Do States With Stricter Gun Laws Have Better BBQ?


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Nothing sparks more debate than barbecue and gun control. Ironically much of the controversy over the call for stricter gun laws and which states have a better take on smoked meats, occurs in the same regions around the good ‘ol USA, the southern reaches of our dearest graceland.

With the recent tragedies from San Bernadino to Orlando, along with so many others, and with new studies showing that states with stricter gun control have lower rates of gun violence, we want to do our part with our stomachs and our wallets.

American cuisine uses ingredients which in themselves are symbolic of our cultural tradition to unify and rejoice in our differences. Buttermilk chicken, gravy, brisket, cole slaw, apple pie, makes you feel loved and warm, and if you’ve ever eaten BBQ with family and friends, you know the meaning of giddiness and food induced belly laughs.

So let’s celebrate actual American tradition, unity and loving food for food’s sake. Here’s a list of BBQ spots in SF from southern states with the best gun control laws that rep the true values behind our stars and stripes.


About Pickle: Eat like a local! Pickle makes the world yummy again by allowing everyone to share the food spots they love through photos, not lengthy, pretentious reviews.


MEMPHIS MINNIE’S


Lower Haight/Panhandle, SF

Why you should go: Smoked meat served by the pound in the dry-rub style of Memphis and Texas barbecue makes Minnie’s a classic “meat and 3” destination.


Heat wave warning: This BBQ style prefers the debilitating flavor of extreme hot sauce as opposed to the sweetness of barbecue sauces, so you’ll find a bottle of Stupid Hot Sauce on every table at Minnie’s.


Gun control rating: 8/10. Texas has its reputation as the gun slinging wild west, but in reality it has some of the better gun control laws in the region along with one of the lowest rates of gun violence. Maybe that’s because the sauce is so hot you won’t talk the whole meal, meaning less opportunity to get agro.


BABY BLUE’S


Mission District, SF

What to put in your mouth: Get the blackened catfish or salmon, two things that are delicious when barbecued but are often forgotten in the red meat frenzy of most barbecue spots.


Why we heart this place: Memphis is for lovers not fighters and Baby Blue’s has perfectly channeled the feeling of a friendly bar in Tennessee. Have a beer and get your protein fix, and more likely than not you’ll have a great conversation with a total stranger.


Gun control rating: 9/10. Living in the Bay Area it’s easy to forget that other places around the country are liberal, diverse, and full of culture but Memphis Tennessee is like the SF of the South. Its rich musical history has given it some real critical thinking skills and they have some of the lowest rates of gun related violence in the country, maybe Kumbaya really does work.


SNEAKY’S BBQ at SOUTHPAW


SOMA, SF

Why you should go: Offering their take on North Carolina barbecue, pork is their specialty. Usually divided between Eastern and Lexington style, Sneaky’s reconciles the two creating a happy medium to the great divide between the spice and vinegar and ketchup based varieties.


Do’s and Don’ts: Do order the bbq’d pork belly, it’ll make you start a petition to legally marry smoked meat. Don’t complain about the salad, it’s your fault for ordering a salad in carnivore heaven. It’s supposed to be a poor excuse for your daily vegetable serving because that’s not what this place is about.


Gun control rating: 10/10. North Carolina borders the slow and thoughtful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee so it’s no wonder why it has the lowest rate of gun violence in the south. Home to the melancholy sounds of Angel Olsen and other folky singer song writers, who needs guns when you can eat pulled pork all day and sing so perfectly about a broken heart.


CATHEAD’S BBQ


SOMA, SF

Why you should go: This is what bbq would be if it were invented in San Francisco. Their meats come marinated in Coca-Cola or Maker’s Mark and their sides are more in the spirit of a midwestern picnic with pimento mac ‘n cheese, mustard slaw, and dandelion green potato salad. Hippies.


Fun fact: Their namesake comes from the size of their buttermilk biscuits which are about as big as a cat’s head.


