Celebrate Adobe’s 2 year anniversary on 24th Street tonight!

Wow, has it really been two years already?

The Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative has been an amazing adventure, thanks for joining us on the journey. We need your help to continue to stay open and to thrive. Join us on July 24th and raise a glass to a wondrous creature known as Adobe Books, and to learn more about how you can get involved by joining the co-op.

There’ll be art from the staff, music, and treats from Tartine!  Check out all the details here.


Calling all mallrats: Celebrate the inventor of the shopping mall at Gruen Day

Are you an architecture nerd, scuzzy ex-mall rat, or a person who loves cool and interesting things? Then you’ll love the first annual Gruen Day, taking place tomorrow, July 18, at the Bayfair Center in the Eastern Bay!

Back in May, 99% Invisible‘s Avery Trufelman wrote and produced an excellent episode on Victor Gruen, inventor of the shopping mall. Avery then joined forces with Tim Hwang (founder of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory) and SPUR to produce Gruen Day: a celebration of our favorite suburban merchandising complexes and its creator.

Festivities include talks, tours, nerding out, and hanging out in the food court at Bayfair Center (which, FYI, opened in 1957 as one of the first Gruen-designed shopping centers in the country). There may or may not be Minions present.

Gruen Day tickets are still available here! Plus, every ticket scores you a limited-edition poster designed by Justin Carder and two shiny limited-edition pins designed by yours truly:

(Fun fact: One of these pins may or may not have been inspired by my misreading of “Gruen Day” in an email subject line…)

RSVP and invite your friends here!

And grab yourself a ticket here before they sell out!

Celebrate the grand opening of the Tenderloin Museum this Thursday!

Yep, that’s right, the Tenderloin Museum!  And things are starting off with a bang this Thursday!

The Tenderloin Museum kicks off its evening programming on Opening Night, July 16th at 6:30pm with transgender activists Tamara Ching, Veronika Fimbres, and filmmakers Susan Stryker & Victor Silverman. Moderated by Randy Shaw, the panel takes us back to the days of the Tenderloin’s 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria riot when transgender women and queers were harassed by police and businesses alike.

In those days, the Tenderloin was the geographic center of the city’s emerging gay and lesbian civil rights movement. It was in the Tenderloin where the movement’s more confrontational spirit was demonstrated, and brought success. Stryker, Ching and Fimbres will describe the decades of struggle following the Compton’s riot, as that legendary act of resistance—three years before Stonewall–was only the beginning.

Check it all out here.

And that’s not all!  Stop by the following week for the first showing in 50 years of Drugs in the Tenderloin!

A stark and often harrowing look into the life of the street denizens of the notorious San Francisco district which was a haven for junkies, prostitutes, and pushers during the Sixties… it takes a real gutter-level look at its subject, the grainy night photography capturing beehive-haired hookers and turtle-necked dope dealers plying their trade against a smoky backdrop of seedy neon, while meth users pontificate about their high, and a youth worker takes a couple of shocked city officials on a walking tour of the area, pointing out such lurid landmarks as Market Street, known in the area as the “Meat Rack” thanks to the male hustlers who ply their trade there.”Join us for some incredible footage of the Tenderloin’s past.

The Knockout is turning 10-years-old and celebrating with a weekendlong party!!!

Can’t believe it’s been 10 years already! Seems like only yesterday everybody was like, “What’s the deal with this brand-new bar having ALL THE BEST BANDS AND DJs ALL THE TIME and isn’t their ‘NOPE’ sign funny???”

Seems like only yesterday Jay Reatard (RIP) was playing a 10-minute (amazing) set there. Back when the stage was next to the bar.

Seems like only yesterday we were there for an Oldies Night, laying eyes on Primo for the first time, all that energy behind the decks, and we were like, “ALL DJs SHOULD BE LIKE THIS.”

Seems like only yesterday we were there for a Debaser around Christmastime seeing their Weezer cover band and we were like, “THIS IS WAAAY BETTER THAN ACTUALLY SEEING WEEZER!”

Seems like only yesterday we finally got to see the Dukes of Hamburg for the first time, at a Teenage Dance Craze party on New Year’s Eve.

