AUGUST ANNUAL EVENTS & more --- Mobility Rollout --- Scoot scoots Ahead --- Dolores Park Shooting Meeting 21AUG @6pm 455 Dolores
Mobility Roll -Out Underway [scroll down for NEWS)
Bikes can be a city’s best friend, 17th at Valencia in front of the new BAYOU Restaurant. Lots more stations on the way, especially on Valencia Street. The stations take out 2-3 parking spaces each. See map and an update on many other changes in the future of mobilityin San Francisco below in the NEWS section.
MAPP August 5th
MAPP is a familia, a community and a series of arts, music and activist events that has been taking place in the Mission for over 13 years. MAPP is always the first Saturday of the month every two months. MAPP is always free. Mapp will be encompassing over 14 venues as well as public spaces, street corners, bart stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, homes all over La Mission. The event features taking common spaces and for one orchestrated beautifully chaotic evening, transforming them into whatever we want including free live music, Spoken word, Performance art, Film screenings, BBQ's, garage sales, unorthodox conversations and happenings. mappsf.com|| facebook
Jerry Day August 6th 2017
On August 6th, 2017, the Excelsior Cultural Arts Project and the Jerry Day Committee will present the 15th Annual Jerry (Garcia) Day Celebration (Jerry Day 2017) at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, located at 45 John F. Shelley Drive, bordering the Excelsior District of San Francisco. On July 21st, 2005 - the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission renamed the amphitheater in Mclaren Park "The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater". The amphitheater is located in the SF neighborhood where Jerry grew up. JerryDay.org
2nd of 2 Jerry Garcia Sidewalk Plaques Installed on Mission Street August 1st A 3' x 3' bronze sidewalk plaque honoring late musician and Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia was unveiled August 1st in the Excelsior District at Amazon & Mission Streets, on what would have been Garcia’s 75th birthday. Last October, the first plaque was installed at Harrington & Mission as a way to create neighborhood pride, stimulate local economic activity and educate residents of the iconic musician’s local history.
Jerry Garcia on his famous 16th & Mission Union Grandmother who raised him: "Tillie was by all accounts extraordinary - extraordinarily beautiful when she was young." ... "She was a politician and I suppose a radical union organizer in the 30s of San Francisco laundries. She was the secretary treasurer of the Local Laundry Workers Union, A.F. of L. for as long as I can remember. This was an elected post, so Tillie would run for office down at the union hall (16th near Mission) every so often and unfailingly won in a walk -usually by an enormous margin - I actually counted ballots once, fabulously dull! She always won. I think she mostly ran unopposed. She was tremendously popular, well loved, with the rank and file. [It was reciprocal, tit for tat, and she loved her members.
"the point of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s play, which actually lasts an intermission-less 95 minutes and is directed by Sean Daniels, is that our greatness lies not just in the inventions and ideas that most obviously distinguish humans, everything from metalworking to the Heimlich maneuver. Great moments can also be small moments — a display of compassion and understanding; passionate selflessness; a sudden self-awareness; a commitment to craft; an actor’s ad-lib; a duct-tape life hack." --- Lily Janiakzspace.org
Celebrating 25 Years in 2017 Theater Center with 110 seats showcasing intimate local plays, works in progress & youth performances. . In December 1992, The Marsh found its current home at 1062 Valencia, an intimate 110 seat theater. In 1996, it purchased this location, a 12,000 sq ft building, where the vision continues to evolve.
1062 Valencia St, between 22nd & Hill Sts. (415) 641-0235 themarsh.org/
Will Durst: DURST CASE SCENARIO themarsh.org/durst_case_scenario/will-durst-3/ July 11 – September 19 | San Francisco Tuesdays at 8pm A comedic exploration of a changing America during the Time of Trump a comedic exploration of a changing America during the Time of Trump “Possibly the best political comic working in the country today.”-New York Times
A free safety pin awaits you at the Marsh Cafe on Valencia Street, where my friend Will Durst is presiding Tuesday nights. He is pointed in his hilarious observations about today’s political scene and the Trump administration, closing with a new symbol of the resistance movement: a safety pin on your lapel. Get yours in the Mish. It’s free. - Willie Brown
Brian Copeland: THE WAITING PERIODthemarsh.org/waitingperiod/brian-copeland-4/ Sundays at 5:30pm “What really made me decide to bring it back was Robin Williams,” Copeland says of the comic who committed suicide in August 2014. “I knew Robin; we were not great friends, but coming up in comedy in the Bay Area you had to know Robin. Last time I saw him he asked if I had DVDs of The Waiting Period and Genuine; he’d never seen either show. I have low-quality DVDs of both, archival things, so I sent them to him. I don’t know to this day if he ever saw them.” NEWSWEEK
Stage Werx Theatre - now featuring Improv nightly
446 Valencia St b/t 15th St & Sparrow St (415) 517-3581 stagewerx.org Established in 2011 and run by Ty Mckenzie with the help of twin sister Cory Mckenzie, Stage Werx is a cozy intimate 70 seat theatre with room for more. Not a bad seat in the house.
