Mission Winners for Best of the City 2017 - Calendar Links to TOP 7 Mission Film Venues
NEWS: New Park at 17th & Folsom --- More Stick at Dolores Park -- Movie Palaces of the Mission: Past Present Future --- 3300 Club Building at Risk --- URBAN MOBILITY UPDATES: Ford GO-BIKE Roll-out Faltering; JUMP E-Bike Wishful Thinking; CHARIOT and SCOOT Expanding --- Vape Retailers Hit Hard by new SF Regulations --- Craft Beer Wars Heating Up --- Doc's Clock Moving One Block
DOCFEST OPENS MAY 31-15
DocFest, since 2001, has grown to a 16 day event bringing the most weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the big screen.
Parties during the festival include live local rock n roll on Opening Night, a Smiths Sing-A-Long party, the return of the regular Bad Art Gallery show with an all new collection of found art, and the presentation of Ferris Bueller Bingo, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Free Kundalini Yoga Day
First Sundays 11am Dolores Park
Elevate your mind and lift your hearts under the open sky at Dolores Park at this Kundalini Yoga Flash Class taking place the first Sunday of every month. Just look for the Yogis, Yoginis and Large Gongs.
Grab your mat, blanket, and water and join the community for a free and blissful afternoon.
Rain likely cancels. kundalinico-op.com
22nd annual SF Silent Film Festival (June 1-4)
True art transcends time.
Enjoy eighteen programs representing nine countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, UK, USA, and the USSR) and more than 36 musicians from around the world, and many new restorations. Silent film presented with beautiful live musical accompaniment has a transformative power that bridges cultures and eras, bringing us together and reminding us of our common humanity. This edition features a debut of The Three Musketeers (1921), with the inimitably dashing Douglas Fairbanks, recently restored by The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the SFSFF
In Memoriam: Film Preservationist David Shepard (1940–2017) As Leonard Maltin wrote for his online journal, “If you’ve seen a superior print of a film by Chaplin or Keaton, Griffith or Murnau, chances are David had a hand in restoring it.” Castro Theatre
2017 Walking Distance Dance Festival June 2 - 10
Across from about to be named, brilliant 17th & Folsom Park
Now in its 6th year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival features premieres by Bay Area artists, inviting our public to experience work across the ODC Campus and the Mission District. Featuring performances by The Foundry, FACT/SF, Fauxnique, and tinypistol over the course of two weeks.
Friday and Saturday evening performances occur in both the ODC's Brenda Way Theater and Studio B while Saturday afternoon performances take place at the Joe Goode Annex.
FREE on both Saturday Afternoons:
public performances at the Joe Goode Annex. Co-presented by African American Performing Arts Coalition and the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now.
Joanna Haigood (Artistic Director/Choreographer) Between Me and the Other World
Laura Elaine Ellis (Curator) Soul to Soul: An Artistic Response to Baldwin and Coates
Sat, June 3 & 10 at 12:30pm & 3pm
Joe Goode Annex, at Project Artaud
499 Alabama St
3 Dolores Park Film Nights for 2017 beginning June 10th
Films begin at dusk. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Saturday, June 10th, Dolores Park Footloose (1984), Saturday, August 5th, Dolores Park , The Breakfast Club (1985), Saturday, Sept. 24th, Dolores Park
Dolores Park is bounded by Dolores, Church, 18th and 20th Streets and is served by the MUNI Metro J-Line and by MUNI's 33-Ashbury. The 16th St BART/MUNI station is a 15-minute walk from Dolores Park.
