Some interesting butt-related graffiti on a wall in Oakland

[via Eastbayside]

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.

A very 24th-and-Mission Christmas

[via Shannon]

Pretty cool street toilet

Nice color palette.

(Thanks, Rachel!)

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.)

Two more Sutro Tower tattoos

[via the discussion on our Facebook page about another Sutro Tower tattoo]

What are we doing New Year’s Eve?

I’m thinking maybe this party at Virgil’s:

Virgil’s Soul Room
w/ records hand-selected for your dancing pleasure by
DJ PAUL PAUL (Soul Party)
DJ CARNITA (Hard French)
DJ WAM BAM ASHLEYANNE

Free Entry!
Free Fernet-Branca Toast at Midnight!

That’s a lot of good reasons. RSVP and invite your friends if you want!

The secret menu at La Taqueria

In a couple pieces for SF Weekly over the last few months, our pal Omar has put together a list of La Taqueria’s secret menu items:

  • Dorado-style (grilled) burritos
  • Combining multiple meats into one burrito
  • Red sauce
  • Side of blistered Serrano chiles
  • Nachos
  • Dorado-style (grilled-til-crispy) meat
  • Sirloin ends (pictured)
  • Quesarrito

Read on for all the details and lots more pics: Part 1 and Part 2.

[via Omar on Instagram]

Can Oakland possibly gentrify responsibly?

Holy cow, Susie Cagle‘s new piece on the gentrification situation in Oakland is a barnburner. Here’s how it starts:

Gentrification: We think we know it when we see it. Pour-over organic coffee, double-wide designer strollers, gluten-free options. Millennials and their unrelenting desire to live and work in cities that pushes out longtime residents. A tide rising, cresting and washing over. An act of nature.

These demographic and economic shifts in cities aren’t the result of organic social and cultural trends; the changes are wrought by decades of investment and public policy choices, and inextricably bound to histories of racism, exclusionary land use policies and exploitative banking processes that left certain communities vulnerable to a steamroller of new investment.

“If you don’t know what the problem is you definitely can’t stop being a part of it, and I think a lot of people don’t know what the problem is,” says DeeDee Serendipity, a native of Oakland who now owns a salon in the city.

Read on for an exhaustive examination of how exactly gentrification works and what exactly is happening in Oakland.

Lovely view of the Mission and the sky from high atop Bernal

This is but one of a whole mess of lovely photos from a recent trip to the top of the hill by hotgranola.

Allan Hough

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Email: allan (at) missionmission.org

Website: http://honeyjets.tumblr.com

Biographical Info:

"I joked that living in the Mission would be the end of me. And there were nights where it felt like the case.

One night I went out with my friend Allan to the bar that no one goes to on 16th Street, where I lost half my drink and money on the dance floor. Later we skated down 16th to Evelyn Lee, where I fell off my board and landed on my head as the 22 bus sped past behind me. A sobering moment. At the bar, I sulked and nursed my wounds until Allan put on Amy Winehouse’s 'Valerie.' We danced, he dipped me, and I felt better."

— My pal Valerie, writing about life in the Mission

[Photo by Sexpigeon, Homestead, 2009]