Endgames Training Center 2081 Mission St, (415) 854-2262 Endgames Training Center South 2989 Mission St
Improv is for anyone who likes group dynamics and enjoys building something creative out of nothing. Cheap or free seats, Many levels, Free BYOB
Brava presents the world premiere of The Mathematics of Love
Written by Cherríe Moraga with Ricardo A. Bracho Directed by the Playwright
The Mathematics of Love takes place in the lobby of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel at the turn into the 21st century. Peaches, an aging, mid-staged Alzheimers, Mexican woman and her Anglo husband Poppa, are awaiting the arrival of their out-of-town son, “God.” This is an unreconciled story between mother and daughter. In Peaches’ time-traveling re-encounter with Malinche, she is forced to concede a radically revised ledger on her life; its loves and losses -- the sum of a 500-year-old rupture in América. brava.org/all-events/2017/5/10/the-mathematics-of-love
The Masquerade Festival at the Strand Ethos de Masquerade” and/or “The Masquerade Festival”: 8 p.m.Wednesday-Saturday Aug. 16-19; 8 p.m. Aug. 23-26; 3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. Wednesdays are theater-focused with performances; Thursdays are dance workshops and party focused performances; Friday-Sundays are full “Ethos de Masquerade” performances. $25. The Rueff, Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F. (415) 749-2228. http://ethosdemasquerade.brownpapertickets.com/
"A pan-African combination of dance, movement and communal engagement, with performers moving in and out of the audience’s space in elaborate garb."
The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) is an annual event produced by Urban Jazz Dance company that consists of performances and workshops that highlight the important contributions that Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) artists make to our community. RealUrbanJjazzDance.com
ODC presents the 140th Anniversary Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2017 August 10-12 2017 at ODC dance
The 2017 Symposium theme is "Resurgence". 140 years after Duncan was born in San Francisco, join us for an unprecedented gathering of her legacy. This was the place where the genesis of her ideas, her early influences of art, music, nature and literature formed. This was where she dove deeply inward, finding the rhythm of breath, like that of a wave, and surged forth powerfully through the world forever changing the landscape of dance. This 2017 Symposium will focus on returning to the source while remaining in the present. DuncanSymposium.com/ + .brownpapertickets.com/event/2601693
A SHORT HISTORY: The mother of Modern Dance was born Dora Angela Duncan in 1877 at 501 Taylor Street. Isadora’s maternal grandfather, Colonel Thomas Gray, was a California State senator and established the first ferry between San Francisco and Oakland in 1850. When Isadora was 15 she and her sister were teaching dance at the Castle Mansion on Sutter and Van Ness, a spot that still gathers folks to dance as the Scottish Rites Bodies Regency Center. In 1896 Isadora Duncan was already searching for international stardom when she returned to the Baldwin Theater, the City's top venue at Market and Powell to dance in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Isadora, as a child, loved poetry, beauty, and rhythm, and because of a bad divorce between her parents, she hated the institution of marriage. Her father was a poet and artist who made and lost two fortunes. As such, she grew up in poverty in Oakland but had known wealth in San Francisco. Early on she found fleeting audiences in Chicago and New York. Dancing in scant veils that showed the honest beauty of her form, Europe cheered her while virtuous old wives condemned her. In London her audience grew from performing the homes of upper class ladies, and then moving on to stages in London, Paris and Berlin. She became known for defying social constraints and embracing free love, as she had numerous love affairs. Returning to the USA with her controversial dance form Teddy Roosevelt endorsed her art form. "Isadora Duncan," he proclaimed, "seems to me as innocent as a child dancing through the garden in the morning sunshine and picking the beautiful flowers of her fantasy."
On the night of September 14, 1927, in Nice, France, Duncan is said to have predicted her death when she put on a hand-painted silk scarf,given to her by Mary Desti, the mother of American film director Preston Sturges and she reportedly said to Desti , "Je vais à l'amour" ("I am off to love") and drove off. The long silk scarf, draped around her neck, became entangled around the open-spoked wheels and rear axle, pulling her from the open car, breaking her neck, and killing her instantly.
