October 2017

Castro Street Fair

SF Sunday, October 1, 2017 - All Day | Castro & Market

Featuring Fabulous Entertainment and Beautiful People The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds. castrostreetfair.org/

Bummer's Ball at the Armory


Fundraiser for Rocket Dog Rescue

THU. OCTOBER 5TH | 7:00 - 11:30 PM

A tribute to Bummer and Lazarus San Francisco's most beloved street strays. featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Willie Tea Taylor, Shovelman and much more. Enjoy our specialty cocktails, tarot card readers, silent auction and live auction. Creative turn of the last century dress is encouraged, but not required.

Rocket Dog Rescue is a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers. We save dogs from death at over-crowded shelters and find them loving, happy homes. The San Francisco Armory 1800 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103​ bummersball.org/ bummers-ball-tickets-=sfarmory

Litquake 2017 | Oct. 6-14

Get drunk on words!

Photo by Steve Damron

Original and World's Largest LitCrawl on Saturday Oct 14 6-10pm The 13th annual Lit Crawl will span over three hours in the SF Mission District featuring hundreds of readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator store, and a police station.

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco’s Lit Crawl attracts close to 10,000 people, and is the world’s largest such event. litquake.org/event-series/lit-crawl-san-francisco

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Role Call: “Sheryl, Hamlet and Me” written and performed by Michelle Haner. “(dis)Place[d]” written and performed by Debórah Eliezer. Directed by Ben Yalom. Through Oct. 22. Two hours, 20 minutes. $15-$30. Nohspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F. (800) 838-3006. www.foolsfury.org

"In “Sheryl, Hamlet and Me,” Haner shines as Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and author of “Lean In.” Sandberg and Haner were dormmates Haner’s freshman year at Harvard, but Haner emphasizes in the program and in the show itself that her interpretation takes great liberties rather than adhering to her vague memories of their acquaintanceship. 12OCT Review by Lily Janiak .sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Finding-characters-essences-in-pair-of-12270633.php

Calle 24 presents Paseo Artistico Puerto Rico and Beyond


Join Calle 24 for Paseo Artistico, a FREE Mission neighborhood event featuring mural tours, live music, art workshops, dance classes, poetry readings and more – all taking place along Calle 24/24th Street.

Paseo Artístico is a collaborative effort among the Calle 24 cultural arts organizations that brings free arts programing—music, poetry, crafts workshops, readings, film and mural tours—to the 24th Street Latino Cultural District every other second Saturday of the month.


Brava presents the live concert Direct from Cuba featuring Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla plus a screening of Lourdes Preto and David Sandoval's documentary film Tan Cerca... Tan Lejos / So Near... So Far about the life of Cuban jazz musician and Mezcla founder Pablo Menéndez. The screening will be followed by a concert featuring Menéndez’ world fusion Cuban band Mezcla, with special guest artists John Santos, Barbara Dane, John Calloway, Greg Landau and Camilo Landau. Mezcla mixes Afro-Cuban/Yoruba roots music, rumba, Cuban rock, Cuban Jazz and Cuban new song.

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • 7:30pm 11:00pm Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street​

The 8th Annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival features over 90 dance films from the Bay Area and around the world, running Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22 across four venues.


Halloween 2017


October 26th-November 4th The Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Back for its third-annual fully-staged production, Richard O’Brien’s iconic The Rocky Horror Show warps back to the Victoria stage just in time for Halloween! Join lovable squares Brad and Janet as they stumble upon the Frankenstein Place–and its frisky residents from another planet. Featuring D’Arcy Drollinger as “Sweet Transvestite” Frank-n-Furter, this rollicking cult classic will have you shivering in anticipation … https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ray-of-light-theatre-the-rocky-horror-show-13649492270

HELL in the Armory

Locked in a room within San Francisco's most haunted building, THE ARMORY, you have twenty minutes to escape. Be careful who you trust and what you do - you're not alone and every action has a consequence.

