Mingle with filmmakers, Tilt with craft beer makers, 2nd line at Carnaval Time with new and old friends. SILENCE @ Victoria. SCROLL for NEWS: City handouts for your Legacy Business & Armory reboots as event venue.
Valentine's day [Feb. 14th] was the hump day for the 10 day Beer Week with over 100 events and a renewed realization that Looking for Love means meeting face-to-face in the right place. We were taken with this special SF Chron focus on the changing Tech focused on getting Two Hearts to a meeting as one or not. sfchronicle.com/future-of-love
Consider these new high-tech options detailed by Trisha Thadani and Marissa Lang and others in nine different articles focused on the merging of traditional matchmaking with a new reliance on tech
SF INDIE FEST
Providing audiences the chance to meet some of the best up and coming filmmakers. Opening night- Feb 2nd @ Brava will 2nd line down to party at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Celebrate the life of local filmmaker Lise Swenson Feb 9th at the Roxie a longtime an inspiring film teacher who co-founded Artists Television Access (ATA). Curator Jon Gann presents the best 44 shorts from new voices in film making, the culmination of watching over 1000 films from 64 countries and presented in 5 90 minute programs organized around 5 themes: #ForReals #LOL #Adulting ; #Love&Death #WTF Founded in 1998 by Jeff Ross the 2017 events are expected to draw crowds of over 11,000 in support and celebration of maverick filmmakers and their work
Thursday, February 2: Opening Night Gala at Mission Cultural Center
Friday, February 3: DARK SEDUCTION After Party, Cat Club
Saturday, February 4: Bad Art Gallery [BAG] Show/Party, 518 Valencia Gallery Free
Sunday, February 5: Roxie 7th Annual Super Bowl: Men in Tights $12/advance, $15/door
Sunday, February 5: Alamo Drafthouse Opening Party, Bear vs Bull
Thursday February 9 Roxie The Lise Swenson Reception Free
Friday, February 10: Brava 14th Annual Big Lebowski Party with live onstage shadow cast by BAWDY CASTE $15/advance, $20/door
Saturday, February 11: 518 Valencia Gallery Princess Bride Bingo, includes bingo card, chance to win prizes and an open bar $15/advance, $20/door
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Day Roxie Theater8th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing Along, $15
Thursday, February 16: Roxie Theater Mad Max: Silent Fury featuring live soundrack performed by The Firmament, $15
Thursday, February 16: Closing Night After Party, Bear vs Bull
All parties are all ages. Tickets: Regular tickets $12/advance, $14/door.Opening Night Film tickets (includes hosted after party) $20/advance, $25/door. The IndiePass, good for all screenings and parties at the Film Festival, is $200. Passholders jump to the front of the line at all screenings More Info @http://sfindie.com/
Speakeasy Struggles to Survive The conventional wisdom was: Interest rates are low, the market is growing, there’s room for craft beer to take market share,” said Nico Freccia, co-founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, which also expanded its brewing operations significantly in 2015, building a $30 million facility in San Leandro meant to quintuple production. “But when there’s a market downturn, there are costs you can’t anticipate. You can get in over your head quickly.”
Since 2015, beer sales have slowed — not just for Speakeasy, but for craft beer nationally. “Sales are still growing,” said Lester Jones, chief economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association. “But we’re talking single-digit growth versus double-digit growth.”
The costly expansion raised the stakes for Speakeasy. “We missed the numbers,” said the brewery’s owner and founder, Forest Gray “We just didn’t perform to where we had been.”
The country’s premier Beer Week is held in San Francisco where craft beer — and American IPA — was born. San Francisco Beer Week was born in 2003 as Beerapalooza Now boasting over 600 events, this festival offers a chance to savor the rarest and most sought after crafts, attend delicious beer dinners prepared by culinary experts and become immersed in one of the best beer cultures in the nation. February was traditionally the slowest month for beer sales now Beer Week can be the best weeks of the year when many craft breweries debut their most anticipated releases. Locally you should stop by The Monk’s Kettle [ 3141 16th St for an American Sour/Funk Fest and to talk shop or chopp and peruse their world renowned offerings.
here we have 100 brewers chasing the same corners of the beer palate.”