Seems like only yesterday we saw Stokemonster’s big smile for the first time, greeting us crazy-warmly on our way in.

Seems like only yesterday we were singing “I got soul but I’m not a soldier!!!!!!!!” at karaoke there on a Monday night.

Seems like only yesterday we got ejected from a Debaser for stage diving (when Jamie Jams put on “Holland, 1945″ of course).

Seems like only yesterday Beth was on the door that night.

…………We could go on and on but instead let’s just watch some of one of Jay Reatard’s performances there, and then we’ll talk some more:

Oh and let’s quick enjoy this photo of Primo straight phase-shifting into another dimension that our pal Lizzy took back in ’11:

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:


Friday, July 10 9pm

Plus The World Famous TDC DJS…

Saturday July 11, 2:30pm


Sat July 11, 10pm


Sun July 12, 2pm


+ PBRn’B DJs
Sun July 12, 10pm
W/Live Sets by KMAXX & PLAZA 

Full-weekend passes come with limited edition KO Anniversary t-shirts. Limited tickets.

Rest up, everybody.

Here is a little more poster art:

And here’s a heap of Knockout-related posts from over the years:

Monday night Berlin-style ping pong league kicks off new season next week in the Mission

I think this animation (from an American Tripps party a couple years ago at Z Space) says it all:

Every Monday for 6 weeks, right here in the Mission. Sign up!

[Animated GIF courtesy of Ulla Havenga / Z Space]

[via American Tripps on Facebook]

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!

Help Tom Temprano kick off his City College Board campaign with a dance party on a sun-drenched rooftop deck

I had a pretty good time at City College back in ’03-’04, but since then I’ve come to know Tom Temprano, and if you know Tom Temprano, you know everything he does is gold. (And believe me that handful of links represent only a fraction of Tom’s successes.)

So I think City College will be tons better off with Tom helping helm things — and I know this kickoff party is gonna be unforgettable. Here’s the deal:

Please join Heklina, Sister Roma and some of SF’s finest DJs and community activists to kick off my campaign for City College Board! I’ve spent the past five years working to change SF for the better one community event at a time so its only appropriate that this campaign gets started on the dancefloor. Don’t miss this chance to check out the brand new sun-drenched rooftop deck at SF’s best new gay club, Oasis!

If you can’t make it to the party but want to still support my campaign you can make an online contribution today @ https://tomtemprano.nationbuilder.com/donate. Every little bit helps!

Drag queens!

Saturday, June 20th
Oasis (298 11th St @ Folsom)
$10 suggested donation

Hosted by Sister Roma & Heklina
With DJ sets by
Taco Tuesday
Stanley Frank
Richie Panic
Steve Fabus
Miss Pop

RSVP and invite your friends!

The Midway, a new venue opening tonight in the Dogpatch

Its full name is The Midway Creative Complex, it’s big, and it’ll be devoted to lots of fun stuff. From the press release:

Simultaneously a creative laboratory and performance space, The Midway is a venue for the
public to engage with a variety of exhibitions, workshops, performances and special events. The
complex is actively partnering with nonprofit organizations to build a stronger and more vibrant
creative community in the Bay Area. Behind the space is a team of local entrepreneurs and
creatives, spearheaded by Jeff Whitmore alongside partners Jordan Langer and Pete
Glikshtern, whose past projects include Public Works, Pier 70 Partners, Mighty, Oddjob,
Artbeats, and The Myriad. With some of the world’s best art, food, and entertainment at its
doorstep, San Francisco is the prime locale for the rise of The Midway. Conveniently located
one block from Muni with readily accessible bike & car parking, The Midway will be an easy to
reach destination for San Francisco’s food, art and music loving public.

Opening night is tonight. Expect art, performance, music, drinks, and lots more. RSVP and invite your friends!

Go inside the Secret Alley and BFF.fm, today only!

It’s the best radio station in SF, BFF.fm, housed inside the trippiest space in the Mission, The Secret Alley, and they’re both opening their doors to the public for one night only! Here’s the deal:

Be there as we launch our Kickstarter campaign for our second studio LIVE on the air! We’ll be screening the video, eating snacks, and answering any questions you might have about what we’re up to.

