‘Secret’ Thao and Mirah show at Viracocha RIGHT NOW

The Bay Bridged this week published a big report about how cool Thao and Mirah’s new recordings are (see video above) and how cool their tour is going to be.

What they failed to mention is that RIGHT NOW they’re kicking off said tour with an unannounced (I guess that’s why they didn’t announce it, huh) show at Valencia Street vintage typewriter purveyor Viracocha. Omw!

Handgun discarded on the sidewalk during high-speed foot chase

We were walking home from the Uptown last night around closing time when two dudes came sprinting at us northbound on Shotwell. The lead guy’s pinstriped Yankee hat flew off as they passed us. At the end of the block, they turned left, but not before dropping something. It sounded bigger than a cellphone. We turned back and took a look, and it turned out to be a handgun. I immediately took a picture and then called 9-1-1.

I said, “I just witnessed what I think was an undercover police officer chasing a suspect. They dropped something. It’s a handgun. So I’m standing here on the corner of 19th and Shotwell with a handgun.” The operator shrieked, “YOU PICKED UP THE GUN!?” “No, no, no, I’m just standing next to it.” Right then a squad car arrived and officers started questioning us.

The lead officer took one look at the weapon and said, “Damn, that’s a nice gun.” We couldn’t describe either of the sprinters, so at that point we weren’t much help. After a few minutes, an undercover officer arrived, out of breath. He walked right past the gun and us. “See any drugs?” Nobody had seen any drugs. He walked up and down the sidewalk, looking in planter boxes and elsewhere. Another officer unballed a balled up pair of socks. No drugs anywhere.

He comes back to the gun, asks us if we saw the suspect drop it. We had not. So again we weren’t much help. I asked if he caught the suspect. “Yup,” he said, and smiled. He photographed the scene with a small point-and-shoot camera. The lead uniformed officer again looked at the gun: “I might have to get one of these for myself.”

[Additional photography by David Kelso]

Those guys that stand right up front and spend the whole show taking video of the band

I’m not trying to hate or anything. You gotta do what you gotta do. But, I just don’t get it. Don’t you ever just want to put the camera down and enjoy the music without worrying about framing or battery life?

Now, I’ll admit, I have taken video at shows. But only a couple times, and only a song or two, not a whole set. Just so that I could give my friends back home a brief taste of what they were missing. And I make sure to stand in the back. And if there was even a chance of someone being behind me, I kept the camera down at chest level so as not to obstruct any sight lines.

But again, I’m not here to judge. I just don’t get it. Doesn’t your arm get tired holding an iPhone above your head for 55 minutes? Isn’t your girlfriend embarrassed to be standing next to you while you’re making these elaborate camera movements like you’re shooting a car commercial or something? Don’t you think maybe you’re bumming the band out a little?

Lettuce know.

Share your thoughts on Dolores Park

Dolores Parks Works is gearing up to host yet another Dolores Park meetup, and today they’ve put up an open call for speakers:

Do have an Dolores Park perspective or message that deserves amplification? This is your opportunity.

I’m pretty sure this event won’t involve puke of any kind. So, consider that. If you think you’ve got some bright ideas or whatever, click here to throw your hat into the ring.

California Sunshine returns

It’s been a while since we heard from California Sunshine. Their epic single “Cover Me in Diamonds” was one of our picks for Summer Jamz 2010, but to my knowledge they performed in the neighborhood since their debut early last year. (They did make a brief appearance over winter break explaining why the holidays are great.)

Well, now they’re back. Last night, Mission Mission on Tumblr premiered a new California Sunshine song, calling it “an understated new party jam.” And that it is. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot of it all summer, as parties wind down and couples start pairing off. Without further ado, here is “Whatever it Takes”:

WHATEVER IT TAKES – California Sunshine

Killer cut! Can’t wait to see how it looks live — California Sunshine is headlining a show this Sunday at the Knockout! Show at 10pm, also starring Pamela and Will Ivy. RSVP and invite your friends here.

[Photo courtesy of California Sunshine]

Rad dog is a ‘Friday’ fan

When I saw an email in my box titled “Rad dog quotes ‘Friday’ on Friday,” I was like, “Finally! Some Rebecca Black love in the MIssion!” But, alas, we’re talking about a different Friday. We all love this one too though, so it’s all good.

Reader Pete M., who snapped the pic, writes:

Saw this at 15th / Valencia this morning on one of those green utility boxes on the sidewalk.  One of the best monologues from one of the best movies…ever.

Thanks, Pete!

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First the Eagle, now Kitsch

Night Fog Reader (written by Kitsch Gallery insiders) has the scoop:

Kitsch Gallery (at 17th and Capp Street) will shut down at the end of May. The skinny is that the owner won’t renew the collective’s lease. Negotiations were held regarding the timing of the lease, but an agreeable situation was out of the question. We are all saddened by this outcome, but the good news is that Kitsch will not quietly disappear. The month of May will be very special. Planned are four final events to share with our friends and community.

Well, that’s somewhat heartening I suppose, but where are we all gonna hang out come the end of May? Read on.

DJ Purple crushes ‘Careless Whisper’ at Ultimate Karaoke Dance Party

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This week master-class Karaoke MC DJ Purple lit up the stage at the Make-Out Room with a pulse-pounding rendition of ‘Careless Whisper’ that could have sent Sexy Sax Man packing. He’ll be kicking off another edition of Ultimate Karaoke Dance Party tonight at 10pm at Jack’s Club, so if you’ve been perfecting your George Michael croon head on down and he’ll kick it up to 11.

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