March & April 2017

March 29, 2017

 LIST of Irish Culture Pubs SCROLL to NEWS: Mission High Basketball Makes History; SFMTC kills non-transit incoming for the Mission St; APRIL Don't Miss:60th SF International Film Festival APR , Carnaval 2017 King & Queen Competition!; Mission Crit IV; Chavez Parade & Art Hunt 29APR

SF INTL FILM FESTIVAL

 

It’s only appropriate to make a huge fuss over turning 60. And that’s what the San Francisco International Film Festival has done, starting its celebration a day early and then stuffing its 181-film slate with six world premieres, numerous tributes/awards and a closing night selection that truly is a San Francisco treat.
mercurynews.com/2017/03/30/top-10-picks 

The San Francisco International Film Festival returns to the Mission for its 2nd year and 60th anniversary for two lively weeks, showcasing cinematic innovation and presents marquee premieres.The San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery is an essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country's most beautiful cities. 

 

At the 2016 debut in the Mission District,  one of the city's most lively and artistically rich communities saw the Festival present 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries. The Festival's new geographical footprint is more public transit-friendly than ever, anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area at its very birthplace utilizing San Francisco's newest (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) and oldest (Roxie Theater) screens to bring the best of world cinema to Bay Area audiences. 

 

"We are delighted to welcome Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and SFMOMA as new presentation venues for this year's 60th anniversary San Francisco International Film Festival," said SF Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan. "These exciting additions put us at the very center of San Francisco cultural life with dates that position us very well for new industry initiatives and large-scale special presentations."    


SAN FRANCISCO 2017 VENUES 
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission – 2550 Mission Street (at 22nd) /theater/new-mission/directions
Roxie Theater – 3117 16th Street (at Valencia) 
Victoria Theatre – 2961 16th Street (at Capp) 
Castro Theatre – 429 Castro Street (at Market) The Castro-theater-history-shows it has never been a first run theater
Local merchants, the Nasser Brothers selected the Mission District's rising  starchitect Timothy Pflueger to design the new theater with his first theater design following two prior locations including the current Cliff's Hardware. Pflueger would later add his master art-deco touch to the New Mission. The historic Castro Theater has never been a first run theater but the temple of dreams, using Mexican cathedral motifs is one of LGBT cultures most important symbols.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – 151 Third Street (at Minna) 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – 701 Mission Street (at Third)   

EAST BAY VENUE 
BAMPFA – 2155 Center Street (at Oxford), Berkeley   

Stay tuned for the launch of the complete Festival lineup on Monday, March 13. 2017  Visit sffs.org for more information.   

The New Mission theater's meticulous $10 million restoration and retrofit has resulted in a movie mecca as original 1920's decor fuses with state of the art technology. The New Mission is the first theater in North America equipped with Sony's revolutionary 515DS dual-4K projectors. All seating is assigned and can be reserved at time of ticket purchase online or in-person at the box office. Customers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Alamo's exclusive pre-show entertainment of rare clips, videos and shorts that are custom-curated to complement each feature film or event. Located at 2550 Mission Street, between 21st & 22nd, the New Mission was built in 1915 and subsequently expanded in the 1920s and 1930s with in an art deco style by the Mission's most famous architect Timothy Phleguer.

San Francisco’s 166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival

San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Saturday, March 11, 2017
– Parade: Starts at 11:30 am  begins at the corner of Second and Market,
– Festival: 10 am to 5 pm | Civic Center Plaza showcase Irish culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and non-profits booths representing the Irish community.
FREE

 


Friday, March 17 Pub Crawl Qualifiers 
Peruse our list of purveyors of Guinness on Tap or served uniquely & also being within a few blocks of the zippy 94110  

The Phoenix · 811 Valencia St. at 19th St. (Mission), 415-695-1811 Irish Pub Irish pub & sports bar   Get there  

early for corned beef, cabbage and soda bread. Good eats anytime of day. www.phoenixirishbar.com/

