In solidarity with Steph Curry, I threw myself off a balcony and landed on my head (Go Warriors!)

And just like the MVP, I got a minor contusion but I’m A-okay!!!

Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals starts in less than an hour, let’s party!

Some dirt-bike cops fucking around on the steps in the park

Looks like fun I guess.

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Go inside the Secret Alley and BFF.fm, today only!

It’s the best radio station in SF, BFF.fm, housed inside the trippiest space in the Mission, The Secret Alley, and they’re both opening their doors to the public for one night only! Here’s the deal:

Be there as we launch our Kickstarter campaign for our second studio LIVE on the air! We’ll be screening the video, eating snacks, and answering any questions you might have about what we’re up to.

If you’ve never visited The Secret Alley, here’s a great opportunity to check out this magical space, while getting a sneak peek of our progress building Studio B!

We’re hoping to raise at least $15k to take our awesome community radio station to the next level, so we hope that even if you’re unable to make it, you keep an eye out for our project and tell a friend!

(BFF.fm is located at 180 Capp St. near 17th and Capp)

UPDATE: Tweet at @BFFdotFM if you wanna join!

Green Day performing ‘Knowledge’ at 924 Gilman Street last week, with special guest Tim Armstrong

We tried to get tickets, but it sold out in 5 seconds. Green Day’s first show at Gilman, their original home, in over 2 decades. (Bands on major labels are not allowed to play at Gilman, but a one-time exception was made because this was a benefit show.) This is just a 20-second highlight, but there’s a lot more if you google it:

Drama Talks & Drinks: The Barbary Coast Revue – “If you are going to be corny you have be clever”

We love San Francisco, we love seeing new shows in the Mission, we love theater venues with full-bars, so when we heard about The Barbary Coast Revue at Balancoire we thought we’d love it. The description on the About page read: “Mark Twain delights with a riotous musical comedy sing along at THE BARBARY COAST REVUE…Set to parodies of Bay Area hits from the ’80s to now, THE BARBARY COAST REVUE is the new must see show for anyone seeking “the true history of San Francisco!”  So with high expectations for a night of anachronistic revelry, off we went for an evening of Drama Talk & Drinks.

Brittany: I just (sighs)…If you’re going to make the audience participate that much then you should almost have auditions for your audience. The leads had really good voices, but there were so many awkward drunk people that could not sing that it messed up the show for me. I know it’s supposed to be a sing-along, but really every single song? We don’t even know the lyrics!

Katie: Exactly! There were so many times I wanted to hear the lead female sing because she was so good, but I couldn’t. Also, if you’re going to take popular music and use the melodies then your lyrics and story have to be really clever, and I think they fell short. There were a couple moments when it worked, the Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” with En Vogue’s “My Lovin – You’re Never Gonna Get it” mash up was dope, but most of the time I don’t think they went far enough.

B: I like that it was an ode to San Francisco, but I agree, SF has a crazy history and the writers could have done more to make the show more relevant and creative. I think I only LOLed twice. I guess if you like Beach Blanket Babylon you would like this…but this didn’t have hats. Also, and I know this was opening night, but there were SO many technical errors. The spotlights didn’t turn on at the right time, the projections of the lyrics were off, which made it even harder for the audience to sing-along. Just lots of little things like that which made the show feel really messy. It runs all summer so I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks, but the bad tech was definitely distracting.

K: I’m really rooting for Balancoire, it’s such a cool space and I love that there’s good food and drinks and there’s a performance space… it just all didn’t come together for me.  If you are going to be that corny you have be more clever.

The Verdict: Cool venue. Talented singers. Mediocre writing. Bad tech. We go to theater to see talented people do creative things, not to be forced to sing weak lyrics to dated songs with a bunch of drunk people. People shouldn’t get away with sloppy theater like this, so unless this show tightens-up save your $29-$64.

The Drama Talk: The Barbary Coast Revue is supposed to be silly and fun, but the execution was lackluster. Maybe we’re the problem, and just aren’t ‘fun’ enough to look past the shows flaws and dive-in uninhibited. Much of the audience (mostly ages 40+) seemed elated to be the under rehearsed stars of the show – singing and doing the conga with the actors. It was just not our cup of tea. If the show was technically tighter, the actors more uniformly polished, and the audience participation less intensive we could have gotten past the weaknesses in the script, but despite some great individual performances (we’re looking at you Danny Kennedy, Stephanie Rapa and Michael Perez) we just felt awkward when we were accosted by actors at the end of the show asking “Did you enjoy it?”

The Drinks: We love going to performance venue’s with a full bar, so the show get’s points for that. We had their special cocktail called a “Shanghai Surprise”. The surprise was how good it was. Maybe we should of had a few more of those before the show to loosen us up for sloppy drunk karaoke theater.

The Barbary Coast Revue runs every Thursday at Balançoire. Tickets are available on their website and range from $29-$64. The more expensive ticket  gets you a private 7pm hors d’oeuvre reception with the cast, VIP reserved seating, and dinner during the show, all of which looked yummy.

[Previously]

Photography show in a dirty old parking lot

Local photographer Troy Holden tells us all about it:

The prints are big — 8 feet long. We did this by breaking up each image into 1/4 and paneling them into the larger image. We then mixed fresh wheat paste in the parking lot using a camping heater and 50 lbs of flour. It took 8 hours, two 14 ft ladders, and 35 gallons of glue to mount all 22 images.

There’s some historical gems hung. Local favorite Dave Glass has photos from the 1960′s – 90′s, including a house on stilts being relocated from to the Western Addition and the 1982 Forty Niners parade on Market Street where SFPD are looking at a NUDE GIRLS cinema marquee. Emmanuel Blackwell has a photo of now-gone Candlestick.

Other contributors include Rian Dundon, David Root and Holden himself.

The lot is located at 181 2nd Street, and the show is open to the public as long as the lot is open (which is during normal business hours), and the opening reception is this Thursday, 5-7pm. RSVP and invite your friends.

This year’s SF Documentary Festival kicks off with a ‘Free’ screening at McCoppin Plaza

The screening is of a movie called Free, and it is free, and it’s this Thursday, and there will be food trucks and stuff. Here’s a blurb about the movie:

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David Collier and co-director Suzanne LaFetra have crafted a stirring, up-close documentary that follows a group of Oakland teens who find personal liberation and mutual support through dance. These dynamic young people face the very real challenges of poverty, alienation, HIV, sexual abuse, and gang violence but are dedicated to telling the truth— even if it hurts. Because the truth will, to some degree, set them free. FREE captures their struggles as they turn the courage, determination, and stamina required in their daily lives into a contagious joy.

McCoppin Plaza, as you know, is that plaza on the north end of Valencia Street next to the U-Haul place.

More info (on this event and on the rest of DocFest).

Weird stuff on your burrito

My cousin Jono (co-creator of Patatap) showed up late to a brunch thing yesterday (like 9pm-late) with a bag of burritos in hand. He then decided to experiment with some leftover brunch condiments.

Butter and strawberry jam on your burrito? He said it was really good.

Queso on your burrito? Obviously really really good.

Both at the same time? I don’t know, because I left the room, because I didn’t want to know.

(Now, technically none of this violates any of the Burrito Justice Burrito Code statutes, but we’ll wait to see if the tribunal hands down any new legislation.)

Cool snake tattoo, lady

Some little guy in a panda costume partied waaaay too hard over the weekend

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