Hurtling through space at Elbo Room

As plans to replace Elbo Room with a condo complex continue to develop, I just wanna celebrate Elbo Room.

Please enjoy this mesmerizing scene from one of the video-game tabletops at Elbo Room, one of the best places in the Mission to play video games and pinball:

DJ Purple’s top 13 Halloween-appropriate Dance Karaoke songs

(That’s 13 DJ Purples, yep.)

I asked the legendary DJ Purple what his top 5 favorite Halloween-related jams were, and I got this hot list of 13:

  1. Spooky – Classics IV
  2. Strangelove – Depeche Mode
  3. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.
  4. Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
  5. Monster – Lady Gaga
  6. The Purple People-Eater – Sheb Wooley
  7. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  8. Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen
  9. Sweet Transvestite – Rocky Horror
  10. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
  11. Love Potion #9 – The Searchers
  12. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  13. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Thanks, DJ Purple! Get practicing, everybody! Singin’ & Pingin’ Halloween Edition (starring DJ Purple) is this Friday (which happens to be Halloween) at Verdi Club in the Mission:

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I guess Savanna Jazz Club is still open, and there’s a comedy show there tonight

I’ve been meaning to check this place out for, let’s see… 100 years or so.

Wild parrots just chillin’ on your windowsill

I thought I was lucky to have them chillin’ high up in a tree in my backyard, but this? Wowee.

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13 reasons why our pal Daisy hates Dolores Park

I love Daisy. Her latest for Thrillist is “Why I Hate Something You Probably Love: Dolores Park” and I don’t hate it. Here’s the beginning:

If you ask almost any San Franciscan where they like to hang out on sunny days, they’ll give you the same answer: Dolores Park. Something about the good weather and the people and the close proximity to the three-hour wait for Bi-Rite ice cream. They just cannot get enough of Dolores Park. And by “they”, I mean “you”. YOU LOVE IT.

And hey, good on you. I’m all for people loving what they love. But in this case, I just don’t get it — at all. Dolores Park actually totally sucks. Like, I would rather be burned by one of the fire-swirling hula hoopers than have to hang out there for an afternoon. Before you judge, read my 13 reasons why.

Read on for the 13 reasons.

[Photo by Leland Zuñiga, via It's Always Sunny in San Francisco]

The best Halloween costumes from previous American Tripps Halloween parties

We’ve been doing these American Tripps parties for a few years now, and the Halloween ones are always among the very best. The costumes and all, y’know? So, I’m gonna do a bunch of posts this week ramping up to the next one (this Friday).

Here are a bunch of my favorite costumes from over the years…

#1 has to be Kreayshawn and the Yip Yips at the Secret Alley, 2011:

Oh man, how about everybody from Bob’s Burgers doing karaoke with DJ Purple on a boat in the middle of the bay, 2013:

This next one’s from Australia Day, not Halloween, but I thought hairy-armed Lorde might be a newly relevant last-minute idea for this year:

Another all-time fave, all the parents from Rugrats onstage for the costume contest at Rickshaw Stop, 2013:

I loved this gender-bending Miley and Robyn (with Iron Man) also on a boat in the middle of the bay, 2013:

And of course… Mission Mission boyz Andrew Sarkarati and Vic Wong as Nic Cage and Uma Thurman at the Secret Alley, 2013:

The next American Tripps Halloween party is this Friday (aka Halloween) at Verdi Club (aka an awesome place for a party) with DJ Purple doing his patented Dance Karaoke thing. Here’s the poster:

Local dog will get you a beer from the fridge, and is named Chelsea Clinton

This is amazing:

Cute little rainbow over the Mission

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Does Hunter Pence know what a soccer ball is?

Boo-yah! Go Giants!

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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

[Photo by Sexpigeon, Homestead, 2009]