The Liberties Bar & Grill 998 Guerrero St at 22nd St. (Mission), 415-282-6789 · Gastropub Irish gastropub with outdoor sidewalk seating ·  Great cocktails · Great beer selection · Great bar food www.theliberties.com
The Napper Tandy Irish pub · 3200 24th St  at South Van Ness, 415-550-7510 hefty bar menu sporting shepherd's pie, bangers & mash and Irish breakfasts with Latin flavor 
Dovre Club 1498 Valencia St at 26th St (415) 285-4169Heavy rotation of Pogues and Dubliners on the jukebox
Rosamunde Sausage Grill 2832 Mission St @ 24th St (415) 970-9015 rosamundesausagegrill.com
Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem2323 Mission St @ 19th St (415) 285-2380 teethbarsf.com Guiness on tap, famous happy hour specials from a great kitchen
Shotwell’s 3349 20th St @ Shotwell St (415) 648-4104 B shotwellsbar.com your neighborhood historic. cash only beer/wine bar.
Double Dutch 3192 16th St at Albion St (415) 373-1042 thedoubledutch.com
Kilowatt 3160 16th St at Albion St (415) 861-2595 kilowattbar.com
Pork Store Cafe 3122 16th St at Valencia St (415) 626-5523 pscsf.com Only have Guiness on tap 

The Dubliner    3838 24th St. in Noe Valley Lively neighborhood bar where you can hear Celtic music, as well as choose from thousands of songs from the Internet jukebox

Zeitgeist 199 Valencia St  at Duboce Ave (415) 431-6891 zeitgeistsf.com Go for the Guinness and Jameson shot special

St. Francis Fountain  2801 24th St (at York St),   Guinness Float!! to included in every hangover kit.
Dynamo Donut & Coffee 2760 24th St (at Hampshire St), Molasses Guinness donut is delish!

 

 

 

Annual Mission WALK AGAINST RAPE SAT APRIL 8TH
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Walk Against Rape will be held on Saturday, April 8 2017. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ROUTE FOR WALK AGAINST RAPE HAS CHANGED. This year, it will be a 2.2 mile march through the Mission that will begin and end at The Women's Building (3543 18th Street). Walkers will arrive at The Women's Building at 10am for registration. Light breakfast and materials for sign making will be available on a first-come-first serve basis. The event program will start shortly after registration ends. The march will promptly leave The Women's Building at 12:30pm More at http://sfwar.org/walk/

 

CARNAVAL SF 2017 KING & QUEEN COMPETITION

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 2017 7 PM

 

BUY TICKETS (Please make sure your browser is up–to–date) Still need help? Please call 1-800-901-7173.

 

BRAVA THEATER 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Join us as we embark on a journey to select the 2017 Carnaval King & Queen. Be a part of the excitement as contestants vie for the Carnaval San Francisco King and Queen crown with electrifying performances in Carnaval costumes, sometimes accompanied by other dancers and musicians. The winners of the competition will be crowned as King and Queen of the 39th Annual Carnaval San Francisco Parade and Festival held on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 27th to May 28th, 2017. Contest winners will serve as the Official Ambassadors at the Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade and win a $500 cash prize!

 

Mission Crit IV

April 22, 2017, 8-10 p.m., 2111 Harrison St. FREE; themissioncrit.com

 

California’s premier fixed-gear criterium returns to the streets of San Francisco in Spring 2017.

The Mission Crit is an unsanctioned bicycle race held on a short, technical circuit in the Mission District of San Francisco. It is the first race of its kind to win approval from the City of San Francisco. The 40-minute race pits elite road racers, track racers, and bicycle messengers against each other on fixed-gear track bicycles in a fast-paced, high-adrenaline competition.

 

Date. 22 April, 2017
Location. Harrison St @ 17th St, Mission District, San Francisco
Format. Fixed Gear Criterium
Women's Race. 8pm PDT
Men's Race. 9pm PDT
Registration. $45
Registration Closes.12 noon PDT, 21 April, 2017
Late Registration. $65

 

Mission Crit's $45 registration fee includes race entry, race t-shirt, Mission Crit Ass-Saver, and access to warm-up facilities on the day of the race.

San Francisco Cesar E. Chavez 2017 Parade & Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Commemorate & Celebrate
the Life and Work of  Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez

Music, Entertainment Arts & Crafts Booths

 

10 a.m. – Assemble for Parade Dolores Park - 19th Street / Guerrero Street

11 a.m. – PARADE

11 a.m. – 6 pm 24th STREET FAIR - Between Treat Street and Bryant Street

2017 Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Breakfast Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00-10:00 AM

MORE @ facebook.com/Cesar-Chavez-Day-San-Francisco-or CesarChavezday.org/

April 29 SF Art Hunt to find all the infamous fnnch honey bears and murals throughout the Mission District. Immerse yourself within this online to offline experience and step into the San Francisco art scene. This 30 minute urban experience will lead you to a party at the finish line.
finish line on the patio at Dr. Teeth SF, 2323 Mission 

eventbrite.com/e/sf-art-hunt-tickets

Start either at Duboce Park or 24th and Mission BART station to find 4 fnnch art pieces within that Mission radius. A map will be emailed to you the morning of the event to registered hunters via Eventbrite.
Clues: https://www.instagram.com/fnnch
MORE ABOUT fnnch

https://www.streetartsf.com/interview/fnnch/
http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Street-artist-avoids-being-overtly-political-to-6300481.php