Gun control rating: 10/10. This SOMA based eatery serves up its take on Memphis style BBQ with a hint of the owners home state of Michigan, two places that are spearheading the push for better gun control laws throughout the South and beyond, hoorah!

Another One Bites The Dust in San Francisco


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About Pickle: Eat like a local! Pickle makes the world yummy again by allowing everyone to share the food spots they love through photos, not lengthy, pretentious reviews.


Another one bites the dust as an apartment fire destroyed a favorite local watering hole and Mexican restaurant. San Francisco is a unique case of gentrification because, along with several other reasons, we also only have a given amount of space, causing a supply and demand issue. Because of this so many people have been displaced and we’ve lost countless local restaurants that felt tied to our San Francisco identity. We wanted to take this tragedy and opportunity to remember our favorite spots and remind everyone of all the great places that are still here. Here is a list of local landmarks and an ode to the foodie destinations we have lost over the years and suggestions on alternative local eats so your money can stay in the community.


PLAYA AZUL


546 Valencia st, SF


It’s hard to talk about this place in past tense because it happened so recently, but alas it’s true, the five alarm fire on 29th and Mission on Saturday destroyed 9 businesses and displaced 58 people from their homes. This was a part of Mission street that still had so much local flare. Most of the businesses here were family owned and have been established for over 15 years or more. Playa Azul wasn’t just a taqueria, it served full and heavy portions of fried calamari, fish tacos, and margaritas that could start your engine. It was always the perfect spot for brunch after a long night at El Rio. You will be missed Playa Azul, but on those long summer nights when you’re feeling nostalgic and need family style enchiladas, go to Puerto Alegre, another Mission favorite that has stood the test of time.


LIVERPOOL LIL’S


COW HOLLOW, SF


In this sleepy part of Cow Hollow, nestled up against the Presidio was Liverpool Lil’s. If you never got the chance to try their breaded Mac ‘n Cheese, you truly missed out on a historical moment. Always packed with locals, especially during Fleet Week, Lil’s was a neighborhood favorite, the closest thing to the Cheers bar this side of the pond. Their Facebook page reports that after the fire they planned to rebuild but given soaring rent prices in the area, the landlord decided not to renew their lease. The magnitude of loss really hit home in February when the iconic sign that swung over the doorway for nearly 45 years, was taken down. Thankfully they have a sister restaurant close by called the Brazen Head. Order a double cut pork chop or a pub style burger, have a few beers, and never forget the legacy of Liverpool Lil’s.


EL PEROL


Mission District, SF


El Perol was in one of the most colorful and lively places in the Mission at one time. In the back of several restaurants and other little shops, instead of having dumpsters and a forgotten back alley, it opened up into a small marketplace where there was often live music and you could buy all types of different food, jewelry, nic nacs, toys, and lucha libre masks. In the center of it all, El Perol was serving up the best Peruvian food in the Mission and possibly all of SF. Their empanadas were made fresh daily and their fried pork sandwich would have you feeling like you could date a sandwich. Tragedy struck last year when an electrical fire broke out and engulfed the entire market place, 3 other business and two apartment buildings. Landlords would only rebuild and renew leases with a rate increase way out of range for business owners who have been there for over 20 years. The owner of El Perol reopened in San Mateo, but if you need a local Peruvian spot, Cholo Soy is your new home.


ANTOJITOS SALVADORENOS AMINTA


Outer Mission, SF


This place used to be like an actual teleport machine to El Salvador. When you walk in patrons sat at the bar on little red stools and ordered fresh squeezed orange juice or coffee and perfectly stuffed pupusas. We can’t even put into words how much we will miss the shrimp and cheese pupusa, it was a masterpiece. Thankfully you can still get bomb ass pupusas but you might have to walk a little further than before. In the outer Mission, Balompie is serving up fresh pupusas on a daily and you can watch soccer while you burn your mouth on the cheese because you couldn’t wait for it to cool down.


