Two art openings to attend tonight

The first because it features work by Carina Johnson. We use Carina’s photography so much here on the blog that we should really just have her on the payroll at this point.

The second because it’s nothin’ but Jihaari. You might remember Jihaari Terry from the Q&A we did with him last month all about common courtesies and working in the service industry.

Contest: Win a Price is Right entry ticket to the Blunder Years

How shitty were your teenage years?  Well, now you have a chance to make someone else’s teen years a little less shitty than yours while also enjoying a fun night out in the Mission with The Blunder Years, a variety show drawing upon and paying homage to the films & TV shows of our yester years.  All proceeds for the event are going to BAVC’s The Factory, an advanced video production collective for motivated teenagers in Oakland.  Check out the details below:

An amazing roster of talent is joining the show, with acts by Mortified, We Players, The Freeze, Monday Night Foreplays, Ned Buskirk, Lev Yilmaz & Strike Anywhere. And, in support of our very own version of Price is Right, a plethora of local businesses have donated prizes in sponsorship of the event, including Teatro Zinzanni, The Independent, and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers.

Friday, August 12th

450 Florida Street, SF

@ Z Space

Doors @ 7, show @ 8

21+ only. $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door.

Info & tix available at www.blunderyears.com

We’re also giving away one Price is Right entry ticket, which gets you into the running to be a contestant in one of three game rounds during the Price is Right portion of the show!  All you have to do is tell us your best (or worst) teenage drama story in the comments!  You have until Tuesday, when we’ll pick the best one.  Let’s hear those stories!

Berlin-style ping pong comes to the Mission starting this Friday!

Well, this has been a dream of mine for a couple years now. The first time I played ping pong in Berlin, my mind was blown and I chanted for weeks and months, “WHY DO WE NOT HAVE THIS IN SAN FRANCISCO???”

Now we do. It’s a party called American Tripps and it debuts the first two Fridays in August. Here’s how it works:

It starts mellow, everybody strolling around the table, drinks in hand, possibly movin’ to the music, getting to know the people next to you in the circle. And as people mess up and the ranks dwindle, the action gets serious:

But not too serious. It’s all in good fun. It’s fun to watch, it’s fun to hang out. It’s fun. It’s the best! RSVP and invite your friends HERE.

Why “American Tripps”? Last summer I played a bunch at this place called Sportklause on Glogauer Straße, but they had some leftover signage from when the space was a travel agency catering to immigrants from the Balkan Peninsula.

So we called it “Balkan Tripps” because that was more fun to say.

Get united tonight at Mission United!

Mission United is tonight! You know you’re always too hung over for Hard French. And you know you always miss 2 Men Will Move You because it conflicts with some other party. This is your chance to go to both, on the same night, in the same venue, for one low price. And there’s a bunch of other great stuff going on in there too.

RSVP and invite your friends and check out the full lineup here.

[Poster by Primo]

CONTEST: Win tickets to Mission United party this Friday at Public Works starring Hard French and DJ Primo

“A party celebrating all things Mission” Mission United is called. It’s at Public Works this Friday and here are all the details:

The Deals:
– $5 admission between 8-10:30pm with Facebook Event RSVP.
– FREE food samples and drink specials between 8-10pm
– FREE Tequila tasters while they last and $2 shots
– DRINK SPECIALS: $3 special cocktail (till 11pm) and $3 beer (till midnight)

Public Works presents its second 8 hour event celebrating our melting-pot neighborhood, San Francisco’s Mission district. Cherry-picking some of the best in music, performance, art, fashion and food. Mission United brings the sights and sounds of our favorite hood under one roof.

In the main room curated by HARD FRENCH:
– Hard French DJs (Carnita & Brown Amy)
– Afrolicious with live percussionists
– 2 Men Will Move You (Primo & Jordan)
– Tres Lingerie [Live PA]
– Qumbia Qrew playing Queer Qumbia!

In the OddJob Room:
– Lights Down Low DJ’s Sleazemore and Eli Glad
– Marco de la Vega (120 minutes)
– Shovelman
– Jonah and Christa Larrama

Trunk Show & Fashion Installation curated by Archetype Boutique
– Camile Bemer of Kucoon Designs
– Major Babe Alert: a Stay Gold Pop Up Shop
– Dear Mina
– Josie Adele
– Love and Keep
– Mission Statement Sf
– Sea Pony Couture
– Stone Pony Vintage
– Wood Thumb
– Venus Superstar

Tasty Food Selections from:
– Chile Lindo Empanadas
– Good Food Catering
– Taza

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MISSION NON-PROFITS:
– SFSmiles & the Homeless Prenantal Program
– Dolores Street Community Services

RSVP and invite your friends here. And if you’d like to win a pair of tickets, in the comments below link us to a picture of you and a buddy in your best “unity”-themed pose. Two winners will be picked based on merit and notified by Thursday at 5PM.

FYI, Primo and Jordan of 2 Men Will Move You have the 1AM-3AM slot, so no matter what you do on Saturday night, you can probably end up here and shut the place down.

Bastille Day celebration features absinthe (and some other stuff)

At Cell Space tonight, Litquake is hosting Cabaret Bastille, a Parisian themed event complete with jazz, absinthe and local writers getting into the spirit of 1920’s France.

Grab tickets here, and do take it easy on the Green Fairy — she’s a beast of a drink.

[Photo by Mary Rehak]