1984 and startup workplace environments in 2017

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Via the world-famous Molly Young, a “[p]assage in 1984 that could also describe most start-up workplace environments in 2017″:

In principle a Party member had no spare time, and was never alone except in bed. It was assumed that when he was not working, eating, or sleeping, he would be taking part in some kind of communal recreations; to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife, it was called, meaning individualism and eccentricity.

Is it true?

[link] [Unrelated photos also by Molly Young]

Drama Talk & Drinks: You For Me For You – “The craziness of North Korea”

Crowded Fire Theater company has been on fire recently with their bold productions of innovative new works. When we heard they had a new show opening, in their recently renovated space, we knew we wanted to go see it. So off we went for a night of Drama Talk and Drinks in Potrero Hill to catch their latest show and the Bay Area premiere of Mia Chung’s play You For Me For You.

Minhee (Kathryn Han) finds herself on a mystical journey of memory. Along the way she encounters various characters played by Jomar Tagatac. Photo by Pak Han

Minhee (Kathryn Han) finds herself on a mystical journey of memory. Along the way she encounters various characters played by Jomar Tagatac.
Photo by Pak Han

Brittany: That was a very interesting play. There were certain things that I liked a lot. It was interesting to see the one sister (Minhee played by Kathryn Han) essentially travel through her psyche, dealing with her past and coping with the craziness of North Korea . It was also interesting to see the world from the perspective of Junhee (Grace Ng) a North Korean refugee. It gave a the audience a first person POV of what the immigrant experience feels like.  But then there were some things that confused me about the script, like, I don’t think I really understood how the passage of time worked in the play.

Katie: Yeah, that was confusing. I’m not sure why they brought up time at all. It just made my brain try and connect the dots between the two story-lines, which distracted me from truly connecting to the emotional elements of the story.

B: That happened to me too. It was a very intellectual play, and it was intellectually interesting to me, but the part of my brain that was trying to understand exactly what was going on distracted me from getting as emotionally involved.

K: I agree, once the older sister fell “into the well”, the stakes disappeared since I assumed there wasn’t really any going back. I love magical realism, but the extreme shifts this show between the magic and the realism didn’t work for me, I just couldn’t connect with it.

B: I thought it was a very creative and smart play though. I liked the way they interpreted what it must be like for a person who’s new to a country and doesn’t speak the language. There are sounds are coming at you but you don’t know what they are. I also appreciated the way they used the idea of food to create a powerful juxtaposition between life in North Korea, where she had to beg for rice, compared to life in America, where she couldn’t order lunch because there were too many options on the menu. I think I would tell people to go see it because it’s interesting, even if I wasn’t that emotionally invested in it. I thought the actors were talented too.

K: Yeah, the actors were really good. I just think there was something about the structure of the script that distracted me. The production, the new perspectives, the actors were all good, but overall the play as a whole didn’t quite do it for me.

The Verdict: You For Me For You is a very smart play that provides some fascinating insights into life in North Korea, and the American refugee experience. If you want to see a play that makes you think, go see it, if you’re looking for something that makes you feel all the feels, you may want to sit this one out since it’s a little heady.

The Drama Talk: Crowded Fire Theater calls itself “A vital home for fierce, new plays” which is why we love this company. They’re always doing something fresh and interesting, that usually speaks to the moment in which we are living. New plays can be tricky though, because when you try new things they don’t always work, which is how You For Me For You felt for us. It’s a fascinating script that tries a lot of interesting things and makes the audience think. But sometimes less is more, and You For Me For Youin throwing the audience about in time, space and reality made it harder to connect to the deeply emotional story of two sisters trying to save each-other from the trauma of life in North Korea.

The Drinks: We really only go to one bar after a show at the Thick House and that’s Blooms Saloon. It’s close with plenty of seating, cheap drinks, and a sweet view. We can never find a reason to head somewhere else.

For you For Me For You runs through April 1st at Thick House. Tickets are $15-$30 and can be purchased on their website.

Mars Needs Women


The future is female this Saturday at Pops Bar with local DJ Teemoney.  Check out her set featuring the ladies of hip hop, groove and house who steal the dance floor.  Get a sneak peak of the set she is spinning at Coachella at the Art Tent on 4/16.  Mars Needs Women and we need Teemoney!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Screaming advice


[via Melissa]

Evict who?

