Events, Happenings & Scenes

Design Cycle: TED-Style Talks for Rethinking Public Space

Certainly you have heard of Rebar, the group that transformed a parking space into a temporary public park back in 2005, launching the “Parking Day” and parklet movements that have taken over San Francisco's streets.  Well, since their initial success with parklets, they've kept turning out new ideas for DIY Urbanism and what they call “Urban Prototyping.”  And this Sunday at the inaugural Design Cycle event—a series of TED-style talks on “urban innovation” and street parties at the Brava Theater on 24th Street—Rebar is debuting their latest idea:

Rebar has partnered with the SFBC to develop what they are calling a Streetscape Kit of Parts (“SSKOP”). It's like the parklet of bike lanes. Experimental, cost effective, fast and temporary. We'll be giving the first look at this concept at Design Cycle—the speaker won't even release any renderings in advance of the talk.

We can't even imagine what a “parklet of bike lanes” will look like, or even how they envision this being used, but we imagine this will be good.

Tickets for the 7pm talk are sitting at $18, but if that's too much for you, Rebar will be showing off their Bubbleware project before the talk on new pop-up parklet, Street Stage, outside the theater before the talk (and we're told they'll be some live bands and a bike-powered taco grill out there too).

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Burgeoning Local Comedy Legend Emily Heller to do Special Sunday Night Show at Cinecave

A few months back, we mentioned that Emily Heller had a killer set on Conan, and even the critical panel of Uptown Almanac commenters (love you guys!) gave her wide acclaim.  Since then, she's found herself listed among Variety's list of 10 Comics to Watch and with a new gig writing for an upcoming FOX show.  With that, we thought it best to alert those of you yet to see her perform that Emily will be headlining a special Sunday night edition of Cynic Cave, straight from the depths of Lost Weekend's Valencia Street basement.

Tickets are just $10, and both shows feature a strong line-up of many of our favorite Bay Area up-and-comers.

Jello Biafra to do DJ Pop-Up at Oldie's Night

If you're like me, you scroll right past the low-rent and low-effort promotions hawked on Mission Mission, but this week's blast for Primo's Oldie's Night is worthy of everyone's attention: former Dead Kennedy's frontman and Green Party presidential candidate Jello Biafra will follow in John Avalos footsteps and guest DJ this week's edition of Oldie's Night.  And since Jello grew up when Oldie's Night material dominated the radio charts, we trust it'll be a helluva show.

Anyway, its admission is priced at Not Nearly Enough and goes down at 9pm this Friday at Knockout.

RSVP and invite your oh whatever…

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The Bicycle Music Festival is This Saturday!

The Bicycle Music Festival has always been one of those bizarre scenes you really have to see to appreciate.  Part feat of mechanical engineering, part coffee house jam and slam night, the entire festival is run by five cyclists on stationary bikes generating the musician's power, allowing them to setup in public parks without using batteries or generators (you can read a quick look at their setup I wrote a few years back).

For the festival's seventh year, they're making things a bit more legitimate.  What was a always a long, unsanctioned, on-and-off-the-bike musical tour of SF's best parks now finds itself all the proper permits for a full afternoon in Golden Gate Park.  But, in keeping with tradition, the festival will pack itself up at 5pm and, while towing a bicycle-drawn stage, host a bike parade to their night venue at 22nd and Bartlett.

The whole festival runs from 12-9pm and is free.


Clintongore's "I Need A Star" Is The Best Bad Trip You've Ever Had, In Space

SPACE PYRAMIDS! CELESTIAL ANDROGYNY! FOAMING AT THE MOUTH! CAMEL-TOE PRAYERS! Clintongore’s video for “I Need A Star” has all that, on top of insanely square synth tones, a face-melting guitar solo and one of Uptown's own (Sierra Frost) lip-synching awkwardly into the camera. Also, boobs. There are some boobs in there, so yeah…NSFW. 

Shameless plug for one of our friend’s projects? Yeah, but I’d still really like this song, and this video, even if I didn’t like Sierra.

Clintongore are performing at Bottom of the Hill on Sunday, a rare performance as the two-piece (w/ Chris Crawford formerly of French Miami) is usually based in Brooklyn. <— tickets

Download their record for free on Bandcamp. 

Adobe Books Unveils New 24th Street Location With Adobe Marketplace Pop-Up

With the Jack Spade-backed eviction of Adobe Books from their 16th Street store a done deal, the beloved used bookshop has signed the lease for a new spot on 24th and Shotwell.  While the new shop will not official open until July, they're exploring some new business models and giving us a sneak peak at their new digs this Saturday (2-7pm) with Adobe Marketplace:

Join us as we invite local artists and merchants to sell out of the brand new Adobe books. Browse the wares of your talented Bay Area comrades, and enjoy music, food & drinks. This Saturday afternoon event is sponsored by Rainbow Grocery and Speakeasy Ales and Lagers.