About Pickle: Eat like a local! Pickle makes the world yummy again by allowing everyone to share the food spots they love through photos, not lengthy, pretentious reviews.

Eat Your Feelings About Brexit


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If you haven’t heard of Brexit, two things, number 1, read a newspaper once in a while, and 2, don’t worry, as Americans, we’re pretty bad when it comes to understanding, let alone caring about, European politics. But the gist of it is, last week the UK experienced its highest voter turnout rate since 1992 and drum roll please…the people voted to leave the European Union in a 52% to 48% split. As we know in the U.S, a voter split like that can sever a nation and divide people in a way that doesn’t exactly promote peace and love. No one knows the entire spectrum of what this means in terms of trade, immigration, and economic impact on the UK and abroad, but it’s certainly making people nervous. So all we can do now is wait, maybe eat a few cornish pies, and watch what unfolds, hoping that sane minds prevail. And there’s no better place to do all of that than at British restaurants and bars around San Francisco. Here’s a list of the best places to stock up on your UK comfort foods.


YOU SAY TOMATO


Nob Hill, SF


This little market next to a computer repair shop is your saving grace if you’ve run out of Marmite and other toast spreadables that look like street drugs but taste like anchovies. Whether you grew up in England or just watching Downtown Abbey, this place has it all, Fruit Pastilles, Wine Gums, and Bacon Fries. But if you’re a really cool nerd, you’ll buy a few Penguin bars and Cheese Flavoured Moments and play the Doctor Who pinball machine in the back til your fingers turn blue.


CROWN & CRUMPET TEA STOP CAFE


Japantown, SF


It’s a shame the U.S never adopted tea time because it’s the best way to put yourself into a deep food coma while looking fancy. It’s said that English tea time is really just an excuse for an indoor picnic and this place is worth the trek to Japantown to see why it’s called that. Order tea for three and a wrack of plates come out filled with crumpets, butter, jam, egg sandwiches, Yorkshire pudding, and sausage wrapped in pastry. It’s a complete carb overload and chances are you won’t be able to get out of your chair without digesting for an hour while sipping tea, so I guess that’s the point.


THE PIG AND WHISTLE


Inner Richmond, SF


This is a proper English pub complete with bangers and mash, dad bods, dark pints of ale, and lots of sports fans. The perfect place to drink away a weekday afternoon and forget about Brexit and the EU debacle for a while. Until you remember and realize the price of importing British products could go up and then where are you gonna get your Yorkshire tea and Reversy Percy?


CAVALIER


SOMA/Union Square, SF


British inspired cocktails and the best Shepherd’s pie this side of the pond. Home of the Pimm’s Cup and the Whiz Bang, this is hands down the best place to grab a cocktail in the area. The atmosphere is swanky, the street noise is poetic, and life feels like 20th century literature, especially after knocking back a few. Knowledgable staff will guide you through the best parts of the menu and talk to you for 25 minutes if you bring up the UK’s exit from the EU, so maybe just don’t until you’re done with your meal.


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More Important Than Ever: SF Pride


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In the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, San Francisco Pride is more important than ever. We need to be together with friends and allies, feel loved, and share our stories. SF Pride, for many of us is usually a 3-day non-stop dance party where ingesting a variety of substances and acting like a fool, is mandatory. But maybe this year, in addition to the cray parties and the fabulously flamboyant parade you want an experience that’s a little less induced by the worst hangover of your life. We’ve got some options for you, some with snacks and cuddle puddles, some with long overdue discussions, all of them though with the intention of increasing visibility and the love for our LGBT community. Here’s a look at the non-traditional and a little off the beaten path (pun intended) pride weekend, June 23rd-26th, HAPPY PRIDE Y’ALL.


MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA


Sweet and Dandy Film series, June 23rd, 6:30pm


If you want your pride kick-off party to involve popcorn and intellectual conversation, this is for you. Sweet and Dandy is an 8-week film series, it’s last week culminating over Pride weekend, and it examines the cultural narratives of the queer community in documentaries and movie shorts. So bring your onesie and thinking hat because you’ll leave this film series undoubtedly knowing more, feeling more, and having increased empathy for the individual struggles of gender politics.


PRIDE BRUNCH


Hotel Whitcomb , 11am-2pm June 25th


Brunch and celebrating fabulous things are what we do best, so naturally someone put them together, Pride Brunch! This event brings you brunch with the finest folks and the most delicious delicacies including music by the Dixieland Dykes. With Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tito’s Vodka hosting the event, why not start Saturday off right with what sounds like some bomb Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.


PRIDE PUB CRAWL


Wild SF Tours, starts at the Castro Theatre


For those of us who like to pair a nice cold one with our cultural knowledge, this pub crawl is our new BFF. It’s about as non-traditional as it gets when it comes to getting to know your city. The tour guide walks around with a guitar and tells you about historical landmarks while playing diddies in A-minor. Play drinking games and learn how to master the ever-growing acronym LGBTQQOIAAPT (I mean wow), while getting woke about the why’s and how’s of Pride weekend.


LOVE SPACE


Civic Center Plaza, June 26th


If you’re looking to go more traditional but want to keep things low key, this space is your new home. It’s basically a huge tent in the middle of civic center where you can eat cookies, hydrate yourself, and catch a little break from all the wonderful chaos. This spectacular, colorful, natural and non-commercial oasis provides a heart-connected sanctuary in the midst of an often overwhelming festival. Come and celebrate queer creative spirit with heartfelt conversation, cuddle puddles, and the most fabulous Drag Snack Shows in San Francisco.

Who Cares About Super Delegates When There are Super Slides


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One of the perks to living in SF is that the city seems determined to let you be an adult-child for as long as possible. If you don’t want to grow up, there are events, restaurants, holidays and so on that will help you maintain your youthful sense of play and curiosity. So forget about the woes of adulthood and focus on the more positive aspects of being a grown-ass person, which is mainly that you can take yourself to the park. If San Francisco doesn’t already feel like a playground to you, here are four places that will ensure you forever think of the city as a place where you don’t have to take yourself too seriously.


SEWARD STREET SLIDES


Eureka Valley (above the Castro)


As an adult it’s hard to get back to those moments where things feel new and exciting like when you were a kid. Where the simplest things were exhilarating. But if you want to rediscover the simple joys of the slide, bring some wax and grab a piece of cardboard and scare the shit out of everyone watching by getting airborn on the turn of these cement masterpieces. Nestled in a small park above the Castro, you can swing from trees and rekindle your childhood enthusiasm for the cardboard box.


YODA FOUNTAIN


Lucasfilms in the Presidio, SF


This might not appeal to people who weren’t Star Wars nerds as kids, but if you were, childhood dreams do come true. Right in our very own backyard the closest thing to religion besides religion was born: Star Wars. On Saturday afternoons there are food trucks everywhere, so grab a kimchi taco or whatever and bask in the peaceful glory of Geaorge Lucas’s masterpiece.


YERBA BUENA GARDENS


745 Mission St, SF


This is a perfect place to escape on a lunch break or to relax in between museum hopping. It’s an oasis in a paved-over part of town. The waterfall drowns out city noise pollution so you can find your spot in the grass and watch all the hustle and bustle from your small tuft of man made bliss. Even if it’s just for 30 min.


URBAN PUTT


1096 S Van Ness Ave, SF


Ok so this isn’t exactly an open public space, but it is a great place to enjoy childhood simplicity while also having an adult beverage.