In March the annual dance awards for Northern California are held at the Mission's BRAVA Theater. They are named after IsadoraIzzies-sf.org/
"Duncan dance is free-flowing and appears spontaneous; has a sense of energy and grace that radiates from the solar plexus; reflects the rhythms of nature; is danced to the great classical music; and is a state of mind as much as a style of movement."IsadorasLegacy.com
Her commemorative plaque at 501 Taylor Street reads: She created a new art form, liberating the dance as an expression of life. She believed and taught that "no education is complete without dance" since "movements are as eloquent as words." ..."The dancer of the future shall dance the freedom of woman,,, The highest intelligence in the freest body...."The dancer will not belong to a nation but to all humanity."
Thursday AUGUST 17 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Noe Valley Wine Walk
24th Street from Diamond to Church Streets, The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and on Castro Streets. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales location is at the Noe Valley Town Square located at 3865 24th St. between Sanchez & Vicksburg. sresproductions.com/events/noe-valley-wine-walk/
Coming next month The 1st Annual Valencia Street Wine Walk
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Valencia Street, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM more
Saturday 12pm–6pm AUGUST 19
The 20th Street Block Party will take over 20th and 19th Street between Bryant and Harrison as well as Florida and Alabama Streets.
Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party celebrates our San Francisco summer and the neighborhood we love. We have partnered with our neighbor, the Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS), a non-profit organization that has been a mission staple for 48 years. 20thstreetblockparty.com
Through August 26th
Matriarchs of the New Order, at SOMArts "The Black Woman Is God" constructs new mythologies of collective liberation.
"The dynamic of seriousness tempered by play, or of keeping people in good spirits by gently ribbing them, is a complicated one. Elsewhere, some pieces radiate defiant joy." ---Peter Lawrence Kane
Black women are not Jesus, it’s not right to expect us to fix what white Americans are so committed to breaking. This debate, then, isn’t about Harris, but about the emotional and political labor that Black women are expected to do to save America’s soul.”
Curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. Over 60 Bay Area artists refocus the audience on the vital contributions of Black women as artists and social change-makers throughout history. For more information about The Black Woman is God, as well as a distinct list of visual artists whose work will also be on view in that Main Gallery during Night Light, visit www.somarts.org/theblackwomanisgod2017.
Come to the Closing Weekend which also features the multimedia spectacular [advance tickets needed.] A total space activation of the Center at 934 Brannan Street, Night Light utilizes SOMArts’ indoor space and grounds, including the garden path, street-side loading bay, theater, Bay Gallery and Main Gallery to display a multitude of applications of light in art. http://www.somarts.org/nightlight2017/
Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26, 8:30pm–12:30 am
WHERE: 934 Brannan Street (between 8th & 9th)
826 Valencia Celebrates 15 Years
Author and activist Dave Eggers opened 826 Valencia in 2002 with Nínive Calegari. The spot they picked to house the organization was actually zoned retail, so they opened a “pirate store” that would sell pirate supplies and books by youths. In the time since, seven chapters of 826 have opened across the country (the eighth is set to open soon in New Orleans) and others, modeled after the programming at 826, have opened internationally. The San Francisco location works with some 7,000 students a year — in and out of the classroom
Valencia and 16th Street Corridors get GoBike Stations
The Ford Motivate contract with 30 minutes maximum use before docking, require bike-safety features and “rebalancing” to make sure bikes don’t all end up in one place. San Francisco with the other two Tri-metro Cities (San Jose and Oakland) and the MTC (Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Motivate, the Brooklyn, N.Y., company that’s operating the system under a 10-year contract. that in return for waiving fees allow the entities to share 5 percent of sponsorship revenues that exceed $7 million a year and of ridership revenues that exceed $18 million a year. What happens if you can't locate a station space within 30 minutes? The $3/30 minutes rate will double. The above map represents the 3 blue bike stations first installed and those due by the end of 2017 for the sunny side of Market which includes the Mission, Noe Valley Potrero Hill and the Castro. Market Motivated Adjustment: There does seem to be some adjustments underway as Motivate responds to the threat of stationless bike competitorse. Afterall, the City of Seattle has abandoned this model in favor of the former. The company is now emphasizing its $10/day rate and neighborhoods slated for bike stations in 2018 are getting them early. . fordgobike.com/... missionmerchants.org/single-post/2017/08/11/Mobility-Moves
Calle 24 and MEDA Call for Pause in GoBike Rollout
Jon Jacobo of Calle 24 said Mission organizations also hope for a socioeconomic impact report of bikesharing in the neighborhood and a reduction of costs for biking over certain time limits for low-income cyclists.
“We’re trying to figure out what the right path forward is, and do it in a thoughtful way,” he said.
