February 2018 Events & News

Indiefest 2018 20 years - Fat Tuesday Carnaval 40 years - Beer Week 10 years IN THE MISH Valentine Days's Chocolate and Flowers

The 20th San Francisco Independent Film Festival will be Feb 1-15, 2018. This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe.

“The San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Bay Area’s version of Slamdance, provides a showcase for edgy cinematic work — and a great excuse to do some serious partying.”David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

"even when it’s dull, something magical is just around the corner." --- Lincoln Spector bayflicks.net/2018/01/18/indiefest-previews/

2018 Venues

Roxie Theater 3117 16th at Valencia

Victoria Theater 2961 16th at Mission

518 Val Pop Up Theater 518 Valencia at 16th


Regular tickets $13/advance, $14/door. Retrospective Series tickets $10

Opening Night Film tickets (includes Stuck and the hosted screening/dance party Girl Walk//All Day) $22/advance, $25/door. (21up)


15th Annual Big Lebowski Party with live onstage shadow cast by Bawdy Caste $18/advance, $20/door (21up) Feb 2nd at the Victoria http://sfindie.com/sfindie2018/big-lebowski-shadow-cast/

8th Annual Super Bowl: Men in Tights Comedy Show $13/advance, $14/door. at the Roxie Feb 4th "Come on down to the Mission and pound your guts full of beers and snacks as some of SF’s best comedians provide live comedic color commentary for the game but leave the commercials untouched because they are Holy and Good." Featuring: Spencer Bainbridge, Jesse Hett, James Roop, Sarah Rudnick and special guests. events.sfgate.com/event/sf-indiefest-s-th-annual-super-bowl-men-in-tights-comedy-spectacular

AKIRA featuring live soundtrack performed by The Firmament, at Roxie Thu Feb 8, 915p $18/advance, $20/door --- SF electronic musical score design duo The Firmament has created a live electronic score to the 1988 cyberpunk anime classic Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. http://sfindie.com/sfindie2018/akira-live-re-score/

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Bingo, includes bingo card, chance to win prizes Saturday February 10 2018 9:30 PM (91 Minutes)Roxie Theater $10 http://sfindie.com/sfindie2018/pee-wees-big-adventure-bingo/

9th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing Along, $13/advance, $14/door. at the Roxie Feb 14th roxie.com/ai1ec_event/sf-indiefest-anti-valentines-day-power-ballad-sing-a-long-show/

"we’ll pound our fists at the sky in defiance of those who would dare not love us."

The Screenplay Live Read/Panel/Reception, Fest Makers Panel and Mission BAG (Bad Art Gallery) are free. (Mission BAG is 21up) BAD ART GALLERY show is Friday Feb 9, 8p-11p at 518 Valencia Gallery

IPA continues to reign as America’s favorite craft beer style. So, unsurprisingly, the Bay Area is now home to a multitude of hoppy events each February. There is a growing range to this breakout family of beer styles, including the newer hazy IPAs, West Coast IPAs, double IPAs, triple IPAs, IPAs made with actual fruit, and tasty color-defined variants from black to red to white. The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 to help market breweries in the City of San Francisco. By 2010, the guild became caretaker and official producer of SF Beer Week. https://sfbeerweek.org/

The Monk’s Kettle is a neighborhood tavern a stone's throw from the birthplace of the Bay Area in the SF Mission District offering upscale pub fare and a broad and balanced craft beer list. The Kitchen provides a ‘from scratch’, seasonally driven menu. A world-renowned beer list offers 28 drafts, 1 cask engine and around 150 in the bottle (including vintage selections from the cellar) in a wide range of styles, and specializing in local and Belgian brews. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily guide you through the tavern’s extensive beer and food offerings.

  • Sat, February 10, 11:00am - 2:00am An American Sour/Funk Fest - Celebration of American sours. About 20 taps will be filled with sours from American breweries. Also available will be glass pours from the bottle, and a killer vintage list. We will open an hour early (11am) for this event.

  • Sun, February 11, 12:00 - 8:00pm - Cider Sunday

  • Tue, February 13, 4:00 - 7:00pm - NEW Brewery Feature - The Bruery

  • Wed, February 14, 12:00pm - 2:00am - Triple IPA Love Fest

  • Fri, February 16, 4:00 - 6:00pm - NEW Five Years of Firestone Walker

  • Sat, February 17 12:00 - 4:00pm - NEW Monk's Kettle Cellar Sale

Website: www.monkskettle.com | https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/the-monks-kettle/

The Crafty Fox Ale House https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/the-crafty-fox-ale-house/

1700 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 416-6602 www.craftyfoxsf.com Gastropub with 36 tap beers plus American menus in casual digs with a roll-up garage door.