13th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival - June 9 11
QWOCMAP’s 13th Film Festival will premiere 28 films in 4 screenings. The “Beloved Community” Festival Focus includes an “Unleash The Power” conversation on collective self-care for challenging political times. From the resilient wisdom of LBTQ people of color to the power of prayer for a young Muslim woman and a young Black Christian woman, these films encourage communities to find their squad and unleash their Super Powers to create change. qwocmap.org/festival2017/
Brava Theater Center 2789 24th Street .brava.org/upcoming
41st Frameline Film Festival: June 15 - 25, 2017
Frameline41, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, June 15-25, 2017, is Genre Queer. The 41st Festival celebrates the spectrum and intersections of identity that make the worldwide LGBTQ community. Founded in 1977, this is the biggest and longest-running cinematic celebration of the LGBT community and the Castro Theatre largest annual event
The Castro Theatre is located on Castro Street near the intersection of Market and 17th Streets, across from the Castro Street Station on the Muni Metro subway.castrotheatre.com/calendar.htm
Victoria Theatre 2961 16th St, at Capp St. (415) 863-7576
Built in 1908 as a vaudeville house, is now a city landmark and the oldest operating theatre in San Francisco.victoriatheatre.org/index.php/box-office
Precita Eyes Street Art in Cinema Film Festival at the Grand
June 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Celebrating 40 years of mural-making and community engagement, Precita Eyes is hosting its first-ever Street Art in Cinema film festival at the Grand Theater. now revived as a new art and technology space by Gray Area Foundation. The day-long event (3:00pm - 11:00pm) will feature five documentary and narrative films highlighting the social, political and artistic merits, and cultural motivations and styles, of the art form. Meet Founder and Director, Susan Cervantes, and local artists who will be in attendance, along with other admirers of murals and public art!
Phono del Sol, Potrero del Sol Park June 17
Get your tickets now to the 7th annual local music festival featuring:
Thee Oh Sees, the Coathangers,
Jay Som, Bells Atlas, Sean Hayes, Duckworth, Madeline Kenney, Never Young, Rayana Jay & more
Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival is produced and organized by The Bay Bridged and co-presented by Tiny Telephone. Phono del Sol is a Bay Area nonprofit festival supporting local music with an annual community-centered one-day event
Potrero del Sol Park Festival entrance 25th St @ Utah. BART riders can walk to Potrero del
Sol from the 24th St & Mission St Station, while Muni riders can use the 9, 10, 19, 27, 33, and 48 lines.
BEST of the Mission 2017 - SFweekly Reader's Poll
In the SF Weekly Reader's Poll the Mission shows that good food is its ace, taking an ungodly 18 out of 40 Categories and more than holding its own in all the other categories except perhaps the editorial picks as they seem to be searching elsewhere for new gems.
The SF Mission District!
Best Sunday Funday & Best People Watching
Best Dance Company
ODC with two locations on the same block ODC Dance Commons 351 Shotwell St &
ODC Theater 3153 17th St
Best Movie Theater
Alamo Drafthouse 2550 Mission St b/t 21st St & 22nd St (415) 549-5959 drafthouse.com/sf
Best Quiz Night
No Sports Trivia – Shotwells 3349 20th St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (415) 648-4104 shotwellsbar.com
Best Television Station
KQED 2601 Mariposa Street at Bryant St. (415) 864-2000 kqed.org/
Readers Poll Winners: Food & Dining
Tartine with two locations both on 18th St
600 Guerrero St at 18th St (415) 487-2600 tartinebakery.com & 595 Alabama St at 18th St (415) 757-0007 tartinemanufactory.com
Best Cheap Eats
Yamo 3406 18th St b/t San Carlos St & Mission St (415) 553-8911
