Better Know a DJ: DJ Baysik

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Born and Raised in San Francisco DJ Baysik is one of the youngest deejays/remixers coming out of the bay area. Deejaying for over 10 years, Baysik has gained the support of some of the top bay area and nation wide deejays from having production played in arenas to radio stations. Fluent is genres, Baysik’s deejay sets is not to be missed breaking in from hip hop to latin rhythms.

Check out a recent interview with Baysik in SFWeekly:

Pops Bar is thrilled to have DJ Baysik back spinning for Champagne Campaign this Saturday Night. The best part? This party is free! Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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What’s for brunch tomorrow?

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Well there’s Rice Paper Scissors’s annual New Years Day Brunch, which I’ve raved about many times before. (But it’s not in the Mission this time.) Just check out part of the menu:

Parker House Pork Buns
cultured butter, char siu, and quince in a naturally leavened Parker rolls (made by baker K. Bayle)

Turkey Potstickers
napa cabbage kraut, ginger, and cilantro, served with red vinegar and tamari.

Fried Imperial rolls
fried rice paper rolls with taro and woodear mushrooms. served with mint, cilantro and fermented chili dipping sauce. vegan, gluten-free.

Daikon Cakes
crispy rice cakes made with daikon, Chinese sausage and dried shrimp.

Breakfast Banh Mi
two fried eggs and housemade sausage patties with housemade pate, mayo, daikon pickles, cucumbers and cilantro

Check out the rest of the menu (and RSVP and invite your friends) here.

And then also, there’s a new Mission tradition (hopefully) happening for the first time… it’s the WesBurger n’ More New Years Day Hangover Helper! Here’s a portion of the menu:

Beverages (all brought to the table)
Tex Mex Micheladas (2)
Dolores Greyhounds – Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro and Fresh Grapefruit Juice (2)
XL Bottle of Topo Chico
Personal French press coffees (2)

Course 1
Chips, Queso, & Salsa
Cevichaladas – ceviche+michelada

Wowee! How 2 decide?????? Maybe can do both??? More info on Wes’s party here.

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Neighborhood NYE & First Responders Party!

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Let’s face it NYE is often amateur hour. Avoid the drama and spend New Years in the neighborhood with your friends at Pops Bar. We’ll have Resident DJ Sector ringing in 2017. The best part? This NYE party is free all night! Then as begin 2017, we open bright and early at 6am for all you first responders coming off your shift. You served all night, now we serve you!

This week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Drama Talk & Drinks: The Speakeasy – “appreciate where you are in the moment”

For those of you who missed the The Speakeasy the first time around, it’s an immersive play set in prohibition-era San Francisco. It had a sell out run in the TL in 2014. After losing their space, they decided to find a more permanent one to keep the show running. They closed for about a year, did an awesome crowd-funded micro investment campaign, got a space on the North Beach/Chinatown border, and set about to converting it into a real, three times bigger than the original, Speakeasy.  When The Speakeasy officially re-opened we knew we had to see it again, so Brittany donned her flapper dress, and brought Sam with her for a fresh perspective. After the show we stumbled over to Vesuvio to dissect what we had just experienced. We pushed our way into a table with a lovely couple who were also dressed as a flapper and a gangster. As we had guessed, they had also just seen the show, so we asked them to join us for drama talk and drinks.

The Speakeasy. Megan Wicks as Velma. Photo by Peter Liu

Gangster: It was striking how much effort went into transporting the audience. The production value, the set design, the sound design, the different story lines, how immersive it was, I loved it. It’s nice to be able to put away our modern life, put the cell phones away for the night, and just experience something amazing.

Flapper: I agree, I enjoyed having a night out with no phones. The show was so intricate, there were so many things going on, but it never felt forced or fake. We were just comparing our experiences and it was fun because we each got something different out of it. There are so many story-lines, I could see how you could go back over and over again and still see something new. If you spend the night in the casino, you’ll have a totally different night than someone who stays in the cabaret, or watches the dressing rooms. It’s also fun to see a theater performance, with performances in it, so you see the characters on the stage in the cabaret, and then you get to see their back stories and feel like you’re behind the scenes.

