Our buddy, local filmmaker Sean Gillane recently completed his first feature film, shot mostly in the Mission (in apartments, Lone Palm, Dolores Park, etc.). CXL premieres Saturday 11/11 at 8:30pm at Cinema by the Bay.
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This poignant and darkly comedic debut feature from Sean Gillane focuses on Nolan, an aspiring writer who feels stuck. He is frustrated with his career, his relationships, the world and ultimately with himself. Unable to keep from displaying his considerable disdain, he focuses on everything wrong in his life as he treads the same dissatisfying paths. When he meets the stunning and unpredictable Cassie, she invites him to let down his guard and enjoy the world around him. Nolan slowly gives in to Cassie’s exuberance, but just as he begins to change his perspective, circumstances conspire to throw his already fragile psyche into turmoil. Turning even more deeply inward, Nolan attempts escape, but must ultimately face his life as he has made it.
Our first stop on the tour was also one of the most popular suggestions in the comments back when we posted about this ludicrous idea, and the reason for this soon became apparent as the 500 Club steadily filled to capacity within minutes of our arrival. Rachel, the resident bloody mary specialist, attracted quite a following and the cheerful patrons contributed to a raucous atmosphere despite the early hour. By 12:30pm, it was almost like there was a party inside, and it was clear that many of patrons were regulars who made it a mission to visit every Saturday.
We had prepared for the event by specifically abstaining from breakfast because that’s the whole reason why a bloody mary exists in the first place (right?). This was a wise decision, as Rachel’s bloody proved to be the ultimate “breakfast in a cup” and basically ended up being an alcoholic salad. All manner of vegetables found their way into the mix: celery, pepperocinni, olives, pickled green beans, asparagus, and even okra (!!??!!), among others. However, the real draw was of course the bacon, and not some thin wimpy bacon either, but a nice thick slab of crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside sustenance-providing bacon that provided a solid absorbent for some of the early alcohol.
Also notable about Rachel’s bloody was the spiciness factor. There was a solid kick of pepper to help rouse your senses and the zest of the vegetables and tomato disguised the taste of the copious amount of vodka in the drink. Some commenters complained that this was spiciness for spiciness’ sake rather than for taste, but we didn’t find it to be too overwhelming. Rachel also made use of what the Elixir bartender revealed was the secret ingredient, which was Old Bay spice, so aspiring bloody mary mixologists should keep that in mind for future concoctions.
In all, the 500 Club provided a solid start with what many felt was the best bloody mary in the city, and also managed to nourish us sufficiently before we continued on our tipsy journey. There’s a real sense of community there every Saturday morning, and we could definitely see ourselves coming back here next week to join in on the fun again!
[Photo by Erika]
On a nondescript Sunday at the 500 Club, one particular karaoke crooner’s artful rendition of a George Michael song managed to attract the attention of members of both sexes, so much so that they each posted competing Missed Connections vying for his affection.
He must be doing something right! Team Vag fired the first salvo:
500 Club karaoke – boy in the striped shirt – w4m (mission district)
i liked the way you sang george michael.
i was with my roommate and we split really fast when we realized we were running late to a show.
wish i would have talked to you.
i was the one in the white dress.
p.s. i’ve never posted here before. yikes.
Sensing that the opportunity was slipping way, Team Penis finally got on the board later that night:
Singing George Michael at 500 club on Sunday – m4m – 25 (mission district)
You were singing George Michael at 500 club on Sunday. I’m shy and wearing a green sweater — which is why I didn’t say hi. Email me if you want to grab a drink at 500 club sometime.
No need to fight! I’m sure there’s plenty of him to go around. And I wouldn’t have said hi either if I was wearing a green sweater. The point is that I think it’s safe to say that striped shirts are back (though neither poster specifies vertical or horizontal–this is important, people!).
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[Photo (probably not of boy in question) by Scott Annechino, karaoke photographer extraordinaire]
Ooh! Pic from everyday photos:
500 Club claims it opens at 6 a.m., but it’s not true. Don’t try.
This photo makes me feel like I’m in a community swimming pool at 8 a.m. Wow. Well done.
I went to Doc’s Clock tonight and there was some serious B&T action going on. What’s the story with that place? I’ve always loved it, but tonight, it seemed as though everyone had on tank tops and jeans and no one was drinking. Buzzkill.