Woods Cervecería Discover events on 8 of the 9 days https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/woods-cerveceria/ 3801 18th St, San Francisco http://www.woodsbeer.com/cerveceria/ Woods Beer began with MateVeza, a one-of-a-kind IPA made with yerba mate, and its Mission District home, Cervecería, still anchors our company in San Francisco. We’ve grown since then, expanding around Bay and experimenting with many more new beers.

Standard Deviant Brewing 280 14th St San Francisco, CA 94103 @ Mission St (415) 590-2550 standarddeviantbrewing.com Mission Chili Cook-off Sun, February 11 3:00 - 7:00pm The best chili cooks in the city are gathering at SDB to showcase their recipes. Come eat delicious chili paired with the coldest-tasting beer in San Francisco.

Big Rec Taproom 3066 24th St b/t Treat Ave & Lucky Sts (415) 796-3676 bigrectaproom.com kicking off their very first SFBW with 3 events

Old Devil Moon https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/old-devil-moon/

3472 Mission St @ Cortland Ave olddevilmoonsf.com New Orleans Party Central on Fat Tuesday Night Pi Bar https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/pi-bar/ Enjoy 1/2 price the following day on yesterdays's featured kegs of beer 1432 Valencia St b/t 26th St & 25th St (415) 970-9670 pibarsf.com The Sycamore https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/the-sycamore/ 1/2 off Yesterday's Drafts All Day Long All Week 2140 Mission St @ Sycamore St (415) 252-7704 thesycamoresf.com Southpaw BBQ https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/southpaw-bbq/ 2170 Mission St @18th St (415) 934-9300 southpawbbqsf.com Rosamunde Sausage Grill https://sfbeerweek.org/venue/rosamunde-sausage-grill/ 2832 Mission St @ 24th St (415) 970-9015 rosamundesausagegrill.com

Mission Cheese missioncheese.net/events $49 join forces with Fort Point Beer Co. for our 3rd annual evening of delicious beer, housemade bratwurst and cheese pairings.

736 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 553-8667 missioncheese.net Almanac Taproom 24th St. Wed, February 14 5:00 - 10:00pm Three-Way: Beer, Donut & Ice Cream Night 2704 24th St b/t Potrero Ave & Hampshire St (415) 932-6531 almanacbeer.com

Valentine's Day can be the worst -- we want to make it better. Join us for an anti-Valentine's Day celebration with all the deliciousness that’s made on 24th Street! We’re inviting in Dynamo Donut and Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream to spread the love. We’ll be serving our Dynamo Donut Stout (Brewed with Maple Syrup, Smoked Malt & Donuts) and epic specials: Donut Cheeseburgers, Ice Cream Donut Sandwiches and a Beer Ice Cream “Affogato.” No RSVP, tickets, or prix fixe menus - just come stag, with a date, or two.

JUST OPENED ACROSS THE BAY Almanac Barrel House and Taproom at 651B W Tower Avenue in Alameda located in a former naval warehouse from the 1940s . The 30,000 square foot dedicated facility offers with a 2,000 square foot indoor taproom and 1,000 square foot outdoor beer garden and is next to Admiral Maltings, a craft malting operation supplying local breweries (including Almanac) with small batch barley. Admiral’s own taproom, the Rake. Congratulations to Almanec founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan.





Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Facebook Event Page: http://bit.ly/2EavITR

Google Map for the 20 participating venues and start planning your party route

Meet friends, family, and neighbors in the heart of San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District to enjoy live samba, salsa, soca cumbia, rumba drummers & dancers ! Everyone is invited to wear costumes, masks and beads in celebration of the holiday. A percentage of sales in all venues will go to support Carnaval San Francisco! Donations are welcome and can be made on our site or on the the day of the event: www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org/donate

22nd Street +Make-Out Room, 21 & Over--3225 22nd St Live Dance Performances! +Latin American Club, 21 & Over--3286 22nd St Massive margaritas and other surprises

+Radio Habana (Social Club), All Ages--1109 Valencia St Grab the special Carnaval SF Mardi Gras Mojito!

​+El Valenciano Restaurant & Bar, All Ages--1153 Valencia St DJ Changó Live Dance Performances!

+ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco--3221 22nd St [admission] 6pm-7:30pm -- Capoeira Basics (teens & adults), $20

19th-20th & Mission +Bissap Baobab Village, All Ages--3372 19th St DJ Rican Nican, Live Dance Performances! +Cha Cha Cha Mission St., All Ages--2327 Mission St Live Performance by Los Nadies

+Laundré, All Ages--2401 Mission St Free Dance Classes!​

24th Street +Pops Bar, 21 & Over--2800 24th St DJ Music

+Zoe's Bar & Restaurant, All Ages--3088 24th St +La Reyna Bakery, All Ages--3114 24th St

+Artillery AG, All Ages--2751 Mission St Live Dance Performances!

+Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts--2868 Mission St [admission] Dance Classes: 7pm-8pm, Beg-Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino (18+), $12 8pm-9pm, Int/Adv-Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino, (18+), $12 8:1 5pm-9:30pm, Brazilian Carnaval Dance & Live Drumming w/ Fogo Na Roupa (all ages), $10 +Dance Brigade's Dance Mission--3316 24th St [admission] Dance Classes: 6:30pm - Latin Dance Fusion with Tika Morgan 8pm - Cuban Folkloric with Susana Arenas (live drumming) 16th & Valencia

+Blondie's Bar, 21 & Over--540 Valencia St Live music by: Los Diablos de Amor w/ Special Guests The Hidden +Slate Bar, 21 & Over--2925 16th St Stereo Tropical Presents:Fat CUMBIA Tuesday! Featuring La Cumbiamba Colombiana Dance Performance: "La Hora Loca" - The Crazy Dancing hour! DJ Lautaro +Casanova Lounge, 21 & Over--527 Valencia St French Quarter Style drinks

+Elbo Room, 21 & Over--647 Valencia St [admission] $10 Entrance Live Performances by:Sang Matiz Fogo Na Roupa & DJ Carioca

Mission Creek

+Asiento, 21 & Over--2730 21st St at Bryant Taco Tuesday & Drink specials! Be ready to dance to some funky, Mardi Gras beats! Music and Performances provided by Dulce Productions.

SOMA -Mission +CALLE-11sf, 21 & Over--1501 Folsom St b/t 11th St & Norfolk St Juan Carlos' Peña Toribio Production Presents Pasto Seco La Clandestina Bay Calafia Armada, Pangea Futbol ClubDJ Carlos G aka Hella Fat

Bernal-Mission El Rio, 21 & Over--3158 Mission St El Rio began in 1978 as a Leather Brazilian Gay Bar! Live Dance Performances!

Noise Pop Festival 2018

February 19th-25th


Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival takes the best venues in the Bay and collectively turns them into your personal festival ground. Throughout the week there are different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts all over SF and the East Bay.

There are two ways to attend the fest: buy a badge and get into everything or pick and choose by purchasing tickets to individual shows and films.

Mission Venues:

The Chapel : 777 Valencia Street

Gray Area : 2665 Mission St

Brick & Mortar: 1710 Mission St



Noteable acts for 2018: Tune-Yards • Built To Spill performs Keep It Like A Secret • Ty Dolla $ign • Real Estate • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • Madlib (DJ Set) • Jay Electronica • Parquet Courts • San Fermin with The Magik*Magik Orchestra • WHY? • Superchunk • Toro Y Moi (DJ Set) • Waxahatchee (Solo) • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down • Rostam

Valentine's Day 2018

Wednesday February 14

Guide to Flowers & Chocolate in the Mission District

Mission Chocolate

Sixth Course 1544 15th St b/t Natoma St & Capp St (415) 829-2461 sixthcourse.com The Mission's best deserts. Beautiful treats to share with your sweetheart and open late till 10pm

Dandelion Chocolate 740 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 349-0942 dandelionchocolate.com World Famous - A Chocolate epiphany. Sign up for events & classes - Tour larger factory on 16th Charles Chocolates 535 Florida St b/t Mariposa St & 18th St (415) 659-8770 charleschocolates.com

Artisan chocolatiers and bean to bar producers are teaching us to appreciate better chocolate Cadence Chocolates 94110 Mission (415) 890-3738 cadencechocolates.com "The mindset "savor promptly" drives her small batch sizes.

FLOWERS in the SF Mission

Mission de Flores 2590 Folsom St b/t 21st St & 22nd St (415) 829-9886 missiondeflores.com Open late till 8 & 7 days/week La Bodega Flora 2751 Mission St b/t 24th St & 23rd St (415) 407-8773 labodegaflora.com Flower designer Amesia is amazing! Ampersand 80 Albion St at 15th St (415) 654-0776 ampersandsf.com small quaint hidden gem florist in barn garage Floreria La Poblanita 2848 Mission St b/t 24th St & 25th St

Lila B Design 2128 Folsom St b/t 18th St & 17th St (415) 563-6681 lilabdesign.com Beautiful space integrated with Stable Cafe including succulent arrangements

San Francisco Flower Mart 640 Brannan St b/t 5th St & I-280 (415) 392-7944 sfflowermart.com

Do it yourself saving and selection from among from many vendors between 10am & 3pm,

J'aime Floral Art One of a kind flower arrangements using your favorite colors and flowers. Contact J’aime at (415) 821-0188 for more information or to arrange a consultation. Jaime Martinez, is a former King of Carnaval SF, contingent leader of Latin American Workout and larger than life Mission personality