Mission Chinese food 2234 Mission St Lung Shan Restaurant b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 863-2800 missionchinesefood.com
Philz 3101 24th St at Folsom St (415) 875-9370 philzcoffee.com
Best Date Restaurant
Flour & Water 2401 Harrison St at 20th St (415) 826-7000 flourandwater.com
Walzwerk 381 S Van Ness Ave b/t 14th St & 15th St (415) 551-7181 walzwerk.com
Best Juice Shop
Project Juice 790 Valencia St near 19th St (415) 671-6820 projectjuice.com
Best Late Night Bite
Arinell Pizza 509 Valencia St near 16th St 415) 255-1303 arinell-pizza.com
Taqueria Cancun 2288 Mission St near 19th (415) 252-9560
Best New Restaurant
Tawla S.F. 206 Valencia St btwn Duboce & Clinto Park (415) 814-2704
Little Star Pizza 400 Valencia St at 15th St (415) 551-7827 littlestarvalencia.com
Rhea’s Deli & market 800 Valencia St at 19th St (415) 282-5255
Best Indian & Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Udupi Palace 1007 Valencia St near 21st St (415) 970-8000 udupipalaceca.com
Blowfish Sushi 2170 Bryant St b/t 19th St & 20th St (415) 285-3848 blowfishsushi.com
Tacolicious 741 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 649-6077 tacolicious.com
Best Tapas Restaurant
Picaro Tapas Restaurant 3120 16th St at Valencia St (415) 431-4089 picarotapasrestaurant.com
Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Mao 665 Valencia St b/t Sycamore St & 18th St (415) 934-8889 eatmau.com
Readers Poll Winners: Bars & Clubs
Best Dive Bar
Pop’s Bar 2800 24th St at York St (415) 872-5160 popssf.com
Best Gay Friendly Bar
El Rio 3158 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110 Mission/Bernal (415) 282-3325 elriosf.com
Latin American Club 3286 22nd St b/t Bartlett St & Valencia St (415) 647-2732
El Techo 2518 Mission St b/t 21st St & 22nd St (415) 550-6970 eltechosf.com
Best Whiskey Bar
Elixer 3200 16th St at Guerrero St (415) 552-1633 elixirsf.com
Established Bartender & Best Quiz Night
Taylor Watson at Shotwell’s No Sports Trivia – Shotwells 3349 20th St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (415) 648-4104 shotwellsbar.com
Best Shopping & Services
Best Adult Store
Good Vibrations 603 Valencia St b/t 17th St & Clarion Alley (415) 503-9522 goodvibes.com
Best Bicycle Shop
Valencia Cyclery Edit 1077 Valencia St /t Hill St & 22nd S (415) 550-6600 valenciacyclery.com
Best Appliance Shop
Best Buy 1717 Harrison St at 14th (415) 626-9682 stores.bestbuy.com
Best Farmers Market
Alemany Farmer’s Market 100 Alemany Blvd San Francisco, CA 94110 Bernal Heights (415) 647-9423
Best Pilates Studio
EHS Pilates 1452 Valencia St 0 b/t 26th St & 25th St (415) 285-5808 ehspilates.com
Best Yoga Studio
Yoga to the People 2973 16th St btwn Capp & Mission Phone number(917) 573-9642 yogatothepeople.com
Best Sporting Goods Store
Sports Basement 1590 Bryant St b/t Alameda St & 15th St (415) 575-3000 sportsbasement.com
Periwinkle Cinema: 7th annual June Spectacular!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:00 pm, $7-$10
Enjoy a fun filled night of shorts, music videos and more from local filmmakers and our national and international community. As always along with our show we have free popcorn, door prizes and much queerness to kick the start off of pride week.
Artists' Television Access ATA 992 Valencia Street atasite.org
2017 Trans March Friday, June 23, 2017 | 2 pm - 6pm Dolores Park|
Trans rights and existence have been more intensely under attack since the election so it’s even more critical that every one gather this year to fight back, resist and celebrate. Make this a huge showing of how powerful and incredible each one is.
3 pm to 6 pm: Stage Performers & Speakers
6 pm to 8 pm: Street March leaves Dolores Park [ see website for route]
9 pm to 2 am: Official Afterparty TGI Justice Fundraiser @ El Rio
17th & Folsom Park Opening Celebration Friday, June 23 - 3:30 to 6:00 pm
2080 Folsom Street, San Francisco,
The opening ceremony included the unveiling of the new park name:
Chan Kaajal Park a Mayan phrase that means "my village."
