This Thursday: PUBlic Transit Crawl on the 14 Valentine Line!

Artist, transit activist, and Mission Mission reader Ilyse, whose projects we’ve posted about before, has been leading a series of pub crawls on public transit routes (aka PUBlic Transit Crawls) to raise money for the SF Transit Riders Union. The next crawl takes place this Thursday in the Mission, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s along the 14 bus route.

Here are the details:

Starting Point: 16th/Mission BART
Date/Time: Thursday, February 12, 6-10pm

6PM: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, 2323 Mission St (btw 19th St and 20th St)
7PM: El Rio, 3158 Mission St (at Precita Ave)
8PM: St. Mary’s Pub, 3845 Mission St (at College St and Crescent St)
9PM: Pissed Off Pete’s, 4528 Mission St (btw Santa Rosa St and Ocean Ave)

Read more about the crawl at the SF Transit Union’s website.

RSVP and invite your friends!

3D City: Rain Check

3D City is a year long stereoscopic photography project by Doctor Popular.

Another rainy weekend. Another batch of rainy day wigglegrams. (Ilford film shot on my Nimlso 3D cam)


Double rainbow over the Mission

See the top one?? And how about the one closer to ground? Gettin’ lowwwww. You almost touch it. (Or at least fly your drone into it.)

[via Corntard]

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

[Editor's note: Pop's reopened a few months back, to much fanfare and accolades, and now they're going full-steam with a nightly lineup of musical entertainment. And then they decided to sponsor us for a little while! Pop's rules! Thanks, guys.]

Have you hopped on POPS yet? Come by any night of the week to check out our new line up of the best local live music and bay area DJ parties! See what we have in store this week at POPS:

2/9/15 MONDAY

MOM at POPS: Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.


8PM START, 1:30AM end

The most talked about night in town.


Check out my


Mondays at Pops






2/10/15 TUESDAY

Tropicana Tuesdays

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…



Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Rude Awakenings

Forgotten underground classics of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with DJ Cathy 2-Tone & Scooter Stalin.

Wu Tang Wednesdays


Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover


2/12/15 THURSDAY

6-9PM Happy Hour Entertainment

Drew Smith, singer/songwriter plays popular songs from the 70s-00s with a few originals. Your favorite beach campfire jams whll have you singing along in no time!

BFF.FM Night


Rotating DJs from radio! This week: DJ Pizza Party & Tuff Signals – garage rock, emo and FREE PIZZA! (While supplies last). Best of all, you’re supporting community radio!

No Cover!


2/13/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Music with Robbie Shanes


24 & YORK

A new dance party for the neighborhood! Music from Shane King.

9pm-1:30am / free


2/14/15 SATURDAY


Tonight everyone is lucky in love at:


DJs Six & Candy spinning indie dance & electro music videos.

Win tickets to see THE WOMBATS at the Fillmore, drawing at midnight!

9pm-1:30am / No Cover


2/15/15 SUNDAY

Bushman’s Bash Open Jam

Join us for an open Jam at Pop’s!


No Cover



2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

Non-profit Círculo de Vida loses lease

In case you missed it, Capp Street Crap did a great writeup today on Mission-based non-profit Círculo de Vida losing their lease as tech company Double Dutch expands into their space in the Bay View/US Bank building.

Círculo, which serves primarily low-income immigrants who lack health insurance, provides a wide range of services – from support groups for people with cancer and their children to wigs and prostheses, case management, and in-home support for the terminally ill. Founded in 1992, it has spent the last 11 years at 2601 Mission. Now, it must leave by March 31.

Carmen Ortiz, Círculo’s founder and executive director, said that another non-profit on her floor had to leave after its lease wasn’t renewed last year and that DoubleDutch is now in that space. Even so, Ortiz said she was still surprised to receive a notice from her landlord, knowing the kind of work Círculo does.

Double Dutch claims that they didn’t know their growth was at the expense of Círculo de Vida’s displacement. Nevertheless, it’s a bad sign for our future when we lose a resource for low income Latino families dealing with cancer, so that a tech tool that helps with marketing and events can grow larger. There’s nothing wrong with Double Dutch, or the service it provides, as far as I know (and I didn’t know about them before today), but this city is becoming increasingly unable to take care of the citizens that need its help the most. I have worked for a San Francisco non-profit for almost eleven years and we have had to do a lot of restructuring over and over to be able to stay alive and effective. Even with our efforts, we would not be where we are without the grace of a landlord that truly understands what it means to invest in this city. Unfortunately, Círculo de Vida does not have such a landlord. SF real estate tycoons Vera and Robert Cort have long been targets of community & housing activists, for destroying historic murals, threatening and harassing tenants into leaving, and, in DotCom1, kicking out non-profits to bring in tech companies (number 14, under “Small-Time Scum”). Read on for the larger story on Capp Street Crap.