Sam: It was also fun to be integrated into the scene in a way that you aren’t normally in theater. You’re an audience member in the cabaret, which is a play within a play, so you almost have to become a character yourself. Everyone dresses the part too, like you guys look amazing, you can’t tell the audience from the actors.

Brittany: I think what’s great about this show, compared to other immersive theater plays I’ve seen, is you really have a hard time parsing fiction from reality. In shows like Sleep No More you know the plot. When you see a character you know who they are and their role in the story. Here you don’t know the story-lines, and you have no idea who is in the play and who is an audience member, which makes the discovery process that much more exciting.

F: Exactly, this is the first time in a long time I’ve left a show and really wanted to talk about. Like, which things did you see, what pieces of the plot do you have, because you only get bits and pieces of the show. We didn’t know how much we were supposed to stick to a structured thing, so we didn’t really move around the space until the second half of the show when we realized there were other rooms. I am sure there is a ton we missed.

B: I think no matter what you’re going to miss something, you just have to appreciate where you are in the moment.

S: So true, I think my favorite part was a scene we watched while we were spying on the office where two actors were performing, and just three of us were watching. No one else got to see that bit of plot, and that made the experience that much more special.

The Verdict: Absolutely a must see. We didn’t think it was possible to like this show more than the first time we reviewed it, but this new space is amazing, the show is tighter and overall the experience is more impressive. Yes, it’s expensive, and you have to budget for some of their delicious cocktails too, but buy it as a gift to yourself. It’s totally worth it.

The Drama Talk: The Speakeasy space is absolutely amazing. The cabaret is beautiful, the bar feels smoky even though there’s no smoke, and you totally feel like a creeper snooping into the ultra realistic dressing rooms and office. It doesn’t look like a set, it looks like a real speakeasy with classic cocktails and all. Since the audience is dressed up as much as the actors you sometimes forget that you’re in a play. This is the real-life version of virtual reality – we felt transported to the 1920s. There are so many different pieces to this production that it’s impossible to see it all. Yes it does still give you a certain amount of FOMO, but honestly it’s just too fun to care. While you don’t leave knowing the full story of any of the characters, you do leave with snapshots into their lives which are powerful. You could easily see this show 4 or 5 times and still not really know what happened, but that is part of the beauty and what should make this permanent run possible.

The Drinks: The Speakeasy is a speakeasy.  So much so you can go to the bar known as Club 1923 on certain nights after the show just for drinks. They have great cocktails, which are way too easy to order. You give them your credit card ahead of time so after your third drink you forget that you’re still paying them when you show your wooden nickle. The booze flows freely, and some audience members were more than tipsy by the end, but if you’re looking for a place for more drinks after the show Vesuvio is stumbling distance from the door.

Tickets for The Speakeasy can be purchased through The Speakeasy SF website and are currently available through March. Although some nights are sold-out there are lots of others that still have space, so if you need a last minute gift you can still book now. Thursday and Sunday shows are $85, Friday and Saturday shows are $110. You can also become a member of Club 1923 if you want to keep going back, and get discounted tickets for you and your friends. Club 1923 is also open on select nights after the show, so if you want to get a sneak peek into the space without committing to the show, you can pay a $10 cover for a night of drinking in a pretty dope bar.

Baby it’s cold outside…

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But it’s warm, toasty and cozy at Pops Bar. Whether you love or hate the holidays, Pops Bar is open to serve you up music and drinks to warm your insides. Thursday night is Melly G with “Toasty holiday jams to get you in the mood, or to help shake off your HOLIDAY H8Rs.”

Check out the rest of the entertainment line up this week at Pops:

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Drama Talk & Drinks: Next Time Let’s Take the Stairs – “All these strange people are on a metaphorical elevator ride”

“Darkly comic theater that moves” is how local performance company 13th Floor describes itself. We’re always up to see inventive original San Francisco theater, so when we saw the press release for 13th Floor’s latest show Next Time I’ll Take the Stairs we knew it was time for some drama talk and drinks.

