BART Life: Works Inspired By Commuting, Opens Tonight at Z Space

Z Space, the theater and art gallery on Florida and Mariposa, is hosting a big art show and zine release party tonight.  It promises to be quite a scene:

BART Life is a series of drawings and paintings created by artists Diane Ramirez and Stephen Kral that record and detail the charming and not so charming incidents, encounters and improbabilities found daily while commuting on BART and Muni. The BART Life opening reception also doubles as the release party for volume one of Tales From the Tenderloin, a collaborative zine that documents the freaky, fun and grimy stories of life in the Tenderloin as told and drawn by those who have walked its streets, breathed its air, and came out the other side with a tale to tell.

Plus, Lovesick Deejays will be spinning party jams all night, and there’ll be free PBR and Anchor to start it off, with a “full, no-host cash bar” to follow.  Starts at 8!

Gouging Tourists Pro Tips

Will David Chiu Let You Rent Your Apartment on Airbnb?

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation yesterday that would clarify regulations around short-term apartment rentals through sites like Airbnb, VRBO and Craigslist.  “My legislation creates limited flexibility for permanent residents to earn the additional income they need to help pay their rent and every day bills, but not at the expense of converting our limited supply of housing into hotels or vacation homes,” Chiu declared in a press release.

By requiring residency by hosts and registration of listings with the city and providing enforcement provisions for violators, the bill could signficantly affect the supply of units in San Francisco, where Airbnb and Craigslist are both based, restricting or even rolling back inventory growth right in their own backyards. It essentially holds Airbnb to the message of the company’s “sharing economy” marketing and lobbying message—that the service helps individuals and families make ends meet—by permitting some tenants and most individual homeowners to use the service while restricing units taken off the long-term rental market for use on the short-term rental market, which may be the bigger business and definitely presents the bigger threat of displacement.

In a statement, Airbnb called the proposal “an important first step,” but “not perfect,” specifically citing the registration requirement as problematic. So how, exactly, would this affect a typical San Francisco tenant who might already be making a few bucks on the side even at the risk of losing their home?

Enough With the Fires Already

14th and Dolores Complex is on Fire

Because San Francisco apparently hasn’t endured enough fires this year, the big white apartment complex at 14th and Dolores is currently burning.  Based on an aerial shot from NBC, it looks pretty bad:

Stay safe, everyone.

UPDATE 5:25pm: We just biked by and it appeared under control.  Most of the northwest Mission/Castro area still smells like fire, but the smoke has cleared.

[Castro Photo by John Kalucki]

Locally-Sourced Laughs

Reminder: UA Presents Stand-Up Comedy and Free Beer Tonight!

That’s right: at 9pm tonight, seven of our favorite local comics will be taking stage at the Roxie Theater while you sit back and indulge in some free Pabst.  It’s going to be a helluva show, as it’ll be one of Sean Keane’s last before he makes the big leap to LA.  Plus, the always hilarious Chris Garcia will be headlining. (And if you haven’t seen it yet, do watch his set (above) on the Mission from three years ago.)

Tickets are still on sale ($7!), but you can also get ‘em at the door.  See everyone tonight!


Gentricle Reviewed, Landlords Sued, Googler Roasted and Serg Spotted

Burrito Justice laments “oh dear god what have I done” as Vic Wong finds a realtor advertising a 2-bedroom, 2-bath “urban oasis” for $849,000 to folks who want to LiveInLaLengua dot com. [@vicwomg]

A Googler and his Googly friends had enough of a sense of humor about themselves to play the archetype in a comedy roast, but his employer “said they were concerned for (the Googler’s) safety.” In the end, everyone had a good laugh. [SFGate]

The San Francisco Tenants Union is going after seven landlords who have allegedly converted their buildings into illegal hotels using Airbnb, two of whom used the Ellis Act to clear out the pesky tenants first. [San Francisco Tenants Union]

