January 2018

December 28, 2017

Fresh Festival

January 5-27 / San Francisco
9th annual Festival of Experimental Dance | Music | Performance

Joe Goode Annex \ Red Poppy Art House \ F8 Nightclub
The theme of FRESH 2018 is ANTIDOTE. Pandora’s Box is open and we are in the thick of destabilizing destruction and deconstruction, extraordinarily influenced by nature, history and politics. We are in constant recovery, restructuring or reconstruction, trying to make sense of things, make a difference, make a life, make a living, make a family, make friends, make art. We need to seek new means and methods of resilience, healing and problem solving. We have to make new forms and norms of coexistence and collaboration. We must become the antidotes for the poisons in the world, Pandora’s Box is open and we are our best hope.

FRESH 2018 features 50+ dance, music and performance makers, masters, upstarts and treasures from the Bay Area and beyond, including José Abad | Alexis Akridge | Indira Allegra | Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz | ALTERNATIVA | Larry Arrington | Robbie Beahrs | Travis Bennett | Chani Bockwinkel | Christine Bonansea Company | Sarah Bouars | Keanu Brady | Tara Brandel | Nicole Carroll | Gerald Casel | Gabriel Christian | Abby Crain | Lisa Rybovich Crallé | Dance Studies Working Group | Ryan Austin Dennis | Rachael Dichter | DJ EFX | C.D. Fisher | Allie Hankins | Cookie Harrist | Julia Havard | Keith Hennessy | Kathleen Hermesdorf | Samuel Hertz | Jesse Hewit | Hien Huynh | Ben Juodvalkis | Debby Kajiyama | Kinetech Arts | Layton Lachman | Raymond Larrett | Daiane Lopes da Silva | Violeta Luna | Albert Mathias | David Molina | NAKA Dance Theater | José Navarrete | Nerve Pincher | Kevin O’Connor | Chrysa Parkinson | Devin Pastika | Mara Poliak | Brontez Purnell Dance Company | Randy Reyes | Kristianne Salcines | Mezhgan Saleh | Sara Shelton Mann | Dazaun Soleyn | Ernesto Sopprani | Jadelynn Stahl | J Miakoda Taylor | Diana Thielen | Yoann Trellu | Amelia Uzategui Bonilla | Roberto Varea | Ronja Ver | Amy + Hannah Wasielewski | Miriam Wolodarski Lundberg | Asia Wong | Weidong Yang | Jiayi Young | Shih-Wen Young.

freshfestival.org

sfgate.com/performance/article/Alternativa-s-2018-Fresh-Festival-kicks-off-4-12471184.php

 

RESTAURANT WEEK
January 22-31, 2018

 

Presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association
restaurants citywide offer prix fixe, multi-course menus. $15 or $25 2+ Course Lunch $40 or $65 3+ Course Dinner. INTERACTIVE DINER ACTIVITY:The most enthusiastic diners (those that eat at at least 4 or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week) will be eligible to be rewarded with 12 – $100 gift certificates Find out which restaurants are participating, check out menus, and make reservations. www.sfrestaurantweek.com/

Bayou - Southern 3412 17th St @ Valencia St (415) 913-7766 bayousf.com
 $25 Lunch $40 Dinner
 Central Kitchen  - American 3000 20th St@ Florida St (415) 826-7004 centralkitchensf.com
 $65 Dinner
 Destino - Latin American 1815 Market St btwen Guererro & Valencia Sts. (415) 552-4451 destinosf.com
 $40 Dinner $65 Dinner
 flour + water - Italian 2401 Harrison St @ 21st St (415) 826-7000 flourandwater.com
 $65 Dinner
 Garçon  - French 1101 Valencia St @22nd St r (415) 401-8959 garconsf.com
 $40 Dinner
 Hog and Rocks - American 3431 19th St @ San Carlos St (415) 550-8627 hogandrocks.com
 $65 Dinner
 Locanda Osteria & Bar - Italian 557 Valencia St b/t 17th St & 16th St (415) 863-6800 locandasf.com
 $40 Dinner
 Lolinda - Argentinian 2518 Mission St b/t 21st St & 22nd St (415) 550-6970 lolindasf.com
 $40 Dinner
 Maruya - Japanese 2931 16th St b/t So. Van Ness Ave & Capp St (415) 503-0702 maruyasf.org
 $65 Dinner
 Mozzeria - Pizza 3228 16th St b/t Dolores & Guerrero Sts (415) 489-0963 mozzeria.com
 $40 Dinner
 Myriad Gastro Pub - American 2491 Mission St @21st St (415) 525-4335 myriadsf.com
 $25 Lunch $40 Dinner
 Namu Gaji - Korean 499 Dolores St @ 18th St (415) 431-6268 namusf.com
 $25 Lunch $65 Dinner
 Precita Park Cafe 500 Precita Ave @ Alabama (415) 647-7702 precitaparkcafe.com
 $40 Dinner


