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Culture, Art Great Artists Steal: Gaultier and "The Cult of Beauty"

Great Artists Steal: Gaultier and "The Cult of Beauty"

Twenty years ago in New York City, as the wind tossed wrappers about in the street, the French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier spied a group of Hasidic rabbis walking in unison. They had the distinctive traits of Hasidism —…
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Culture, Art Dome Sweet Dome

Dome Sweet Dome

A Potrero Hill delicatessen might seem an unlikely venue for a one-man show by a Palestinian-American photographer featuring the Arab mosques and palaces of Southern Spain. But the life of Said Nuseibeh is all about crossing cultural and religious borders.…
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Film, Reel World

Other People's Money

Other People's Money In a surprising reversal, Gorilla Sports withdrew its Planning Commission application to expand its health club at 2324 Chestnut St. into the Presidio Theater next door. (Century Theaters will cease operations at the Presidio when its lease…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best (Now Defunct) Movie Theater Architecture

The Alhambra dates back to the days when every movie theater had to have an overarching architectural theme -- be it Mayan, Hawaiian, or, in the case of Oakland's Paramount, pure, unadulterated deco. (The Chinese and Egyptian theaters down in…
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Film,

Reel World

The Shuttered Room The Regency I on Van Ness will be the next single-screen San Francisco movie theater to fall, according to informed sources, with the last show unspooling Nov. 6. Operated by Blumenfeld Theaters, the 785-seat house parlayed first-run…
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Film,

Reel World

Odds Against Tomorrow There's no way to break this to you gently: As tipped in this space three weeks ago, the Alhambra and Royal theaters are closing. Blumenfeld Theaters, which has managed the two Polk Street single-screen houses for the…
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Film,

Reel World

Countdown A '98 prediction you can bet your IRA on: When the AMC and Sony movie complexes open in the fall, increasing the city's screens by nearly 30, multiplex madness will infect San Francisco moviegoers and media outlets. It's already…
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News, Feature

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…
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