiere
With Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Vowell, producer Olivia Wingate and co-director Julie Smith Clem

SF Sketchfest pays tribute to the hilarious and beloved Eugene Mirman -- a longtime friend of the festival who has appeared at nearly every Sketchfest for the past 15 years. After the Bay Area premiere screening of the fascinating, funny and heartfelt documentary "It Started as a Joke," Eugene will sit down for a panel conversation with the film's co-director Julie Smith Clem and producer Olivia Wingate, and be feted one by one by some of his best friends in comedy, including Jon Glaser, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, and Sarah Vowell.  "It Started As A Joke" is a feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement, offers a bittersweet goodbye to an era, and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. The film includes interviews with Michael Ian Black, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Ira Glass, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Reggie Watts and Michael Showalter, along with performances by Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Glaser, Mike Birbiglia, Bobcat Goldthwait and more. All ages. $35-45.

Saturday, January 11
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” 45th Anniversary Peaches Christ Experience
With Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn, hosted by Peaches Christ

Ready to do the time warp again? It's the 45th anniversary of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," THE greatest midnight cult classic comedy horror musical of all time! Join hostess Peaches Christ and very, very special guest stars Barry Bostwick ("Brad Majors -- A Hero"), Nell "Little Nell" Campbell ("Columbia -- A Groupie") and Patricia Quinn ("Magenta -- A Domestic") for a rollicking onstage summit and a rare Castro Theater screening of the film. Hear all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the making of the film, and how it has become a worldwide runaway cultural phenomenon. A portion of VIP tickets will be available that include a special post-show reception with the cast. Don't dream it, be it! All ages. $45-150.

Sunday, January 12
The Bunny Ears Podcast + “Uncle Buck” 30th Anniversary Screening
With Macaulay Culkin and guest Thomas Lennon

After a special 30th anniversary screening of the classic John Hughes / John Candy comedy "Uncle Buck," co-starring a 9-year-old Macaulay Culkin, join fully-grown Macaulay himself and very special guest Thomas Lennon as they chat about comedy, acting, and whatever else comes up. All ages. $20-40.

Sunday, January 12
“Clue” 35th Anniversary Screening
With Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, Jonathan Lynn and Robert Strong

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to get a "Clue" and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved classic ensemble comedy whodunit based on the popular board game of the same name. Join the wonderfully talented actors Lesley Ann Warren ("Miss Scarlet") and Colleen Camp ("Yvette, the maid") and hilarious writer/director Jonathan Lynn live in person for a screening and onstage conversation about the making of the film and its legacy, moderated by Robert>
7 guests, 1 butler and 1 maid converge on a New England mansion for dinner in 1954, where they try and solve a series of murders happening under their very noses. The film is full of hilarious one-liners and madcap slapstick and features great performances from an all-star cast of comedy luminaries including Warren, Camp, Tim Curry ("Wadsworth, the butler"), Eileen Brennan ("Mrs. Peacock"), Madeline Kahn ("Mrs. White"), Christopher Lloyd (Professor Plum"), Michael McKean ("Mr. Green") and Martin Mull ("Colonel Mustard").All ages. $35-45.

Thursday, January 16
Judge John Hodgman
With John Hodgman and Jesse Thorn

Join bestselling author and self-appointed judge John Hodgman as he listens to real-life disputes and weighs in on such pressing issues as “Is chili a soup or a stew?” With Jesse Thorn. All ages. $39-100.

Friday, January 17
Tribute to Crispin Hellion Glover: In Person Performing his Big Slide Show part 1 + “What is it?” 15th Anniversary + In Conversation

Join multifaceted American actor, publisher, filmmaker and author Crispin Hellion Glover live in person for an evening of conversation following a performance of "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show part 1" and a 15th anniversary screening of his feature film "What is it?"br>In "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show part 1," Mr. Glover performs a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance.

"What is it?" was the winner of Best Narrative Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and an Official Selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

"It's unlike anything I've ever seen before...the unrestrained id of an artist at full frenzy, unafraid to mount onscreen what others would judiciously edit out. Glover's film is like that of the fever dream of a crazy person." -- Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

“ABSOLUTELY the most uncompromising and original thing I've seen. People try to compare it to the likes of surrealist hero Luis Bu˝uel and trailblazer Werner Herzog, but I say Glover has transcended even them. " -- Kelly O, The Seattle Stranger Weekly

A limited number of VIP tickets including best seats and a post-show meet & greet / book-signing will be available. Ages 18+. $25-50.

