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ORANGE COUNTY NEWSWATCH

October 14, 1994|Jerry Hicks and Mike Boehm and Tim Wilson

DOGGIE HEAVEN? What happens when too many complain about your dog at city parks? Dog owners band together and form a park of their own. In Costa Mesa, they've raised $8,000 to open a "Bark Park" in a section of TeWinkle Park off Newport Boulevard. . . . Saturday's grand opening includes reduced-priced vaccinations, licensing and adoption information. Caution: You still have to clean up after your dog. Mutt mitts available.

MUTUAL ART: Ballet Pacifica of Laguna Beach will present two premieres on its program tonight and Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. One is a collaboration among choreographer Tina Gerstler, composer Brad Dutz and artist Megan Williams. She's painted tall panels bearing images of women as sets for "The Translated Gender," a modern dance about women's varied societal roles. . . . How do such joint efforts succeed? "You try to look for where your mutual strengths lie," says Williams.

PULP TONES: The new gangster movie "Pulp Fiction," which opens today on 21 screens here (F1), has produced a wide array of critics' opinions how well its message comes across. But none of them knocks the music, which is vintage 1960s surf-rock. . . . Included are instrumentals "Miserlou" by Dick Dale, above, and his Del-Tones, and "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones, both Orange County-based groups. . . . The music of "Miserlou" is even being used in the movie's television ads.

DRAINAGE THEATER: How many times have you sat down in a dark theater to discover your feet sticking to the floor, where the person before you spilled a soda? That won't happen at the new Four Star Cinema that opens today at 12111 Valley View St. in Garden Grove, says manager Lisa Cunningham. . . . The new four-screen theater--renovated site of the old Valley View Twin--has a floor drainage system. They hose it down between movies. Grand opening bonus on Saturday: a free showing of "Lassie" and "Black Beauty" and free popcorn.

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