Mission Pie to Serve Pizza Pie!

I heard whispered rumors of such a phenomenon, and so I decided to walk into the lion’s den. I stepped into Mission Pie and demanded an answer from the teenager behind the counter. With darting eyes and a hushed voice, he confirmed that this is indeed the case. Mission Pie will soon expand into more than a sweet treat store: pizza is on its way!

Apparently, a new kitchen or something unimportant like that has to be finished and it won’t be done until probably late this year, but I didn’t really hear the specifics. I was in a pizza haze, imagining a late night slice on the way home from BART, laughing joyously with a friend. There may have also been a warm breeze in the air and a friendly bum on the sidewalk.

Has anyone told Serrano’s?

Is chicken pot pie next?

Will Mission Mission ever get sick of Mission Pie stories?

Tonight: Airfix Kits at Thrillhouse Records

Show starts at 7pm sharp. From the official press release:

@ Thrillhouse Records, 3422 Mission St near Cortland, SF 7pm, all ages, donation$ for the touring band please

Shows are usually over by 10pm at Thrillhouse, and we are playing first. Our set is only about 16 minutes long. Fashionably late? too bad for you.

Link to Airfix Kits on MySpace. Previous gushing about the band here.

Nuclear Care Bear

If, as Wikipedia says, “the Care Bears’ ultimate weapon is the ‘Care Bear Stare,’ in which the collected Bears stand together and radiate light from their respective tummy symbols,” then I think the Care Bear Stare just got a whole lot more powerful with the help of an atom bomb.

Scare Bear? Beware Bear? Despair Bear? Ooooh, the delicious possibilities.

CONTEST: Win Tickets to 'Emo! The Musical!' Opening Night

This is the cast of Emo! The Musical! Think you’re eemer than they are? If so, you just might have what it takes to win free tickets to the show. Share your best emo-related anecdote in the comments section below, and the best two entries will get a pair of tickets to opening night, Friday August 8, 2008.

The show runs through the end of August and features singing, dancing, romance and angst — and lots of angst. Advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Full production details at BEARDS BEARDS BEARDS.

Photo from offical press kit. Click to enlarge.

Previously on Mission Mission:

Dance and Drink for ‘Emo! The Musical!’

Impish Toilet Octopus

In the bathroom at Bender’s. What’s it thinking?

Previously on Mission Mission:

Confiscated IDs Encased in Custom Tabletops at Bender’s Bar

The Homestead: What's That Smell?

But seriously, there were no dogs there at the time. Was it residual dog, or ancient gold-rush stink or what? Link.

Fruity Pebble Larry King

In Land of a Million Cereals, currently on view at Mission17, artist Ryan Alexiev takes breakfast cereal out of the box and puts it on the canvas. ArtLicker‘s got the scoop:

Alexiev creates exaggerated and at times gawdy representations of consumer culture as seen through the eyes of a F.O.B. Bulgarian peasant. The result is a humorous and thought-provoking commentary on what we consume and why we do it.

No doubt — Larry King looks pretty appropriate rendered in high-fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring. Show closes August 2. Link.

Photo courtesy of ArtLicker.

Full Bowl of Humans for 'Breakfast'

Special report by Malcolm McMillan:

Thousands of Dolores Park denizens threw down blankets, taped their buns together, and broke out the bubbly (tallboys) for the first Saturday edition of Film Night in the Park – a free screening of John Hughes’ clique-busting, run-punching 1985 gesamptkunstwerk, The Breakfast Club.

The fun-jump screen handily conveyed Judd Nelson’s glorious rhinostrils to the tippy top of the hill before a back drop of falling stars, distant fireworks, and mobile “I lost me to meth” billboards driving up and down Dolores. [Can we not enjoy our picnic baskets full of project propellant in peace, for Pete's sake?] A cumulus of ganj billowed up right on cue with the onscreen sesh, and the echoing bowl lent a propaganda rally flare to the movie’s spazz prancing subversiveness.

Film Night in the Park: What was that?
Me: Eat. My. Shorts.
Film Night in the Park: You just bought yourself another Saturday.
Me: What can I say? I’m THRILLED!!

Stay tuned for O Brother, Where Art Thou @ Dolores Park, 9/20/08 (dusk)

Thanks, Malcolm!

[Photo by Malcolm too. Click to enlarge.]

Tonight: Toshio Hirano at the Rite-Spot Cafe

If you’ve not yet seen Toshio Hirano perform, you’ve not yet lived. He plays cowboy songs by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams with a gusto like none other — yodels and all. And his stage manner is maybe the most charming thing ever.

Seeing him at the Rite-Spot Cafe is extra special because you can eat spaghetti and meatballs and puzzle over that weird painting above the bar between sets. Show starts tonight at 9pm. My Beemish Boy are also on the bill.

Photo of Toshio and Mayumi doing the Texas Two Step at Amnesia’s Bluegrass Monday by prawnpie.

Haiku Reviews of Mission District Taquerias

On Thursdays, Karen at off the (meat)hook publishes haiku-style restaurant reviews. This week’s edition features reviews of a dozen San Francisco taquerias, most of which are in the Mission. Usually she’s right on the money:

2779 Mission St. (@ 24th St.)
4817 Mission St. (btw. Onondaga & Russia)

good, cheap, open late!
an old standby loved by most.
on the dirty side.

All true.

515 Valencia (@16th St.)

I’d say good, not great.
a standard taquería.
used to be better.

Yeah, that’s what I hear.

3409 24th St. (@ Valencia)

clean, well-lit, quite fine.
burritos yes, tacos no.
sometimes a bit bland.

Yep, Papalote in a nutshell.

2288 Mission St. (btw 18th & 19th Sts.)
3211 Mission St. (@29th St.)
1003 Market St. (@ 6th St.)

ugh. why? well, it’s bad,
it’s dirty, and it’s not nice.
I don’t get it. blech.

Wait, what!? Actually, it’s good, it’s no dirtier than Farolito, and it’s nice. I totally get it. Yum!

Previously on Mission Mission:

How to Eat a Mission-Style Burrito

La Cumbre Taqueria: Awful Carne Asada, Great Visuals

Carnitas at Taqueria Can-Cun! Finally!