Your first drinking buddy

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This is your PSA to let you know that this Sunday is Father’s Day.  Your Pops deserves a drink! After all, he put up with a lot of your crap…literally.  Bring your Pops to Pops and celebrate with your very first drinking buddy.  Enjoy our award winning Bacon Bloody Mary at Brunch Mob or stop in later for a beer while enjoying Latin Soul tunes at Spill The Wine.  Do it for Pops, he’d do it for you.

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Drama Talk & Drinks: The Humans – “People are going to be dissecting this play”

We have been hearing a lot about The Humans since it won 4 Tony Awards back in 2016 and were very excited to hear it was coming to SF. Unfortunately, it’s at a time when Brittany is out of town, but luckily I have quite a few theater loving friends who have been wanting to participate in some Drama Talk & Drinks! So off my friend Renee and I went for her first night of reviewing live theater.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Renee: I thought it was a really interesting show. I felt a nice steady climb of emotions, unlike when I watch a musical and the emotions tend to yo-yo. This show took you through a journey. So I liked it, but it also stressed me out and made me uncomfortable. I feel like I get enough drama in my own family, it was just too relatable to be very enjoyable. There was also no suspension of disbelief, which was hard to sit through.

Katie: I liked it too but was also torn. There were moments I was interested in how real and relatable the story and characters were, but also felt why should I care about these people, and I don’t know if I do. At the end I was left not really caring, and it often felt like I was just listening to a bunch of complaining white people. But I think it was a very accurate slice of life of a middle class family in America and had really good actors. For me the moments where they were all talking over each other felt pretty chaotic in a distracting way. It’s obvious that this was intentional and happens at real family gatherings, and there is something raw and exciting about seeing that play out onstage, but it often took me out of the story.

R: Yeah and what also took me out of the story was the weird sound balance. Especially at the beginning they were projecting too much and it felt like they were shouting at you the whole time. Then I realized at times they were shouting down stairs, but I didn’t think that was necessary.

K: At first I didn’t like the 2 floor set and then later I was into it and appreciated the dynamic it created. It was really interesting to experience a play with a two levels where scenes were happening simultaneously.

R: And the acting was so good! The mom was super relatable, she was my whole family in one person. The random email forwards the mom would send! Such a good detail. But I have to say who would have their whole family over in an apartment with no furniture, that is just not something I would do, so that was hard to relate to.

K: I did like how the play explored multiple generations of the family. I know a lot of people who have aging grandparents, and their own parents are struggling to take care of them. I really think this play is going to be even more fascinating to audiences in like 30 years. People are going to be dissecting this play, while being nostalgic for the middle class that disappeared.

The Verdict: This play is a well done extremely real life glimpse into the modern American Family. Definitely worth experiencing.

The Drama Talk: We agree that The Humans is a well told story that explores “aging, illness, and a changing economy”. The incredible performances and the eerie but realistic two story set added to the feeling of being a fly on the wall in a shitty New York City apartment at an actual Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes the too realistic style of characters speaking over each other and conversations happening at the same time interfered with connecting to the story. Also, their struggles were at times hard to empathize with, considering it was a white, middle class family. Though we didn’t leave this show beaming, we did leave it reflecting on what it means to be a human in America.

The Drinks: We wanted a chill not crowded bar to digest this intense play, so we walked down to 7th and Market to Mr. Smiths, which is typically chill on a weeknight and luckily it was.

The Humans plays through next Sunday 6/17 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets range from $40-$110 and can be purchased on the SHN website. They are also doing in-person AND mobile rush tickets for $30, which is pretty cool. Visit the show’s homepage to find link to the mobile app. Right now there are discounted tickets available on Goldstar.

 

 

 

Jonathan Richman is playing in the Mission and it’s NOT at the Make-Out Room for once

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Nothing against Make-Out Room at all, but I figured it’s worth noting that he’s played Make-Out Room multiple times a year for at least the last 15 years I can remember — but very very rarely anywhere else in the neighborhood. Thursday night he plays the Chapel, with Tommy Larkins on drums of course.

Get tickets and more info here.

Here’s a recording of Talking Heads covering “Pablo Picasso” a long time ago:

[Original photo by Night Fog Reader (RIP)]

FREE summertime cocktails this Thursday at Virgil’s

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Summer is just about here, and local bar-with-a-big-patio Virgil’s wants to celebrate in a very generous manner:

Please join us on the patio and Enjoy FREE SAMPLES of our summer cocktails like the Spicy Watermelon Margarita (made with fresh watermelon juice and jalapeno tincture) and the Apiary (with house infused Apricot Absolut vodka). We would love to see you there! All are welcome!

RSVP and invite your friends (and peruse the full cocktail menu) here.

Drink for Charity!

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It’s Negroni Week 2018 at Pops Bar! 7 days, 3 ingredients, 1 simple way to give back.  Negroni Week is a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world.  Order a Pops Negroni between June 4th-June 10th: Spring 44 gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth.  Our proceeds from Negroni Week will go to the SF Food Bank.  Do good and feel good, it’s a win win!

