“The Mission isn’t what it used to be,” says 1993 newspaper article, “but it can be again”

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Saw this on the Alamo Drafthouse SF Instagram just now. What a wild blast from the past, right?

The Alamo opens on December 17th, as you probably know, and it is gonna be AWESOME, as you probably know. Start perusing the calendar here.

And in the meantime, don’t forget about the Roxie over on 16th Street. It’s still local, still historic, and still going strong ,and they’ve got a good looking calendar in the coming weeks as well.

The big screen at the New Mission is up and running for the first time this century

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(Of course, it doesn’t open to the public until December 17th. Check out the calendar!)

[via Alamo Drafthouse SF on Instagram]

Who is the captain now?



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(Basically I was watching Captain Ron last night, and the other day commenters were telling me to just embrace the fact that I’m getting older and I just like staying in and watching TV, and also I noticed, seriously, that John Dwyer wrote Captain Ron, and also current Oh See and longtime San Franciscan Dan Rincon just ‘grammed this pic of Dwyer in a cowboy hat, and, so, this is a blog post about Captain Ron and Thee Oh Sees basically. Enjoy.)

What follows is a classic Oh Sees lineup at “the Step Into The Black Music Series presented by Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum and Fader.” (Italics mine.) You can see me in the crowd if you look real close:

Also please enjoy this list of Oh Sees-related posts from over the years and years…

The 1985 James Bond movie about a supervillain trying to destroy Silicon Valley

I watched most of A View to A Kill on TV in a hotel room last night. It was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, but it contains a pretty entertaining car chase through San Francisco, some cool stuff with the bridge next to AT&T Park — and a fight scene atop the Golden Gate Bridge:


AND one of the fighters (the supervillain trying to destroy Silicon Valley) is a young, blonde Christopher Walken:


It’s a pretty great cast actually:


Terrible movie though. (But maybe you should watch it.)

Now, not very related, but let’s rock:

See a new documentary about soon-to-be-Saint Junipero Serra

I guess Padre Serra, a very important figure in the history of California, is going to officially become a saint tomorrow, and local filmmaker Jenni Olson finished her new film about him just in time. It screens at the Roxie this Thursday evening only, and it sounds pretty wild:

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.

Co-presented by the San Francisco Film Society and Frameline, and being shown just one day after Pope Francis actually canonizes Junipero Serra, this bold, innovative film from acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson combines rigorous historical research with lyrically written personal monologue and relates these seemingly disparate stories from an intimate, colloquial perspective to tell a one-of-a-kind California tale. Filmmaker Jenni Olson will be here IN PERSON!! Written & directed by Jenni Olson. Produced by Julie Dorf & Jenni Olson. USA. 2015, 65 mins.

Tickets and more info here.

Throwback Thursday: When it was big news for a movie theater to have sound

And nowadays we just take it for granted.

[via Alamo Drafthouse San Francisco on Facebook]

Throwback Thursday: The pool scene with the Strokes song from Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

Can you believe this movie is already half a decade old?

The other day I watched it again because I was really hungover (the night after Mission gadfly Wesley Frazee’s epic birthday party) and it was on Netflix and the thumbnail looked relaxing and I couldn’t really remember many of the details of the story.

I saw it originally in one of the little rooms at the Roxie back in ’10 with my pal Kristina. At the end we agreed that we both totally thought this sequence was the end of the movie (even though there were actually like 40 mins left):

How good is that song???

(We also both agreed the movie made us want a Corona, and that was true of my second viewing as well.)

UPDATE: I also just remembered that on that same evening I gave Kristina a hard sell about coming to work with me on this blog, and she declined politely, saying that she wouldn’t want her name associated with some of the racier stuff we’ve posted. I understood.

P.S. Anybody wanna come write for this blog?

P.P.S. Go see something at the Roxie!

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s (also, some MOVIES for the Mission)

Let’s face it, we have all become addicted to binge watching lately. We invite you to cozy up at Pops Bar for our new Double Feature Sundays where you can enjoy your favorite movies and series with your friends. Without a bad seat in the house, your feature will be enjoyed on 5 screens and broadcast through our state of the art sound system. To get the ball rolling we’ve picked some classics for the month of July:


Week 1: Classic Comedy

Sunday July 12 @ 9PM

This is Spinal Tap &

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles

Week 2: San Francisco Thon

Sunday July 19 @ 9PM

The Streets of San Francisco

Season 1 Binge Watchathon

Week 3: Cult Classic Biker Flicks

Sunday July 26 @ 9PM

Devil’s Angels &

Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway


Want to host your own double feature sunday with your friends? Just send us your suggestions to tom@popssf.com

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:


7/6/15 MONDAY


Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.


