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Outtakes from the filming of ‘The Running Fence Revisited’

Erin Van Rheenen, Special to SF Public Press — Nov 24 2010 - 11:06am

In September 2009, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude returned to Northern California for the 33-year anniversary of their “Running Fence” (1976) installation and to film “The Running Fence Revisited” (2010), directed by Wolfram Hissen and sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

During the filming, author Erin Van Rheenen did double duty as both writer and girl Friday for the crew. Between takes she interviewed Jeanne-Claude and Christo — at the Petaluma Denny's, at a reunion picnic and in the car as they traced the route of where the fence had run. She may have been the last to interview Jeanne-Claude, who died suddenly on Nov. 18, 2009, at the age of 74.

The scenes described in the story first appeared in a slightly different form as the program for the documentary’s West Coast premiere back in June.

Restored Depression-era maritime murals recall heyday of public art

Gianmaria Franchini, SF Public Press — Jul 19 2010 - 3:44pm

The Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park at Beach and Polk streets is emerging from a rehabilitation project with a noticeable facelift. The Bathhouse was built in 1939 by the Works Project Administration and became the park’s Maritime Museum in 1951. The building, which was designed to resemble the bridge of an ocean liner, is teeming with sea-themed art, none more striking that Hilaire Hiler’s “Undersea Life” mural, which has also been restored.

Treasure Island timeline

Jerold Chinn, SF Public Press — Jul 6 2010 - 3:08pm

This is a version of the timeline that appeared in the print edition special report on San Francisco's Treasure Island.

Harvey Milk remembered on Castro Street on day in his honor

Lila LaHood, SF Public Press — May 24 2010 - 1:19pm

At one of several local celebrations for California’s inaugural Harvey Milk Day, San Francisco officials dedicated a plaque to the slain supervisor and gay rights activist in front of his former camera shop and campaign headquarters on Castro Street. Read more...

Art gallery raises money for local underground comix legend

Samantha McGirr and Jessica Wertheim, The Public Press — Aug 26 2009 - 2:28pm

S. Clay Wilson, a longtime fixture on the San Francisco underground comix scene who sustained a traumatic head injury last year, was honored at the close of “The Cresting Wave: The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience” exhibition in San Francisco Sunday evening.

New tenant OK’d for San Francisco Tea Garden

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Jul 29 2009 - 1:27pm

A new tenant for the Japanese Tea Garden concessions could move in as early as September – thanks to the support of the full board at Tuesday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.

Carol Murata, owner and operator of Murata’s Cafe Hana, was unanimously recommended July 22 by the parks commission to become the new occupant.

60 years late, U.S. to compensate WW II Filipino vets

Audrey Wong, The Public Press — Mar 27 2009 - 12:05pm

When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1941, Jesus Riveria joined the resistance, driving an armored vehicle for the guerrillas. His job was to protect Filipinos and keep the Japanese from advancing. He worked along side the Philippine Commonwealth Army, which President Franklin Roosevelt incorporated into the U.S. armed forces.

Stacey’s Bookstore writes final chapter

Sam Chapman, The Public Press — Mar 4 2009 - 7:57pm

After 85 years in business – selling millions of books during that time – a San Francisco landmark soon will close its doors to the public.

Stacey’s Bookstore, located at 581 Market St., held its final lunchtime author event Wednesday as hundreds of faithful supporters, former employees, local authors and more walked the aisles of the shop for what may be their last time. The bookstore will close for good the week of March 16.

“I can remember coming here 20 years ago and my book would always make the best-seller list because of what Stacey’s would do in business bestseller lists,” local author Susan RoAne said. “When I read the news, I gulped … this is just heartbreaking for all of us. Stacey’s has been wonderful to me.”

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