Pops 80th Anniversary Bash!

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Turning 80 has never felt so good! Join us as we celebrate Pops Bar legacy in San Francisco from 1937-2017! Pops scandalous history in San Francisco begins with Carl Joseph Saxsenmeier AKA: POPS who is rumored to have been a bootlegger operating a “clubhouse” during prohibition. The clubhouse would later become the basis for the bar when the 21st Amendment was repealed. While the bar has changed hands and locations over the years, its legacy as “Pops” in San Francisco for the past 80 years is solid. This Wednesday, Pops resident DJs celebrate all night from 6pm-2am with drink specials, bbq, Pops T-Shirts and a raffle to benefit Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. Join us, we’re looking damn fine at 80!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Spend your Friday evening helping the homeless

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The event is called Transitioning from Street to Home: A Night with St. Francis Homelessness Challenge, and it’s tomorrow right after work, with food and drink and live entertainment. Here’s the deal:

Come hear experiences from former/current encampment residents, neighborhood volunteers, and Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge (SFHC) about life in street encampments, humane strategies to support transition and community well-being, and our transitional village micro-pilot at Impact Hub.

This event is a sliding scale of donations ($5-$5,000) to our HandUp Campaign (handup.org/campaigns/sfhctransitionalshelters): No one turned away for lack of funds.

Bring cash donations for food/drinks.

Event Line-up:
6:30-7PM – Live music from Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets) SOS Sign-making table, videos, Food/drinks (by donation)

7-7:40PM – Panel presentations with current/former encampment residents, SFHC’s Transitional Sleep and Storage Impact Hub Pilot participants

7:40-7:50 – Maowunyo de Asis presentation on The Village in Oakland

7:50-8PM – Tony Sparks (SF State) presentation on Seattle’s successful permitted encampment/village model

8-8:15PM – SOS (Safe Organized Spaces) Campaign Launch

8:15-9:30 – Join us in Impact Hub’s back lot to view SFHC’s Transitional Sleep and Storage Shelters, meet Pilot participants, and learn how to get involved!

Read on for more details.

Case of the Mondays?

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[Editors' note: DJ Nutzeffekt is an employee of Mission Mission, so maybe this is some kind of conflict of interest? No big deal though right?]

Well shake it off! We’re giving you another reason to love Mondays at Pops Bar. Introducing a brand new happy hour, NOT MY PLACE (In the 9 to 5 World), on 4th Mondays from 6-9pm. You’ll probably recognize our resident DJ Nutzeffekt from American Tripps. Tonight he is joined by special guest DJ Lizzy (Tuff Signals, BFF.fm). Expect Rock ‘n’ roll old and new, all vinyl with a special Oh Sees set to prep you for their show later in the week. Remember, when life gives you Monday, treat it to happy hour!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Guac Off is this Saturday! Better get to work on your guac!!!

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Here’s the deal:

As this weather has surely reminded you, Indian Summer is here, so that means that it’s time again for the Annual Indian Summer Guac-off!

We’d love for you to be able to join us this Saturday, September 9th, as we’ll once again be at Dr. Avocado’s house for our 6th annual celebration of the almighty avocado. This year promises to be even more fun, as we’ll have 10 different prize categories, a restaurant showcase with guacamoles from some of our favorite restaurants, chips provided by Tacolicious, and of course, an even bigger Guacamole Glory Trophy.

The rules this year are simple, your guacamole must use at least 8 avocados and arrive by 2pm. Other than that, let your creativity run wild!

As always, the event is completely free, although guests are obviously encouraged to bring guacamole! You can find all of the other details on our website: guacamole.expert

Can’t wait!