If you’ve never visited The Secret Alley, here’s a great opportunity to check out this magical space, while getting a sneak peek of our progress building Studio B!

We’re hoping to raise at least $15k to take our awesome community radio station to the next level, so we hope that even if you’re unable to make it, you keep an eye out for our project and tell a friend!

(BFF.fm is located at 180 Capp St. near 17th and Capp)

UPDATE: Tweet at @BFFdotFM if you wanna join!

Drama Talks & Drinks: The Barbary Coast Revue – “If you are going to be corny you have be clever”

We love San Francisco, we love seeing new shows in the Mission, we love theater venues with full-bars, so when we heard about The Barbary Coast Revue at Balancoire we thought we’d love it. The description on the About page read: “Mark Twain delights with a riotous musical comedy sing along at THE BARBARY COAST REVUE…Set to parodies of Bay Area hits from the ’80s to now, THE BARBARY COAST REVUE is the new must see show for anyone seeking “the true history of San Francisco!”  So with high expectations for a night of anachronistic revelry, off we went for an evening of Drama Talk & Drinks.

Brittany: I just (sighs)…If you’re going to make the audience participate that much then you should almost have auditions for your audience. The leads had really good voices, but there were so many awkward drunk people that could not sing that it messed up the show for me. I know it’s supposed to be a sing-along, but really every single song? We don’t even know the lyrics!

Katie: Exactly! There were so many times I wanted to hear the lead female sing because she was so good, but I couldn’t. Also, if you’re going to take popular music and use the melodies then your lyrics and story have to be really clever, and I think they fell short. There were a couple moments when it worked, the Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” with En Vogue’s “My Lovin – You’re Never Gonna Get it” mash up was dope, but most of the time I don’t think they went far enough.

B: I like that it was an ode to San Francisco, but I agree, SF has a crazy history and the writers could have done more to make the show more relevant and creative. I think I only LOLed twice. I guess if you like Beach Blanket Babylon you would like this…but this didn’t have hats. Also, and I know this was opening night, but there were SO many technical errors. The spotlights didn’t turn on at the right time, the projections of the lyrics were off, which made it even harder for the audience to sing-along. Just lots of little things like that which made the show feel really messy. It runs all summer so I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks, but the bad tech was definitely distracting.

K: I’m really rooting for Balancoire, it’s such a cool space and I love that there’s good food and drinks and there’s a performance space… it just all didn’t come together for me.  If you are going to be that corny you have be more clever.

The Verdict: Cool venue. Talented singers. Mediocre writing. Bad tech. We go to theater to see talented people do creative things, not to be forced to sing weak lyrics to dated songs with a bunch of drunk people. People shouldn’t get away with sloppy theater like this, so unless this show tightens-up save your $29-$64.

The Drama Talk: The Barbary Coast Revue is supposed to be silly and fun, but the execution was lackluster. Maybe we’re the problem, and just aren’t ‘fun’ enough to look past the shows flaws and dive-in uninhibited. Much of the audience (mostly ages 40+) seemed elated to be the under rehearsed stars of the show – singing and doing the conga with the actors. It was just not our cup of tea. If the show was technically tighter, the actors more uniformly polished, and the audience participation less intensive we could have gotten past the weaknesses in the script, but despite some great individual performances (we’re looking at you Danny Kennedy, Stephanie Rapa and Michael Perez) we just felt awkward when we were accosted by actors at the end of the show asking “Did you enjoy it?”

The Drinks: We love going to performance venue’s with a full bar, so the show get’s points for that. We had their special cocktail called a “Shanghai Surprise”. The surprise was how good it was. Maybe we should of had a few more of those before the show to loosen us up for sloppy drunk karaoke theater.

The Barbary Coast Revue runs every Thursday at Balançoire. Tickets are available on their website and range from $29-$64. The more expensive ticket  gets you a private 7pm hors d’oeuvre reception with the cast, VIP reserved seating, and dinner during the show, all of which looked yummy.