CAFE LA BOHEME 6 AM Good Morning Mission District!
The current temperature at 24th and Mission is a crisp 49 degrees Farenheit, with a coolish fog hanging overhead. Rain not in the forecast . Question whether to go back to the Che Guevara for the second morning. It is deep, strong, fragrant; something you might drink one morning before dawn in the Sierra Maestra. So why do I go with the Organic Rainforest?
A Winning New Message
Chicken John hasn’t given up, why should I? The quote in the headline from Samuel Beckett was sent to me by X/Pat(riot) after my inaugural post.
Phil Wants to Know
As noted elsewhere on missionloc@l today, the soon-to-be-ubiquitous Philz Coffee is asking its customers and all passers-by: “So if we offered mugs would you drink from them?” Don’t tell us, tell Phil: FirstClassService@philzcoffee.com
Tales of the City: Heart Warmer Deluxe
Ice Cream Freeze
The Bi-Rite Creamery, well-known for long lines on cold nights, will be closed the last two weeks in February. When it re-opens, sez Tablehopper, the Creamery will be expanding, to include more space for seating, production and a new window.
Trekker Drew comes to the Mission and discovers a hipster nivana. Only he doesn’t know what a hipster is. Nobody does. That’s the joke, right? Our Marsha Polovets tried to answer that question during the whole Affaire American Apparel.
Tears have still not dried from the closing of the Abandoned Planet bookstore. Recently, the Kendra Alexander Foundation posted a note on the window acknowledging the community’s loss and putting forward its plan for the near future: “We recognize the need for more spaces committed to supporting local cultural expression and progressive voices seeking a distinct vision for the Bay Area. Within the span of this year, we hope to transform 518 Valencia into a fully accessible center for popular culture and education and make it available at low cost to organizations, community members and social movements.”
Department of Recurring Nightmares
Mission District performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña has sent a communique to all aging rebel artists in which he recounts his many (on-going it seems) mid-life crises. These archival musings are not currently online, but anyone wishing to dive into the outtakes of an artist as an older man can contact La Pocha Nostra.
Ask John Yoo
Finally, not from the Mission (gracias a Dios), comes the story of a man who was arrested for employing “enhanced interrogation techniques” on his 4 year old daughter who had refused to divulge her ABCs. Meanwhile SF Gate reports that lawyers and scholars are urging a federal court “to hold Yoo accountable” for his memos “approving the Bush Administration’s treatment of terrorism suspects..”