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It’s that time of the month at Pops Bar where Roger Niner Karaoke will open your mind, shake your ass, shuffle your shizzle, cast you off, reel you in, rent out your heart to a loving couple, make tea in your soul, rake your leaves, find you a puppy, melt your brain, solve your puzzles, get you off The Island, take your temperature, sooth your aching nerves, reach your stars, bend your perception of space/time, AND give you back $0.97 in change, all in the name of Rock and/or Roll BAY AREA KARAOKE! Not bad for a Friday night in the mission.  The event is free, but your drunken rendition of Dpn’t Stop Believin’ is priceless.

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Drama Talk & Drinks: The Secret Garden “Grief and some ghosts’

The holidays make us nostalgic for childhood. So when we saw that 42nd Street Moon was doing a production of The Secret Garden, we thought what better way to spend a fun holiday night out? After-all, what’s more Christmassy than reclusive uncles, invalid children, and ghosts? So we headed down to the Financial District for some drama talk and drinks.

(L to R) Katie Maupin as Mary Lennox, Sharon Rietkerk as Lily, and Brian Watson as Archibald Craven, photo by Ben Krantz Studios

Brittany: I’m always impressed by the voices of the casts in 42nd Street Moon productions. The Secret Garden needs awesome voices. The music is tricky, and really, the pretty songs are most of what this show has going for it. They had the great voices things covered. I also liked the costumes and set. But, while I enjoyed listening to the pretty voices, it’s kind of a weird show.

Katie: The actress who played Lily (Sharon Rietkerk), holy shit, she was incredible. Pretty much spot on to the Broadway recording I listened-to on repeat when I was like 10. Also, the little girl who played Mary (Katie Maupin) killed it. She had the perfect look and voice for that part. Such good casting. Now that I have finally seen this live for the first time, I’ve realized it’s kind of a sleepy musical. Some of the songs are sooo long, and then they reprise them! I would have cut it down a bit. It was a good production though. I liked their use of projections.

B: Overall it was very well done. It’s just a hard play. There isn’t really much conflict to drive the story. I guess there’s the tension between Dr. Uncle who doesn’t think Colin should get out of bed vs. Mary who wants to take him out to the garden. Otherwise it’s just a show about grief and some ghosts. I still enjoyed it, and got misty eyed at the happy ending. It’s not my favorite musical, but 42nd Street Moon did very good production.

K: I feel a young person would like this…it’s just long. If you love the Secret Garden you will like this.

B: If you like the story of the Secret Garden, it’s fun to see it on stage. I feel like this would be a great show to see with your grandparents or the children in your life. It was sweet and entertaining classic childhood story.

The Verdict: Want to see a sweet and classic childhood story told onstage? Love the story of The Secret Garden? Like musicals with pretty songs and singing? Then you’ll probably want to see this show.

The Drama Talk: 42nd Street Moon is decidedly not edgy, but in a way that’s what this company has going for it. They do really lovely and faithful stagings of classic musicals. Their latest production, The Secret Garden, is about as good as this play gets. It was very well cast, well sung, and beautifully rendered on the small Gateway Theater stage. While it’s not a groundbreaking show, it’s a cozy classic that gives you a warm fuzzy ending. Sometimes that’s all you want at the holidays.

The Drinks: After watching a musical that’s set long long ago, it felt appropriate to go to a bar with a theatrical old school feel. Luckily just a few blocks away on Columbus there was the Comstock Saloon. It has that very old timey decor, classic cocktails and all the servers are in black bowties. It definitely adds to the night out feel.

The Secret Garden plays through December 24th at the Gateway Theatre. Tickets range are $15-$55 and can be purchased on their website. Right now there are tickets available on Goldstar.

Dennis Hopper tribute at the Roxie

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Here’s the deal:

Come see the theatrical release of ALONG FOR THE RIDE, the new documentary about Hollywood maverick, Dennis Hopper, accompanied by: BLUE VELVET and TRUE ROMANCE, a pair of classics that feature some of Hopper’s most famous, and perhaps greatest, performances; Michael Almereyda’s short A HERO OF OUR TIME, a rarely screened gem in which Hopper starred during a break in the filming of Blue Velvet; Hopper’s punk masterpiece, OUT OF THE BLUE; and a program of shorts by his longtime friend, collaborator, and influence — artist and experimental filmmaker, BRUCE CONNER. If you don’t fall deeply in love with Hopper throughout this, it is because you were already hooked. Show up early and enjoy a Roxie-produced Hopper-clips show!

Get tix!

The Total Bettys

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We are so excited that LOUD & LOCAL is bringing The Total Bettys to Pops Bar this Week!  On the first Thursday of every month LOUD & Local presents a night to benefit BFF.fm, featuring awesome live bands and guest DJs at Pops Bar.  This Thursday, San Francisco’s Pop Punk band The Total Bettys join DJ Ash & DJ Bailey for a night of BFF trifecta fun.