HELL IN THE ARMORY has once again teamed up with the creators of the "world's scariest haunted house" BLACKOUT, to create a brand new kind of horror experience. ESCAPE: Hell In The Armory thrusts those brave enough to enter into a unique and terrifying escape-the-room game with haunted inhabitants. Find the hidden codes, uncover the keys, and map out your escape before time runs out!!.hellinthearmory.com/

Saturday, October 28th : Halloween at the San Francisco Armory

Opel & Vau de Vire present : Phantasm 2017 - The Hall of Mirrors

Halloween in San Francisco is at it's best within the massive haunted castle setting of the legendary Armory for Phantasm. It's Music, it's Art, it's Performance, it's Spectacle, it's Big, it's Intimate, it's Kinky, it's Sexy and it's back for year 3 to give you and friends an amazing night. Ticktets :eventbrite.com


CHOP SHOP Legislation from Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

In 2016 San Francisco’s 311 call center logged 777 service requests to clear bicycle chop shops. Most were tied to complaints about homeless encampments, and about 60 percent of the calls came from the Mission District.

There was concern in the community that we were criminalizing homeless individuals, and that was never our intent,” D8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy said. “What we were really focused on was clearing our public right-of-ways, and we realized that the Public Works Department was the appropriate agency to enforce this.” The bill was amended and passed unanimously by the supervisors’ Land Use and Transportation Committee after Aaron Peskin changed his vote, calling the revised measure “a kinder and gentler revision to the original legislation.”Putting Public Works in charge also helped swing the support of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which had originally opposed the measure

What About Bicycle Theft and SFPD?

READER COMMENTS: "Bike theft is rampant in SF and has been totally ignored by the PD. My decent (not great) bike was stolen from a locked bike cage in the financial district while locked up. The thieves are unafraid of any enforcement. About time to crack down on this, though I am unconvinced anything will really change.



Can technology save the brick-and-mortar store?

24th Street Corridor

Son’s Addition new restaurant From the former chef de cuisine of Marlowe, it’s an eclectic, approachable menu

by Ellen Fort@ellenfork Oct 24, 2017, The Mission’s 24th Street Corridor is bustling with new restaurants and old, from Foxsister to La Victoria Bakery. Son’s Addition is the newest to join the neighborhood, bringing with it the food of a former chef de cuisine at Marlowe, and a family-friendly vibe.Chef Nick Cobarruvias and co-owner/wife Anna Sager Cobarruvias, who say Son’s Addition is actually a substitute for having a third child, are behind the restaurant at the corner of 24th and Harrison Street sf.eater.com/2017/10/24/16535128/sons-addition-mission-open-menu-photos-san-francisco

Marco Senghor Buys his Bissap Baobab Building I had one chance. The Mission, especially this corner, is really hot,” Marco told Mission Local. A City loan was helpful in making the $1.6M deal happen. 3372 19th St. at Mission is part of late night nexus of a very happening club scene.


BREW-HAHA Sighting Southern Pacific Brewery at 620 19th and Treat Streets got a lot of attention at YELP and then MissionLocal when a uniformed Alt-Right group chose to tip some brews. The everyday activity triggered strong emotions among the locals who unfairly expected the management to discriminate against the patrons. YELP Active Cleanup Alert This business recently made waves in the news, which often means that people come to this page to post their views on the news.While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts


Julia Roberts Sighting at Valenicia & 15th


Parking Meters to go "Demand Responsive" Citywide

SF Mission Streets Already Experiences $8/hour rates

San Francisco Council of District Merchants President Henry Karnilowicz said he’s puzzled by the MTA’s logic.

“I don’t see how increasing rates is going to make the turnover any different,” Karnilowicz said. “People will just have to pay more. If you want to increase turnover, why not just put time limits on parking?” — like the 24-minute or one-hour meters already around the city.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who blasted the plan as a financial hit on already stretched middle- and working-class families.“The only ones who will benefit will be ride shares like Lyft and Uber, who will become even more attractive to use,” Sheehy said.


