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From Boring to Born Again Film Threat founder Chris Gore has bought back his magazine from Larry Flynt Publications and is moving it to San Francisco for an August relaunch. Gore, who started Film Threat in 1985 as a zine…
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The Unhappy Hookers Ever since the days of the Barbary Coast, San Francisco has been something of a haven for sexual persuasions and attitudes of all stripes. So it should be no surprise that a new project for prostitutes has…
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That's Not Funny Never try to explain a joke; you only get yourself in deeper. That's advice SF Weekly should have taken when it received calls over two pieces in the April 3 issue. Loyal readers called to express their…
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Mime-Boggling If the San Francisco Mime Troupe could telegraph its plight, its players would flash a semaphore for "Help!" The collective's free summer production in city parks is in trouble: Budget cuts at the National Endowment for the Arts mean…
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Don't Come All Ye Faithful It seemed like an answered prayer: The Committee to Save St. Brigid Church, a group of Catholic parishioners formed when the archdiocese shuttered their place of worship in 1994, thought it would get to meet…
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Willie Brown's Beau Brummell

In etiquette parlance, the situation could best be described as "delicate." Late last month in the Veteran Building's Green Room, Willie Brown was swearing in a handful of loyal associates as commissioners on various city boards. Among them stood Stanlee…
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Art for Art's Sake

The inscription over the locked doors of the Old Main Library bears a certain irony: "May this structure throned on imperishable books be maintained and cherished from generation to generation for the improvement of mankind." Below, silhouetted against the soaring…
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The Million-Dollar Question What would you do for $1 million? Chris Phipps and Brian Elliott would do almost anything -- legal -- and they placed a classified ad in SF Weekly saying just that. "Everyone wants a million dollars. We…
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Buzz Off Media hounds sniffed another whiff of doom for the Examiner after Magazine Editor Paul Wilner announced earlier this month that he was fleeing to L.A. and the executive editor post at Buzz magazine. Though Wilner assured the dogs…
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Missing Out in the Mist You're standing in the dense drizzle next to a Muni shelter (An ironic label for a billboard, you think), waiting for the J train. It has been more than half an hour on a weekday.…
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High Anxiety

The Financial District drones were shuffling out to lunch late that Thursday morning last October when two women in business suits walked into the Bank of California Building and took the elevator to the 22nd floor. There, they climbed a…
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The Rematch The face-off between Arlo Smith and Bill Fazio for district attorney promised a vicious row, but then Terence Hallinan stepped in and turned the battle into a tag-team match. For those who anticipated with glee the sight of…
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SLUGging It Out

Like blades of grass in the cracks of sidewalks, they pop up in implausible places: on a triangle between busy streets; on a sliver of land separating apartment buildings; on a lot next to a highway. But San Francisco's 40-odd…
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Delay of Game For decades, tenants of San Francisco's projects have complained about everything from broken ceilings, bad plumbing, and rotten wiring to the shootings and rapes the Housing Authority has refused to police. After the authority stopped hearing those…
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Protracted Contracting Though some employees of the Chronicle and Examiner feted the first anniversary this month of 1994's 11-day newspaper strike, two key unions -- the drivers and the pressmen -- were in no mood to pop the cork. Representing…
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A Royal Snub

It was supposed to go out with a bang, but the city's Halloween party ended its 16-year run in the Castro with a whisper. The annual street celebration drew an official 150,000 revelers -- down from a rowdy 300,000 the…
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Hosed by Frank OK, you see a picture of three naked men in a shower, and you don't instantly focus on the fact that it's a shower they're standing in. Especially when one of the men is the voluptuous Frank…
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Block That Metaphor! Alan Kaufman, the poet/spoken-word promoter who ran the monthly readings at Borders on Union Square, has been dumped by the bookstore after going public with a dispute over whether poets could use a microphone. Or, as Kaufman…
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Out, and Down and Out, in S.F.

While many San Franciscans wonder for whom the bell tolls (Chronicle or Examiner?) in our two-daily town, a parallel drama of survival and death plays out in the city's gay press: Last month, the weekly Sentinel folded. And last week,…
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Babes on Broadway? We haven't heard the last from Medea, the Musical. John Fisher's cutup romp ended its nearly three-month run at the Lorraine Hansberry Sept. 30. But according to Fisher's producer, Jon Zimmerman, the ham-happy Sassy Mouth Players will…
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