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Game 7!

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Happy Memorial Day Dubnation! The Golden State Warriors face off against the Houston Rockets in the NBA Western Conference finals tonight at 6pm and we’re watching all the action live.  Hop on Pops and cheer the Warriors on to victory with us tonight in a decision making Game 7.

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Helluva Hawaiian hoagie!!!

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From the fine fine folks at Turner’s Kitchen, on the menu for the next few days at least, probably. Here’s whatsonit:

Pulled pork, crispy spam (cooked in bacon fat), caramelized pineapple (cooked in spam and bacon fat), jalapeño-lime coleslaw and crispy jalapeños on King Hawaiian rolls or Dutch crunch.

Alo-HAHHHH! Read on for most-excellent suggested chip and soda pairings (which you can take next door to 500 Club for most-excellent beer and shot pairings too).

Best of SF!

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Wow, we are blushing right now! Thanks to you Pops Bar was voted Best Bloody Mary, Best Cocktail & Best Quiz Night in SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco 2018. Not to mention our rockstar bartender and cocktail curator Shirley Brooks was voted Best Established Bartender.  The cornerstone of our brunch mob, Pops Bacon Bloody Mary recipe was created by Happy Jack Allen.  Our multi talented bartender Deb Leal took this beauty of a photo in honor of our win. “Bloody Mary inspired by Veteranas y Rucas– a throwback collection to the 90′s Chicana mall glam shots.” – Deb.

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Hop on Pops Dub Nation!

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Root for The Warriors in the Western Conference Finals at Pops Bar with every seat in the house facing one of our 5 screens tuned to the game live with our state of the art sound system.  For maximum fun, we DJ over the commercials to keep you in good spirits! Human and Canine Warrior fans are both welcome.

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Drama Talk & Drinks: The Color Purple – “Sing like a dream”

Ever since we saw the 2016 Tony Award performances of The Color Purple cast we’ve wanted to see this show. From the heart wrenching plot, to the big gospel voices, to Oprah’s love, we were excited to see if this revival lived up to all the accolades it had garnered. When we saw the Broadway tour was making its way to SHN’s Orpheum Theatre, we decided to head out for an evening of drama talk and drinks.

Photo by Matthew Murphy.  Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and the North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE.

Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Adrianna Hicks (Celie) and the North American tour cast of THE COLOR PURPLE.

Brittany: They had such good voices. The first act was depressing. It’s awful how terrible people can be to each other. White people are terrible to people of color. Men are terrible to women. Women are terrible to other women. Basically everyone is just terrible to each other. Then the second act redeems it all. I love the message of – no matter how much shit you go through you can be resilient – that’s pretty amazing.

Katie: Masterful singing for sure. The music didn’t quite meet my expectations though. The majority of the songs sounded so similar to one-another. I can’t remember any of them for the life of me. I enjoyed some of the duets and harmonies, when the songs showed an emotional range, but even those aren’t that memorable.

B: Yeah, the songs weren’t that catchy. That’s part of why I liked the second act better, the songs were more varied. The first act was basically all gospel, which every-single-person in that cast could sing like a dream, but there wasn’t much variety.

K: The show was beautiful and moving, I was entertained, but I wouldn’t need to see it again. For me I saw The Color Purple and I’m good. Also, story-wise it was really fucking sad and then all the sudden it wasn’t. The complicated painful relationships were too easily cleaned up and reconciled, which felt really weird to me.

B: I didn’t understand Celie’s transformation, I don’t get what it was that made her flip from being passive, to suddenly willing to stand-up to her abusive husband. I just didn’t see that transformation happening until it already happened.

K: For me there was something really contrived about this musical. It felt like someone made a musical out of this well known book and movie just to make a musical.

B: This was totally made with the understanding it would probably make a ton of money, which you can kind of tell…I feel like the musicals that are really special, the ones that you can’t get out of your head, are the ones written by people who are hungry and brave and don’t necessarily know that their piece will be successful. With this musical they thought “It’s The Color Purple, people will come.” I still think people should see it though. Everyone in the cast was amazing.

K: Agreed, definitely a show worth seeing.

The Verdict: A sad but beautiful story told by actors with amazing talent, heart, and voices. Go see it!

The Drama Talk: While The Color Purple is neither of our favorite musicals, this is still a great production. The cast has unbelievable voices. Some of the performances are inspiring. In all, it was an engaging and impressive show, like so many of the Broadway tours. While the happy-ending feels a bit far fetched, it’s nice that the show doesn’t leave you in the pit of despair it puts you in during the first act. Although we didn’t leave the theatre humming any of the tunes, it was still a great and memorable night of drama talk and drinks.

The Drinks: After this rollercoaster of a musical we wanted to go to a bar that was chill and loungy. Luckily 2 blocks away in the Twitter building there is Dirty Water, which is often not very busy late night and weekends and is full of couches.

The Color Purple plays through May 27th at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets range from $55-$246 and can be purchased on the SHN website. Right now there are discounted tickets available on Goldstar.