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According to the Chronicle, Kurt Dalen, a local painter and graffiti writer, was struck and killed by a motorist at 2:45am Thursday morning outside a Valencia Street alleyway. Police say "the driver and his [or her] whereabouts remained unknown" and are currently seeking information.
As Wiggly Giggle, a friend of Dalen, wrote on Tumblr:
Out drinking in the Mission Thursday night? Maybe you witnessed the hit and run that killed our friend?
HIT BY A CAR at Valencia and Clinton Park (near Duboce) - car continued south down Valencia…Described as a black or blue 4-door sedan, that will now have collision damage to the front-passenger side of the vehicle, and possibly a broken windshield.
SFPD asks that anyone with information about the incident call them at 415-575-4444.
Below, a 2009 documentary about Dalen and his time at the San Francisco Art Institute:
ARTCRANK, the yearly bike poster sale and fundraiser, returns tonight at SOMArts on Brannan. Here're the details:
Our fifth show in the Bay Area will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by local artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each. Admission is free.
We’ll be working with Widmer Brothers Brewing, Clif Bar, Neenah Paper and SF's own Hot Italian to celebrate bikes and local artists, and support World Bicycle Relief.
The show runs from 5:30 'til 10:30, and you can score posters from over 30 artists (including the impressive Golden Gate Hub piece pictured above by Chad Kriz).
As we reported a few weeks back, Pop's, the beloved 24th Street dive bar, had been sold to new owners. There was plenty of doom and disgust associated with the news, including our own fears that it might find itself morphed into another forgettable cocktail bar. But, fortunately, it appears things might end up okay.
"It’s going to be a place where everyone is welcome and everyone feels at home," Krouse told the glorified Instagram account. "Any bar that has lasted 67 years has earned the right to continue and thrive. I can’t wait to push it forward with integrity."
He also outlined his vision for what makes a "good bar":
A good bar to me is all about AUTHENTICITY. I came to San Francisco because I wanted to be in a place that was unique to everywhere else. I expect the same things from the places I eat and drink at. That’s what makes them special. It can be divey or fancy as long as it’s authentic. And when it’s done right it becomes alive with energy, and you feel that energy the moment you walk in the room. Great bars can and will stand the test of time, they are not trendy, they move beyond what is artificial and become a fabric of the place and time that they exist in.
Krouse didn't lay down any details on what authenticity really means, or if the cheap drinks and barfy smell will remain. We'll update with answers to our follow-up questions when we get 'em.
UPDATE 11:45am: Michael Krouse followed-up with us with more info.
UA: Are you planning any major renovations?
MK: The structural elements will remain in tact. There will be remodeling, and there will be changes to the look and feel. Much of that is still to be determined. However one of the main reasons for buying is POPS is that it has years of character already built in, and I feel thats important to maintain.
UA: Do you expect to morph it into another art bar, or are you thinking about keeping it more of the dive it is?
MK: It will not be called an Art Bar, it will however have a strong element of art and artifact that is relevant to POP'S History and that of a bar that has been in San Francisco for 67 years.
UA: Any plans for the drink menu? Prices?
MK: Its is still being flushed out, however there will be something for everyone, and at all price levels. Cheep beer for those who want it and cocktails for the folks who like mixed drinks.
Previously on Uptown Almanac
As many San Francisco residents have noted, the New York Times recently 'pivoted' away from lamenting The Death of Paris to join San Francisco's opinion page funeral precession. And while their usual spiel explores known conclusions such as high rents pricing out the poor, yesterday, the Times' Timothy Egan pointed fingers at our terrible transit system.
Egan gets off on the right foot...
San Francisco still has its Hitchcock moments — the Mediterranean light, the Golden Gate Bridge poking out of the fog, the allure of possibility, all there in a film like “Vertigo.” But of late, the city named for a 13th century pauper from Assisi serves more as an allegory of how the rich have changed America for the worse. [...]
The texture of inequality can be felt, and seen, in the rise in private transportation — the fleet of buses giving tech workers a bubbled commute between the city and the social media campuses to the south. At the high end, Google’s top executives are building an $84 million private corporate jet center at San Jose International Airport.
... but then he snaps his brittle ankle and falls to the floor:
While New York’s subway system boasted of moving 5,985,311 people on a single day in October (an all-time record), the Bay Area’s trains, buses and light rail cars limp through technical failures and labor strife. They’re old, dirty, slow and prone to “system-wide breakdowns,” as the euphemism goes.
In New York, at least, rich and poor are more likely to rub elbows, and even make eye contact while getting around. The commute is a daily reminder to the very wealthy that not everybody can afford those new condos overlooking Central Park, just listed at $53 million.Here, transportation segregation is on the rise because you can’t rely on the public system. And when you put the working poor and middle class out of sight, you put them out of mind. The sleek fleet of Google-bound buses and black über-taxis is a market response to a costly, unreliable, unpleasant transit system.
Outta sight, outta mind. The Peril of the Bay isn't the obscene concentration of wealth, the indifference to the poor and starving, the unsympathetic beliefs that the poor are that way because they're too lazy to program, companies extorting tax breaks from their paid-for mayor... No, it's that the cyber nobility aren't forced to smell the riffraff on the bus, so they forget that not everyone can afford to live in mansions atop Pac Heights.
If only we could be more like ungentrified New York...
This isn't to say that Muni is a beacon of perfection, or BART doesn't occasionally try to poison its passengers with toxic dust. But blaming the one transportation network that doesn't discriminate is pure bullshit.
