Events

Events

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...

After dark history, Homestead rings in 115 years

When Deb Welch first stepped into The Homestead, a bar at the corner 19th and Folsom, it was love at first sight. It was 1996, and a Japanese blues band was playing a tune in the corner. “There was hay all over the floor, and the band didn’t speak a word of English,” she said. “It was so bizarre.” Welch...

In SF, art still thrives — and celebrates its history — at The Farm

It’s been 30 years since farm animals roamed a patch of land in the southeast corner of the Mission. But the place on San Bruno Avenue, tucked into a pocket of a freeway intersection, is still known as The Farm, and it hasn’t lost touch with its offbeat, artistic history. That past life and present creativity will be on display...

Free rides on Ford GoBikes tomorrow

Ford GoBikes will be free for riders tomorrow in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose. Free day passes cover an unlimited number of 30-minute rides for a 24-hour period ending a minute before midnight tomorrow. A ride that goes longer than 30 minutes costs $3 for every additional 15 minutes. Getting a pass requires an app download and credit...

Neighborhood Notes: Open studios, library hours, scorpion

Hot on the heels of Día de los Muertos, which always brings out tons of artistic expression in the neighborhood, more local exhibitions and shows of local artists’ work are on the docket for the coming week: Open Studios comes to the Mission next weekend Open Studios Weekend 5, which includes studios in the Mission, takes place Nov. 11 and...

Costumed Halloween revelers roam the Mission in mobile dance party

A banana, a cow, a glittery fish and an astronaut made their way through the northern Mission Tuesday night as part of a group of 300 or so people celebrating Halloween with a mobile dance party. The costumed dancers gathered at 16th and Mission streets sometime after 8 p.m., as they have done annually since 2011, when Eda Altiok and...

Where to dance and trick-or-treat in the Mission tonight

Where to dance: “Dance-O-Ween” at 16th and Mission Dance away your demons tonight at the “Insane Roving Dance Party” starting around 8:30 near the 16th Street BART Plaza. Expect music and “surprises” — and don’t forget to wear a costume! Ghoul’s Night Out and Live DJ at Make-Out Room If you hear creepy noises coming out of Make-Out Room around...

Día de los Muertos: Celebrations in the Mission this week

The Mission will remember and honor the dead this Thursday, Nov. 2, with the annual Día de los Muertos altars at Garfield Square and procession through the neighborhood – which the Marigold Project is raising funds for to cover permitting and other costs of putting on the event. Organizations throughout the neighborhood are also arranging for special events to mark...

Neighborhood Notes: Bills fair, Benefit, Butterfly Joint

Consumer resources and bills fair On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center will put on an event at Mission Campus of City College to help people with their utility and phone bills. Bilingual resources will be available from noon to 3 p.m.  For more information, call Alberto Romo at 415-401-4253 or email him at aromo@goodsamfrc.org Benefit show...

Root Division to host art auction on Mission Street Thursday

Two-hundred-and-eleven pieces of art from more than 175 artists will be up for auction tonight at Root Division, a visual arts nonprofit at 1131 Mission Street. The organization’s Executive Director Michelle Mansour said they are expecting 250 to 300 participants at the event, its 16th Annual Benefit Art Auction. “Last year was great,” she said. “Each year it’s gotten better...

SF Mission’s Pop’s Bar celebrates 80 years

Legend has it that Pop’s Bar has been peddling booze on 24th Street since the dark days of prohibition, so it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood institution is turning 80.   On Tuesday morning, a few patrons were scattered around the bar, and one of the bartenders was whipping up a special cure — a dash of...

Arts center hosts silent auction for Puerto Rico relief

Artists and organizers at the Pacific Felt Factory are holding a fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief Friday, Oct. 20. The benefit includes a silent auction and literary readings. From Pacific Felt Factory: Join us as we gather to send a message of hope to the people of Puerto Rico. All of the (voluntary) proceeds from this inagural, kick-ass fundraiser...

After half a century, boxing returns to SF Armory

Walking into the San Francisco Armory’s drill court, the 40,000-square-foot space located inside the ex-National-Guard-base and ex-porn-studio, feels a lot like jumping into the deep end. Not only do you seem to float in the middle of the acre-long expanse, it’s also uncannily devoid of echoes. What seems to reverberate, however, is the room’s history. From the 1920s to the...

Street Food Festival to energize Potrero Power Station on Sunday

Despite — and perhaps even in defiance of — the apocalyptic, smoky haze hovering in the air, culinary business incubator La Cocina will go ahead with its highly anticipated Street Food Festival this weekend, and some of the vendors will be donating all of their profits to fire relief. This year’s festival is of “modest” size, says La Cocina director...

Neighborhood Notes: Hot tub prank, fire aid, and too many birthdays

“Public hot tub” NOT coming to Valencia Street For anyone who wet themselves over a sign outside of Valencia Street’s Betabrand store that reads, “COMING SOON, Betabrand PUBLIC HOT TUB” — sad news: the only thing being installed in front of the store is a sidewalk. The sign, said a Betabrand employee, is a prank — “just one of the...