American Tripps (the “Berlin-style” ping pong party) returns for one night only!

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“Born in the back rooms of dive bars in Berlin and perfected in the secret semi-legal art spaces of the Mission, American Tripps is a brand of ping pong built for happy hours and late nights,” goes the official blurb. American Tripps has been on hiatus since last Halloween, but they’re finally back for quick party to help kick off your summer vacation!

Come for the ping pong, stay for special guest DJs Wam Bam Ashleyanne (KALW, NPR, Phonographic Memory), DJ Emily (KDVS), and DJ Trigger Cut (This Place Is Fucked). Expect nothing but upbeat jams ideal for running around a ping pong table to.

Plus resident DJs Beauregard & Nutzeffekt, hostess w/tha mostess Jess Kelso, and bartender u luv Nicky the Bartender. Don’t miss!

Check out the rest of this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Drama Talk & Drinks: How to be a White Man – “They had me with the title”

Can the idea of ‘fake it til’ you make it’ work for white male privilege? If you just act like a bro, no matter your race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, can you get a free pass when you act like a jerk? That’s what Luna Malbroux and Jennifer Lewis ask in their new play How To Be a White Man now playing at PianoFight produced by FaultLine Theater company. Always up for a play that “takes a bold look at race, sexuality, and gender” we decided to check it out for Drama Talk & Drinks.

Luna Malbroux - Photo by Clive Walker

Luna Malbroux – Photo by Clive Walker

Katie: They had me with the title How To Be a White Man. I love talking about white male privilege and I love seeing new works by women, particularly women of color, so I was excited about this show. I just wish I liked it more than I did. The writing was funny and called out some good shit. It was a fresh and relevant script. Where it fell short was in the execution.

Brittany: I agree, it was a cool interesting script, very thought provoking, but at the same time there was something off with this performance. I know they were having technical difficulties before the show started, so maybe that contributed, but the pacing was off.

K: There were so many awkward transitions which took me out of the show. The actors were kind-of lackluster too. There were moments when I was totally with them, during one of the serious monologues or the hilarious stand-up routines, but then it would fizzle when they moved on to the next moment.

B: It seemed like something was off, like actors were having to cover for someone who was late for an entrance or dropped a line. It was strange since you could definitely see there were talented people in the show, but it dragged, it felt inconsistent.

K: This script has so much potential, the production we saw just didn’t quite do it for me.

The Verdict:  This production had some great moments, but this is one occasion where the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. The script is fresh, relevant, and fun. There is a cool set, some talented actors, and some innovative uses of video projections. But, it fell short because of pacing.

The Drama Talk: This isn’t an easy show. The script is based on comedian Luna Malbroux’s experience as a queer Black woman, and also draws from a series of real interviews the playwrights did with people all over the country on the topic of white male privilege. At times the play takes place in a fantasy world, a comedy club, in the past, in the present, as an internal monologue. Actors are playing multiple roles, and scenes change quickly. There were moments when everyone in the play was strong, but there were also moments when every performer in the play was not. Because of the highly episodic nature of the script, it at times was hard to stay in the moment. However despite pacing issues, this is still very relevant new work, that’s worth seeing just for the interesting content. They also give out free white male privilege vouchers, so that’s reason enough to check it out.

The Drinks: As is always the case when we go to PianoFight, we don’t see a need to go anywhere else. We got drinks and food at the in-house restaurant and bar after the show, and toasted a fun and thought provoking night of Drama Talk & Drinks.

How to Be a White Man runs through July 1st at PianoFight. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays @7:30pm with one Wednesday performance June 28th @7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased HERE.

 

Listen to this summer banger ‘Yes and No’ by the Tambo Rays

Yesterday I posted a 5-year-old Tambo Rays song in our announcement about the 20th Street Block Party lineup, saying “it still feels like a summer banger for the present.”

Just now a Bandcamp notification told me to check out a new release by the Tambo Rays, and it turns out it’s an even better summer banger, definitely expressly for the present:

Click through to preorder their forthcoming new album (which gets you an immediate download of “Yes and No”), and then see them play Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party, August 19th. Pencil it in.

Announcing this year’s 20th Street Block Party lineup!

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Just in time for you to finally be recovering from your Phono del Sol sunburn, it’s time to get excited about the summer’s other big party on the east side of the Mission, Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party! Here’s da blurb:

The free neighborhood celebration will bring an eclectic mix of music and entertainment, food and drink, and art to multiple stages along 19th and 20th Streets. In 20th Street Block Party tradition, the music will include some of the best in the Bay Area and beyond. Past performances have included Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Mac Demarco, Two Gallants, Nick Waterhouse, Andrew St. James, and more. Last year’s Block Party saw 20,000 people in attendance and featured Chicano Batman, Miami Horror, Boulevards, Hazel English, and more.

This year’s culinary offerings will be carefully curated to represent a wide array of the Mission’s best flavors. Among the 2016 culinary highlights were Flour + Water, Burma Bear, Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, Universal Café, and many more. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements on this year’s program—including music, food, family-friendly Art Row activities, nonprofit vendors and partners, and more—in the coming months.

And here’s my favorite Tambo Rays song (from a few years back but it still feels like a summer banger for the present):

RSVP and invite your friends!

Muni’s naughty nod to Father’s Day

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Who run the world? Girls!

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The ladies take over the decks all night at Spin The Night from 9pm-2am this Wednesday at Pops Bar. Spin The Night is a fun boozy filled evening showcasing the local heroes working hard to keep the music scene alive and well in San Francisco. No particular genre, just music that inspires us to party on. Enjoy an opening set by BadGurl Bailey b2b Taryn. The rest of the night Chelsea Lynn shows you why she is the queen of the dance floor. Who run this motha? Girls!

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

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Adobe Books enamel pins, now available at Adobe Books

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Here’s how Doc’s Clock moved to their new location

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The Coathangers (all the way from Atlanta) play Phono del Sol this weekend!

Here’s my favorite song from their latest album:

I first saw them about 3 years ago exactly, and I’ve seen them like 6 or 7 times since because they are one of the best bands right now to see live many many times.

They take the stage at 5:30pm, but as you can see, there’s a full lineup all afternoon

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Phono del Sol takes place every summer at Potrero del Sol, a lovely little park in the far southeast corner of the Mission. Get tickets and more info here.

(Thee Oh Sees are playing too btw.)

Oh Sees (no more Thee?) headline Phono del Sol this week in the Mission

This will be my third time seeing them at Potrero del Sol, and I think I can safely say they’re the best band to see in that park.

Here’s animated GIF (made with Stilly) from the last time they played Potrero del Sol (also headlining a Phono del Sol):

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That’s pretty much what the show looks and feels like, although now they have two drummers! Here’s a newly released song from their forthcoming new album (and it goes pretty good with the Stilly):

Sure hope they play that one this weekend.

According to Pitchfork, they’ve dropped the Thee from their name, but that only makes them leaner and meaner. DO NOT MISS.

Check out the rest of the lineup (including the Coathangers!!!!) and the food truck lineup and get tickets here.