9PM START, 1:30AM end


Check out my


Mondays at Pops






7/7/15 TUESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with singer songwriter Kevin Conness.


“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana Tuesday with DJ Baysik, playing a mixture of islander & latin grooves all night, from Celia Cruz to Vybz Kartel. Experience the only Tuesday night Latin themed party in the mission.

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…



Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Rude Awakenings

Forgotten underground classics of the 60s, 70s and 80s with DJs Cathy 2-Tone and Scooter Stalin.

Whatever Wednesdays


Whatever Wednesday is YOUR PARTY, literally. You got DJ skills? Have you been itching to show ALL your friends? Its your turn to take over the night and mix it up. Send us your request, your best mix and we’ll see what we can do to get you your turn.

Email: tom@popssf.com

No Cover

21 UP



Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Drew Smith

Second Thursday of every month, Drew Smith, singer/songwriter, plays popular songs from the 70′s-00′s with a few originals here and there. His laid-back style will take you back to your favorite beach campfire jams and have you singing along in no time!

BFF.FM Night

Rotating DJs from BFF.fm radio! This week: Steve Foxx & NITEPPL

Steve Foxx’s dark, moody rock meets NITEPPL’s DJ wizardry to create EDM magic that will make you dance on your bar stool. Drink up, because every pint or shot supports BFF.fm community radio.


No Cover!


7/10/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Kid Gorgeous:

Rare Grooves, Deep Cuts; Soul, Funk, Psychedelic, Cumbia, Reggae and Beyond with Your Boy Kid Gorgeous!

24 & York

Rap Music + Cheap PBR + No Cover + Good Company


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7/11/15 SATURDAY



Sponsored by

Vinyl Dreams, Explorist International, and Amoeba Music

Free Dance party!

Curated Dance music of the 80s: Funk, Boogie, new wave, pop, r&b, rap, house, reggae, New 80s edits, and Dance Jams influenced by the 80s


Host DJ Boom Bostic

SF ant (SF Artist Networking Talent)

Teemoney: Dj, Author, Writer, and much more…

(Adventures in Dirty South Hip Hop)

Special guests

Hay Hay: Bay Area Heat maker. She has mad vinyl in her stables

DJ Wreck Loose aka Jeff Shuman:

expect the college rock, goth, pop, and new wave jams you so need in your life

Gabriel Wheeler

Video/Digital Display


No Cover

21 UP


7/12/15 SUNDAY

Double Feature Sunday

Watch your favorite movies and series at Pops!

Week 1: Classic Comedy


This is Spinal Tap &

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles

No Cover


2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110


This year’s SF Documentary Festival kicks off with a ‘Free’ screening at McCoppin Plaza

The screening is of a movie called Free, and it is free, and it’s this Thursday, and there will be food trucks and stuff. Here’s a blurb about the movie:

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David Collier and co-director Suzanne LaFetra have crafted a stirring, up-close documentary that follows a group of Oakland teens who find personal liberation and mutual support through dance. These dynamic young people face the very real challenges of poverty, alienation, HIV, sexual abuse, and gang violence but are dedicated to telling the truth— even if it hurts. Because the truth will, to some degree, set them free. FREE captures their struggles as they turn the courage, determination, and stamina required in their daily lives into a contagious joy.

McCoppin Plaza, as you know, is that plaza on the north end of Valencia Street next to the U-Haul place.

More info (on this event and on the rest of DocFest).

Movies-in-the-park season is almost here!

The Onion celebrates this fact in a short article titled “Outdoor Movie Guest Excited To Watch Barely Audible ‘Back To The Future’ While Sitting On Tree Root”:

Thrilled at the prospect of having to constantly reposition himself while straining to hear the movie’s dialogue, local man Sam Weber was excited Friday to watch a barely audible outdoor screening of Back To The Future from atop a hard, knobby tree root, sources reported. “Oh, man, I can’t wait to tiptoe around hundreds of people’s blankets before realizing the only free spot is on some root that sticks a few inches out of the ground and which will dig into my flesh for two hours,” said Weber, adding that while he’d already seen the sci-fi comedy classic many times, he was looking forward to experiencing it faintly projected onto a canvas hung far off in the distance as moisture from the grass steadily soaks through his pants.

Read on for the big finish.