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And our ol’ pal Alejandro knows what happens next:

Then he’ll move to Oakland or L.A. har har harrrrrrr 🤘💀


What to do for St. Patrick’s Day in the Mission

1.) Shamrocks & Headlocks at Verdi Club:


(It’s wrestling at the legendary Verdi Club! What more do you need to know?)

2.) Lord of the Zings at the Knockout:


(Our pal Josh has been before and says it’s a really good time.)

3.) Jameson & Guinness burger at WesBurger:


(Disclaimer: I do some work with Jameson on the side, but that is not why I wanted to post a pic of this burger.)

4.) Roger Niner Karaoke at Pops:


(I noticed Roger Niner Karaoke has a lot of U2, a lot of Pogues, and even some Boomtown Rats and Undertones!)

Game night at St. Francis Fountain, every 2nd Tuesday (including this Tuesday)


Not sure quite what to expect, but an excuse to hang out at St. Francis after hours seems pretty cool. Follow St. Francis Fountain on Facebook for more news like this!

Some ways to TAKE ACTION this week in the Mission

Tuesday: Take Back Your Piece of the Pi(e) Day, hosted by Move Your Money!


Does your bank fund the DAPL and you want OUT?
Do you hate corporate greed?
Do you love pizza?
Then do we have an event for you!

On Pi Day (3.14) Cease & Desist will be hosting our launch party. It’s $8 for unlimited pizza plus a bar fundraiser for BFF.fm- Best Frequencies Forever! ++ **FREE BEER!! (see caveat below)**++ Join us to get your questions answered about moving your money and be entertained by BFF.fm livestream DJing moola themed music!

Take back your piece of the pie and MOVE YOUR MONEY. We are encouraging people to move their money out of big banks and into credit unions. Already changed banks? Come celebrate! on Pi Day with Pie!

What can you do to tip the scales of power? MOVE YOUR MONEY! Stop investing in institutions that don’t have your back and start investing in your community by switching to a credit union. It may seem like headache but you can do it in four easy steps.

Visit moveyourmoney.us for more details

**FREE BEER CAVEAT** – It’s Lea Troeh’s 10th year in SF, so she’s sudsidizing a beer for the first 10 folks who show their CU card or cut up their big bank card on the spot!**

[full menu full of vegan and gluten free items will also be available, so come celebrate even if you can't eat pizza]

RSVP and invite your friends!

WEDNESDAY: Call Your Rep, A Telethon Party, hosted by Social Studies SF!


 Call your local representatives to let them know what you’re concerned about. We’ll have talking points, popcorn and drinks.

We’ll be covering issues like
- immigration/Muslim ban
- reproductive rights
- the Supreme Court nomination
- higher driving requirements for ridesharing companies

Just bring your cell phone and some friends!

RSVP and invite your friends!

Spin The Night Fight for Equal Rights!

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Living in such a rich, vibrant, diverse and progressive city as San Francisco is a true privilege. We are a community comprised of so much compassion, activism, and forward thinking. These themes are embodied even more passionately within our beloved music scene. There is no better time than now to take advantage of our strength and positivity and channel it into helping others. This month, Spin the Night is teaming up with Make It Funky to raise money for charities dedicated to defending and protecting naturalized civil rights for all. Please take this opportunity to read about the charities we’ve selected below and decide how you’d like to contribute. Booty-bumpin’ AND benevolence? Doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks so much everyone! Looking forward to groovin’ and givin’ with the best of The Bay. The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by local selectors Jimmy B (Green Gorilla Lounge), Jesse Sizmo (Lips & Rhythm) and Onemohit (Make It Funky).

DONATE HERE: spinthenight.eventbrite.com

$10 — Minimum donation

$30 — Suggested donation

$100 Club! — receive special surprise gift to wear at the event


~ The American Civil Liberties Union ~

“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” — ACLU founder Roger Baldwin

The ACLU ensures the promise of the Bill of Rights to every individual, and expands its reach to people historically denied its protections. It fights on every frontier and facet against war and terror, and relentlessly protects religious freedom, freedom of speech, and civil liberty everywhere. Donations to the ACLU will provide protection, advocacy and support the traditionally marginalized, including but not limited to the LGBTQ community, minorities, immigrants, the disabled, those impoverished or persecuted, refugees, and many more.

