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Attendees gather on DNA Lounge's several levels at the Punk-Metal Flea Market on Nov. 13, 2016. Photo by Geoffrey Smith for DNA Lounge

Business Shortfall Could Force DNA Lounge to Close

The storied DNA Lounge may soon vanish from SoMa if it isn’t able to raise funding, closing its doors to the goths, creatives and art-seekers who have escaped into the venue since the early 1980s. After playing a pivotal role at Netscape during the early 1990s, current owner Jamie Jawinski converted his wealth into DNA Lounge to reconcile the tech...
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Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Even the most brazen scofflaws can fall prey to San Francisco’s housing market – at least that’s what happened to Troy Do, an undocumented immigrant software engineer who set up a hacker hostel and illegal nightclub above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets. In June of last year, Do, who uses a fake first name, set up a hacker hostel...
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High Rent, Not Noise Complaints, May Close SF Mission Party House

An after-hours dance party in a Mission District hacker house that has kept neighbors up all night may be on its way out — not because neighbors have complained for months, but because the rent is too high. The party pops up on Saturday nights inside a space above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets, according to a neighbor....
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Eclectic and Cool: New Artwork at A.T.A.

From designing his own line of mini skateboards to superimposing potatoes onto significant works of art (“Surreal Potatoism”), Elliott C. Nathan certainly does not suffer from a lack of creativity or humor. The San Francisco-based artist says he draws inspiration for his work that is at times eclectic, whimsical and fun – from the pop and surrealist works of Salvador Dali,...
24th Street Bar, located on 3336 24th Street. Photo by Meira Gebel.

24th St. Bar Gets Cozy at What Was The Attic

Caroline Brown, owner of the new 24th Street Bar, sat composed in the naturally-lit, wood walled space, reveling in the launch of the bar’s new website: a launch into the world of social media, that she knows little about. That, she said, will be easy. What was more difficult was moving into the space in June that was formerly home...
Elixr hosts their pub-quiz on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Photo by Meira Gebel.

What Happens Weekly and Keeps SF Guessing?

Trivia. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, Elixr is packed to the brim. Drinks occasionally spill and people yell in their friends’ ears just to be heard. Suddenly, a voice comes on over the PA system. The room shuffles and settles. It’s time for trivia, and everyone shuts up. It’s a scene repeated dozens of times throughout San Francisco, generally at...
Work at the Dark Room in 2013. Photo by Lydia Chávez

“Phoenix” of SF Underground Theater Won’t Resurrect

Jim Fourniadis got married on a tiny stage in a 60-seat theater, lovingly nicknamed the “parking spot,” in the Dark Room Theater. For 12 years, he ran the Dark Room and brought live theater, comedy, parodies and bad movie nights to Mission Street, while living in the back with some six other theater artists. On Saturday, the show business will...
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New Amnesia Owner Expects Few Changes

The Entertainment Commission will decide the fate of Amnesia tonight, when it considers allowing Craig Wathen, the owner of City Beer Store in SoMa, to take over Amnesia’s entertainment license from former owner Shawn Magee. Magee hand picked Wathen and his team, including Wathen’s wife Beth and two other investors, Lee Topar and Scot Plewacki, to take over Amnesia after his move to Mexico. Topar, Plewacki...
Bar proprietor Nicole DeWald, a.k.a "Blondie," chats with bartender James Martin. Photo by Laura Wenus

Blondie’s Bar Owner Remembers 25 Years Of Change

When Nicole DeWald, nicknamed “Blondie,” first visited the bar that would later be known by her moniker, she was afraid to step foot on Valencia Street. Along with prostitutes and drug addicts, “I was dodging garbage bags being thrown out of the second and third story windows,” she remembers. The facade of the building consisted entirely of black brick. The...
Fireworks at Treat and 25th. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Staff Picks for Things to Do This Weekend: 4th of July Edition

Here’s a variety of events around the neighborhood to include in your Independence Day festivities.  San Francisco Mime Troupe  is showing “Freedomland” Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Dolores park. The show, which tackles racism, immigration, the war on drugs, and more American themes, is free and open to the public. Other noteworthy happenings this weekend: Laura: A variety...
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Staff Picks for Things To Do This Weekend

It’s Pride, Pride, Pride, but in breaks from Pride, here’s what we’re up to this weekend: Cristiano – Pride is like Christmas for me, and since watching men square-dancing has the same effect on me as staring for hours at the fireplace [awesome!], I think I’ll be busy on Saturday. But on Sunday the ’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party...
Connie Walkershaw, sax player for The Mission 7. Photo courtesy of The Mission 7.

The Mission 7 to Unveil New Eclectic Sound

Five uniquely different musicians from contrasting backgrounds form The Mission 7, a band born in the Mission District that specializes in a wide array of sounds:  boogaloo, Latin soul, retro garage rock, and a little bit of Colombia. The Mission 7 developed from Go Van Gogh,  a previous band with Jesse Walkershaw, bassist and vocalist, and sax player Connie Walkershaw. The Mission 7 sound promises...
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Weekend To Do List: Staff Picks

Dolores Park’s northern half has reopened, yes, and there may or may not be a dancing robot tomorrow, but what else is there to do in the Mission this weekend? Here are our recommendations: Lydia I want to laugh and be inspired and the Yes Men Are Revolting tonight at 7 at the Roxie sounds like it will do both. Must at...
Photo courtesy of Indie Slash.

Indie Slash Celebrates 10 Years and Final Dance Party

DJ Danny White, a self-described “dancing DJ” flies to San Francisco from New York City monthly to host Indie Slash, a synth-pop dance party at Amnesia on Friday. This time he will celebrate its 10th anniversary – and the last ever dance as Indie Slash. Starting next month the party will get a new name, Fine Time (after a song by ‘80s band New Order)...
The Soiled Dove at InnerMission. Photo by MarcoSanchez.net

Burlesque Circus To Take Its Last Naughty Flight

Mike Gaines has worn many hats, but today, he’s got on a fedora. It’s a warm Sunday afternoon, and Mike – who has the build of a linebacker and calm of a surgeon – is watching his wife, Shannon, dance in roller skates to the James Bond theme song. We’re inside the Florida Street warehouse InnerMission, where the couple’s Vau...