Bikeshare blocked in Calle 24 Over Gentrification Fearson
“The way we shop, the way we travel, it’s a very different culture,” Erick Arguello, founder of Calle 24, a neighborhood group that represents 24th St said. “We did say, ‘No, we don’t want bikeshare on 24th street in the Latino Cultural District.’”
Merchants, neighbors and Calle 24 said there are plans to create emulate “Chinatown or Japantown” on 24th Street, with Mayan “temples” at either entrance to 24th Street, new sidewalk “bulbouts” for pedestrian safety and repaved streets. Additionally, merchants were worried about losing parking, Arguello said, as preliminary proposals placed bikeshare stations in parking spots. by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on July 17 & August 11, 2017. Don't miss the lively Discus comment sections
Supervisors Sheehy & Ronan call for Parking Protected Valencia Bike Lane Supervisors — Jeff Sheehy and Hillary Ronen, who represent Districts 8 and 9, respectively, are exasperated by Valencia Street — and are calling on the SFMTA to install protected bike lanes on this key bicycle corridor through the Mission District. Sheehy is pushing for parking-protected bike lanes, though the SFMTA said it hopes to choose the type of protection through a community process. Ronen is pushing for action sooner, rather than waiting for SFMTA’s proposed years-long process.“My first job in San Francisco was as a bike messenger downtown,” Sheehy said at a July Board of Supervisors meeting, when discussing bike lanes. “I know bike safety has to be a top priority.” by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on August 7, sfexaminer.com/uber-lyft-swarm-valencia-bike-lanes-supervisors-demand-barriers/
Stationless Bicycle GPS App Bikes Coming Parking Allowed in a public bike rack or the “furniture zone” of the sidewalk.
To much too fast so bookmark the above page to track the news rollout coming soon
SCOOTING BY - Big Win for Users by Scott Networks
Scoot Networks the city recently approved a parking permit that will allow electric-scooter-sharing services to park on streets with residential parking permit restrictions for $325 per year per scooter. The new regs have nixed the “scrap curb” limit in RPP (Residentail Parking Permit) areas allowing Scoot users an easy way to park in front of their own homes and and share the RPP. This along with the ability for these electric two-wheelers to now park on the line between between metered car stalls without paying the meter is expected to more than double Scoot SF subscribers to over 40,000.
"Parking on the street is really easy with a scoot. Just read the signs and make sure there isn’t street cleaning in the next 48 hours. When parking on the street, always give cars and driveways 2 feet of room, park at 90º to the curb, and take advantage of “curblets” (shorter spots where cars don’t fit)." https://scoot.co/
Most of the Mission District is a Scoot blue zonean area where Scoot allows on-street scoot parking — as well as places where you can find single scoots or end your ride. If you’re parking in a blue zone, you won’t need to reserve a spot in a garage ahead of time. The 21st and Bartlett Scoot garage now has doubled its charging stations to more than twenty.
Dolores Park Shooting Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and other city officials are holding a community meeting. August 21 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street. On Friday, August 3rd at ~3pm, an unknown gunman shot three people in the Park by the 19th Street bridge. This terrible crime follows an increase in trash, public urination, open drug dealing, and recent gang presence in the Park. While the vast majority of the large crowds in the park have been good natured, enjoying the park and the view, every neighbor who walks the Park knows that problems caused by a small group have been growing. http://doloresheights.org/2017/08/dhic-response-to-shooting-in-dolores-park/
At the Community Meeting
SFPD-Mission Police Captain Bill Griffin said that more uniformed officers are patrolling the park seven days a week. "We don’t want this to be an episodic event where something bad happens, we respond, and six months later it’s back to where it was,” D8 Supervisor JeffSheehy said. Numerous residents referred to the bridge, calling it a magnet for criminal activity and homeless encampments. Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg recommended taking down the pedestrian bridge at 19th and Church, a suggestion that was met a mixed response but was again the scene of a violent confrontation on August 23rd.
City Attorney Succeeds in Removing Rare Tool to Fight Shoplifting "This is a sad day for Californians,” CEC spokeswoman Laura Barnett said in a statement. “Given Tuesday’s decision, it is likely that police will be inundated with calls from retailers, as a result. We believe this ruling goes against the values of Californians. We stand resolute in our belief that everyone deserves a second chance.” According to the 2015 lawsuit filed by SF City Attorney Dennis Hererra, apprehended shoplifting suspects are escorted by a retailer’s security personnel to “a secluded area in the back of the store,” where they’re shown a CEC video and offered the option of either admitting their guilt and enrolling in a six-hour “behavioral modification” course, or being sent
Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee has been raising hell over the high costs of rampant feather-bedding in the California School systems.
