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Mission Eyes: The Force Awakens at SF’s New Mission Theater

Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building. Mission Local caught up with a...
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Mission Eyes: 10th Annual Sake Day

Mission Local visited the Armory on Saturday to take part in Sake Day, a sort of Oktoberfest for the Japanese rice wine. Sake aficionado and sommelier Beau Timken is the event’s mastermind, as well as the owner of Hayes Valley’s True Sake store. The event featured some 200 different kinds of sake and doubled as a benefit for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of...
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Foreign Cinema Celebrates 16, Supports News

After 16 years of serving fine wines and elegant dinners in the Mission, Foreign Cinema celebrated another milestone last night and was generous enough to share a portion of the proceeds with Mission Local. Noting the Chablis inspired menu, we sent our most French reporter to the scene to quiz diners about the value of local news. Watch below: Foreign Cinema’s Sweet 16...
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Mission Eyes: Silicon Valley Fashion?

LED lights galore, zero-galaxy space suits, disco ball helmets, a SheBot, 3D printed jewelry, and, sigh, drones walking the runway. Welcome to the future, or at least, the future envisioned by that rascal of prototyped looks Betabrand. For the first ever “Silicon Valley Fashion Week?”—the punctuation is vital, as it’s still an open question—Betabrand invited local designers and wearable tech companies...
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Mission Eyes: 10 Years of La Cocina

After 10 years of helping low-income immigrant women launch food-based businesses, La Cocina did a little celebrating last night. The incubator hosted a massive fundraising dinner at Square, and a cozier get-together at the Hall, where its graduate business El Pipila has a space and provided refreshments. La Cocina has helped launch some 40 businesses in its time, created more than...
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Mission Eyes: After the Fire

Tragedy has a way of bringing together unlikely groups. So too can a well stocked bar. Together, they make for a packed house. This was the case at the fundraiser held at Doc’s Clock on Saturday for the 67 people displaced by last week’s four-alarm fire. Bridge and tunnel pub crawlers mingled with longtime Mission residents. Drinking nearby community activists like Erick...

Mission Eyes: ¡Mole!

Making a mole, a rich sauce traditional in Mexican cooking, is no small feat. It can take days to prep all the ingredients—which can include anything from chocolate to plantains to pumpkin seeds. Plus, chili peppers need to be grilled, seeds need to be ground into a fine powder, everything simmered until thick. With 13 different moles (11 by amateur...
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Sex and Gore: A Look Inside ‘Hell in the Armory’

Dante Alighieri. Jean Paul Sarte. The creators of  South Park. Many a great artist has contemplated what becomes of the wicked in the afterlife. At the hands of fetish porn purveyors Kink.com and the avant-cabaret circus group Vau de Vivre Society, Hell is comprised of significant amounts of T&A and fake blood. This is Hell at the Armory, an erotic haunted house (or “immersive...

Inside Foreign Cinema’s Exquisite Birthday Bash

Drag queens, contortionists, restauranteurs, tech moguls, mariachi bands, politicians and at least one strange goat man gathered Thursday night to celebrate the restaurant Foreign Cinema’s 15 years of operation. Dubbed the “Quintessentially Quixotic Quinceañera,” the evening was a fete appropriately lavish for the acclaimed restaurant’s long, and somewhat surprising, tenure on Mission Street. Opening just before the first dot-com bust...
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How Original McCarthy’s Became Cha Cha Cha

Ding, dong, prohibition was dead on December 5, 1933. Shortly after, Denis McCarthy, an Irish immigrant from County Cork living in San Francisco, was one of the first businessmen to begin legally serving alcohol — at his Mission District restaurant, Original McCarthy’s. Original McCarthy’s has changed hands over the years, purchased by Philip Bellber and Leon Pak in 1997 to...