The San Francisco Dyke March
March Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Rally 11am to 6pm – March to the Castro at 6pm from Dolores Park, SF
An annual rally and march of close to 50,000 members of the LGBTQ community that happens on Pride weekend to bring SF’s dyke communities together with a strength of voice and remain politically conscious and visible. Dyke March programming will begin at Dolores Park at the stage in the SE corner at 11am. You will hear from local community activists, dance to the grooves of local DJs, sing along with some cool musical artists, and snap along with local poets. 25th Annual San Francisco Dyke
Dolores Park Management Struggles
The May 18, 2017 SF Chron article by SF REC & PARK reporter Lizzie Johnson came with a headline that summed up the Dolores Park messy situation in 6 words, "Lots of litter, but no enforcement" After an upbeat article explaining th San Francisco was the first City in the nation with a park within 10 minutes walk of every resident Lizzie interviewed almost all the players to show that no one has done any enforcement on the scofflaws ruining the beauty of Dolores park for everyone else. None of the 31 citations issued in 2017 by Park Rangers was for littering. Local Supervisor Jeff Sheehy want to increase fines which is always good for attention but meaningless as the already substantial $200 fine. Everyone loves Dolores Park so this ongoing story getting a lot of attention from the SF garbage company Recology which has corrected the overflowing cans with an increase in service and debris boxes. There is plenty of educational signs out asking park patrons to take their garbage to the perimeter as well but someone needs to ask Park and Rec General Manager, Phil Ginsburg to get busy on the third E of successful civic action, as the lack of Enforcement will defeat the good Education and Execution.
“It’s a little bit about the carrot and a little bit about the stick and so far, we haven’t even been tapping the stick,” said District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer as the Supervisor's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee agreed to table the fine increase till September 13 to see if Park Rangers could succeed in issuing their first tickets in 2017.
CBS-KPIX Channel 5 Restores Carnaval to Top Bay Area Parade
With a long tradition of little help from print media, the Mission's Carnaval San Francisco has long learned to do very well with social media. This year an outstanding first time effort including plenty of build-up promo was enjoyed by the new top-notch team from KPIX. You can catch their work posted on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8550YOMJT0 or go to our Carnaval page
Meanwhile 1st annual 1st weekend in June Civic Center Comedy Fest
was also a hit, getting more SF Chronicle media attention than nearly any other event than perhaps the Pride Parade later this month of June. It's expected to be back at same slot next year. As will the Oakland Carnival at Mosswood Park on the Saturday after SF Carnaval Saturday.
Movie Palaces of the Mission: Past Present Future
The Mission has been the entertainment destination for the rest of the City since before the gold rush when residents would attend bear and bull fights across from Mission Dolores at 16th and Dolores. At one time our sunny district contained more than 20 movie theaters. You can still find four of the five multi-story neon marquees which lit up the heart of the Mission Miracle Mile and since 2015 the gloriously restored and relit art deco neon marquee of New Mission Theater [Alamo Drafthouse] proudly lighting the night
The Grand which converted back from a 99 cents store to The Grey Area in 2015. now shows films and is debuting a film festival about Street Art on June 17. The El Capitan Theater at 2353 Mission St.has retained part of its marquee and facade but the 2568 seat palace was torn down to become a parking lot in 1964 and a fading source of memories and dreams. Next block up at The Tower Theater's marquee is teetering today but after being for lease since 2007 has a deal in the works to become a film school connected to CCSF which at one time owned the New Mission Theater. There is little left of what was last the 1350 seat Cine Latino theater at 2555 Mission Street except rumors and excruciatingly slow construction.
Along the historic 16th Street corridor, the Roxie Theatre operates as a non-profit and its Board is currently trying to secure a longer term lease beyond May 2018. The Roxie's website boasts that it is the oldest continuously operating theater in San Francisco and the second oldest continuously operating theater in the world. It has operated with the name Roxie since 1933. The Victoria Theater was restored in the late '70's by Robert and Anita Correa [Anita was a Past President of the MMA] who established the Theater Guild of San Francisco to produce plays including the opening called Rhinoceros which starred the head of the Drama Department at USF John Collins and is still thee SF Mission's best venue for live drama.
Meanwhile on 24th Street the long shuttered storefronts connected to the Brava Theater are undergoing a $1.1 M renovation which will also give the Mission a new cabaret venue and the busy youth arts complex room to expand.