NEWS:

Mission High School Basketball completes 35-1 season with an 82-75 victory in OT over Villa Park [Orange County] for California State Division III Title

 

 

Mission took charge in overtime against an opponent that had a height advantage at virtually every position, completing a 35-1 season that included a regional win at St. Ignatius.

The game attended by thousands of former Mission High graduates was closely fought,

“After they came back, we knew it wasn’t over,” said Niamey Harris. “They still had to deal with us for four more minutes.”

Harris told the team heading into overtime: “These four minutes are ours.”

Foston opened with a three-pointer and two free throws. Harris drove to the hoop for a basket and Foston, U’Jah Pratt and Tyrese Johnson followed, setting the stage for big moment Harris’ dunk to put the game away.

 

Harris leaves Mission as one of the most accomplished athletes in San Francisco history, claiming The City’s Player of the Year Award for basketball and football in consecutive years. The 6-foot-2½ senior, will now be remembered as one of the city’s greatest all-around athletes, For the final, he tallied a game-high 31 points and six of Mission’s 14 steals. Four of Mission’s starters are seniors yet the legacy they leave will stand always stand.

 “I’m speechless,” said Arnold Zelaya, the ninth-year coach who has methodically built a Northern California power. The title also caps off a long ascension under coach  Arnold Zelaya's guidance for the Bears. Mission has claimed seven City titles under his leadership, including five of the last six.

 

The state championship came six months after the school drew headlines when its football team, led by Harris, followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead by taking a knee during the national anthem.

 

Our Mission High Bears have finished off the greatest season in San Francisco Section history  with the first state championship for a San Francisco public school. Congratulations and look for the Champions in the Carnaval Grand Parade on May 28th

RED CARPET CONVERTS Mission Miracle Mile into Downtown Transit Lane

 

Getting downtown workers downtown as fast as one can is not the only issue. Merchants are what make the Mission.  Mission Street is an important destination first, not an express transit corridor trying to 86 anyone arriving in a car. Besides losing two bus stops, drivers are harassed by must turn left signs 24/7. Meanwhile it takes more than 2 lights to cross Mission on side streets since SFMTC launched its attack on incoming car patrons.
Comments to 28Dec2016 sfchronicle.com/ SF-red-transit-lane-beloved-by-riders-but  article

"Totally incomplete article. It mentions nothing about the large increase in traffic in surrounding neighborhoods as cars were forced off the streets with the "red carpets" If you look at Bernal Heights and the Mission since the lanes went in, traffic on side streets has increased dramatically. It has made those neighborhoods much more unsafe for all. You want to speed up the busses on streets like Mission and Geary? Put in a subway! KENNETH

"The element of danger can't be over emphasized. Irate drivers on Mission, even in the short stretch from Army to Cortland are insane. Mission is transit corridor, but not a fast transit corridor. That's why we built BART under Mission. Merchants are losing business. Is this a calculated eco-ethnic cleansing? Look at 29th & Mission. A wasteland where once the 3300 Club provided a meeting ground for the people of Mission, Bernal and Noe. (Well we do have a nice new swimming hole where Ace {Cole Hardware] was.RICHARD

"The red carpet is a horrible idea. While traffic has been reduced on Mission Street the side streets face traffic jams daily. As a result aggressive drivers speed, run lights and endanger pedestrians in the rest of the neighborhood. The SFMTA continues to ignore the side affects of this experiment. If they continue to ignore residents then it's time for Mayor Lee to purge the department and bring in people who will work with residents to improve the City and stop dictating to us from on high. CARLOS

"SFMTA has created an effective WALL at Mission & Cesar Chavez Streets that stops people from going to the heart of Mission Street, the oldest merchant corridor in San Francisco! The WALL is acting like the one Trump is proposing to build between the USA and Mexico. Our study shows a big negative economic impact for merchants on Mission Street. The wall has caused long held jobs to be lost and a number of businesses shut downs." Roberto Hernandez Carnaval producer & Mission Merchants Vice President