[pic from Círculo de Vida's Facebook page, via Capp Street Capp]

UPDATE: CSC has a response from Vera Cort.

Check out the menu for the Seoul Patch ‘Breakfast Happy Hour’ this Saturday at Pizza Hacker

Ooooh baby! I always look forward to happy hour, but this is a whole nother story.

Also, great to see Seoul Patch back in action!

[via Chef Eric on Instagram]

TGIF vs. SNICK, this weekend at the Roxie!

As part of SF IndieFest, a very special presentation at our little neighborhood movie house:

Channeling the inner recesses of our TV-addled brains, SF IndieFest seeks to settle the age-old question: What was REALLY better, the 1990 line-up of ABC’s TGIF Friday night pre-teen programming block (Full House, Family Matters, etc.) or the absurdist oasis that was Nickelodeon’s 1993 iteration of SNICK (we’re talking Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Peter & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Are You Afraid of the Dark?)

(SNICK rules, no contest, right?)

RSVP and invite your friends!

Wood Shoppe turns 3, come celebrate!


Tomorrow night is Wood Shoppe SF‘s 3 Year Anniversary show at Brick and MortarWood Shoppe SF is a free music series held on the first Tuesday of every month, that seems to continuously be presenting the next best thing in music. Tomorrow night’s show follows in that pattern, featuring the smooth, electro-soul sounds of Astronauts, Etc, the SF debut of 90s-R&B-influenced indie-soul artist Caroline Smith, “romantic funk” with Harriet Brown, plus a DJ set by Trails and Ways. Should be a very fun night of FREE music!

Borderlands Books, one of several Mission bookstores you never patronize, is closing because it is no longer financially viable, because San Francisco 2015

From the Borderlands blog, here’s the deal:

In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that will increase the minimum wage within the city to $15 per hour by 2018.  Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in principal and we believe that it’s possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco — Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage. Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st.  The cafe will continue to operate until at least the end of this year.

Many businesses can make adjustments to allow for increased wages.  The cafe side of Borderlands, for example, should have no difficulty at all.  Viability is simply a matter of increasing prices.  And, since all the other cafes in the city will be under the same pressure, all the prices will float upwards.  But books are a special case because the price is set by the publisher and printed on the book.  Furthermore, for years part of the challenge for brick-and-mortar bookstores is that companies like have made it difficult to get people to pay retail prices.  So it is inconceivable to adjust our prices upwards to cover increased wages.

Just can’t win. Read on for more of the story.

(Thanks, Jeremy.)

[Photo by Google Maps]

Stuff’s happening in neighborhoods other than the Mission btw

Andrew Dalton, for SF Weekly, takes a look at some changes coming soon to one of them:

On a Wednesday night in January, in the cafeteria of a private high school just across Interstate 280 from the Balboa Park BART station, a group of 100 or so neighbors and activists gather to discuss the future of the neighborhood. Specifically, they come to deliver their opinions regarding what should be done with the Balboa Reservoir, a nearly 18-acre plot of city-owned land next to the City College of San Francisco.

The Balboa Reservoir is an odd space, not least because it doesn’t look much like a reservoir at all. It’s an open and flat parking lot (unusual for the area) smack in the middle of a neighborhood mostly populated by single-family homes. The reservoir sits, sunken a few feet below the surrounding area, between Mt. Davidson to the north, CCSF to the east, and a new low-rise condo building with a ground-floor Whole Foods to the south. New residents of the complex, which fronts Ocean Avenue, can look straight out their third-floor windows and enjoy a view of the three-story earthen dam that separates the reservoir from the quaint Westwood Park neighborhood to the west. On a recent Saturday, the parking lot that serves as the reservoir’s asphalt bottom was empty save for a man on a recumbent tricycle pedaling laps around the perimeter while a woman waited for him in the passenger seat of a parked Prius.

Read on for lots more background and astute reporting. (Also, take a walk around this area if you get a chance. I was there a lot when I was a CCSF student in ’03 or so, and there’s heaps of history and geography and interesting vibes around there. Randy’s Place, am I right??)