This discarded office chair is a hot mess

[via Colin Winnette]

The Spice Jar now open in former Local’s Corner space 

and here is the menu: 
(Thanks, Jess!) 

Someone lit the Galeria de la Raza mural on fire last night 

Got a message from our pal Megan late last night:

breaking news: someone lit the Galeria de la Raza mural on fire tonight (which comes right after they re-put it up when it got defaced)


SF Gate has more reporting on the history of this mural and all the times it’s been defaced here.

[Photo by Chris Klink]

In case you missed it, Dolores Park was MADNESS over the weekend

(Just click on that panorama a couple times to make it bigger.)

Go Giants!

A real live Toynbee Tile right here in SF!

Local hero the Fog Bender spotted it this afternoon near Church and Market and “nearly shit [his] damned pants.”

If you’re not familiar, the Wikipedia entry on the Toynbee Tiles phenomenon is helpful. Here’s some of it:

The Toynbee tiles (also called Toynbee plaques) are messages of unknown origin found embedded in asphalt of streets in about two dozen major cities in the United States and four South American cities. Since the 1980s, several hundred tiles have been discovered. They are generally about the size of an American license plate (roughly 30 cm by 15 cm), but sometimes considerably larger. They contain some variation on the following inscription:

IN MOViE `2001

Some of the more elaborate tiles also feature cryptic political statements or exhort readers to create and install similar tiles of their own. The material used for making the tiles was initially unknown, but evidence has emerged that they may be primarily made of layers of linoleum and asphalt crack-filling compound.

[via The Fog Bender on Instagram]

Best light buttons ever!

[via Abby]

Flashback Friday: Party in the streets when Obama won the presidency

November 2008. Seems like a lifetime ago.

[Top photo by Brendan O’Connor; Bottom photo by Elly]

Here’s a nice analog Yelp review of the new KronnerBurger

[via KronnerBurger on Instagram]

Phonographic Memory, a storytelling event based on your record collection

Tired of storytelling events where storytellers just get up and tell a story? This thing’s different.

Corey, Phonographic Memory‘s organizer, tells us all about it:

Phonographic Memory is a storytelling event where folks from the community pick a record from their collection, tell a personal story about that record, and then play a song. We operate monthly at the Bernal Heights Library, but will be doing a special fundraising event at the Knockout. We’ve curated a lineup of contributors to the Bay Area music scene: Dan Lactose (of the seminal group Spazz), Lydia Popovich (comedian, used to manage Quannum Records), Justin Torres (record dealer, instrumental in re-igniting Darondo’s career), and Winston Smith (artist responsible for creating the Dead Kennedys logo). We’ll have DJ’s too, should be an awesome night.

Their website has some podcasts up too if you desire a sneak peek.

Oh and local street photographer The Tens (a fan of the show apparently) sent in this promotional video:

Thanks, all!

Allan Hough

Posts: 6960

Email: allan (at)


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]