Did you know music superstar Jolie Holland is in the middle of a weeklong residency at a small club on Valencia right now?

Now you know. Apparently the first night sold out, but the others have not. Tickets here.

Last minute gift idea: Go down to 19th and Valencia and get something from the legendary Amos Goldbaum

He’ll be down there til the sun goes down, slingin’ SF-themed tees and tanks and sweatshirts and more. (Or you can follow him on Twitter or on Instagram to see where he’ll be in the coming days.)

Early morning line for the barbershop on Valencia

[via San Francisco Loves Waiting in Lines]

Update on Sunflower, and its newly opened sister restaurant Indochine

First, sort of an update on Sunflower (SFist did a little digging):

SFist called the Potrero branch of Sunflower to see if there’s any update on the space at 506 Valencia (which is also connected in back to another storefront at 3111 16th Street) and an employee there said she did not know if there were plans to reopen. Also, she said, she could not discuss why they closed.

Mission Mission commenter Susie, who claimed to represent the restaurant, noted earlier that the problem had to do with ADA compliance, which could stem from threats of litigation, or actual litigation, from local opportunist ADA enforcers who have also struck other nearby Mission businesses like Chile Lindo. Back in 2010, Chile Lindo owner Paula Tejeda told Inside Scoop and SF Weekly that “The entire Mission is being attacked by this same lawyer,” referring to Thomas Frankovich and his disabled plaintiff Craig Yates, who at the time threatened Tejeda’s landlord with $1,000 fines for every incident of lack of access to the restaurant because of a six-inch step required to enter the premises.

Hopefully they’ll reopen eventually. Meanwhile, the Sunflower family opened a new place right next door, in the former Mariachi space:

The restaurant’s About page says that they “bring traditional Korean dishes and make them vegan,” but the only Korean items on the menu so far are a kimchi maki roll and a vegan version of bibimbap.

The place got a handsome remodel and just snuck open on Thanksgiving day, and vegans the city over will be clamoring to try dishes like lemongrass “chicken”; wok-fried spicy tofu with bell pepper, celery and chili; red and yellow curries; deep fried yam maki rolls; and vegan Mongolian Delight. All dishes are in the $5 to $12 range, which should also make them popular, and you can see the full menu here.

Hokey dokey!

How’s everybody been dealing with the loss, anyway?

Read on for more.

[Photo by Google Maps]

An album about living in the Mission from 2003 to 2013 and then moving to Oakland

Jason from local band Maus Haus wrote in to tell us about a new solo project:

i just finished a “solo” album of sorts, called Rent Control, essentially documenting my life in the mission district circa 2013 (when i wrote all the songs), shortly before relocating to west oakland.

i lived on harrison and 24th from 2003 to 2013, from age 21 to 31, and saw the neighborhood change drastically.

the record goes on personal tangents, but there are definitely some subjects of interest that your readers can relate to:

track 2 “retro city” kind of takes a look at the reinvented garage rock bandwagoneer

track 5 “life on the other side” daydreams about moving to oakland, albeit with fear

track 6 “ice cream” is about how resentful my friends and i were that humphrey slocombe moved in, bringing all these lame-os, but then we ourselves can’t resist the treats either

track 7 “in jets” quite literally tells the story of the neighborhood changing overnight, millionaires moving in, without you even realizing it, and then it’s too late.

track 8 “reasons” is an ironic spoken word meets guitar noise tirade against the new neighbors

Let’s listen:

UPDATE: They’re playing a show this weekend in the Mission! Here’s the deal…

This Sunday November 23:
J. Kick & Rent Control

(plus 3 secret bands)
AMNESIA (Valencia @ 20th)
7pm doors
FREE
FREE
FREE

Newly unearthed super-8 film footage by legendary SF band Jawbreaker shows us around the Mission in 1992, makes me emotional

Just got back from a fight with one of my best friends. We went to dinner at Chino and then had a drink at ABV and got into a long thing about political participation and net neutrality and revolution and convictions. He told me I don’t give enough of a shit, I made fun of his corporate job and BMW.