Break in the Car Break-in Battle Fremont stakeout scores car break-in cache of electronics bound for Vietnam

Numerous Bay Area car break-ins have been linked to a multimillion-dollar fencing operation in which computer tablets and laptops stolen from vehicles were shipped overseas sold on the black market in Vietnam, authorities. Fremont police said 28-year-old Carlos Paz, whom police identified as the main “fence,” lives in San Francisco, where city law enforcement has recently come under fire for a soaring number of car break-ins amid a trifling arrest rate. Some of the auto thefts in the fencing operation occurred in San Francisco, authorities said, but it’s unclear how many.

sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Bay-Area-car-break-in-allegedly-tied-to-crime-ring-12541574.php Lombard Street Neighbors knows its thieves by their paper car license plates

Every day, thieves break into cars on her block, with no consequence.

“There’s no risk. Why would they stop?”

by Heather Knight - sfchronicle.com/news/article/Gone-in-5-seconds-SF-neighborhood-police-

Solano County Arrests the Brazen Suspect Tale of arrest for SF vehicle break-in is as twisty as nearby Lombard Street Feb 27th follow-up sfchronicle.com/news/article/Tale-of-arrest-for-SF-vehicle-break-in-is-as

And how is life back on Lombard Street?

Gerry McMahon is a bricklayer who’d been working on the front of Bartlett Hinckley’s house and told me he’d seen more than 100 car break-ins occur, with no arrests. He said that since The Chronicle column ran, plainclothes officers have flooded the street, occasionally griping, “The press is all over us.”

Alamo Square foiled car break-in Raises SFPD Policy Questions for Union

On February 1, a team broke up an attempted car break in at tourist hot spot Alamo Square. Police video shows driver ignoring an order to get out of the car and instead backing up over an officer and suspect behind the vehicle. In May 2016, a police sergeant shot and killed 29-year-old Jessica Williams, who was allegedly trying to flee officers in a stolen car. The shooting prompted the ouster of then-Police Chief Greg Suhr. The police union, which had an ally in Suhr, has been critical of the policy, and even filed a lawsuit saying the commission violated the union’s collective bargaining rights by enacting the policy. Shortly after this attack, Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association. issued a statement again saying the policy “must be changed...It is so frustrating to SFPD officers that our use-of-force policy prohibits us from shooting at a suspect in a vehicle even if that suspect is trying to kill or seriously injure innocent civilians or our officers,” he said.

All three suspects were later apprehended after the driver crashed eight blocks away from the initial scene. sfchronicle.com/crime/article/3-suspects-named-in-incident-in-which-SF-cop-was-12548376.php

16th St. BART's Alice Dies Dignified Death

Supervisor Hillary Ronen said that though Alice’s time inside was very short, she’s glad that at least her death was dignified. She was in a warm bed, receiving the medical care she needed.

I’ll remember her as a woman who was lost and neglected by our society and who somehow, because she had an incredible spirit and will to survive, made it on the streets at an advanced age for so long,” Ronen said.

A symbol for the late Mayor Ed Lee of the clear need to change the state’s conservatorship laws, which currently prevent officials from compelling mentally ill people to move inside unless that person poses an imminent danger to themselves or others or is gravely disabled, such as not being able to feed themselve


Restaurant OPENINGS

Bon Voyage! 1584 Valencia Street @ 17th From BV Hospitality a follow-up to Trick Dog, Josh Harris and Morgan Schick’s creative, biannually changing Mission cocktail bar.

The Tamale Lady’s brick and mortar is (still) on the way to 2943 16th Street, though construction delays have slowed progress. The popular roaming tamale operation from Virigina Ramos is expected in the spring.

Beehive, from chef-owner Phil West of Range and his partners at the Treasury, will open in February or thereabouts in the former Range space at 842 Valencia @ Cunninghan with a mid-century sensibility.


"There are social behaviors that are fairly ingrained in societies that aren't necessarily intrinsic to who we are as people. One of our bigger challenges is to get to a place where people undertand art is transcendent and we all need more of it" Smule CEO Jeff Smith in Executive Profile with SF Business Times Jan. 26, 2018 smule.com specializes in developing social music-making applications for iOS, Android, and Amazon.com Kindle Fire.

"We may get in trouble one day, but the fact of the matter is 179 formerly homeless families are housed because we invested $2 million into empty units that were empty for years,London Breed said at a 2016 neighborhood meeting.

The best travel is always a little unscripted. Take this as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. If you bring that attitude to exploring the state’s rich cannabis subculture, you will be rewarded. David Downs is the editor of Green State, The Chronicle’s vertical on cannabis industry and culture. www.greenstate.com.

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