Slow progress for fire hole on 3300 Mission Block
June 19, 2017 by J.K. Dineen Playa Azul, the Mexican seafood restaurant at 3318 Mission, is still waiting for building permits 6 months after being assured their reopening would be a priority. MEDA the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency is in contract to buy the 3300 Club building. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the neighborhood, said bringing back Cole Hardware and the 3300 Club are top priorities, along with rebuilding the affordable units. We’re going to help make sure both those things happen,” Ronen said. “These are legacy businesses that are beloved in the neighborhood.
Mark Macy, an architect involved with redevelopment cautions "Give it another season and it’s going to be like the 22nd Street property [historic Mission Market Mall now razed] — it’s clear that any further delay would result in the building not being saved,” he said. “The parties involved should really be moving quickly, and that would include the city.”
”Having a dead 3300 block on Mission Street has hurt all the merchants in the neighborhood, said Mission Bernal Merchants Association President Eden Stein, who owns the gift shop and gallery Secession Art and Design on Mission near Valencia Street.
The available pool of rental bikes is supposed to increase 10x from 700 to 7,000 total bicycles, to be rolled out between now and the end of 2017 across 546 stations spanning San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley and Emeryville. San Francisco neighborhoods being added include Dogpatch, the Mission, Hayes Valley, and the Haight. Oakland will also see bikes from Temescal to Lake Merritt to Fruitvale. Rentals will allow use of your Clipper card However some are questioning the viability of the model that requires return to a dock within 30 minutes in the face of low adoption rates in SF and new GPS bike systems which have achieved much higher adoption rates in China and elsewhere using only a cell phone app.
Apparently GoBike was foiled attempting to offer a longer rental period pricing model by objections from tourist bike rental operator Blazing Saddles and is still restricting rides to 30 minutes in length except for yearly pass holders [$149/year] who can go 45 minutes. According to the SF Chronicle's Patricia Pender, Ford Motor Co. is paying $49 million over seven years for advertising and naming rights so sharing rights with upstarts is not so simple.
JUMP Another Stationless Bicycle Models waiting on SFMTC
Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles got 100 of his Jump E-bikes on the SF Streets this month only be being part of a funded study. Aaron Peskin and the SF Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance in March making rental of stationless GPS-app bikes on city streets illegal without a permit. The SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) has permit authority but when the first permit will be issued is unknown as their first draft of the permit is still pending. Rzepecki hopes to have 1000 of his E-bikes on the streets of SF by the end of 2017 and will be expanding elsewhere among the 99 Bay Area Cities as well. Unlike Scoot which is technically an E-bike his E-Bikes require pedalling, do not come with a helmet, require no training, and do not have a designated station to return to.
SFMTC and SCOOT Expand In Between Parking Options
Meanwhile in June the SFMTA pushed the new mobility envelope for an early innovator as Scoot proudly announced approval of new regulations that allow Scoots to park in between cars at metered spots and at motorcycle meter spots.This pilot project creates a new permit sticker that has allowed Scoot to prepay for patronn rights to park on the line between metered car spaces and ignore the meter. Scoot has 50 garage stations and has been introducing larger grocery hauling mini electric 4 wheel vehicle models as well.
CHARIOT Expanding Locally, Regionally, Nationally & Internationally
Potero Hill, Fremont, Seattle and London all have new Chariot Commuter Vans heading their way. In early May, Ford Motor quietly let the Teamster Union organizing effort of their drivers move forward, union politics had threatened to hamper ambitious plans to allow county to county service in the SF Bay Area. Uber & Lyft have also begun more aggressively pushing car-pooling options during peak commute hours. Supervisor Jane Kim introduced the idea of taxing every ride as the City demands more data from them while raising rates on its MUNI buses to $2.75. [Chariot rates begin at $3] No mention if Jane's legislation is considering allowing ride share app drivers to use to Bus & Taxi only red carpet lanes now so underutilized on Mission Street and fast expanding.
Brown on Brown on Trump
"With President Trump taking such an outlandish position, he has actually heightened the focus on climate change,” Brown said. “He’s given the climate action movement a thrust that it could never have generated on its own. We’re taking much more aggressive action because of what Trump has done.”