Then I got home and opened an email from Adam, of Jawbreaker (the most legendary Mission-based band of all time):

I just uploaded this to the Jawbreaker youtube page. It’s from a roll of super 8 film that i found over 20 years after I shot it — shots of Valencia and Mission between 16th and 24th. I set it to our song “Boxcar.” Check it and feel free to post if the spirit moves you

Man, it moves me like crazy. I love the Mission. I love how it changes. I love remembering how it was one decade ago, and I love watching videos about how it was two decades ago. I love reading articles about how it was in the ’80s, and I love my parents’ foggy remembrances about how it was in the ’70s. I love Burrito Justice’s futurist visions of how it will be in the ’20s and in the ’30s and ’40s and beyond. (I even love when I almost get run over by a Ferrari while it’s looking for parking outside Trick Dog.)

I love Obama and I love net neutrality and I love the Mission and I love my friends.

And I love a girl I know, a Mission girl, and how I got to see her sing “Boxcar” at karaoke in another state once upon a time, and how that was basically the best night of my life, so far away from home but feeling super-connected via this girl and this song… and thus feeling connected to everything and everyone, ever, and just loving life.

The thing is that I basically missed out on Jawbreaker, like most of us did probably, because we’re just a little too young or a just a little too from-somewhere-else or whatever. But Jawbreaker persisted, thanks to older pals talkin’ shit and making mixtapes and blog posts and playlists, and thanks to Thorns of Life shows at Thrillhouse Records and thanks to Forgetters shows at similar spots in Brooklyn or wherever — and thanks to lovable midwestern girls who dug Jawbreaker early and did whatever it took to make their way to California and San Francisco and into our hearts.

Why can’t we all just get along and save the world and abolish government and be in love forever?

Ugh. Let’s rock:

Thanks, Adam!

Throwback Thursday: Valencia Street, 2004

Looks kinda the same, except the street itself definitely needs some resurfacing. (When did that finally happen, 2009?)

Time sure flies.

UPDATE: They resurfaced that shit in 2010. Thanks, Andrew!

[via Kat]

Thieves break into car, steal loose change and beloved cute dog

More info:

Please help us find our BELOVED Yorkie, Winnie. Our car was broken into today and she was stolen along with loose change. We’re guessing they think she is a valuable puppy but she is 12 years old and needs special care. I have had her for all 12 years, took her everywhere with me and my heart is absolutely breaking. PLEASE PLEASE be on the look out. She’s tan and silver and black, 4lbs and still looks like a puppy. Stolen from 26th St. and Valencia in the Mission District. Please call with any information. REWARD!

(Thanks, Stu.)

You should go to Culture Collide tonight

Last night, the first night of Culture Collide, was TONS of fun. I saw Dune Rats (from Australia), Takeoffs & Landings (from Peru), Kamp! (from Poland), Alphabetics (from Costa Rica), Dorine Levy (from Israel), Cloud Nothings (from USA) and Sampology (from Australia).

I’d never heard of most of them, and they were all TONS of fun. And it’s soooo great being able to just bop from club to club up and down Valencia and happen upon killer bands from all over the world.

Check out this jam by Alphabetics:

Check out tonight’s lineup and get tickets here.

What the fuck is happening with Sunflower?

Eater SF reports:

Sunflower, the dual-entrance Vietnamese restaurant that straddles the corner of 16th and Valencia, has long been a favorite amongst Missionites for its solid renditions of classics like garlic noodles and imperial rolls, not to mention reasonable prices that have held firm despite Valencia’s increasing gentrification. But now, Sunflower is mysteriously shuttered, with only a sign on the door reading “We are closed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.” A call placed to the restaurant was answered by a voicemail box with an identical message. A staffer at Sunflower’s sister location in Potrero Hill, which remains open, refused to comment on why the Mission location was closed, or when it might reopen. [link]

[Photo by Angela Rose]