~ The Sierra Club ~

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most revered environmental conservation organizations. It was founded by John Muir in the late 19th century, who was awestruck by Yosemite’s breathtaking natural beauty and wanted to find a way to protect it. The Sierra Club’s mission is “to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.” All donations for the Sierra Club will be used to lobby for progressive and green political policies, as well as create and support hiking, rock-climbing, mountaineering and other alpine recreation programs to spread love and respect of nature.

~ Planned Parenthood ~

Planned Parenthood is a fearless warrior in the battle for women’s health rights and equality. They are the largest and most effective organization supporting reproductive health rights. They believe “in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.” Donations for Planned parenthood will be put toward providing complementary and discreet health services for those who cannot obtain them through traditional health care channels. The funds will also be spent to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and access to such services, and to ensure everyone always has a place to turn for support and solutions in terms of their reproductive health.


Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Drama Talk & Drinks: Into the Woods – “Voices like velvet butter”

Stephen Sondheim’s dark take on classic fairy-tales, Into the Woods, has always been a favorite of your DT&D critics. We saw it when we were kids. We obsessively listened to the soundtrack in high school, hoping to get cast as Little Red (Brittany) or The Baker’s Wife (Katie). We even saw the 2014 movie version starring Meryl Streep as The Witch when it came out that Christmas. So when we heard that Fiasco Theater company’s pared down Broadway revival (that originated at Roundabout Theater) was touring to SHN’s Golden Gate theater, we knew we needed to see it for Drama Talk & Drinks.

Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood & Anthony Chatmon II as The Wolf. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lisa Helmi Johanson as Little Red Ridinghood & Anthony Chatmon II as The Wolf. Photo by Joan Marcus

Katie: Into the Woods has got to be my favorite musical of all time. It was the first musical I saw as a kid. It is the only musical I have ever acted in. It’s also just brilliantly written. It will always have a special place in my heart and can do no wrong.

Brittany: I love it too. It’s such a great musical. A quintessential Sondheim about how most people kind-of suck and life is messy. This show is so iconic, which means this company had a lot to live up to. I liked some of the decisions they made, it was very creative. But, there were a few places where the more pared down version didn’t quite live up to my idealized image of this show. Particularly in some of the big Witch finale scenes.

K: At first the stripped down -all the actors play multiple roles and instruments-format was a little hard for me too.  I had to really let go of some of my expectations. At the same time seeing it re-imagined was refreshing. I felt like I was watching a group of the most talented people I could imagine suddenly say “hey let’s head down to the basement, grab some rope, a ladder, a sheet and some boxes and put on Into the Woods”. That freshness was neat.

B: I really liked some of the things they did with the music. I’m a total sucker for the actors playing the instruments, and having non-traditional instruments as part of the props and set. There was also just some cool new instrumentation, the almost folk covers of the songs, that was really beautiful. I didn’t miss the big orchestra.

K: Great actors and singers too. Cinderella (Laurie Veldheer) and The Witch’s (Stephanie Umoh) voices were like velvet butter.

B: Yes such a talented cast. They did some clever stuff with lesser characters that was fun too. I loved the new take on Milky White (Darick Pead)!  In choosing to keep it simple and creative the actors were able to play a bit more, which added to the whimsy of the show. However they did lose some of the big magical finale moments that I expect of Into The Woods. I still really enjoyed it, I just love the original so much there were certain elements I missed.

The Verdict: Absolutely go see this show! It’s a creative take on a classic that you don’t want to miss. If you already love Into The Woods just remember to go in with an open mind. There will probably be some things about the original you miss, but this production makes up for it with a fresh new take that will surprise you.

The Drama Talk: Into the Woods is just a fantastic musical. Fiasco Theater company gives this show new life with their stripped-down fast-paced production. With a multi-talented cast,  each of whom plays multiple roles and multiple instruments throughout the show, the company adeptly creates a whimsical story-time feeling that brings the audience into the creative process. While some of the Broadway special effects are missing, the freshness of this production invites new insights into this well loved classic.

The Drinks: After a show at the Golden Gate Theater it’s hard not to go to the Showdown. It’s right across the street from the theater and it’s the no nonsense, no frills, no $14 drinks sort of a bar that is nice to hit up for a nightcap after an expensive night at the theater.

Into The Woods runs through April 2nd at The Golden Gate Theatre. There are $35 both virtual and in-person rush tickets available. You can check-out the SHN website for rush instructions. Goldstar also currently has tickets for $40-70 (normally priced $60-$105).