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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ film curator Joel Shepard has come up with what these days amounts to an extraordinary film series. The lineup showcases movies that aren’t available on DVD. As film buffs know, seeing movies in a theater is a much greater experience than watching DVDs at home or on an iPod.

Most screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays from July 12 through Aug. 18.

Here’s the lineup: John Cassavetes’ “Love Streams,” July 12; Derek Burbridge’s “Urgh! A Music War,” July 14; Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco,” July 19; Richard Rush’s “Freebie and the Bean,” July 21; Tom Schiller’s “Nothing Lasts Forever,” July 26; William Friedkin’s “Boys in the Band,” Aug. 2; Vernon Zimmerman’s “Unholy Rollers,” Aug. 4; Jack Nicholson’s “Drive, He Said,” Aug. 9; Peter Watkins’ “Privilege,” Aug. 11; Daryl Duke’s “Payday,” Aug. 16; Robert Aldrich’s “Twilight’s Last Gleaming — Director’s Cut,” Aug. 18.

Tickets are $8. Yerba Buena’s screening room is at 701 Mission St., San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 978-2787 or visit www.ybca.org.

‘MALA NOCHE’

“Mala Noche,” filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s 1985 meditation on lust, love, obsession and class, comes to the Castro Theatre. The film is the feature debut of Van Sant, whose additional credits include “Drugstore Cowboy,” “My Own Private Idaho,” and “Good Will Hunting.”

Screenings are today at 1:30, 3:15, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. The theater is located at 429 Castro St., San Francisco. Tickets are $6 to $9. Call (415) 621-6120 or visit www.castrotheatre.com.

STILL YOUNG

Veteran folk-rocker Jesse Colin Young performs with his new band, Celtic Mambo. The Michael Foley Trio also takes the stage. The show is at 8 p.m. today at the Little Fox, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Tickets are $23 to $25.

Call (650) 369-4119 or visit www.foxdream.com.

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