Is the City's Public School Bureaucracy Hopelessly Bloated?
No mystery why SFUSD cannot retain teachers with low pay & high cost housing
by Heather Knight 19AUG17 San Francisco Unified School District spent $704 million in 2015-16, the most recent year available, but spent only 41 percent of that on instruction, which means teacher pay. Statewide, the average is 61 percent. Average salary of $67,537 among the lowest in California
Cal State Bureaucracy Also Getting Fatter and Sassier
Meanwhile 30,000 students did not get in who applied by Melody Gutierrez 23AUG17
State Legislators discussed an auditors report showing just 41 percent of employees are people who are in the classroom. Manipulation of job classifications for employee enrichment, generous moving expense reinbursements, and a unjustified growth in administrative layers were also mentioned. CSU Chancellor Timothy White did not attend the hearing.
OPENINGS & CLOSINGS Bel (3215 Mission St.), the Belgian gastropub on Mission Street in Bernal Heights, will close at the end of August. Owners Richard Rosen and Jennifer Garris the same folks behind by Pi Bar at 1425 Valencia near 25th St will be turning the lease over to Christian Gainsley and Elisabeth Kohnke, owners of Outer Orbit whose website announces "Outer Orbit specializes in all the whimsey, wins and wonder of pinball.The dream of two "pinheads", Outer Orbit is serious about fun and food."outerorbitsf.comsfchronicle.com/insidescoop/article/Bel-closes-after-two-years-on-Mission-Street-11539633.php
While 2016 for the Mission was another great year with the arrival of Motze, Babu Ji, Tawla, and Tartine Manufactory there is some concern that a market adjustment is slowing business. The nexus of North Valencia continues to have a number of prominent former restaurant spaces seeking tenants.
ANCHOR BREWING SOLD
Japan's Sapporo joins Holland's Heineken as iconic SF craft beer owners
"In San Francisco, the emotional stakes are especially high when it comes to Anchor. Not only is it our brewery — our first, our signature — but it’s America’s original craft beer. It’s an icon of independence, and has seemed, at least we thought, large and established enough to be insulated from the pressures that have forced others to sell." ---Esther Mobley
So powerful is the Anchor legend that Lagunitas founder Tony Magee invoked it when he announced in May that he had sold the entirety of his Petaluma brewery to Heineken: “The revolution in brewing and in beer culture that began at 1705 Mariposa Street in San Francisco has metastasized to every corner of the world,” he wrote in a blog post justifying his own decision to sell.
Belgian brewery Oud Beersel, known for its lambic beers, is In on the deal
Magnolia founder Dave McLean filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2015, meanwhile his two San Francisco pub breweries nearby in the lower Haight and Dogpatch have remained open. The large New Belgium operation is employee owned and dedicated to the tradition of craft brewing
Maintaining Minimal Standards for Public Art in SF Should Not Be Ignored Does SF Park & Rec have anyone in charge of water features? "It makes little sense to spend money to add even a single new object to our civic art collection if we allow the virtual eradication, through neglect and obliviousness to its original intention, of our city’s most visible public work. We are the heirs to a memorial that, encountered as it was designed to be, animates a moment in art and history that cannot be re-created. If our city agencies can understand that, their priorities should be as clear as the waters of a healthy Vaillancourt Fountain."Charles Desmarais
Should Public Art Appeal to the Collective or the Intellect First? Arts Commisioner Asawa weighed in on a Vaillancourt model. The public had not yet seen the model, she wrote. The vast amounts being spent “to make Market Street our Champs Elysees demands a more inspired, a more human, a more lovable culmination.” Two of our most celebrated public artists of the late 20th century landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and the Mission/Noe Valley's Ruth Asawa were shown to have opposing views on the Vaillancourt fountain and Asawa's mermaid fountain at Ghiradelli Square by Leah Garchik
The Chron's architectural critic John King has soon seconded the call for SF Park & Rec's Phil Ginsberg to recognize the need to maintain the historic Vaillancourt water fountain emblematic of Lawrence Halprin's work which asked for public interaction with aggressive water features. His article also highlights Asawa's issue with Halprin's insistance on this piece of public art that lacks beauty. “In the attempt to provide a disguise and diversion from the freeway, the goal of the fountain as a work of art was lost,” wrote Asawa, the revered San Francisco artist who died in 2013 and whose reputation now far outshines Vaillancourt’s. “ Halprin's widow is local post modern dance icon Anna Halprin who refers to herself as "the breaker of modern dance" and is still making waves at age 97. The interactive fountain, unlike the Mission's brand new one at 17th and Folsom is now working.