From left, Colin Epstein, Julie Mahony, David Silpa, Zach Fischer and Jenny McAllister appear in “Next Time, I’ll Take the Stairs.” (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

From left, Colin Epstein, Julie Mahony, David Silpa, Zach Fischer and Jenny McAllister  (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

Brittany: It was beautiful to watch. The movement was mesmerizing. They were really good at integrating lighting, sound and dance to create poetic stage pictures and some fascinating moments. The narrative was so abstract though. I had a hard time getting into the story. It seemed like the characters all had very precise backstories, but I couldn’t really piece them together. I found myself getting frustrated that I didn’t really know what was going on.

Katie: I kept thinking there was going to be a reveal, like oh this turn is going to tell us something. I was hoping for an ah-ha moment, but there never was one.

B: There were moments that I thought I started to understand what was going on, like – okay all these strange people are on a metaphorical elevator ride, and the reason they are all there is because they have some sort of weird painful history, and they all need to be in this space together to be able to eventually get to where they want to go – but I don’t even know if that abstract concept is right? I didn’t know what I was supposed to take away.

K: Exactly, and not being able to connect the story with the movement left me pretty unsatisfied. It was interesting, and the movement was beautiful, but the story fell short for me.

The Verdict: Go to this show for the aesthetics. If you like very abstract, poetic, visual movement-based work you’ll enjoy this performance. If you want a strong narrative with rich characters that tells a moving story, this show doesn’t quite get there for us.

The Drama Talk:  The 13th Floor company is made up of performers who have a strong background in acrobatics and dance, and that is where this show shines.  It’s very clear that all of these actors work really closely together. They move effortlessly through some pretty detailed and difficult choreography. It’s a visually engaging and beautiful piece with some interesting moments, but the storytelling element fell short. Yes, we were engaged, but this piece felt like you should leave with an emotional response, and the storytelling didn’t get us there.

The Drinks: This show is just an hour long, and the show we saw started at 7pm, so we decided to get dinner after the show at Tartine Manufactory. The whimsical space is a good compliment to the show and an appropriate way to end a night of beautiful San Francisco made art.

Next Time, I’ll Take the Stairs runs through this weekend Dec. 18 at Joe Goode Annex. Tickets are available on their website for $15-$40.

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Merry Christmas from the Mission 5 years ago

I clicked the “Do a Random” button on my tumblr a few times last night and it gave me nothing but pics from December 2011:

S/W Ver: 96.B0.0AR

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Looking good, everybody!

(My latest album “Party Dungeon” btw also owes a lot to Motorola RAZR-tinted memories from the Mission in 2011 — and from now on until forever, when you buy it, 100% of what you pay goes to Oakland fire funds — and part of what you get is a PDF zine of RAZR pics like this from 2011.)

Check out the cool Warriors shirt on young Bruce Springsteen

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Go Dubs!

[Photo by David Sancious, via Holly Bailey]

Benefit for Oakland fire this Friday at Artists’ Television Access on Valencia Street

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Here’s the invite:

In light of our friends’ recent tragedy

ATA is holding a benefit for all who have been affected by the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. Please join us for a night of live performances, visual art, music and much more.

More details soon.

ATA is a timewarp into a different era of the Mission. If you’ve never been… RSVP and invite your friends!

Benefit for Oakland fire featuring Diners, all the way from Arizona

The event is called “Re-member,” it’s this Thursday evening, it features a bunch of local bands plus the touring band as headliner, and it’s at a place in Downtown Oakland called E.M. Wolfman’s General Interest Small Bookstore. Check out this hit song:

Here’s the full invite:

NOTE: After the tragic events at Ghost Ship, this event has changed its shape. We’ll be raising money for this fund aimed at immediate support of those affected by the fire (https://www.youcaring.com/ourcommunityaffectedbytheoaklandghostshipfire-715087). But please do bring some extra money if you can to support the touring band. ♥

FEATURING:

Diners (AZ)

https://diners.bandcamp.com/

Dingbat Superminx

https://levee.bandcamp.com/

And a variety of brief and lovely experiences by:
Colin Mutchler and the Benefits

https://www.facebook.com/benefitsmusic/

Steph Nelson
Sagey
Very meaningful snacks
+ more (Reach out if you want in)

Encouraged donation of $5-$10 for Ghost Ship and additional donation very very welcomed for Diners who’s here all the way from Arizona.

RSVP and/or invite your friends!