San Francisco Tape Music Festival
JANUARY 5-7th
Victoria Theater, 2961  16th St /24 ST BART

Friday January 5, 9pm Saturday January 6, 8pm
Saturday January 6, 10:40pm  Sunday January 7, 8pm
America’s only festival devoted to the performances of audio works projected in three-dimensional space has been described as “cinema for your ears”
 www.sfsound.org/tape/

7th annual
*** Bowie Birthday Bash! ***

 

Friday, January 5, 2018 9:00 PM to Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:00 AM at The Chapel, 

Boom Boom Room Presents Reverent Father Lysol Tony-Romeo and the First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, San Francisco's 7th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash!
It has been 2 years since His Bowieness forever abandoned corporeal form and became Pure Stardust. We honor his Legacy with a full weekend of Bowie Worship! The world's only Bowie Worship Band will be performing Three of His seminal albums: Friday: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Saturday: Station To Station AND Let's Dance Front to back! Cover to cover, you might say. Plus a special encore set and midnight mass! But that's not all! A proper religious tribute to Bowie wouldn't be complete without a Big Spectacular Stage Show, and we've got that and more! We will be welcoming some of SF's favorite drag queens and burlesque stars to the stage as the Spirit of Ziggy flows throughout the performance!
thechapelsf.com/event/1597589-david-bowie-birthday-bash-san-francisco/

 

SF SKETCHFEST COMEDY FESTIVAL 

 Jan 11, 2018 – Jan 28, 2018

 

 17th Annual SF Sketchfest

Audible presents the 17th annual SF Sketchfest  with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 15 venues across the city. 

sfsketchfest.com/schedule-and-tickets/

In person (no service fees): From 60 minutes before any SF Sketchfest show to 15 minutes after the show begins.

Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission 2550 Mission Street (415) 549-5959 drafthouse.com/sf
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street (415) 641-7657 Brava.org
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market Street (415) 431-7578 All Shows 21+
www.swedishamericanhall.com
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street  (415) 621-6120 Castrotheatre.com
The Chapel  777 Valencia Street  (415) 551-5157 TheChapelSF.com
The Nourse 275 Hayes Street  (415) 563-2463 cityarts.net/nourse

sfchronicle.com/performance/article/What-events-to-catch-at-SF-Sketchfest-2018-12473690.php

Latin Standards

JANUARY 11 – 28, 2018
New York Times 2017 "Critic's Pick!"

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MARGA GOMEZ
DIRECTED BY DAVID SCHWEIZER
 
Mixing nostalgia, urgency, and comic edge, Gomez portrays herself as a driven adult child of a Cuban entertainer. Defying reason she attempts to produce a hipster comedy night at a struggling Latino drag queen club, Esta Noche, during the onset of San Francisco’s gentrification crisis. Between vivid portrayals of characters from 1960’s Manhattan to present day San Francisco, Gomez ponders the ballads (or Latin Standards) penned by her late father Willy Chevalier: a comedian/producer/entrepreneur and composer of dance tunes that reveled in jealousy and obsession.​
https://www.brava.org/all-events/2018/1/11/latin-standards
 
 
BRAVA PRESENTS
6TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO
SON JAROCHO FESTIVAL 
JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 4, 2018
 