Is This Just Growing Pains for a new San Francisco with no room for personal Autos?  
"Researchers have found that much traffic consists of drivers looking for spaces. The cost and availability of parking affects people’s commuting habits more than the rapid buses and light-rail lines that cities are so keen to build. Generous parking requirements create asphalt deserts, sapping cities of vigour and beauty."
Apr-2017 economist.com/news/average-car-moves

Two Popular Mission Eateries Hit for Spotty Wage Compliance

Mission Beach Cafe and Tacolicious  have been sued by past and current employees. The restaurant industry is particularly susceptible to lawsuits over wages, given its high turnover rate, spotty oversight by government agencies and the overall lack of emphasis and resources that some owners put toward compliance with labor laws

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Mission-Beach-Cafe-sued-by-workers-claiming-wage-11031485.php

The Top Taqueria to close Mondays

La Taqueria at the top of so many prestigious lists including a recent James Beard 2017 America’s Classics award,announced its staff needed to take Mondays off.

Here it is as in #1 spot for TripAdvisor's list of Top10 Restaurants in the SF Mission:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g60713-zfn7222624-San_Francisco_California.html

Thrift Town Closes - no April Fools

 The last day for the iconic massive corner department store of 2nd hand treasures was March 31st 2017. A letter distributed by the parent chain read:
 “The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the ongoing challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable to generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco, ....The building’s ownership has been very helpful and tried very hard to work with us on ways to keep our doors open including a rent reduction,” their farewell letter states. 

Remembering 17 Reasons Why - a Sign of the Times from Mission Miracle Mile 

The sign — 17 Reasons Why! — that sat atop Thrift Town on Mission and 17th street as a treasured landmark from 1935 till May 2002 missionlocal.org/2016/11/17-reasons-remembered/


"If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane." --Robert Frost

New Huge Comedy Festival for Civic Center to debut  

A June 2-4 event, called the Colossal Clusterfest, is expected to host around 30,000 ticket-holding comedy fans per day from Friday to Sunday, with a main stage on Fulton Street east of Civic Center Plaza, a second stage across the street from City Hall, and multiple spaces inside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. clusterfest.com/

 

Bobby Freeman - Mission High Graduate the Bay Area's 1st Rock n Roll Star

Do you want to dance and hold my hand?
Tell me baby I'm your lover man
OH baby, do you want to dance?

Robert Thomas "Bobby" Freeman (June 13, 1940 – January 23, 2017 was a singer, songwriter and record producer from San Francisco, California. His legacy song, "Do You Want to Dance" became a hit when he was only 17 in 1958 while associated with Mission High School. He is best known for this and  1964's, "C'mon and Swim". "Do You Want to Dance" quickly rose to number 5 on the pop chart and number 2 on the R&B chart in early 1958. The song was covered later (as "Do You Wanna Dance") by Del Shannon, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan & T.Rex, the Mamas & The Papas, Bobby Vee and the Ramones.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/Bobby-Freeman-SF-s-first-rock-n-roll-10932619.php

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/arts/music/bobby-freeman-of-do-you-want-to-dance-dies-at-76.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_You_Want_to_Dance 

 

 

Mission Crit IV

April 22, 2017, 8-10 p.m., 2111 Harrison St. FREE; themissioncrit.com

 

California’s premier fixed-gear criterium returns to the streets of San Francisco in Spring 2017.

The Mission Crit is an unsanctioned bicycle race held on a short, technical circuit in the Mission District of San Francisco. It is the first race of its kind to win approval from the City of San Francisco. The 40-minute race pits elite road racers, track racers, and bicycle messengers against each other on fixed-gear track bicycles in a fast-paced, high-adrenaline competition.

 

Date. 22 April, 2017
Location. Harrison St @ 17th St, Mission District, San Francisco
Format. Fixed Gear Criterium
Women's Race. 8pm PDT
Men's Race. 9pm PDT
Registration. $45
Registration Closes.12 noon PDT, 21 April, 2017
Late Registration. $65

 

Mission Crit's $45 registration fee includes race entry, race t-shirt, Mission Crit Ass-Saver, and access to warm-up facilities on the day of the race.

"Each week under Donald Trump is like a dog year,” said syndicated columnist and UC  Berkeley professor Robert  Reich during a Q&A for Jacob and Josh Kornbluth’s new movie, Love and Taxes at the Roxie on March 17th. “We’ve got to get rid of him ... through orderly process,” such as impeachment or Article 25 of the Constitution, which refers to presidential incapacitation. “He is incompetent and insane.”  sfchronicle.com/author/robert-reich/

 

 

 

 

 

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