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By PSA Press:

This is the legend of the Golden Fire Hydrant, the miraculous fireplug that saved the Mission District of San Francisco in 1906.

When San Francisco burst into flames in the days following the disastrous 1906 earthquake, much of the city’s network of fire hydrants failed. Miraculously this hydrant, nicknamed “little giant,” is said to have been the only functioning hydrant and is credited with saving the historic Mission District neighborhood.

It stands on the southwest corner of Dolores Park to this day and is painted with a fresh coat of gold paint each April 18th.

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Drama Talk & Drinks: Totes Blessed – “we’re kinda ‘basic bitches’”

It’s good to to be able to laugh at ourselves, especially our #bestlife Instagram personas. Which is what drew us to Totes Blessed the new sketch show by Chardonnay Comedy now playing at PianoFight. The show promised  ”a safe space to unpack what being basic even means” which sounded like a pretty hilarious way to spend a night of Drama Talk and Drinks.

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Brittany: That was so fun. It’s sketch, so not every bit was a winner, but generally I had a great time.

Katie: I was genuinely entertained. I would have loved a little more diversity in the ladies in the group. I felt like they were making fun of a very white privileged lifestyle. The message of the show was also a little unclear. The first quarter they make fun of being a “basic bitch” and then they say it’s okay to be “basic” because we should empower women to be themselves and not judge them for loving the things the love, like brunch. Then they made fun of being basic some more.

B: Part of me feels like they were just acknowledging the fact that yeah, we’re kinda “basic bitches” and we recognize that. We like “basic bitch” things like pumpkin spice everything, and juice cleanses, and group colonics, and posting inspirational quotes on social media. We know it’s ridiculous, but that’s still just us. I agree it was a mixed message, but I think that’s okay. It’s not a super feminist piece or a very deep show, but it’s still a lot of fun. It’s not going to change the world or the environment…oh that poor polar bear.

K: When it got shot it was really funny though. Also that LA yoga-girl podcast sketch was amazing. I feel like that one also did a good job calling out their whiteness.

B: Yeah, that was hilarious. I also liked the Ivanka and Melania Trump Thanksgiving skit, and the Tilden Swinton on Sesame Street sketch was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

The Verdict: Great for a ladies night out. If you are a white women between the ages of 25-35 you will for sure enjoy this show. Generally if you’re in your 20s or 30s and living in SF you’ll probably think this is pretty funny.

The Drama Talk: The Chardonnay Comedy troupe is a filled with a bunch of very funny Bay Area 20/30 something women, and that is the experience that this show draws from. As Bay Area 30 something cis-women ourselves, we thought it was pretty hilarious, as did our dates (two white Bay Area 30 something cis-men). We don’t think our grandparents would find this show very funny, since they wouldn’t get the references, but that’s part of what makes this show so fun. It holds up a carnival mirror to our culture, and forces us to laugh at ourselves.

The Drinks: PianoFight is awesome because it also has a restaurant and bar, so we got dinner and drinks before the show there (they have a special “Basic Bitch” cocktail on the menu to get you in the mood). While we usually stay and debrief at the PianoFight bar, this time we decided to check out a newer bar on the same block called Biig for our post-show drinks. This is a bar with no menu, limited seating, and music at a volume level that encourages intimate meaningful conversation. It’s very adult, very posh and we loved it.

Chardonnay Comedy’s Totes Blessed runs Friday and Saturday nights through November 18th at PianoFight. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and range from $15-$40.

Losing your grip on reality, in (a) BART station(s) in the Mission

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[By Burrito Justice on Tumblr, via Everyday Life]

11/11 11:11 Make a Wish!

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This Saturday 11/11 at Pops Bar is your monthly installation of SADDERDAY: the emo/pop punk/electro dance party. Get ready to relive the days of white belts, myspace, and bangs. Expect DJs Kevin Kannibal and Ashley Suicide to spin music from all your faves like Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Faint, Get Up Kids, Boys Night Out, Taking Back Sunday, Moving Units, and many many more! Get ready to feel all the feels…

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

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Drama Talk & Drinks: Disney’s Aladdin – “All flash and no substance.”

A Disney caravan rolled into town this week, with the opening of the Broadway tour of Aladdin at SHN’s Orpheum Theater. It’s a favorite childhood movie for both of your DT&D columnists, so we decided to check it out.

Photo Credit: Deen van Meer  Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Anthony Murphy (Genie). Disney's Aladdin North American Tour Original Cast. ©Disney.

Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Anthony Murphy (Genie). Disney’s Aladdin North American Tour Original Cast. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Deen van Meer 

Brittany: It was so shiny and flashy. I guess it’s Disney, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but it had such amazingly high production values. The costumes were gorgeous and there were hundreds of them and the sets were crazy. I mean, fireworks happened on stage multiple times, and they actually rode a flying carpet, that’s nuts.

Katie: Totally, but for me, that’s all this show had going for it. I’m a huge Aladdin fan, and I just don’t think it translated to the stage. It was just super cheesy.  I get that they had to make changes to make it work as a musical, but all the changes were lame. I had hoped they would add value in their re-imagining of the movie for the stage, but they just added a bunch of terrible filler songs. Super disappointing.

B: Agreed the filler songs weren’t great. I also was disappointed that they got rid of the animal sidekicks and added in a bunch of one-dimensional annoying friends for Aladdin and Jasmine instead. In the movie Aladdin and Jasmine don’t have any friends (who are people), which is part of what drives the story.  Given how good they are at spectacle, and how well Disney has done animals on stage for shows like the Lion King, it’s strange they didn’t make some super creative costumes that allowed the play to keep those characters. I wanted Abu and Rajah!

K: This show was just disappointing. The adaptation was lackluster and none of the actors blew me away. Jafar wasn’t scary, Aladdin was too self-confident to be endearing, and I thought all the new characters they added were dumb.

B: The songs “Never Had A Friend Like me” and “Prince Ali”  were damn impressive, and met my expectations in terms of generating wide-eyed excitement, but you’re right, all this show had going for it is spectacle. Big show-stopping numbers with impressive tech.

K: It felt like a money grab to me. All flash and no substance.

The Verdict: This show could be a fun way to introduce a kid to theater since it’s so technically impressive, and they probably won’t mind the lack of depth. But if you are an Aladdin fan we recommend staying in and just re-watching the movie.

The Drama Talk: Aladdin is a valuable Disney francise, and this show is just another way for producers to cash-in on the brand. If all you want is to see some gorgeous costumes, cinematically beautiful sets, and a few big song and dance numbers than you may like this. For us, it fell short of the movie. Jafar wasn’t nearly as scary, Aladdin wasn’t nearly as deep, and Jasmine didn’t feel as strong. It feels like this production is really made for kids who care more about spectacle than storyline.

The Drinks: We’ve been to the Orpheum enough times that we now have official SHN cups that we bring to the theater with us. These cups, which you can also purchase with your drink order, allow you to bring drinks into the theatre to enjoy during the show. This Aladdin is definitely a spectacle better appreciated with some bubbly.

Aladdin runs through January 7th at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are available on their website for $45-$200. There are $40 in-person rush tickets available.  Goldstar also currently has tickets for $55-$75.

Learn to doodle

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Our pal Laura Helen Winn is teaching a doodling class this weekend in the Mission:

Doodling is a wonderful way to help you realize your ideas, dreams, and visions. It’s a mindless activity that helps you relax and focus. What’s the difference between drawing and doodling? Drawing is for “serious artists making serious work,” or so we think. Doodling is for everyone – there are no rules, no mistakes, and no worries. Together, we’ll get curious about why we judge our drawings, and how that judgment keeps us from having fun with pens and paper. You’ll learn that sometimes the “bad” doodles turn out the best!In this class, I’ll lead you through exercises that connect your thoughts to paper, get you thinking outside the box, and get comfortable making messes.

I love a good mess! Class is Sunday, 2-4pm. Read on for more info.

If you’re going to the sold-out Cults show at the Chapel tonight, be sure to arrive early enough to see both openers

Right at 9pm, it’s the Willowz! You might remember them from their contribution to the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack:

That’s why I went to see them headline the Make-Out Room in 2004 for like $3…. which is where I discovered that they are actually an awesome, pretty hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll band. And then I saw them again at Slim’s in 2009, touring behind their masterpiece LP Everyone. Here’s the title track:

They have a new one out now, after a really long hiatus, and it’s pretty good. Can’t wait to see the live show!

AND THEN, Curls, the new band from Christopher Owens of Girls! Need i say more?? You can listen to a song here.

And then Cults of course.

Again, it’s sold out, but the Chapel has all the additional show info you might need right here.

Award-winning avocado margarita, this week only

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Available tonight (11/1) and tomorrow (11/2) only.

[via Beretta on Instagram]

List of possible things to do on actual Halloween

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1.) You could go to Terror Tuesday at the New Mission and see Day of the Dead at 9:45pm.

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2.) You could go to the The Craft Movie Party at the New Mission at 7pm.

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3.) Or you could go to frickin’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the New Mission.

(BONUS: Technically, you could go to all 3 i think.)

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