A few of our fabulous participants:
- Cool Try, clothing & accessories by artist Ryan De La Hoz
- Shirts by Amos
- The Bold Italic, products by SF locals- along with postcards, posters and other Bold Italic exclusives
- Most Ancient, limited edition books, experimental comics, and art in print form
- SCRAP, scrounger’s center for reusable art parts
- Jewelry by Sea Pony Couture
- Super Classy Publishing, small editions of handmade books
- Jewelry by While Odin Sleeps
- Yam Books, Oakland–based independent small-press publisher of art books, comics, graphic novels, and zines
- Tiny Splendor, publishing collective representing over 30 artists from around the Bay Area and Los Angeles, zines, artist books, prints & more
- Vintage by Annemarie
- Maren Salomon & Megan Hendry, drawings, prints, collages & embroideries
- Eunice, art boxes
- Adobe Books!

All bar proceeds and 10% of sales from the marketplace will be donated to help open the new Adobe Books.

Anti-Gentrification Block Party to Provide Rare Opportunity to Beat Candy Out of Google Buses

I'm mostly interested in the “Google bus pinatas” (I love candy), but the rest of the copy reads:

In the last several decades, thousands of people have been displaced from the Mission District due to evictions, high rents, rising cost of living, transportation costs, and a lack of access to employment and education. In the last several years, rent for many has almost doubled. This Cinco de Mayo, (May 5th), join with Mission residents to speak out and gather to build a culture of resistance against gentrification in San Francisco and beyond.

Contest: Nick Offerman Live at the Roxie (And He Has a New Movie Too)

Nick Offerman is perhaps better known as Ron Swanson, or maybe “that guy who plays Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec.”  It's undeniable that he's become this generation's Michael Richards.  But despite the wake of 9 seasons of Cosmo Kramer leaving Richard with a grip of mediocre failures that ultimately cumulated with a racist breakdown, we're optimistic that Offerman won't see the same fate.

Take the above trailer for Somebody Up There Likes Me.  Sure, it's suffering from a serious case of indieitis, but it's funny.  At the very least, it shows promise. And that gives us hope that there's life after Ron Swanson for one of our favorite cult actors.

Fortunately for us, The Roxie will be showing the movie starting Friday, and Nick Offerman will be at the theater all day Saturday doing an audience Q+A. That's right, you can be in the same dark room as Nick Offerman for multiple hours Saturday night.  Swoon.

As a bonus, the folks over at The Roxie want to give away a pair of tickets to see Nick and the movie.  To win them, give us your best definition of “indieitis” (or give us the best reason why that's the worst made up word in the history of made up words) in the comments by 5pm Friday.  Be sure to use your real email so we have a way to get a hold of you.


W. Kamau Bell Returns to Stage Werx This Weekend

Odds are, if you pay even the slightest attention to San Francisco's comedy scene, you already know who W. Kamau Bell is.  You know, the wickedly funny comedian who called the Bay Area his home for 15+ years.  But like so many other of SF's brightest stars, New York City, with its promises of a late-night show on FX produced by Chris Rock and other such worldly temptations, lured him away.

Fortunately for us, he's coming back to town before filming the third season of Totally Biased, taking over Stage Werx on 16th and Valencia this Saturday and Sunday for two appropriately late-night stand-up sets

The show is cheap ($15, or $25 if you want to pay for some sort of “VIP” treatment), miraculously not yet sold out, and it's in the Mission (which appeals to our cat-like tendencies).  Not bad for a guy critics (read: other bloggers) are likening to Dave Chappelle.

Anyway, if you haven't seen the show yet, there's a bunch of other clips on YouTube you can dig through, including this gem on racist advertising, interviewing stop & frisk victims, and his take on the Harlem Shake, which I won't link to because aaarrrrggghhhh.  Or just watch this bit below:


Benefit Show With Sweet Lineup to Support Capp St. Fire Victim

SF music maven and all-around sweetheart Ursula Boots was one of the three dozen people displaced in the December 29th Capp Street Fire.  A benefit concert is being held this Wednesday, February 20th (tomorrow) at Brick and Mortar Music Hall to help offset some of the setbacks the fire caused in this wonderful lady's life. Here's some more info about Ursula's situation: 

Rite Spot bartender (as well as ex Bottom of the Hill, Amoeba Records, SF Bay Guardian employee also former KFJC and KUSF dj) Ursula Boots aka Ursula Rodriguez house burned Dec. 29th in the 23rd and Capp Street fire after a neighbors house caught on fire then unfortunately burned a few of the houses near. A few days later Ursula was given 20 minutes to gather items from her fire and water damaged apartment but unbelievably someone broke into her car and lifted every last one of the few things she had been able to salvage. It's a shitty end to an especially shitty year for Ursula having lost everything in a house she'd lived in for 15 years in San Francisco. Finding a place and moving is tricky these days around here as rents have beyond sky-rocketed over what she was paying in her rent controlled apartment. There are so many long time San Francisco residents getting pushed out by the massive salaried Google, Facebook, Twitter big money accelerated rents beyond control (and reason). Ursula is essential to San Francisco and we need to do everything we can to help her get back on her feet as she tries to rebuild her life and find a home as well as show her that we care and support her in these exceedingly tough times.

Ursula has given so much to San Francisco over her countless years as a resident, in particular to the music community. 

If you cannot attend the event and/or are able to contribute more here please do. Ursula's paypal account is: Ursula Rodriguez at

There you have it, guys. Sliding-scale tickets available HERE