Wildewhere, a months-long festival of free shows at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park


That there is Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Imagine spending an afternoon up there seeing music or theater, eating food from food trucks and enjoying the sunshine. Wildwhere can help you out. Think the Stern Grove Festival, but new and different, and like slightly closer to the Mission (it’s a bit south of Bernal Heights):

A hidden gem in the middle of San Francisco’s second largest park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater hosts an eclectic group of performers each summer season. These performances surprise and delight neighbors in the know as well as anyone lucky enough to stumble upon the amphitheater while exploring McLaren Park.

(If you wanna read ALL about the event, check out this article by Portola Planet.) (Portola is the cute little neighborhood adjacent to McLaren Park that you’ve also never been to.)

Here’s the lineup:

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And here’s a helpful map of the area, in case you (like most) are unfamiliar. See something at Wildewhere and then explore one (or more) of the surrounding up-and-coming neighborhoods:

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20th Street Block Party set times announced!


This Saturday! Plan accordingly!

Activities schedule after the jump (if you’re into arts and crafts and stuff):


Shattered glass bike lane conspiracy?

Neighbor Brett inquires:

Lately I’ve been noticing these piles of mixed-color jagged glass in the Valencia bike lanes. It’s possible these come from trash cans or trucks or something, but at the risk of sounding conspiratorial, I find myself wondering if someone with a beef for bicyclists is doing it. There’s something kind of purposeful about how they are right in the middle of the lanes, and other people in my office have seen them as well. This was between 15th and 16th this morning. Wondering if you guys have heard anything about it?


How to solve mice problems in the Mission

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Legendary blogger and former Missionite Tony Pierce, in a post about skateboard designer Todd Francis, recalls a fearsome tale of the Mission in the ’90s:

after college when i was transferred up to Frisco i needed a place to live and he had a spare room in his apartment on 22nd and Folsom.

we had a mice problem. there was a hole in the apartment somewhere. but he had these giant snakes in a fish tank.

he let them out to roam. they ate all the mice and slithered back into their tanks.

Read on for the rest of Tony’s story.

Rock legend Todd Rundgren is playing in the Mission (and tickets go on sale today at noon)


It’s at The Chapel on August 30th, at 8pm sharp. The show is called “An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren,” and thus there’s not a whole lot of other info about what to expect.

Tickets go on sale here – in 60 minutes.

My goodness, look at this sandwich


Today’s special at Turner’s Kitchen here in the Mission:

BBQ pulled pork, fresh cling peaches, jalapeño-lime slaw and crispy onions on Dutch crunch.


Riding Muni in the ’80s vs. present-day geopolitics

Yes we all might perish any minute, but let’s geek out on this Muni pass from the ’80s and try to relax…

Special In-N-Out Burger-style menu this month at Alamo Drafthouse



It’s to coincide with the release of Ingrid Goes West on August 18th, but it looks like it’s available during all shows for the next 10 days at least, and then during showings of the movie once it’s open. Double-Double, Animal Fries, and even a special beer called “Ingrid Gose West.”

(Also this month, also to coincide with Ingrid, is the “Tales of the Obsessed” series which we wrote about last week.)

Get tickets to the movie here, and check out the full menu after the jump:


What shape is your slice?

Local pizza enthusiast (and mathematician, and graphic designer from the ’90s) Ticklefight takes an in-depth look at the slice shapes you might get at Arinell Pizza:

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Google Bus protest on Valencia Street


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"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