Guide to Getting Things Lit AF in June


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When it’s Wednesday night and you’re at home asking the interwebs what to do in SF this weekend, you probably get a bunch of touristy suggestions, like, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Mission walking tours, etc. Those are all awesome, but if you call SF home, how many times can you see the seals by the pier and go to Crissy Field before you vomit with wholesome weekend fun. So put on your party outfit and beer goggles, here are a few of the best events in June for people that live here.


FORTLANDIA


June 4, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM @ Fort Mason


Grab your sunblock and Teva sandals and get down here for a new summer series of silent dance parties at Fort Mason. You will all look like a ridiculous bobbing wave of ironic t-shirts in headphones, but in your ears there is an epic party happening and you’re about to break into the running man.


NAMETAG DAY AND AFTERPARTY


Multiple locations


San Francisco is notorious for being a hard place to meet new people, hence Nametag Day. A day that comes around once a year where you get out of your apartment, pack into bars, and actually meet people IRL. A concept after our own pickle hearts. So if you want to meet other awesome people like yourself RSVP and go drink with strangers who want to talk to other strangers.


ONE MORE TIME: THE THROWBACK PARTY


RIckshaw Stop, June 4th 9:30pm – 2am


A millennium dance party featuring the era’s best pop, electronic, hip-hop, and r&b. Get ready to break out your stunna shades, crop tops, v-necks, and guyliner and get your freak on. Blocks of music from the 90’s-2000’s will be played til 2am, reminding you why J.T. leaving NSYNC wasn’t the worst thing ever. DJ’s will take you on a year-by-year voyage spinning all the hits and guilty pleasures. Oh and did we mention it’s for a good cause? Proceeds will go to SF Society Ties, a group that raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


SF PUBLIC CANVAS


In The Tenderloin outside of Hastings Law, Thursday Jun 16th


If you’ve never heard of this, you have to check it out. Watch dancers scale down buildings and tip toe on roof tops while a loud speaker blasts modern classical and experimental music. There are night performances with large scale light shows and glow-in-the-dark dancers doing pirouettes and adagios underneath. This incredibly vibrant neighborhood is fighting gentrification and creating a dialog with art and movement, so bring a chair and get ready to look up with your mouth open for a few hours.

Can’t Take The Heat? Don’t Worry It Doesn’t Get Warm Here


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Memorial day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, it’s a time when you cut your jeans into shorts, break out your barbecue, and dust off your boat shoes. San Francisco is the best place to be during the warm months of June, July, and August. While the rest of the country is boiling in humidity, we enjoy perfect sunny, temperate weather. And what better way to celebrate than to check out all of the lush nature surrounding the Bay Area. In less than an hour drive you can reach Point Reyes, one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, you can rope swing over the ocean in a big eucalyptus tree, hike to a waterfall, or see whales off the coastal highway. Drinking watery beer and eating BBQ are important national past-times, but how about celebrating this year with some nature. Here are four of the best places for hiking and getting your zen on in the Bay Area.


KIRBY COVE


Sausalito, CA


Despite its vicinity to San Francisco, this place remains pretty secluded and untouched. It’s probably the mile hike down to the ocean from the cliffs that deters less dedicated rope swingers; because what goes down must come up, at least in this case. The swing hangs in an enormous eucalyptus tree and during high tide jets out over the water. Stunning views of the Golden gate with a deserted island feel, there’s nothing better.


ALAMERE FALLS


Bolinas, CA


A short drive from SF and near the cute coastal town of Bolinas where you can stock up on granola and incense if that’s the kind of hike you’re looking for. Either way, the white noise of an oceanside waterfall will definitely realign your chakras, or whatever, and prepare you for all the craziness of summer fun.


MOSS LANDING STATE BEACH


Watsonville, CA


If you’ve never driven down highway 1, now is the time because by the middle of summer the fog rolls in and doesn’t leave until mid September. So get the expansive ocean views while they last and this place is the best spot because it’s whale season. You can watch the largest mammals on earth turn over all day and swim their yearly migration toward colder water during the summer months. It’s a pretty incredible thing to witness.


POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE


Point Reyes,CA


There are a ton of different hikes you can do in the area, the cypress tree tunnel is the entrance to the national park, but from there, do the lighthouse loop at sunset. It’s another place where a whale sighting is possible, and it will make you look pretty cool on Instagram.

4 Things Keeping SF Weird


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There’s a lot of conversation and fear around how the city is bending toward a future of tech elite millionaire’s and a middle class dystopia. How the weird and culturally diverse are being pushed out in order to make way for luxury condos and AirBnB tourists, and everyone has an opinion on how to stop it and who to point a finger at. These are all very real and sensitive issues facing our community but we wanted to highlight some activities and places that are keeping our weird San Francisco hearts full of paint, glitter, and unicorns. Here are some things you can do this week, right now, that will remind you that San Francisco is still creative and vibrant, you just have to look a little harder now.


GUERILLA DYKE BAR TAKEOVER


MAY 20th


The housing crisis in San Francisco has not only affected tenants and priced out many people who have been living here for decades, but it has also devastated the lesbian bar population almost entirely into extinction. From the ashes, The Guerilla Dyke Bar Takeover was born. It’s a monthly party, where a different local bar is chosen and every Lesbian on the LGBTQI spectrum shows up and turns it into a dyke bar for the night. Get ready for a sea of mullets, fohawks, and pleather jackets flooding the streets of the Mission on Friday night.


MUSEUM & GALLERY CRAWL


May 19th


It’s that time of the month again, in a good way, it’s Third Thursdays, that’s today, the 19th. It’s a free event, RSVP online, and hop around downtown SF to see live performances, drink champagne, and look at art from the masters of the 20th century to the rising stars of the most contemporary art scene in san Francisco today. This will be the best zero dollars you ever spent.


RED DOOR CAFE


1608 Bush st, SF


Bring your humor and personality, because if you don’t you won’t be seated or you’ll probably leave feeling offended. The walls are painted bright shades of orange and red, there are naked barbie dolls and toy animals glued in provocative positions, and colorful dildos in place of flowers as your tables’ centerpiece. But despite the loud decor, the food is delicious and if you’ve lived here a long time, it’ll probably bring back memories of the good ‘ol days.


ART AT THE DUMP


503 Tunnel Avenue, SF – May 20th 5-9pm


The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco provides artists with a free pass to scavenge at the dump. Childhood dreams do come true. Trash and scrap metal are gathered at all hours of the night and day, and in the program’s 24-hour all access studio, artists repurpose San Francisco’s treasures of the underworld. This is not the kind of recycled art you did in 5th grade with dry macaroni, it’s a must see show that redefines waste and brings to the surface issues of sustainability in our modern urban spaces.

Bay to Breakers and Other Opportunities to Watch People Pass Out on the Street


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Day drinking in San Francisco is a local pasttime. It’s what we’re good at. Whether it’s long brunches with bottomless mimosas or getting your sunburn ‘n chill on at Dolores park with a rum-filled coconut; san franciscans aren’t scared of paying with a little acid reflux in order to booze it up in the sun. But if you’re going to do that this weekend, how about doing it to support a good cause? Two great San Francisco traditions in one, rallying for humanitarian efforts and feeling tipsy. Here are a few places where you can appreciate a great day of debauchery while giving back to your favorite city by the bay.


SF MADE BENEFIT at ANCHOR BREWING


MAY 11th


SFMade is a non-profit that helps local artisans continue to manufacture their wares in San Francisco. You want a mason jar wall mount or a hand-crafted oak table, or a million other necessities that aren’t mass produced with unknown chemicals? Then come out and drink, we shouldn’t have to twist your arm, you’ll be drinking anyway, so come here and do it. Put your money where your beer is at.


