OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Reynolds
May 19, 2006 510-594-0224
JOHN RUSSO & MATT GONZALEZ AT THE MOVIES – IN PERSON!
Oakland City Attorney and Assembly Candidate John Russo and
Former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Matt Gonzalez
Host a Community Forum and Special Screening of the Movie Classic “Network”
Oakland, CA – Local political luminaries, Oakland City Attorney and Assembly Candidate John Russo (www.johnrusso.com) and former San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Green Party Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez will host a special forum on the “Uneasy Alliance Between the White House and Fox News,” a community discussion on spin-doctors and the mass media – followed by a movie screening of Sidney Lumet’s 1976 classic “Network” – at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland on Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m.
Considered one of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies” of all time, “Network” celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release this year, and remains as relevant today as it did 1976 for its daring and satirical look at television media as entertainment. The second film ever to win three Oscars for Acting, Network also won an Oscar for best Screenplay and continues to receive acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
WHAT: RUSSO & GONZALEZ Screening and Community Forum
WHEN: Sunday, May 21, 2006
WHERE: Parkway Speakeasy Theater
1834 Park Ave.
As the first-elected City Attorney of Oakland, John Russo transformed the City Attorney’s office into a dynamic, effective advocate for the City and its residents. John created the award-winning Neighborhood Law Corps, an innovative model program in the state where neighborhood-based attorneys fight blight, drug hot spots, and other quality of life issues in the poorest areas of Oakland – creating healthier, safer neighborhoods. As a former Oakland Councilmember, Russo championed crucial issues such as zero tolerance for sexual harassment, protecting the rights of free assembly and speech in Oakland’s public areas, combating crime while stopping Constitutional abuses by law enforcement, and writing new open government laws.
Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who garnered over 47% of the vote in the 2003 San Francisco Mayor’s race. A prominent member of the Green Party, Gonzalez now leads a progressive law firm he founded, Gonzalez & Leigh LLP, and writes a regular column for Mesh Magazine in San Francisco.
The Parkway Speakeasy Theater is one of the East Bay's most respected community-oriented venues, offering a wide selection of second run commercial, vintage cult, specialty, Diaspora and local films as well as fundraisers for various grassroots organizations. It is California's first and so far only movie theater to offer a full menu including sandwiches, salads, pizza, beer and wine in a cabaret setting with sofas and comfortable cocktail lounge style seating. Most shows are 21 & over (except for Family Night, every Sunday, which is open to all ages), and general admission is $5. More info can be found on their web site, www.speakeasytheaters.com
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