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

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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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Fan Girls Wanted

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This Wednesday at Pops Bar, Fan Girl & YPR take over the decks at Spin The Night from 9pm-2am. Spin The Night is a fun boozy filled evening showcasing the local heroes working hard to keep the music scene alive and well. Join us in the creative exploration of music, art, and unique experiences in San Francisco. Calling all badass babes and disco chicas for fun times only!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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We’re All Winners

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We’re all winners at Pops Bar. This week you get an extra chance at “winning”. SFWeekly has teamed up with Modelo to give you a shot at winning Warriors tickets. Come party with us this Friday at 24&York. Be there at 11pm to snap a photo with the Luchador and post to FB or Instagram with the tag #luchamodelo and while you’re at it: #winning, cause why not?

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Lots more 20th Street Block Party details

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Noise Pop this week announced all the non-musical stuff booked for this year’s 20th Street Block Party. First there’s the food:

  • Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas
  • Bonito Poke
  • El Pipila
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Thai
  • FK Frozen Custard Bars
  • Flour + Water
  • Humphry Slocombe
  • Kahnfections
  • Rollin’ Deep (Little Star Pizza)
  • Media Noche
  • Mission Language and Vocational School
  • Rookies
  • Savourie Streets
  • Seoul of Taipei
  • The Pop Nation
  • Universal Cafe
  • WesBurger N’ More

And then there’s the nonprofits and businesses that will have booths or whatever:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco-Mission
  • 826 Valencia
  • Notes for Notes
  • Alternative Cure
  • Workshop SF
  • ArtSpan
  • Mission Community Music

And a few other bits and pieces:

Block Party guests can also stop by Mutiny Radio on 21st and Florida to watch the live broadcast with a full day of comedy, interviews, and performances from the volunteer-run organization. Visit the Rocket Dog Adoption Zoo to check out dogs of all ages in need of a loving home, play with these pups and maybe even take one home! The San Francisco LowRider Council will bring choice classic and modern cars to display on 19th Street and Bryant. Harken Chardonnay will have a special boardwalk installation featuring Live DJs from the Magnificent 7, a pop-up record shop by Amoeba, vintage VW photo booth by Das Bus, wine tasting, and so much more!

And of course, in case you forgot, the music:

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Let’s listen to the Tambo Rays again:

RSVP and invite your neighbors!

[Photo by Paige K Parsons]

What’s happening this weekend??

1.) Your last chance to attend Phonographic Memory in its original form! Check it out:

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For over two and half years Phonographic Memory has put on free monthly shows at the Bernal Heights Library. The programs creator, Corey Bloom, is moving to the east coast so we’re going big with the last session in the neighborhood. On July 8th, from 12:00-4:00PM, at the Bernal Heights Recreation Center we’re throwing an outdoor park jam with DJ’s, record vendors, community groups, a food truck and, of course, storytellers. Corey has curated the lineup to pay tribute to the depth and dimensions of the Bay Area music scene, which have impacted his life in a variety of ways.

[RSVP and invite your friends!]

2.) ABV‘s birthday party with free booze and tacos! Check it out:

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On Sunday, July 9th, critically-acclaimed American cocktail bar and beloved industry hangout, ABV will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary. ABV and Over Proof partners, Todd Smith, Ryan Fitzgerald and Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, along with the rest of their incredible bar team, will be opening their doors to friends, regulars, and Bay Area locals with free tacos and drinks. From 2-5pm that Sunday ABV will have a complimentary taco bar, daiquiris, micheladas, beer, and bubbles. After 5pm all drinks will be $3 (the tacos will most definitely be gone, though).

3.) Broke-Ass Stuart’s french fry party! Check it out:

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I’ve got this rad event coming up, it’s a French Fry Festival!

A whole bunch of food trucks will be doing their own take on french fries, plus there will be DJ’s playing beats, and an all you can drink beer option. It’s gonna be pretty rad.

[Read all about it!]

Drama Talk & Drinks: WATCH – Taylor Mac Singing All Over San Francisco

Taylor Mac is coming back! We saw Taylor Mac’s A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC last year and loved it! We also loved seeing SF take a staring role in this new music video of Taylor Mac singing Amazing Grace.