Luxury shuttles aren't a response to Muni's slowness--Muni doesn't go anywhere near Mountain View. It's not BART's fault that Apple is building its new headquarters 30 miles from the nearest station. And let's not pretend that Uber passengers are disgruntled ex-bus riders, especially given that the company justifies its existence because of a "broken" taxi system.
Transportation segregation is all about the money. Companies seeking cheap land and low taxes, proximity to transit or population centers be damned.
Previously on Uptown Almanac
In a move that has me wanting to wear polo shirts just to start fucking with people, the 24th and Mission McDonald's and irl World Star video unveiled an authy-chic facade that already looks horribly dated. As Fred Sharples observed:
Even the Mission McDonald's is getting that hip slatted salvaged-wood look. #itsover
It's over? Perhaps. But I'm sure there are plenty who fancied themselves as a Dollar Menu Dudes, but couldn't get past the garish, mural-covered classic look of the old place. I mean, ick.
Finally, a place to buy a toxic mash of calories that understands Valencia Street's sensibilities. High times.
[via Fred Sharples]
Previously on Uptown Almanac
We've been hearing rumors that famed Market Street rock venue Cafe Du Nord is slated to close in a couple of months, and now it's been confirmed. Tablehopper reports on Du Nord's pump-and-dump to budding restaurateur Dylan MacNiven:
Based on some ABC license transfer activity, it looks like there will be some ownership changes at [Cafe Du Nord]. One person named on the license is Dylan MacNiven (of Woodhouse Fish Co. and West of Pecos). I reached out to him and he said he’s not at liberty to share details just yet, but did say this: “I can tell you that the story is not ‘Woodhouse Fish guy takes over Du Nord’; there are other people involved.” So it looks like we need to stand by on what the upcoming changes are, but something is brewing.
Tablehopper didn't discuss the future of the music program itself, but Uptown Almanac's former music editor Sierra Frost tells us that multiple bands have told her they're shutting down the stage. A few tweets also repeated that rumor and Cafe Du Nord's calendar is light in January before going dark in early February.
Update 6:00pm: SF Weekly interviewed MacNiven over email, being told:
We are currently soliciting feedback from the community and have noted the overwhelming support for the Cafe Du Nord name and musical program. We also heard the desire for more controls of noise and crowds and can only surmise it will grow with the three adjacent residential developments. I can give you a small hint that I am a huge live music fan and that's why you see my name on the license.
He then further clarified, telling the Weekly, "I am intending for live music to stay."
Now that we know "techie" is basically a racial slur thrown around to marginalize cyber Mexicans, a few tipsters have written in alerting us to the low-grade hate speech being sprayed across the neighborhood. As one tipster critiqued:
I felt the double exclamation point was unnecessary. They already made their point by spray-painting the message across the entire street.
Such divisiveness here in the Mission. It was bad enough in the days when the poors hurled around senseless epithets like "techie" and bars openly discriminated against Google Glass-enabled humans, but now this? Where will it end?
Previously on Uptown Almanac
San Francisco is famous for its long list of no-no words--"Frisco," "Hipster," "Republican." Now it seems we can add "techie" to the list.
While today's crop of adderall-addled entrepreneurs are busy disrupting old industries in their useless pursuit of wealth and Twitter followers, their chill vibes are being rudely harshed by industry know-nothings who insist on calling them techies. The Chronicle's Nellie Bowles reports on the tech industry's latest sensitivity crisis:
Dan Gailey, a 30-year-old tech entrepreneur who was recently working at Four Barrel, said he didn't identify as a "techie" - and thinks it's actually a pretty rude term.
"If you use the word 'techie,' we know you're not in tech," said the Mission District resident. "A lot of negative terms like that - yuppie, hipster - are outsider terms. We don't call each other techies - at all, ever."The preferred terms, he said, are "hackers," "makers" or "coders."
The hostility towards digital artisans is reaching such a fever pitch, makers are now fancying themselves to be the natural allies of oppressed minorities:
[Betabrand's Enrique Landa] felt the word "techie" fit into a long history of words used by natives to describe immigrant groups.
"Whenever you get a mass migration of a new wave of people, you get a negative connotation from the people who were there before - like Mexicans in the Mission. The new wave always gets a bad rap."
Comparing tech immigrants to the Mexican immigrants may be hard - Twitter's IPO just made an estimated 1,600 new millionaires - but, for Landa, the term "techie" connotes "unwanted newcomer" in much the same way as racial slurs.
Just in time for the holidays, Uptown Almanac's Locally-Sourced Pop-Up Comedy Night returns to the Roxie Theatre on Tuesday for Seanukkah!
We're cramming eight nights of laughter into one great show, featuring our headliner, Emily Heller ("Conan," "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show"). And thanks to Pabst Blue Ribbon, your $7 ticket also gets you plenty of free beer. Some said we only have beer to last for one comic, but our product rep Judah Maccabee assures us it will last for at least eight comedians.
Along with Ms. Heller, we've got local stars:
- Andrew Holmgren
- Alison Stevenson
- Joe Gorman
- Matt Lieb
- Kelly Anneken
- And special guest Chris Fairbanks! ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Comedy Central's Premium Blend," "Last Comic Standing," "Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back")
The evening's festivities will be hosted by Sean Keane, so come expecting fun, excitement, ample popcorn, and a lot of comedians wearing holiday sweaters and headbands from Sean's mom's closet.
The show starts at 9pm, with door and beers opening at 8:45. And, of course, you can buy advanced tickets online.