 
Explore the folkloric music style of Veracruz MEXICO during a week-long festival of live music, community fandango, workshops with master artists, and youth activities
HONORING THE WOMEN OF JAROCHOCaña Dulce y Caña Brava from Veracruz, Mexico, Entre Mujeres from Los Angeles, and the Bay Area’s own DiaPa’Son.
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street
brava.org/all-events/2018/1/30/son-jarocho-festival
 
 

Diane Barnes at the Marsh

MY STROKE OF LUCK

Written & Performed by Diane Barnes
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Developed with David Ford
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar
NOW EXTENDED Through February 3!
November 2 – February 3 | San Francisco
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 2pm
“‘My Stroke of Luck’ is a riveting, tense, and touching story of a single mother grappling with no longer being able to take care of yourself, much less her two sons.” –Sam Hurwitt in the Marin Independent Journal
1062 Valencia St, SF Phone: (415) 641-0235
 https://themarsh.org 
 
JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 4
Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival
Castro Theatre  Dedicated to noir philosophy, attitude and style in films, books, art and music, the festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and promises “ultra rare films and very special guests.” 
www.noircity.com
 
More Events
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NEWS

FORT POINT BREWERY OPENING in the MISSION

Timbuk2, a 20-year-old company located at 20th and Shotwell, invited Fort Point to cohabitate this summer, filling extra space and helping to drive business. Currently, Fort Point’s beers are available to customers in widely-distributed cans and on draught at bars, but the company’s direct-to-consumer presence has been limited, with just a small taproom in the Ferry Building.“Manufacturing in San Francisco is really difficult,” says Justin Catalana, who founded Fort Point with his brother Tyler in 2014. For both his brewery and Timbuk2, “being able to sell products directly to consumers offsets the high cost of operating here.”
https://sf.eater.com/2017/12/22/16812964/fort-point-timbuk2-taproom-mission-brewery-approved

 

The Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:30pm to 9:30pm Producer Dinner series at 18 Reasons at 3674 18th St. shines a spotlight on artisan food producers – in this case, Fort Point Beer Co. Enjoy a paired four-course dinner by Chef Mike Weller. Break bread, drink beer, and learn from Fort Point's Head Brewer, Mike Schnebeck.

18reasons.org/classes-events/2018-02-13/producer-dinner-fort-point-beer-company


Get Ready for  Beek Week 2018
February 9, through Sunday, February 18, 2018.

https://sfbeerweek.org/schedule/ 

http://sfbrewersguild.org/breweries
Now over 900 Craft Breweries in California! 
As of this December 2017, the California Craft Brewers Association [californiacraftbeer.com ] reported 900 craft breweries operating throughout the state, more than any other in the country. Craft brewers now make up 22 percent of the $107 billion U.S. beer market.  Celebrator Beer News is celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Saturday, February 17 as part of the grand finale of San Francisco Beer week. Join us for a beer festival to celebrate all the great beer Celebrator has covered in the last 30 years!The Celebrator Beer Festival will be held at Trumer Brewery. A free shuttle bus from the North Berkeley BART Station to the Trumer Brewery in Berkeley will be availablefor more than 650 beer lovers and industry professionals to enjoy beer from thirty-five California breweries

 

RESTAURANT NEWS: OPENINGS & CLOSINGS 

From last January through the end of November, 277 restaurants and food trucks in San Francisco opened, while 350 closed. The Yelp data also suggest that restaurants are feeling the impact of San Francisco’s rising minimum wage.

Debi Cohn, owner of a Mission bar named Asiento and director at large of the Mission Merchants Association, thinks oversaturation is partly to blame, especially in her neighborhood, which saw 25 openings and 38 closures.

“I don’t think that there are that many new customers to accommodate the new restaurant openings,” Cohn said. “People have children, move out of the area, work for companies that pay for food, and pay more in rent. I think the available pool of customers is the same. (The Mission) cannot support an additional 10 to 15 new restaurants.”