That is, as we consider the state of local craft brewing for Beer Week 2017, which four beers are the region’s most important, iconic, influential and delicious?It’s a question that sparked much debate in our office, and hopefully will be a fun conversation for you, too. Share your four picks and join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #FourBayBeers.
FEB 27, 2017 The Niteys, celebrates excellence in creative content and patron experience in the Nightlife Industry. Walk the Red Carpet, have a drink at the Cocktail Reception, and participate in the Show! Cocktail reception begins at 6PM, show starts promptly at 7:30. The After Party will take place immediately following the awards show at The Armory!www.niteyawards.com/
Best Sports Bar Hi Tops 2247 Market St at 16th St (415) 551-2500 hitopssf.com gay sports bar with excellent pub food
Best Happy Hour Blackbird 2124 Market St b/t Church St & Sanchez St (415) 503-0630 blackbirdbar.com Happy Hour runs till 8pm with well mixed cocktail specials Best Nightlife Playground
Urpan Putt 1096 S Van Ness Ave @ 22nd St (415) 341-1080 www.urbanputt.com Mission Bowling Club 3176 17th St b/t Shotwell St & So. Van Ness Ave (415) 863-2695 www.missionbowlingclub.com Gestalt Haus 3159 16th St (415) 655-9935 gestalt.haus.com for pinball & pool [Spin the ping pong place across from Yerba Buena Center and Lucky Strike near the AT&T Giants Stadium also won]
Best Cocktail Lounge Evil Eye 2937 Mission St b/t 26th St & 25th St (415) 814-3779 evileyesf.com
Best Small Live Music Venue Makeout Room 3225 22nd St b/t Bartlett St & Mission St (415) 647-2888 makeoutroom.com The Chapel 777 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 551-5157 www.thechapelsf.com
Saturday Feb 25 - BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL BALL Inside, it's sunshine, bright lights, and summer in Rio, at Roccapulco 3140 Mission St @ Precita Av (415) 648-6611 roccapulco.com The Official Ball Celebrating 51 years more
FAT TUESDAY 2017 - February 28, 2017
Live Mardi Gras /Carnaval Music is planned at at least 6 venues as we sync with the world's greatest people's parties around the planet. This is the kickoff of the Mission Carnaval SF countdown season for the 39th Memorial Day Weekend Carnaval on May 27 & 28th. Feel the rhythms as live samba drummers and dancers winding their way through the mid-Mission parties, so don’t miss out on the fun! Wear your costumes, masks & beads and join us in celebrating Fat Tuesday in true Carnaval SF style! Mardi Gras Parade/Procession from Hayes Valley to Mission & Division: 5:00 pm Starts at Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley near Biergarten. Second line feat with Brass Mafia, MJ's Brass Boppers, North Beach Brass Band, plus other guest musicians Brick & Mortar Celebrate Mardi Gras Jazz Mafia Mardi Gras All-Stars, MJ's Brass Boppers Show: 8:00 pm The Chapel Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters) The King of the Funky Drums, Percussion Maestro, and Godfather of Groove and ambassador of New Orleans Mardi Gras 8:00 pm Elbo Room Brazilian Mardi Gras.....Featuring Brazil VoxSang MatizMaracatu PacificoDJ Carioca & DJ Danado Bissap Baobab, 3372 19th Street between Mission & Capp bissapbaobab.comfeaturing the Pangea Futbol Club Band from 7pm to 9pm. . Free admission. This local Mission favorite brings music from around the world so we can all dance to one festive heartbeat.
