Google Bus protest on Valencia Street


We’re All Winners


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:


And if you don’t…..


Drama Talk & Drinks: SF Mime Troupe’s “Walls” – This play pissed off Breitbart

We know we are in the middle of summer when we get the notification for a San Francisco Mime Troupe show. We look forward to it every summer. We were extra excited to find out that they are celebrating their 58th season with a show musical about immigration called “Walls”. So we packed our picnic basket full of treats and canned wine, and headed off to McLaren Park for some drama talk and drinks.

l-r) Velina Brown (L. Mary Jones), Marilet Martinez (Zaniyah Nahuatl) Photo by:

l-r) Velina Brown (L. Mary Jones), Marilet Martinez (Zaniyah Nahuatl)
Photo by:

Brittany: What a beautiful day! It’s always nice to see a show outside in a park.

Katie: Yeah, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is awesome! Can’t believe I have never been there. Such a great location for this. But for me, the location was one of my favorite parts about it. This one wasn’t quite as inventive and creative as I remember their other shows being. I found myself not super interested in what was going to happen next, because it seemed too obvious and predictable.

B: The last Mime Troupe show we saw was just before the election, and it felt really urgent. It made me feel like “we’re gonna fight, we’re speaking truth to power”! I didn’t feel that after this show. I kind of just felt sad. The final message seemed to be “our immigration system is a terrible mess, but the best thing we can do is help escort undocumented immigrants to their ICE trials”. I did appreciate that they included sound bites not just of Trump, but also of Obama, both Bushes and Clinton showing how long our immigration system has been broken. It’s important to acknowledge this is a huge and longstanding problem, I just wish there was more of a call to action. Although this play pissed off Breitbart News, so that’s worth something!

The Verdict: Any weekend spent sitting in a park, sipping wine, and watching free theater is a weekend well spent. Expect to be entertained but don’t expect to leave inspired to make a change.

The Drama Talk: Not the most inspired show we’ve seen done by SF Mime Troupe. The premise of Walls sounds compelling (an undocumented lesbian immigrant living in hiding with her ICE agent partner) but the script is pretty predictable and not nearly as boundary pushing as other SF Mime Troupe shows we’ve seen in the past. The SF Mime Troupe company is consistently talented, and does a good job playing multiple roles and keeping the show moving. While some of the actors have great voices, none of the songs are really memorable.  It’s a free show and it’s in a park, so if it’s a nice day it’s worth going. Unfortunately, despite Breitbart’s outrage, we don’t think this show will actually spark any leftist revolutions.

The Drinks: These shows are mostly in parks and we recommend bringing drinks with you. We brought Underwood canned wine from Trader Joe’s. Super classy.

Walls is running through September 10th at various locations. Tickets are free. You can check out locations for their upcoming shows on their website.


SFPD will have extra patrols 7 days a week in Dolores Park

A trio of multi-show residencies by music legends at the Chapel in October

Gotta plan waaay ahead these days.

First is Ariel Pink on October 14th, 15th, and 16th. And check it out:

Everyone who purchases a ticket to one of these shows will receive a digital version of Ariel Pink’s new album Dedicated to Bobby Jameson upon release in September 2017!

Next is Sparks playing an early show and a late show on October 20th, and I hear tickets are going pretty fast. Here’s a recent performance of a song from their forthcoming new album, to whet your whistle:

And finally it’s the great Roky Erickson, performing on Halloween and the night before Halloween! The Halloween show includes Wax Idols performing as the Damned beforehand, and the show the night before will feature Roky playing a set of 13th Floor Elevators classics!

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]

Spanish-style sherry bar opening temporarily in the Mission

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[Photo by Wes Rowe]

ABV‘s upstairs rotating-concept bar Over Proof has announced its latest thing; it’s called Este Oeste, and it opens next week:

The name means “East West” and refers to the prevailing winds of southern Spain that greatly affect the aging of Sherry wines. ‘Este o este’ also loosely translates as ‘this or that’ in keeping with the Flip Flop/Double Back theme of change in the title. Sherry and gin will be the focus of the beverage program, but the real star of show is the food – which will be Spanish influenced.

Chef Collin Hilton has done a beautiful job with this menu, which can be described as bright and coastal, rustic but clean. Spanish style dishes are close to his heart, and we cannot wait for folks to try everything he has created for this quarter.

Décor will return to the light and airy vibes we saw with Flip Flop—but with a decidedly more Mediterranean look. Este Oeste’s sunny interior will feature soft pastel hues and a hanging collection of dried herbs, flowers, and botanicals. Blue and white Mediterranean tiles line the front steps of the entrance stairs and wrap the front bar to create the perfect backdrop for Chef Collin Hilton and Sous Chef Nick Salazar’s menu of deceptively simple, bright, Spanish-inspired fare.

Get reservations here, and/or check out the full menu after the jump:


Death Records residency at Darger Bar (formerly Dear Mom), Saturdays in August

Here’s details on the first one, this weekend:


Who would’ve thunk a bar in the Mission in 2017 would close down, reopen as something else, and suddenly be more punk??? (And wow, it’s been about 7 years since there was live music at 2700 16th Street.)

Listen to this jam by Vasas:

RSVP and invite your friends!

Tales of the Obsessed, all month long at the New Mission


All this month, in order to prime audiences for the opening of Ingrid Goes West on the 18th, Alamo Drafthouse is showing a series of classic movies about obsession. Such as Single White Female (pictured).

Here’s the full Tales of the Obsessed lineup at the New Mission here in SF:

8/2 – Weird Wednesday: THE BEAVER TRILOGY, 9:30pm (filmmaker Trent Harris in person!)
8/9 – CHUCK & BUCK, 7pm
8/9 – Weird Wednesday: SNAKES, 9:40pm
8/14 – THREE WOMEN, 10:15pm
8/15 – Terror Tuesday: NIGHT WARNING, 10pm
8/16 – THE CABLE GUY, 7pm
8/21 – TO DIE FOR, 10pm

Get your tickets (and read more about this special event) here. (King of Comedy is that Scorsese movie you’ve never seen, Three Women is that Altman movie you’ve never seen, etc., etc.)

Ingrid Goes West btw was great. We saw a sneak preview last week and I say it’s an instant classic, definitely worthy of a month of special programming to celebrate its release. Read all about it and get tickets here.