A 2017 Harvard Business School study of Bay Area Yelp rankings found that after each $1 increase in the local minimum wage, restaurants with the average Yelp rating of 3.5 out of 5 were 14 percent more likely to close, and that closure risk rises as the stars drop.

sfchronicle.com/food/article/2017-wasn-t-the-greatest-year-for-San-Francisco-12480441.php

The Tamale Lady: 2943 16th St.; opening April/TBD

In 2013 she was barred from selling her tamales at area bars, news that reverberated locally and nationally, and became a symbol of a changing San Francisco. Mission Housing Development Corporation, has been funding 100 percent of the build-out which began in 2013. “Things have just taken a long time. Everything seemed to be slow. But I have the lease for this place so I wasn’t going anywhere,” said Tamale Lady Virginia Ramos said with a laugh. “I just waited.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Tamale-Lady-readies-for-Mission-comeback-after-12529007.php

Brasserie Saint James at 742 Valenica has closed quietly at beginning of this month. Originally opened as Abbot's Cellar the Reno operator Art Farley has listed the 7 barrel brewing equipment for sale on craigslist.org. "If I were to try again with something new in San Francisco, it wouldn't be with my own food, and I would want to be my own landlord."

The future of Tipping is UnclearThe back of the house was content, as you might imagine, but we kept losing servers,” he said. “It was only a 10 percent hit but the waiters could go somewhere else and make more.” Thad Vogler - Bar Agricole

sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Diners-may-be-ready-to-accept-no-tipping-12491759.php

 

Roxie Theater Feeling Healthy

Elizabeth O’Malley is the  Non Profit's Executive Director

Having opened in 1909, the Roxie's original auditorium, which seats 238, is thought to be the world's second oldest continually operating movie house. For a brief period in the 1970s, it was a porno theater, but it recovered by the end of the decade and became, by the 1990s, the most adventurously programmed repertory house in the country

Part of the success comes as the result of the Roxie’s embracing the best in Spanish-language cinema. Eighteen months ago, Isabel Fondevila, a native of Spain and the theater’s director of programming, launched the Roxie’s RoxCine program, which has brought in films from all over the Spanish-speaking world. To get the word out, the theater has worked with the Cine Mas Latino Film Festival, Spanish radio programs and community organizations.

“The consulates of Spain and Mexico in San Francisco have also helped us spread the word,” Fondevila says

sfchronicle.com/movies/article/Roxie-Theater-once-fading-to-black-now-thriving-12453001.php

sfLatinofilmfestival.org/

 

Auto break-ins an epidemic in SF

By Leif Dautch December 28, 2017

It is not about “criminalizing” the homeless. Although some car break-ins surely are crimes of opportunity by those battling financial desperation and/or drug addiction, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury found that nearly 80 percent of auto burglaries are actually committed by organized gangs who come into the city specifically to break in to cars. Given the identity of the culprits, increased enforcement and aggressive prosecution of auto burglaries need not, and should not, target the homeless population

sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Auto-break-ins-an-epidemic-in-SF-12460350.php

Senator Weiner proposes Bill to Tightnen Auto Breakin Penalties
 6 word addition to clarify felony offense “or when forced entry is used”

"It’s a good change to make, but it will only help in the fewer than 2 percent of car break-ins in the city that lead to an arrest. The vast majority of the more than 30,000 break-ins that were reported to police in 2017 never led to an arrest, and thus never made their way to the district attorney’s office for determination of whether to charge them as a felony or misdemeanor." Heather Knight Jan 22, 2018

sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-Sen-Wiener-tries-to-shut-odd-loophole-12516387.php

SF District Attorney: "Of the more than 81,000 online reports of auto break-ins that victims filed in San Francisco over the past seven years, a mere 13 cases resulted in arrests"

Police union President Martin Halloran placed the blame for the property crime epidemic squarely on criminal justice reforms like Prop. 47. Max Szabo, a spokesman for DA George Gascón’s office, said Halloran’s comments “tarnish the credibility” of the Police Department.“By making these very public and very false claims, the POA has made it clear they have no intention of being part of the solution,” Szabo said. “Meanwhile, we’re working closely with the SFPD Command Staff to develop solutions to the auto burglary epidemic, and we’re confident that we can make significant inroads in the months ahead.”

sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Only-13-arrests-in-7-years-of-SF-online-auto-12526601.php

AirBnB.com Complys with City Regulations, drops 2000 units
"We just wanted to have commonsense regulations whereby San Francisco’s acute housing crisis isn’t exacerbated,” said District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who chairs a committee overseeing vacation rentals. “The Board (of Supervisors) is unanimous in its desire to have real home-sharing that does not take units off the market that would otherwise go to people who live and work here.”