Balançoire 2565 Mission St All AgesHQ for Carnaval San Francisco Fat Tuesday –Feline Finesse Dance Company –Diaspora Fitness Mas Band –Loco Bloco –Comunidad Yucateca-Asociación Mayab –Cuicacalli/ Mariachi Juvenil "La Mision" –SF State Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble –Sherman Elementary –Conjunto Folklórico Panamá America –Carlos & Chulita Vinyl (DJs) –Viva La Diva
MAKE OUT ROOM, 3225 22nd St 21 & over-- –Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble & Samba School –Batalá San Francisco –Rising Rhythm Project –Valverde Dance Theatre –ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco –2015 Carnaval King Jefferson –2016 Carnaval King Carlos –DJ Rican Nican –Latin American Workout (LAW)
Presented By Cloud 9 Theatricals in association with Lang Entertainment Group & Ray of Light Theatre
Victoria Theatre | 2961 16th St @ Capp St | 16th St BART | (415) 863-7576 | Directions
SUBVERSIVELY FUNNY - DELIRIOUSLY TASTY! Don't bring Grandma, please! So vulgar it makes those naughty ditties in "The Book of Mormon" seem like trunk songs dropped from "The Sound of Music." A HILARIOUS takedown! ---New York Times
silencethemusicalsf.com/ January 26th, 2017 - March 18th, 2017 Get Tickets on-line. There is a $2.50 surcharge at the box office
The Legacy Business Preservation Fund, Approved by voters in November 2015, The Legacy Business Preservation Fund procured funding to give qualifying businesses grants of $500 per employee per year and $4.50 per square foot of space rented per year. Both are aimed at helping to offset rent increases and other increased costs of doing business. It also offers financial incentives for landlords who agree to long lease renewals for legacy businesses. which made them eligible for city grants that can help offset the cost of rent increases and other rising costs of doing business.
The Roxie Theater whose lease is up in 2018 is hoping the program will assist their legacy as the oldest continuously operating theater on the West Coast. Dance Brigade's Dance Mission is moving from 24th & Mission to 16th & Mission via a boost from the the Legacy Business Preservation [and a lot of fundraising yet to come] Founder/Director Krissy Keefertold Chronicle reporter Claudia Bauer following her special January 2017 40th Anniversary performance at the Yerba Buena Center. Doc's Clock owner Carey Suckow who lost her lease to a restaurant entrepreneur is moving to 20th & Mission with assistance from the fund. "Our new landlord loves Doc’s, wants us there, wants the sign and has given us a long lease," she told blogger & Mayoral candidate Broke Ass Stuart. "We are hoping to be able to move by the time our current lease is up in July 2017 but that is all in the hands of the Planning Department and their permitting processes." The business grants will be capped at $50,000 annually; the landlord grants will be capped at $22,500 a year. Learn more atsfosb.org/legacy-business
Dance Brigade 3316 24th Street (415) 826-4441http://www.dancebrigade.org/
Doc's Clock 2575 Mission Street (415) 824-3627 http://www.docsclock.com/
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia Street (415) 282-1901
Escape From New York Pizza 3242 22nd Street (415) 206-0555
Galeria de la Raza 2851 24th Street and 2857 24th Street (415) 826-8009 http://www.galeriadelaraza.org/
Gilmans Kitchens and Baths 228 Bayshore Boulevard (415) 569-0482 http://www.gkandb.com/
Golden Bear Sportswear 200 Potrero Avenue (415) 863-6171 http://www.goldenbearsportswear.com/
Good Vibrations 603 Valencia Street (415) 503-9522
Instituto Familiar de la Raza 2919 Mission Street (415) 229-0500 http://ifrsf.org/
Mission Neighborhood Health Center 240 Shotwell Street (415) 552-3870 http://www.mnhc.org/
Oddball Films 275 Capp Street (415) 558-8112 http://www.oddballfilms.com/
Precita Eyes Arts & Visitors Center, Inc. 2981 24th Street ()(415) 285-2287
Precita Mural Arts Studio 348 Precita Avenue () (415) 285-2311 http://www.precitaeyes.org/
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street (415) 863-1087 http://www.roxie.com/
St. Francis Fountain 2801 24th Street (415) 826-4210 http://www.stfrancisfountainsf.com/
Valencia Whole Foods 999 Valencia Street (415) 285-0231
Zeitgeist 199 Valencia Street Bar Phone: Office Phone: (415) 431-6891 http://www.zeitgeistsf.com/
Kink.com Moves to Las Vegas Long Live the Armory Drill Court
The Armory's Drill Court is now ready to go as one of the largest event venues in San Francisco. The 40,000-square-foot drill court can be booked as a venue for concerts, parties and other entertainment, with a capacity of 4,000 people.. In April of 2016, the Entertainment Commission approved use to 11pm on weeknights and 2am on Friday and Saturdayflickr/Ed Bierman
Peter Acworth leader of notorious Kink.com says that all film shoots at the Armory will be ending in February as the company diversifies interests in a bid to re-purpose his 200,000-square-foot historic building for other, revenue-generating ends as he retools in response to the fading market for paid porn content. It has been ten years since purchasing the historic Armory for $14.5 million after it stood empty for decades as an Opera storage barn.
