‘Secret’ Thao and Mirah show at Viracocha RIGHT NOW

The Bay Bridged this week published a big report about how cool Thao and Mirah’s new recordings are (see video above) and how cool their tour is going to be.

What they failed to mention is that RIGHT NOW they’re kicking off said tour with an unannounced (I guess that’s why they didn’t announce it, huh) show at Valencia Street vintage typewriter purveyor Viracocha. Omw!

Who do you love?

Me too.

[Photo by Orin]

Handgun discarded on the sidewalk during high-speed foot chase

We were walking home from the Uptown last night around closing time when two dudes came sprinting at us northbound on Shotwell. The lead guy’s pinstriped Yankee hat flew off as they passed us. At the end of the block, they turned left, but not before dropping something. It sounded bigger than a cellphone. We turned back and took a look, and it turned out to be a handgun. I immediately took a picture and then called 9-1-1.

I said, “I just witnessed what I think was an undercover police officer chasing a suspect. They dropped something. It’s a handgun. So I’m standing here on the corner of 19th and Shotwell with a handgun.” The operator shrieked, “YOU PICKED UP THE GUN!?” “No, no, no, I’m just standing next to it.” Right then a squad car arrived and officers started questioning us.

The lead officer took one look at the weapon and said, “Damn, that’s a nice gun.” We couldn’t describe either of the sprinters, so at that point we weren’t much help. After a few minutes, an undercover officer arrived, out of breath. He walked right past the gun and us. “See any drugs?” Nobody had seen any drugs. He walked up and down the sidewalk, looking in planter boxes and elsewhere. Another officer unballed a balled up pair of socks. No drugs anywhere.

He comes back to the gun, asks us if we saw the suspect drop it. We had not. So again we weren’t much help. I asked if he caught the suspect. “Yup,” he said, and smiled. He photographed the scene with a small point-and-shoot camera. The lead uniformed officer again looked at the gun: “I might have to get one of these for myself.”

[Additional photography by David Kelso]

The Funbeatles record is released into the world

Tonight at The Secret Alley.

1462 Paper Snowflakes

This late afternoon Cody Frost will be creating performance art in the window of Adobe Books. Check out the promo video below.

Your seat is waiting

Your Seat is Waiting

Beloved 14th and Valencia tiger mural eradicated

Here it is in its former glory:


[Photo via Westbymidwest]

And, today:

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So that just happened.

On a positive note, the laser-eyes kitties mural has just come back from the dead, so maybe the Tiger might do the same someday.

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No hope

Even the trees in this town are like, “Fuck it.” C’mon, people (and flora), it’s springtime. The sun is shining, the weekend is here. Things are going to be okay!

That said,

[Photo by YMFY]

Those guys that stand right up front and spend the whole show taking video of the band

I’m not trying to hate or anything. You gotta do what you gotta do. But, I just don’t get it. Don’t you ever just want to put the camera down and enjoy the music without worrying about framing or battery life?

Now, I’ll admit, I have taken video at shows. But only a couple times, and only a song or two, not a whole set. Just so that I could give my friends back home a brief taste of what they were missing. And I make sure to stand in the back. And if there was even a chance of someone being behind me, I kept the camera down at chest level so as not to obstruct any sight lines.

But again, I’m not here to judge. I just don’t get it. Doesn’t your arm get tired holding an iPhone above your head for 55 minutes? Isn’t your girlfriend embarrassed to be standing next to you while you’re making these elaborate camera movements like you’re shooting a car commercial or something? Don’t you think maybe you’re bumming the band out a little?

Lettuce know.

Share your thoughts on Dolores Park

Dolores Parks Works is gearing up to host yet another Dolores Park meetup, and today they’ve put up an open call for speakers:

Do have an Dolores Park perspective or message that deserves amplification? This is your opportunity.

I’m pretty sure this event won’t involve puke of any kind. So, consider that. If you think you’ve got some bright ideas or whatever, click here to throw your hat into the ring.