The Total Bettys recently talked to Vents Magazine on the role San Francisco plays in their music: “There are so many ways that San Francisco influences our music. First of all the musicians in the scene here are extremely influential to our songwriting and our growth: bands like Jay Som, Hazel English, Try the Pie, SOAR… having so many talented people working in the Bay Area influences our music a lot.  But also, we tend to make a lot of San Francisco references. Like, about how it’s freezing cold at the beach, but extremely hot in October. We reference shopping at this classic record store called Amoeba on Haight Street, things like that. It’s a special city that I feel really privileged to call home.”

21+ / 9pm - close / FREE (donations for BFF.fm collected at the door)

Come out to Pops and support local music!

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Drama Talk & Drinks: Bright Star – “We expected more from you Steve, but we still love you.’”

The Curran’s first year of being open after a major renovation is coming to a close, and what a year it has been. The shows we saw at the Curran were some of our very favorites of the entire season, so we were so excited to see their last show of the year Bright Star, a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Unfortunately, Brittany had a last minute work commitment come up, so luckily my Brittany replacement, Garrett, was available and more than willing to join me for some Drama Talk and Drinks.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Garrett: Going into the show not knowing what it was about, maybe wasn’t the best idea because it took me a little bit to get into the story, which made it start off slow and at some points I was confused about what decade we were in. As far as the story, the emotion and music, the second act was better than the first act for me. I think the highlight was the style of music, I loved the old americana and bluegrassy type of stuff. The songs weren’t very memorable, but they were good enough to carry it.

Katie: For me I just didn’t care too much about what was happening until the end of the first act. I didn’t care much for the story in general, it kind of fell flat. The highlight was the lead actress Carmen Cusack. What a voice and what presence. I never wanted her to leave the stage…but she did, and too much in my opinion. She was outstanding, the show however, was just good.

G: Knowing that Steve Martin co-wrote this I expected more wit and a little more comedy and creativity as far as the story and lyrics. I think what they were trying to do was create a story about the American South, and a little slice of life but they didn’t quite pull that off.

K: Yes! I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I was underwhelmed. The elements of this musical from the side stories, to the going back and forth in time, to the large dancing ensemble who were awkwardly integrated into scenes, just didn’t quite harmonize. Definitely nothing groundbreaking to see here and frankly we expected more from you, Steve Martin.

G: It’s true, we expected more from you Steve, but we still love you.

The Verdict: Go to see Tony nominated actress Carmen Cusack sing the hell out Steve Martin’s songs. If you like the bluegrass style of music and melodrama then this is going to be a toe-taping, tear jerking good time.

The Drama Talk: We knew Steve Martin had a bluegrass musical side, which comes through beautifully in this show, but his thought provoking, witty and moving writing style doesn’t. Where this show shines is in its extremely likable lead character, Alice Murphy (Carmen Cusack), as well as the set and costume design. The rotating shack that housed the bluegrass band was well done and whimsical, where the costumes really took you back to the 20’s and 40’s. Overall this musical is an enjoyable and entertaining experience.

The Drinks: Since this was about a time where a lot of things were forbidden going to an unmarked somewhat secret bar seemed appropriate. Good think less than a block away from the theater there is Benjamin Cooper that has that speakeasy feel and great cocktails.

Bright Star plays through December 17th at the Curran. Tickets range are $39-$145 and can be purchased on their website. Right now there are tickets available on Goldstar.

 

Mission Mission 10th Anniversary Party!!!!!!!!!!

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Here’s the official invite:

Can u even believe it’s been 10 years????

MISSION MISSION 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!
• It’s at Rock Bar mostly because 90% of our former editors and contributors live in Bernal now!
• Special guest DJ Jay Beaman!
• Bartender Nicky Tulipz!
• Some chicken buckets from across the street?
• Cool SURPRISES!!!
• No cover!

“Even if you’re like us and don’t read blogs anymore, it might still be fun to party on a Tuesday night with old friends” -Abraham Lincoln

RSVP and invite your friends!

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Giving Tuesday

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Our favorite neighborhood radio station BFF.fm needs your support! #GivingTuesday kicks off BFF.fm‘s end of year fundraising drive. BFF.fm hopes to raise $10,000 to continue their mission of bringing the Bay Area music scene to the world through the magic of Internet radio.  There are many ways to give back from a one time donation, monthly donations and shopping with Amazon smile.

Learn more here.

This week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Celebration of Life for Caleb Micah McGehee

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Madrone Art Bar, Nopa Restaurant, Pops Bar, The Divisadero Corridor and the Mission District will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Caleb Micah McGehee.

This Sunday from 1-4pm, at Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA.

All he touched are welcome and encouraged to share in this community celebration. Caleb’s bright life touched so many people that it’s incredibly daunting for only the Madrone, Nopa, and Pop’s families to communicate without help. Please feel free to share this message and details with anyone in and outside our industry. Caleb was an extremely vibrant and empathetic human being let’s be together and share the joy he brought into our lives.

At 4pm a 2nd Line processional will slowly make its way from Madrone to Nopa and into Alamo Square Park to send this wonderful young man off to a more peaceful place.

Love and kindness to you.

With thoughtfulness,

Madrone Art Bar

And after the jump, this week’s Pop’s calendar:

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