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Friday Night in the Mission and Things to Do

These are all listed on our events calendar. Your stops can include: An opening at Paxton Gates Curiosities for Kids, a concert and conversation with the Arditti Quartet at the Community Music Center, an art opening at Gem and Jetsam, an art opening for Todd Brown at ZSpace, traditional Greek music at the Red Poppy, and Open Studios parties.

No New Year’s Plans? Head to the Mission!

In the Mission there’s all manner of ways to ring in the new year. Be it a meditation circle or a burlesque circus show, the neighborhood’s got you covered. Here’s a variety of different strokes for all the varied local folks: For the feminist comedy fan: Chortle your way into the new year while watching funny ladies like Marga Gomez...

D.I.R.T. To Stir Up Dance Mission Theater

No, it’s not a janitorial problem — D.I.R.T. at Dance Mission Theater is actually a vibrant showcase of artistic and physical skill opening this weekend. Dance In Revolt(ing) Times is a compilation of works featuring choreographers and dancers taking on deeply political themes in a form that gives social thought visible, tangible life. “Dance is interesting because it has a...

Gears, Goodies and Golf: Urban Putt Turns 1

  Inside the building on 22nd and South Van Ness Streets that used to be a mortuary, Urban Putt now offers a San-Francisco themed minigolf course complete with earthquake-shaken houses, a Dia de los Muertos corner, a boiler room and “underwater” corner, and piano-playing robots. There’s also a bar and an upstairs restaurant, which help sustain the business. Owner Steve...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Staff Picks for the Weekend

Emma: Z-space has a 3-day-only show called No. 1 that ends this Saturday! It’s inspired by Hitchcock’s women, and it certainly sounds interesting. The show is at 8pm and tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. Cristiano: I’m a sucker for scavenger hunts, so my Sunday will be mostly an effort to win an Outside Lands ticket, here...

Trump Piñata Bashing at Casa Bonampak

Complete with blonde hair and suit, a piñata resembling presidential candidate Donald Trump will be up for whacking this Saturday at Casa Bonampak. Anyone who would like to take a swing at Trump for his contentious comments about Mexicans and immigration will now be able to do so. The fair trade importing store dedicated to the preservation of Mexican culture...

Peruvian Chef Opens Second SF Mission Restaurant

Yeral Caldas is an ambitious restaurateur. He wants to open “not just one, but many” Peruvian restaurants in San Francisco. In the ten years since he arrived in the city, that is exactly what he’s done. Last night he hosted the grand opening of his second restaurant, El Ají. “I’m a very solid type of person, and I’m a hard...

Floating Shelves, Recycled Wood, and Life Lessons at SF Mission Woodworking Studio

Six-year-old Zach Barnes came home from woodshop camp wanting to eat vegetables. Sending him to classes at the Butterfly Joint, which opened about three months ago on Mission and 22nd next to the burned-out shell of a former discount store, turned out to have advantages beyond the floating shelf Zach brought home. Kristina Barnes, Zach’s mother, credits Danny Montoya, the...

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,...

Art Explosion Open Studios Begins Tonight

The biggest artist collective in San Francisco opens its doors, at two different locations, to art connoisseurs and laypeople alike tonight and through the weekend. Free and open to the public, with free refreshments served, the open studios event features painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, jewelers, you name it – they’ll be there! And, need we add, selling their work...

Where to Watch the Democratic Debate

Now that the Republican party’s candidates for the nomination have duked it out, it’s time to move on to the Democrats. Tonight, starting at 5:30 p.m., we’ll have the privilege of watching Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and hopefuls like Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb, spar over the major questions facing our great nation. Luckily, there are plenty of great spots...