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    Last of the Independents

    Red Vic The Red Vic has an unlikely history for an art house. It was founded 16 years ago in 1980 by a six-person collective who came out of a political canvassing organization, Citizen's Action League. "We wanted to start a business as a collect...

    by Kathleen Maher on November 6, 1996
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    Last of the Independents

    Victoria No matter what's going on outside, and god knows there can be plenty going on at 16th and Mission streets, inside the Victoria is a haven where people go to see something unusual -- special performances, plays, film festival entries, and...

    by Kathleen Maher on November 6, 1996
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    Behind the Scenes

    A moviegoer's companion to Bay Area theaters, from the palaces to the pits Act One/Two 2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley (510) 548-7200 Admission: $7.50, $4 kids/seniors Parking: none This pair of shabby but comfortable art ...

    on November 6, 1996
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    Last of the Independents

    Stanford Possibly the most perfectly realized filmgoing experience in the Bay Area is Palo Alto's Stanford Theater. It's been restored to something close to an exact reproduction of its 1920s origins. The seats are roomy and comfy. The atmosphere...

    by Bill Wyman on November 6, 1996
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    Last of the Independents

    Four Star Veteran independent theater operator Frank Lee reopened the Four Star in 1992 as a mainstream Chinese theater. Lee split the theater into two screens and installed new seats last March, a sign that the Four Star is in it for the long ha...

    by Michael Fox on November 6, 1996
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    Last of the Independents

    Roxie The Roxie Cinema, says programmer Elliot Lavine, is the oldest continuously running theater in town, having opened as the Poppy Theater in 1912. The group of film devotees who transformed the Roxie into one of the Bay Area's best places to ...

    by Gregg Rickman on November 6, 1996
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    SF Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Filmgoing - "The Final 10 Percent": The Art of Moviegoing

    I go to movies hoping for the kind of excitement that can tune up a person's entire mental and emotional system. One of the few times I got it in recent years came after a screening at the Galaxy of a limp 1994 comedy called Little Big League. In the...

    by Joe Mader on November 6, 1996
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    1997 Film Fest Calendar

    What's in store in specialty fests for 1997 American Indian Film Festival (21st) Phone/Fax: 554-0525/554-0542 E-Mail: aifisf@aol.com Director/Organizer: Michael Smith, founder Dates: Nov. 7-17, 1996 Where? Palace of Fine Arts,...

    on November 6, 1996
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    The Future of Moviegoing: A Round-Table Discussion

    Fox: Let's start with a general question. There's a perception that San Francisco is a first-rate film town. Is that true? Bill, you want to start? Banning: Well, I think it's definitely true. It's the most vibrant scene in the country. Wym...

    on November 6, 1996
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    Seismic Punt - UC ignores its own engineering report on shoring up the Golden Bears' stadium, but the fans don't care

    Every time the coin drops to the field at the start of another football game at UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium, school officials are hoping for more than a Golden Bears victory. "We all pray that there is not a quake on game day. It would be an ugly ...

    by John P. Lyons on November 6, 1996
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    Letters

    Clear as a Bellwether The "YOU Decide" issue (Oct. 30) was the most complete, yet concise, overview of our complicated ballot published in San Francisco. All the other daily and weekly publications pushed their personal agendas -- you laid out th...

    on November 6, 1996
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    State Ballot Measures

    Propositions 204, 205, 206: Water, Jail, and Veteran General Obligation Bonds Prop. 204, a grand compromise among environmental, business, and farming groups, would fund the largest water bonanza since the Central Valley Project in 1960. The meas...

    by Dirk Olin on October 30, 1996
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    State and National Candidates

    Welcome (back) to the Machine: In 1987, as Congresswoman Sala Burton was dying of cancer -- she was literally on her deathbed -- she called then-Democratic Party fund-raiser Nancy Pelosi to her bedside. There, she anointed Pelosi as the favored succe...

    by Dirk Olin on October 30, 1996
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    Party Types - Whether Democrat, Republican, or crypto-fascist, this is your guide to the best in Election Night bashing

    It's been another hard-fought campaign season, with candidates and proposition sponsors once again mud-wrestling each other into submission. But once the polls have closed, it's time to put the party back into political party. Sure, you could glumly ...

    by Tom McNichol on October 30, 1996
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    City and County Ballot Measures

    Proposition A: Housing Bonds Hey voter, can you spare a home? That's the appeal behind Prop. A, a bond measure funneling $85 million into community- and church-based nonprofit developers to build or refurbish 3,000 affordable housing units. The m...

    by Dirk Olin on October 30, 1996
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    The President of Oz

    This year's elections are an occasion for very mild celebration on at least one level. We've been mercifully spared much of the race-baiting and fearmongering and innuendoes about patriotism or integrity that have soiled the last few national contest...

    by Dirk Olin on October 30, 1996
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    Quota Quandary - As Proposition 209 seeks an end to affirmative action by state institutions, minority groups are conflicted

    The way the anti-Proposition 209 people tell it, minority men who support 209 really want affirmative action to continue. They just don't know it. "People of color are strongly for affirmative action," says Pat Ewing, manager of the Campaign to ...

    by Michaela Jarvis on October 30, 1996
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    Mulch

    Pediatric Proctologists Need Not Apply In a roundabout way, academia has validated what everyone at this year's S.F. Health Summit and elsewhere has been saying for some time: In its race to the cutting edge of medicine, the University of Califor...

    by Jack Boulware on October 30, 1996
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    Letters

    Weight Here High point and low point of "Ground Zero" issue (Oct. 16): High point: Paul Reidinger's piece on Rocco's Cafe ("Are You Being Served?" Eat). I appreciate the information on the service (or lack thereof) at Rocco's. If there is one...

    on October 30, 1996
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    Where Crime Pays - Is the DA's Office bungling the biggest pollution case in Bay Area history?

    Laden with copper, lead, and nickel, the sand pile stood 6 feet tall and covered the equivalent of one football field on the shoreline across the cove north of Candlestick Park. A legacy of sandblasting at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, the toxic ...

    by Chuck Finnie on October 23, 1996
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