Foxsister readies to open in the Mission, "amid questions and conversations"

By Justin Phillips October 3, 2017

Foxsister: 3161 24th St., between Shotwell and South Van Ness, www.foxsistersf.com; Opens Oct. 9 at 6pm with a Korean fusion menu sfchronicle.com/news/article/Foxsister-readies-to-open-in-the-Mission-amid-12250374.php

Full Liquor Licenses Available by SF Neighborhood at 95% Discount "Successful restaurants are an anchor for commerce because they create jobs, fuel foot traffic for other businesses nearby, and provide social spaces for neighbors to gather. This will provide opportunity to a new generation of restaurateurs who previously couldn’t afford a license.” Assemblyman Phil Ting

The Ting legislation creates more of a special Type 87 license is a new license that is similar to an existing license, the Type 47, in that it allows for the sale of hard alcohol in restaurants, but only for specific San Francisco neighborhoods. Currently, 812 restaurants San Francisco have full liquor licenses, allowing them to sell spirits in addition to beer. For California restaurants, the more common (and affordable) Type 41 licenses allow a business to sell beer and wine; the Type 47 licenses allow for hard alcohol, which is generally more profitable for businesses. In San Francisco’s long-running secondary liquor-license market, Type 47 licenses can cost upward of $250,000. More often than not, the restaurants capable of footing the bill pursue locations in areas with heavy foot traffic and lots of tourists.


Charriot Commuter Sevice Shut Down Briefly

Are local transit leaders more focused on eliminating competition than improving service?

Transit officials say that its vans interfere with Muni buses and divert commuters and revenue. That’s led to a pending plan that would bar any private bus from creating new routes that are too similar to those of Muni. Existing routes would be grandfathered in.


Halloween Shooting in the Castro Beat Cop Inquiry turns into a shootout

S.F. police Capt. Gaetano Caltagirone of Mission Station joined Police Chief Bill Scott for a town hall meeting in the Castro, scene of an officer-involved shooting on Halloween. The new Mission SFPD Captain Caltagirone told the crowd that his officers were “there to protect the lives of people” and that they had been “out there at the right time ... to stop (attackers) from doing harm to anyone else.” The shooting took place when officers on foot patrol were investigating a report of a suspicious car near 18th and Diamond streets at 12:03 a.m on Halloween night. Three other people with the gunman at the time of the shooting appear to have taxi-jacked a cab-driver, police said. The Castro was once the scene of large street parties every Halloween, the festivities were toned down after nine people were injured in shootings involving trouble makers from the East Bay during the 2006 celebration. Authorities ended the neighborhood’s official street party in 2009 in response to those incidents and others.


QUOTES: “Tonight, catching it, shimmering resplendent in the roseate sunset like a diaphanous wraith, I have to say that it outshone all its boxy neighbors by a mile, and fully justified its presence as a beacon of San Francisco elegance.” A description of our skyline's new Salesforce Tower by Christopher Tyler a fan of columnist Leah Garchick whose readers published comments has thus far been snarky with descriptions such as "nose hair trimmer" and "up yours"


"Antitrust rules, as with so much else in the Amazon era, look as if they will need updating." Amazon and Alibaba represent a new type of conglomerate. How should rivals and governments adapt? The Economist | There be giants


State Sen. Jerry Hill, who has pushed to reform PG&E ever since the San Bruno blast, warned that he will try to break up the utility if its negligence caused the fires. The fires have displaced tens of thousands of people, killed at least 41 and incinerated entire neighborhoods of Santa Rosa.“If we find that in this particular case — and we don’t know the cause yet — then frankly I don’t think PG&E should do business in California anymore,” said Hill, D-San Mateo. “They’ve crossed the line too many times. They need to be dissolved in some way, split.”


Edward Snowden:"We are not going to change the world, but we are on kind of a learning curve, and maybe you do not see the impact, but maybe because you are doing that somebody is going to take your action and push it forward" According to filmmaker Flore Vasseur this was the most important lesson from her interaction with American surveillance whistle-blower Snowden in Moscow. Her film,"Finding Snowden” makes its U.S. premiere at the 20th United Nations Association Film Festival on Oct. 28 at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford). sfchronicle.com/movies/article/UNAFF-film-festival-focuses-on-democracy-human-12287923.php

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