"We are proud to have worked with lawmakers in our hometown to create clear, fair home-sharing rules that ensure every listing on the Airbnb platform is in full compliance with local regulations,” Airbnb spokeswoman Mattie Zazueta said. “We look forward to building our business in San Francisco with a strong foundation of dedicated hosts, clear rules and a streamlined registration process that supports compliance.”

sfchronicle.com/business/article/Airbnb-listings-in-San-Francisco-plunge-by-half-12502075.php

 

BART Finally Begins Train Car Replacement

In 2012 BART chose Bombardier Transit Corporation to build BART's Fleet of the Future—a complex design, engineering, supply chain, and assembly process. BART’s original timeline called for the first of hundreds of new cars to go into service in 2016 but testing issues resulted in a delay to Jan. 18, 2018. BART’s $2.6 billion contract with Bombardier calls for it to deliver about 150 new cars every year until the transit system’s old fleet of 669 cars is replaced, and expanded to 775, by 2022. BART also hopes to find enough money to add another 306 cars to its fleet.

Let's hope the higher capacity cars reduce the rush hour backup at the downtown stations. 

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/New-BART-rail-cars-approved-for-service-10-more-12507069.php

National Park Service Bans Beach Fires for Winter Months

Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb off-limits in only allowable spot opposite Beach Chalet

http://sfist.com/2017/11/02/your_ocean_beach_bonfire_days_are_o.php

http://sfist.com/2016/04/20/new_ocean_beach_bonfire_rules_take.php

 

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in California. 
The law — which residents approved on a 2016 ballot — allows anyone over 21 to possess and grow limited amounts of cannabis as of January 1st 2917.  However local rules and regulations vary widely and are still being determined. For examples only existing medical dispensaries in San Francisco can begin selling retail cannabis but only after obtaining a state license from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, which cannot be issued without authorization from The City’s Office of Cannabis.The Office of Cannabis is reviewing about 20 applications from dispensaries that sought to start selling retail cannabis. As a neighbor within 300 feet you may receive such required documents as a “good neighbor” policy and a security plan.

 

New CA 2017 laws restricting employers
Potential employers are prohibited from using the job application box that inquires about an applicant’s criminal record. However further investigation is advised as AB1008 still allows employers to conduct background checks after extending conditional offers

SB54 by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from arresting and detaining people on behalf of federal immigration enforcement officials.

AB168,  prohibits employers from relying on applicants’ salary history to fight gender gaps

SB63,  assures workers that they can take up to 12 weeks’ worth of parental leave and maintain their health care coverage.

 

10 life-changing revelations in the outdoors by Tom Stienstra
In the grand tradition of John Muir, a world class outdoorsman among us!

sfchronicle.com/sports/article/10-life-changing-revelations-in-the-outdoors-12471863.php

 

QUOTES 

Brian Kelly, head of CalTrans shuffled over to head HSRA (High Speed Rail Authority) as a new report did little to encourage the intrepid backers showing that the 119-mile span in the Central Valley has risen from the projected $66 million/mile cost to $84 million/mile. The NY Times asked him a few quick questions.

Q: The HSRA was established 23 years ago. During that time China has built 16,000 miles of hgh speed rail. We are still working on the first 119 mile. What are we doing wrong?

A: It's not that we're doing it wrong. To be fair, the voters of the State of California did no pass a bond bill dedicating any money till 2008. We are in a position today where there is enough dedicated for the project. We have constructions underway.

nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/california-today-can-a-new-leader-deliver-high-speed-rail.html

"I’m a Millennial,I’m from the generation that never learned how to sew. People are sitting at a desk all day looking at a computer. They want to make something with their hands.” - Jennie Lennick new 24th St Mission merchant sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Artist-opens-shop-in-SF-s-Mission-with-designs-12520038.php

 

 

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