Neighborhood Notes: Displaced tenants benefit from free bus passes, Lovers Lane and a Planthold memorial service
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and the Lunar New Year in full swing, love is in the air again! Where better to party than in the heart of the city?
These neighborhood notes summarize updates to our past stories, where to buy Valentine’s Day gifts and, of course, fun events. Let’s go!
The neighborhood is watching
Red tags and broken hearts
Unfortunately, there has been heartbreaking news lately: Last week, the building housing Taqueria Los Coyotes on 16th Street and tenants in the adjacent building caught fire, displacing all residents.
A call to Jon, the owner of the nearby Dollar & Up store, revealed that the building is still marked red – meaning habitable – and it is unclear how long it will take to rehabilitate the building.
Fortunately, the city is doing its best to help tenants and businesses. Manny’s on 16th Street that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority offered tenants 44 free monthly bus passes last week, and the city and the Red Cross are working to help and house tenants. A total of 44 passes were issued at the request of the Red Cross.
“The SFMTA has always provided such relief to disaster victims. In addition to Muni passes for local fires, we have provided temporary residential parking permits to residents displaced by the Bay Area fires,” SFMTA Deputy Spokesperson Stephen Chun said in a statement. .
Our heart will go on
The city has lost some of its most beloved citizens and will certainly not allow them to go without honors. The sons of civil rights and disability activist Robert Planthold, who died recently, opened an in-person and virtual memorial service to the public.
“Bob’s family, friends and colleagues, thank you again for joining us in celebrating the life of our father,” said an email from his sons. “You are warmly invited to attend Bob Planthold’s memorial service this coming Friday.”
Join us at the San Francisco Columbarium and Funeral Home located at 1 Loraine Ct. People who need accessible seating or who cannot easily climb stairs will have dibs on the first floor, which can accommodate 50 people. “There will also be plenty of standing room on the second floor overlooking the ceremony.”
Can’t come in person? Join the service this Friday, February 11 at 2 p.m. Go to this link and log in with PIN 671-037. Can’t do it too? It will be recorded.
“Bob has impacted the lives of more people than anyone could follow,” his sons added. Please feel free to pass on the information to anyone else the Planthold sons might have missed.
Oddly enough, swans are one of the best-known symbols of love, and that seems to be how the people of Mission remember Swan the most. Our very own “Lone Star Swan” John Ratliff passed away last Monday and caused grief that tore the community apart.
I continue to be moved by the outpouring of love our community has shown on the internet and delivered to my inbox – just like family, who live in far-flung states.
Maybe if you look at the sky, you can see him again, reincarnated as a star. Next time you come across a pigeon, maybe throw some seeds at it.
Milk SF, your favorite queer café on Valencia Street, has extended its opening hours thanks to a surge in activity. Hooray! Now enjoy unique cups of coffee and local pastries on Mondays 8am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturdays 8:30am-5pm and Sundays 10am-5pm.
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A crazy birthday party
Delirium Bar throws a party to celebrate Jessica’s Biggity birthday this evening! The bar revives it with TBT music videos, some tunes courtesy of DJ Chicken Skratch. Don’t be late, it starts at 8pm!
Spend Thursday, February 10 at 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. No coverage!
Delirium is at 3139 16th Street, near Albion Street.
Need brain fuel for those love letters? Take a cue from the Dog Eared Books gamer’s book sale, a sale where prices drop after each “round.” In this case, a “turn” is a day. Choose from thousands of books from 10 a.m. on Friday, February 11 until Valentine’s Day (or when the books are released).
Books start at $5 for hardcovers, $3 for paperbacks on Fridays, and less than a dollar each day. By Monday, books will be $1 or $5 for a bag!
Don’t walk, run! Dog Eared is at 900 Valencia St. by 20th Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Contact 415-282-1901 or dogearedbooks.com for more information.
Music to your ears
Music is just as healing as the power of books, according to the Medicine for Nightmares bookstore on 24th Street. I agree. Come Friday, February 11 to the shop’s gallery and hear the styles of Boohabian multi-reed horn player David Boyce, honorable guest guitarist Scott Foster, and poet and healer Tureeda Mikell.
You know the deal: masks and vax (booster too!) mandatory. Tune in from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Medicine for Nightmares at 3036 24th St. Contact them at (415) 824-1761 or visit their website.
way of lovers
Balmy Alley is showing some love. Paseo Artístico launches its twelfth “Lovers Lane” event with food, art, music, raffles, games and uh, milk? (Yup, Clover will be there.) See your favorites like Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito, All in SF, Mission Lotería, Acción Latina and more. Maybe save the lip lock for later – masks and other safety precautions recommended. Pop in Saturday February 12 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pink gifts for your Valentine’s Day
Our very own Mission Native has launched a new line of Valentine’s Day themed jewelry, which they will be selling Saturday February 12 at the Speakeasy Brewery in Bayview. Come from noon to 6 p.m. at 1195 Evans Ave. There will be micheladas, mocktails, and plenty of awesome food vendors to choose from.
If you’re looking for a different style of accessory, try local painter @kpxsf who’s launched a new gold Muni-tribute necklace. Why not score for the one adorned with hearts?
The Mission Bowling Club will also have a Mini Mart on February 12 from noon to 4 p.m. and will sell homemade jewelry and crafts that are perfect for last-minute gifts. Stop by his patio at his location at 3176 17th St.
Bruno Mars regretted not having taken his girlfriend to dance. Don’t be Bruno Mars. Be better. You will have many opportunities, starting with El Rio. Put on your dancing shoes at 3 p.m. and get ready to shake it to the sound of tropical bass from Sazon Libre, which hits El Rio on February 19. Word on the street is that it will be an all-day party — special guests Mr. E and Vic G will also be in attendance. And duh, there will be food.
El Rio is at 3158 Mission St.
Bowling for gay rights
Throw that bowling ball and earn money for the queer non-profit LYRIC Center for LGBTQQ youth. That’s right, head to Mission Bowling Club at 3176 17th St. and grab $5 beers and $8 cocktails and know that the money you spend will go back to the community. Buy tickets in advance and, as a thank you, the Mission Bowling Club will give you a free drink. To sweeten the deal, bowling will be free, there will be drink specials and “small bites” all night long, and a performance by Siobhan Aluvalot.
Ride from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 21. Vaccination will be checked.
Grab your $10 tickets here.
Puerto Rico, your charming island
The Roxie presents a new documentary “We Still Here/Nos Tenemos” in person on Thursday, February 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The film, created by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Defend Puerto Rico, FistUpTv and Clenched Fist Productions, focuses on how young people from Comerío, Puerto Rico cared for his town when it needed it most – after the terrible hurricane Maria.
Viewers follow 24-year-old Mariangelie Ortiz, who catalyzes a group of young people to lead their community and finds herself defending and protesting for their land in the United States Congress.
The project also received support from the organizations Alliance for California Traditional Arts and The Redford Center.
In addition to the film screening, Jacobs-Fantauzzi and producer Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi will participate in a Q&A session. Aguacero will also perform the Puerto Rican bombshell, a dance.
This is a mask and full vaccination event held at the Roxie at 3317 16th St. Tickets are $20. Buy them here. For more information, contact Roxie Theater at (415) 863-1087 or here.
above the moon
It’s the year of the tiger, baby! Happy Lunar New Year to all who celebrate. If you want to venture out of the neighborhood and play cards with the lovely old Asian citizens of Portsmouth Square, the garage will offer free 2 hour parking on a first come, first served basis from 5am to midnight throughout the month from February. Because, you know, there’s nothing tigers love more than free parking.