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!

Cool new innovation in artisanal cocktail flavoring

Drama Talk & Drinks Preview: Moments From The Bubble, Or: How The [Google] Bus Stops Here.

Normally DT&D tries to take the guess work out of going to theatre in the Bay Area by providing brutally honest reviews of the shows we see. But we also don’t want you to miss out on what might be a very cool show, just because we haven’t had the chance to review it yet!

With only a two day run of Moments From The Bubble, Or: How The [Google] Bus Stops Here, a playwright-driven community action project created in collaboration with Z Space and the 1 Minute Play Festival, there’s no way we’d be able to review show before the run is over. Given what is currently happening in San Francisco (and even more rapidly the Mission), we thought you might want to see it anyway without our official endorsement.  To help inform your decision here are more details from the event description:

The drastic changes happening to the neighborhoods and communities in the Bay Area is quite staggering. I don’t think the national zeitgeist quite understands what’s happening here. San Francisco is becoming the most expensive city in the world, and it’s at the expense of everyone and everything that makes is special”, says 1MPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. Stressing that the work is designed a social “barometer” project to unearth connections in the zeitgeist via themes, ideas, and trends, D’Andrea says, “When we did our annual festival in partnership with playwrights foundation over the past two years, the topic of gentrification was so charged, so present, so immense, that we decided to come back to make an entire other project dedicated to digging into these topics, and what it means for the community. This is our artistic response to what’s happening. It’s part play festival, and part community action.

If that sounds as interesting to you as it did to us, you can check out Moments From The Bubble, Or: How The [Google] Bus Stops Here, this Saturday June 27th at 8PM and Sunday June 28th at 3PM and 7:30PM at Z Below (470 Florida Ave).  Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at

We’re going Saturday night, so if you see us, say “hi!” Or if that’s too weird, just let us know what you thought of the show in the comments. Hope to see you at the theatre!

A political cartoon about contemporary city life

[via Ariel Dovas]

Man, why aren’t we at the river?

[via Otto Venta]

Let’s listen to this old Oh Sees song and look out the window at the sun finally coming out

My feelings about Thee Oh Sees are more complex than they once were, but no matter what, sometimes a little Oh Sees is exactly what you need:

Happy Monday, everybody.

The new Oh Sees are doing a 3-night residency at the Chapel next month btw and it’s already sold out.

Music legends ESG headline the Hard French Pride Sunday party this weekend! (Win tickets!!!)

That’s right, man. The real ESG!!!!! Hard French always puts together the most mind-blowing party lineups in town, so I guess we can’t be all that surprised. But I mean, ESG!!!!!!!!! Here are the rest of the party details:

HARD FRENCH ▼s LOS HOMOS V – Pride Sunday w/ ESG
1 block party, 2 stages, 6 clubs in 6 hours
with a live performance by No Wave legends ESG

Quick Links:

Pride Sunday June 28th, 2015
3pm-11pm (block party 3pm-8pm)
$15 hella early bird tickets // $20 early bird pre-sale // $25 general pre-sale
Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street), 21+
Buy tickets:

Live Performance with ESG!

dance and drum beats c/o Extra Action Marching Band
the return of Six Clubs in Six Hours featuring:
hosted by Persia!
MANGO w/ DJ Olga T
Bearracuda San Francisco
Lexington Club w/ Doc Sleep
Smooth Operator w/ Hoku Mama Swamp
Cafeteria (LA) w/ Ambrosia Salad

featuring your Hard French DJs Brown Amy & Carnita
spinning the baddest all vinyl girl group grooves, north soul stunners, and funky foot stompers this side of the 60s

with the infamous Jiggalicious Dance Babes
Babes shakin it down and makin you move

RSVP and invite your friends!

To win a pair of tickets, leave a comment in the comments section below explaining how excited you are to see ESG. Winner will be decided based on merit. Contest ends this coming Wednesday at 5pm.

Now let’s rock:

24th Street nightlife scene grows with a little help from Sugarlump

Ever since Pop’s reopened with an entertainment license last year, I for one have been spending a lot more of my nightlife hours on the eastern end of 24th Street enjoying mellow happy-hour DJ sets, full-on dance parties and even live bands.

Now, nearby cafe Sugarlump is getting in on the fun. Capp Street Crap reports:

The 24th Street cafe is reinventing itself — in the evenings, at least. Starting last week, Sugarlump began having nightly beer and wine happy hour nightly from 7 to 8 p.m.

Co-owner and friend of Capp Street Crap Martin Rapalski said he has also lined up the first of what will grow to a week long roster of DJs spinning from the start of happy hour until 10 p.m.

Think fewer lattes and laptops, more lounge.

“We’re hoping it’ll take off as an alternative to the bar scene,” he said.

In addition, Sugarlump is revamping its beer and wine lists – the craft beer selection will all be in cans and priced low – as well as turning the lights down in the evenings and adding votives, Rapalski said. Bad news for the Internet addicted; in the interest of face-to-face conversation, Wi-Fi will be shut off at 7 p.m.

They’re looking for more DJs if you’re interested, as well as new food popups to replace the departed Sous Beurre Kitchen. Read on.

[Photo by Google Maps]

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s (includes Pride Weekend)

This week we are thrilled to bring together two of our favorite mission neighbors: Asterisk Magazine & Radio! Join us as Asterisk Magazine releases their latest issue #LEISURE, this Thursday night before Pride Weekend kicks off. Join the fun as the crew from radio get you warmed up for SF Pride with DJs Cosmic Amanda & ZeroOne spinnning classic disco, funk, and dance jams all night!

See what else is in store this week at POPS:


All the dudes I ran into at Telegraph Beer Garden in Oakland after the Warriors parade on Friday

Usually when I do these lists it’s because I ran into 10+ people at some event in the Mission, but I figured 5 dudes was pretty damn good being that I was in Oakland. The Warriors parade was heaps of fun, and waiting out the BART shitshow at Telegraph for a few hours was really fun too. Here are all the dudes I saw:

  • Ryan Christopher Parks, internet genius and local rock musician and bartender at Telegraph
  • Luke Spray, co-host of Roll Over Easy (the best SF-themed radio show in SF)
  • Tyler Davin-Moore, former Crispin Cider rep and current Oskar Blues rep and eternal hard partier
  • Jordan Miller, manager of the lanes at Mission Bowling Club and eternal hard partier
  • Brian Brophy a.k.a. The Tens, Bay Area-based street photographer

We did lots of shots. (And the frozen greyhounds were good too.) (See you next season, gents!)

[Photo by Jess Kelso]