Not afraid to be servicey, TK reviews Laurie Penny’s gentrification article for the New Statesman in the style of Pitchfork, giving it a 5.5 out of 10. No word on whether Coachella is planning a live set of San Francisco thinkpiece readings on the main stage next year. [40 going on 28]

Da Mayor and the mayor are officially at odds over keeping parking in San Francisco metered on Sundays, with Willie Brown in favor and Ed Lee still kind of opposed. [SFGate, SFist]

Now that bros are the new hipsters — an homogenized “other” to be mocked and scorned with impunity — beloved Brolores Park author Kate Losse offers a nuanced deconstruction of the “brogrammer” meme that unites Carles with critical theory. [Kate Losse]

Uptown Almanac contributor and Stay Hatin podcaster Serg Ornelas has been reviewing his wife Stef’s stupid record collection because sexism. [Vice]

New Place to Do Whippits and Cook Meth

Gashead Tavern, Mission Street's Latest Forbidding Bar

I took one look at this sign and thought it was inviting me to break bread in Walter White’s blood-soaked cook lab*.  Or, even worse, it’s a post-apocalyptic burner hangout.  Alas, “Gashead Tavern” seems to be neither of those things (grim signage aside).

Seemingly named after the fans of the Bristol Rovers soccer team (and not people who suck down too much nitrous on the Playa), Gashead looks to serve “British pub-style food with California flair,” with a menu “designed” by Lower Haight’s Greenburger’s, Tablehopper reports.  What’s more?

The [owners] collaborated on the revamped Murio’s Trophy Room in the Upper Haight and have brought on the same design team, Haleh Cunningham and Bernadette Holmes of Thornbird Styling, to do the interior. Cunningham tells us that since it’s a Spanish Colonial building and the owners are two English guys, the look will reflect nods to both… The look will be eclectic, with custom and modern lighting, and since Sargent has quite the collection of midcentury chairs, the seating will be groovy, with clean lines.


It’s worth mentioning that there’s a range of opinions on what happened to Murio’s after their upscale-ish revamp—many of them unkind—and anything shouting cocktails and “modern lighting” these days is automatically suspect.  But, hey, there’s no harm in reserving judgement.

From the looks of it, and based on past reports, they’ll be opening on Mission between 19th and 20th in the coming weeks.

*Someone please open a meth lab-themed restaurant called “Breaking Bread.”

UPDATE: The Attic closed yesterday, so it looks like Gashead will be opening any day now.


Shitty Situation

Place Pigalle Shuttered By Retaliatory, Sewage-Leaking Landlords

Parish Entertainment Group has been having a real tough go at the bar business lately.  It was less than a year ago that Brick & Mortar Music Hall was hit with “numerous restrictions” thanks to aurally-sensitive neighbors and an allegedly corrupt entertainment commissioner.  Now, according to a sign posted in the etched window of Hayes Valley’s Place Pigalle, their dive bar’s lease was rescinded by their retaliatory landlord.

“After enduring 3 years of raw sewage leaks and water leaks from the upstairs apartments at 520 Hayes St, Place Pigalle was forced to call in city inspectors to stop the health and electrical hazards to their employees and customers,” they write in the letter, noting that inspections lead to “immediate citations.”  They continue:

What Place Pigalle did not anticipate is that in retribution for alerting the city officials to the ongoing sewage, water and electrical issues, Hayes Valley Properties would decide to rescind our lease here at Place Pigalle and announce that the owners of Hayes Valley Properties would instead open their own bar in our location very shortly.

A business puts serious work into making a spot successful, decides they are over having the pipes drop ones and twos on their heads, and the landlord decides it’d be easier to run the business themselves than stop the shit shower.  Sounds like the type of people you’d want to buy a beer from!

The money graph lands at the end:

Welcome to the New San Francisco. The only place where the Super Rich can literally crap on the rest of us, violate city codes, steal our businesses and dare us to do something.

[h/t Patrick Connors]