[Governor Jerry]] "Brown is front and center on the global stage as he pushes the world’s sixth-largest economy away from the federal government’s new science-denial stance. It doesn’t hurt that his foil is a cartoon character straight out of Looney Tunes central casting. " Willie Brown
Jerry Brown's ancestors operated Brown's Opera House as a vaudeville theater where Victoria Theater now stands.
“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Nancy Pelosi on top,” DemocraticTexas Rep. Filemon Vela said in a Politico interview.
“The real problem for the Democrats is who is going to moderate between the (Vermont Sen. Bernie) Sanders and the Clinton factions. Replacing Pelosi with a more centrist leader would mean “the cleavage between the two groups is only going to grow larger.” Bruce Cain, a professor of political science at Stanford University.
"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy." H.L. Mencken illustrating libertarian Steven Greenhut point that the current Bay Area vaping ban trend is equivalent to the largely failed abstinance campaigns [dis]credited to conservative ideology.
Nanny State Overkill Kills for growing Vaping Restrictions
A referendum measure is filed to strike down the ban
by Rachel Swan July 12, 2017sfchronicle.com//Group-seeks-referendum-on-flavored-tobacco-ban
The demonization of vaping and nicotine is a huge disservice to the public and much of the misinformation successful resulting in a new wave of restrictions is paid for from your taxes.
"A lot of the preamble to this legislation is how flavored tobacco targets youth,” Miriam Zouzounis, Arab American Grocers Association said. “That’s not what we are trying to do. We have been a good partner to the city. We just feel like they aren’t returning the favor.”
San Francisco officials passed a ban on flavored tobacco products, ranging from cherry cigarillos and blueberry blunt wraps to menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs and smokeless tobacco. Mayor Ed Lee has promised to sign it
Store owners came to the supervisors’ meeting carrying signs with such slogans as “Stop Criminalizing Our Communities” and “DPH = Duplicitous Player Haters” — a reference to the Department of Public Health.Store owners said the law would deprive them of an anchor product and open the door for an unregulated market of street cigarette vendors. Some of them noted the products cited in the ordinance are all available via online retailers and that Daly City competitors would be the big winners.
Know Your Maker
Craft Beer Wars Heating Up
"AB InBev is not the winning team; we are. They know that they can’t compete with us on a level playing field, so their tactics are becoming more nakedly monopolistic. If the craft beer industry is everything we tell people it is, then it is worth protecting. That means caring about who owns the companies we support. Be suspicious of anyone who is trying to tell you otherwise and be ready to give up some beers and brands you’ve enjoyed in the past." --- Sayre Piotrkowski on the escalating beer wars as the big guys increasingly are buying the stronger craft breweries
Doc's Clock Moving One Block
Everyone Loves the Legacy of Bold Neon
In 1951, The Clock Tavern began operating at 2575 Mission Street with Angelo & JN Nichols listed as owners. In 1961, a dentist named Ralph Mancuso bought the bar. He was the “Doc” and changed the name of the bar to Doc’s Clock. He created the marquee that lights up Mission Street today. In the 90s, Ataulfo Briz, who opened El Valenciano [1153 Valencia St] as El Oso and installed one of the most famous bars in San Francisco, ran the show at Doc's Clock. In 2005 Cary Suclow signed a lease that she though protected her rights to the sign and the name. Leticia Luna, who bought the building in 2015 loves the sign as well and wants it to stay, her plans to combine the space with a storefront next door and that it will have a restaurant tenant. Luna, a Mission native, has a long history of operating Latin Restaurants in San Francisco and is the former operator and now landlord of the Mission's most famous Latin music dance/music venue, Roccapulco at 3140 Mission St. Luna's most recent restaurant was a Puerto Rican rooftop bistro on top of the her former Paradise lounge building at the corner of 11th St. and Folsom called Del Encanto which closed a few months after opening earlier this year.
Suckow was optimistic about her new space at 2417 Mission St. near 20th Street and will be building a new marquee subject to a more restrictive planning code and is working hard to duplicate the strong community vibe her many longtime patrons love, which earned her the significant benefits of being a designated a "legacy business" in the great City of San Francisco.