Acworth told the SF Chronicle that . Kink.com’s membership has dropped from 50,000 to 30,000, and its revenues have dropped by 50 percent. The company laid off half its workforce a year ago and is focused on providing an Internet platform for BDSM entertainment, rather than creating content.
Acworth now says he's looking to convert the top two floors to leasable office space, but what stands in the way now is the recently passed Prop X — the space is currently zoned as PDR (production, design, and repair), and the newly passed law requires landlords and developers to replace any PDR space they convert. Supervisor Jane Kim is working on an ordinance to exempt historic buildings from Prop X, which Acworth is banking on.
How this impacts the Mission's well established entertainment scene is yet to be determined but nearby Brick & Mortar Music Hall managing partner Jason Perkins who runs the Parish Entertainment Group, an umbrella company several other venues including The Crafty Fox Ale House [1700 Mission the former Woodward's Garden] as well as Leo’s Music Club and the New Parish in Oakland has been campaigning against the expanded use in print and online as the publisher for sfsoundsmedia.com/
His campaign has a vengeful tone: Beyond the strongly worded editorial, Perkins cries corruption in comments on articles about the commissioner’s new role as Director of Events at the Mission District’s historic Armory Building, and, to KQED, declares the Commission an “instrument of our destruction.”
Peter Glickstern a founder/operator of Public Works a club and art gallery [161 Erie Street, publicsf.com] near both Brick & Mortar and the Armory hails the move by Peter Acworth to finally make a full effort to activate the Armory as an event space by getting rid of the porn production.
"Such a great venue, centrally located, physical space is beautiful, close to public transit," he said. It has the whole bit." Glickstern is twice past President of the Mission Merchants Association [1999-2000] and again [2011-2012] is involved in keep The Old Mint at Mission and 5th activated while California Historical Society formulates its mega million retrofit plan as well activating Pier 70 http://www.pier70sf.org/ a massive shipyard warehouse built in 1941 at the edge of Potrero Hill. We may be seeing more of Peter in the inner Mission though as he recently bought a home near 19th and Shotwell. Peter concludes "There is a shortage of venues that size in San Francisco, I think the use of the space will be good for the neighborhood."
"Russian River Brewing Pliny the Younger. I was tempted to say Pliny the Elder, the more democratic of Russian River Brewing Co.’s ancient Roman-inspired IPAs. But what single beer could capture the contemporary sense of the craft-brewing craze better than Younger, the ultra-hoppy triple IPA that draws thousands of people to wait in line for hours (days!) at the Santa Rosa brewery every February? It encapsulates “cult” as no other California beer can."
Paolo Lucchesi, Chronicle food editor:
"Lagunitas IPA. Even though Heineken owns half of the company these days, there must still be a spot reserved for Lagunitas (Laguneiken? Heinekinitas?). And given the city’s ongoing, fervent love affair with IPA, IPA still rules the city. So there needs to be one IPA on the list. Bear Republic’s Racer 5, Speakeasy’s Big Daddy and Lagunitas IPA all brought that beer style into our mainstream, but more importantly, they were part of the generation that really helped propel craft beer to the San Francisco masses — not just fancy breweries, but normal corner bars. And in pure volume, Lagunitas still easily leads the way for all Northern California brewers not named Sierra."
Maggie Hoffman, Bay Area beer writer:
"Anchor Liberty Ale. Sure, Steam has been around much longer, but in 1975, Liberty was the beer that changed it all, that in many ways launched the identity of the hop head. Maybe some other small brewer would have come along to popularize dry-hopping with copious (for the time) quantities of Cascade hops and convinced us to embrace deliciously bitter beer — the iconic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale arrived on the scene soon after — but Anchor’s Liberty took that first step, and for that, we should be thankful. (Though Lagunitas IPA is a pretty good call, too.)"
Tim O’Rourke, Chronicle assistant managing editor:
"Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. Yes, we know. This list is getting a little hop heavy for the refined tastes of the Bay Area. Still, there’s no denying the region’s impact on the global interpretation of the indefatigable India pale ale, no matter how oversaturated the market. With apologies to Lagunitas, Drake’s, Fieldwork and Faction, Bear Republic’s standard-bearer has defined the floral-accented flavor profile of the Bay Area IPA better than any of its rivals."