BAY TO BREAKERS


From the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach May 15th


Bay to Breakers turns 100 and is one of the biggest in the U.S. You can dress up or go naked and run the 7 mile marathon, or even better, watch from Hayes Valley. It’s all fun and games at first, and then this day drinking (literal) marathon gets real when participants reach the nearly vertical climb of Hayes street. Watch with the painted ladies in the background as adult Ninja turtles, robots, and elvis impersonators buckle from heat exhaustion and lay down on the sidewalk for a quick nap before continuing on towards the ocean. Oh ya, and the people walking around with donation barrels, throw a couple bills in there, it’s usually for supporting local schools or more community events like this one.


SF INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL


Fort Mason May 21st


Sample over 300 beers from the best craft brewers in the world, it’s pretty much the world’s fair for beer, and it’s for a good cause. Since 1984, the San Francisco International Beer Festival (SFIBF) has raised money for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School (Tel-Hi). The event staff consists of the proud parents of Tel-Hi’s preschool students. They donate their time and efforts to bring you this historic San Francisco festival-the oldest beer festival on the west coast)


CARNAVAL


MISSION DISTRICT, SF MAY 28TH-29TH


Yeah yeah, we know, but carnaval is in February you say, welp, that’s New Orleans and this is San Francisco, our version of Carnaval is a bit different. Celebrating its 38th anniversary, this is San Francisco’s version of Mardi Gras and one of the largest annual public events in the city. It features Carnaval dancers with a mixture of Latino, jazz, samba, and Caribbean influences, so come out and drink, eat amazing food, and support community centers throughout the neighborhood. The festive and colorful parade on Sunday morning is not something you should miss. It’s one of those rare occasions where you can see the extensive cultural pageantry of SF all in one place.

SFMOMA is Reopening and You’re Not Invited


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We’ve waited a long time for this, two years to be exact, the SFMOMA is reopening May 14th! We’ve missed you so and longed for your return because of the art, sure, but also because what better way to appear artsy and cultured on a first date than suggesting you go to MOMA? We’ve had to settle for bars and coffee shops. Even worse is when family comes to visit and instead of a pleasant day of silence while looking at art, you’ve had to go to Pier 39. So this is indeed a time of celebration and rebirth on many levels. Sadly, however, all the tickets are sold out for the opening party, but in order to honor the glorious return of this awesome institution in spirit, here’s a list of some other great art galleries in the city where you can feel all warm and artsy inside.


111 MINNA GALLERY


FiDi, SF


Maybe it’s not a place for when mom and dad visit, but it’s certainly an interesting spot to say the least. A place for experimental art and experimental cocktails. Try the neon green Tokyo tea, dance all night, and experience amazing performances and glow in the dark paintings.


SOUTHERN EXPOSURE


The Mission, SF


This gallery has been a springboard for emerging artists since 1974, and is one of the last standing non-profit spaces dedicated to providing resources and giving visibility to visual artists breaking onto the scene. But don’t be fooled by its OG status, they are known for throwing parties that will get hashtagged #LitAF for years to come while also managing to attract serious art buyers and curators.


THE TENDERLOIN MUSEAM


The Tenderloin, SF


The Tenderloin District officially consists of a 31 block radius and this museum has been an essential part in preserving the neighborhood. Activists on the directors board won city planning landmark titles so old buildings couldn’t be knocked down and replaced with luxury condos. The museum chronicles the living and ongoing history of the “immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints,” who created the community and played an integral part in building the cultural richness of San Francisco. (Quote by, The Rev. Cecil Williams, when speaking about the history of the TL.)


THE SHOOTING GALLERY


Little Saigon/Lower Geary, SF


The home of this gallery is in an old industrial bakery and is one of the sole proprietors holding down the art scene on Lower Geary. This self proclaimed gallery of street art and pop culture has a mission to the necessity of giving visibility and celebration to artists whom some consider “lowbrow.” If you think art is dead and Warhol was our last great hope, visit this place, get weird, and restore your faith in a scene that is still very much alive.