Saturday, January 18
“The Journey of Natty Gann” 35th Anniversary
With Meredith Salenger and Ray Wise, moderated by Patton Oswalt

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved Disney family classic "The Journey Of Natty Gann" with a screening followed by a conversation and Q&A with stars Meredith Salenger and Ray Wise, hosted by Patton>Set in the Great Depression, the film follows resilient young Natty Gann (Meredith Salenger in a star-making performance), who journeys from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest in hopes of being reunited with her father (Ray Wise). Along for the journey are a faithful wolf and amiable drifter Harry (John Cusack). Directed by Jeremy Kagan. All ages. $25.

Saturday, January 18
The Benson Movie Interruption: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” with Doug Benson and surprise guests

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Chronic-Con,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads. All ages. $28.

Saturday, January 18
Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck

"Stuff You Should Know" is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, "Stuff You Should Know" has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie(r) dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax and so on and so on, totaling nearly 700 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday.

Over the years, "Stuff You Should Know" has grown beyond the podcast to include video series like Don't Be Dumb; a pretty good social media presence on Facebook and Twitter where Josh and Chuck chat with their fans, field suggestions and are told what they got wrong in any given episode; and a website, Josh and Chuck's home on the web,, where they like to share examples of their interests in photos of abandoned places, old Halloween costumes, terrible ideas in history, and other neat stuff. They are also beginning work on a "Stuff You Should Know" book, which they intend to complete and have published before the end of the decade, they hope. They also played themselves in a short lived but much loved scripted TV show on Science> Chuck and Josh live in Atlanta, though not together; instead with their wives, Emilie (Chuck) and Umi (Josh). When they aren't working - but really, in this day and age, when is anyone not working, you know? - Chuck plays in his old man band, as he's a bit of an amateur guitarist, and Josh likes to find and try new cocktail recipes, as he's a bit of an amateur mixologist. All ages. $35.

Sunday, January 19
“SpongeBob SquarePants” 20th Anniversary

Are you ready kids? Aye aye captain! SpongeBob’s Best Year ever continues with a table read of a fan-favorite episode, all the latest Bikini Bottom news, and a sneak preview of a brand new episode. Bring it around town to hear from voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), along with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli and moderator Busy Philipps, about what it’s like to be part of this iconic Nickelodeon cartoon. So drop on the deck and flop like a fish, because we’re celebrating 20 years of nautical nonsense!

Since its launch July 17, 1999, "SpongeBob SquarePants" has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. "SpongeBob SquarePants" is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 170 countries, translated in 30+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. "SpongeBob SquarePants" is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. All ages. $20-35.

Sunday, January 19
“Airplane!” 40th Anniversary
With Robert Hay, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, moderated by Kevin Murphy

SF Sketchfest presents the 40th anniversary of "Airplane!" on the big screen with a special conversation with the writing and directing team of Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers, David and Jerry, who were also responsible for comedy classics "The Naked Gun," "Kentucky Fried Movie," "Top Secret" and "Police Squad!" Joining the team onstage will be their leading man Robert Hays ("Ted Striker") for an afternoon of funny stories and audience Q&A, moderated by "Rifftrax" and "Mystery Science Theater 3000" funnyman Kevin Murphy. "Airplane!," one of the most beloved comedy films of all time, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, in 1980 and is number ten on AFI's "100 Years…100 Laughs" list. Fasten your seatbelts for the film that brought us Ted Striker's "drinking problem," Otto Pilot, jive-talking Barbara Billingsley, a feud over the uses of the red zone and the white zone, and the reinvention of the wonderful Leslie Nielsen as a comedy superstar. Surely you will have a great time. And don't call me Shirley. All ages. $25-45.

Sunday, January 19
SF Sketchfest Tribute to Sandra Bernhard, in conversation with Peaches Christ + “The King of Comedy” screening

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to iconic performer, actress, singer and author Sandra Bernhard! Sandra will take to the Castro Theater stage for a moderated conversation and Q&A, followed by a screening of the classic Martin Scorsese film "The King of Comedy," for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics. Don't miss your chance to spend an evening with this legendary one-of-a-kind talent! All ages. $25-45.



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