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The announcement of this bicycle commerce party deserves to be shared just because of their epic poster:
The Dolores Park swap loosely organized. 10am is the official start time, but some sellers may be setting up early. to sell, just show up with a blanket and some stuff to flip. to buy, bring cash monie$.You might want some PBR and sunglasses, since you are at DP.
The last one was set up on the main concrete walkway that leads to the bathrooms from 19th street and Dolores. but previous swaps were just on the grass. I’d say its likely to be on the concrete again?
One of my favorite recent episodes of South Park when they attempt to redefine the word "fag" as "an extremely annoying, inconsiderate person most commonly associated with Harley riders." Perhaps it's a favorite because I had the particular misfortune of living near a Harley shop in Boston and tools would drive by my house all hours of the day. Thankfully, this particular brand of douche had been a relative anomaly up until this summer. For some reason, this gang of former high school losers has been obnoxiously parading around the Mission with increasing frequency. Worst of all, their gang surrounds around the use of scooters with some of the worst emissions imaginable. Anyways, fuck scooters. Next time I have the urge to piss in public, you know where it's going.
This dude has single-handedly redefined what it means to chill in Dolores Park: hanging out by himself, dressed to best, lounging in a beach chair while strumming his guitar. If he didn't bring home a gang of groupies at the end of the day, I'm going to be severely disappointed in humanity.
If you love INDIE ROCK LEGEND Jonathan Richman, movies featuring jizz in Cameron Diaz's hair and sing-a-longs, then on Thursday grab $3, your best flannel and head to Lost Weekend Video. From the Lost Weekend Video email list:
The big announcement you may have already seen in the window of the store is next week's performance by local indie rock legend Jonathan Richman. Next Thursday August 19th, Jonathan will be in the store performing live accompaniment to the film 'There's Something About Mary' by the Farrelly Brothers ('Kingpin', 'Shallow Hal') starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. If you've seen the film, you may remember that Jonathan performs as a sort of Greek Chorus - providing commentary and transition between major scenes. On Thursday, Jonathan will perform this role live as we watch the film, adding bits that were cut out or never used. This is a one time event that will never happen again and only at Lost Weekend Video. Jonathan performs sold out shows around town for the big bucks, but on this night you'll only pay $3 entrance - mostly to cover the cost of having to close for the event. Drinks and snacks will be available. We'll be moving the shelves, so there should be plenty of room, but please arrive early as we will have to make sure things don't get out of hand. Performance will start at dusk, so doors should be around 8pm. It's going to be awesome!
The one time I went to Blondies' was a Friday night this past winter* and the bar was full of dancing 40-year-olds straight outta Discovery Bay. Not that I'm saying it was bad, but it certainly isn't the scene I'd expect on Valencia. Aside from the odd scene, the place didn't seem that bad. Plus, Ariel tells me they have killer Bloody Marys. Well, this marker review seems to disagree with my takeaway. What happened duder? Did a cougar shut you down? You don't like old people dancing to "Move Bitch"?
When a group of artists proposed to "finish" the mural Banksy "started," many were quick to call bullshit. I personally thought this was a classic case of capitalizing off other people's work but, hey, it was a better proposition than just painting over Banksy's "vandalism." Well, Blouz is reporting that the building owner, clearly a connoisseur of the arts, complained about the contents of the surrounding mural and ordered it to be covered up. That's right boys and girls, mushrooms are too offensive for the mural designed to profit off of/protect Banksy's spraypaint for years to come. Hats off to everyone on this one; the cacophony of dots really elevated the aesthetic quality of this wall.
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Admittedly, I don't make it out to Oakland nearly as much as I'd like to, so I have no idea if this mural is "fucking ancient" or not*, but it is still one of the cooler Bay Area murals I've seen lately. If you want to crash your laptop from the stone age, feel free to check out a larger version of this panoramic and click on the original.
* if a mural painted in 2010 could be ancient.
Is the artist just metaphorically shitting on Sector 9 skateboards or does he just think that Farolito is neapolitan poop? Also, why does this make me hungry for cupcakes?
(Spotted at Toronado by reader Alan)