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What We're Obsessed With Right Now
Compiled by Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Pay Your Dues | April 9, 2014
The art exhibitions, beers, and Bay Area backroads that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about right now.
Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: Seeing as the only thing I love more than a good IPA is Mac Dre—the late patron saint of the tragically short-lived Bay Area minigenre of hip-hop known as hyphy—I was delighted to discover Mac Drizzle—a black IPA from Livermore's Altamont Beer Works—on tap at Beer Revolution this weekend. Much like its namesake, it is full-bodied, intoxicating, and best enjoyed in an East Bay backyard on a sunny day. RIP to the Mac D-R-E; long live Mac Drizzle.
Rebecca Flint Marx, Senior Editor: Mine is biking—I just started biking to work last week and love it, regardless of the fact that I crashed yesterday. Which brings me to my second weekly obsession: avoiding cable car tracks.
Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor: If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the superb Juana Briones exhibit at the California Historical Society at 678 Mission Street (between 2nd and 3rd). Juana Briones was one of the most fascinating figures in the city's history. Her family came up with the "California Mayflower" expeditions of Portola and Anza. She moved to the Presidio in 1812, then to a house just outside the Presidio on the Lyon steps, and then opened a ranch on what is now Washington Square, where she helped runaway sailors and cured the sick, as well as raising a large family. She prevailed over daunting obstacles—she was illiterate and had an abusive husband—to become a successful healer, businesswoman and landowner. During her long life, three flags—Spain's, Mexico's and the U.S.'s—waved over San Francisco. The moving centerpiece of this extraordinarily rich and well curated exhibition is a section of the rammed-earth adobe house Briones lived in at the end of her life in Mayfield, near present-day Palo Alto—a historic structure that was sadly demolished after a long legal battle in 2011. This exhibition not only celebrates the indomitable Latina woman who deserves to be called "the mother of San Francisco," it tells the enthralling story of the city's birth. $5 admission; the exhibition runs through June 8.
Scott Lucas, Web Editor: I have a sad obsession this week: The world's greatest barbecue joint, Bo's, is closing. The beef brisket there is still the best I've ever eaten—and don't get me going about the smoked pork. On top of that, it often has a live blues band. This is a major bummer. I sincerely hope that the pitmaster, Bo McSwine is serious when he tells the Contra Costa Times that he's thinking about relocating to San Francisco. In any case, he's open through the summer, so hop BART to Lafayette post haste.
Lauren Murrow, Style Director: Pay Your Dues, a Tax Day-themed letterpress poster show featuring 13 local illustrators and typographers. George McCalman curated the line-up, which includes Lisa Congdon, Jen Garrido, and McFadden & Thorpe, and the Aesthetic Union did the printing. If you lucked out this year, it seems like a great place to spend a tax rebate. (If you owe money, it's also a lovely spot to drown your sorrows.) April 11th at the Aesthetic Union, 555 Alabama St. (near 18th St.), 6-9pm.
Jenna Scatena, Associate Editor: Highway 116 in West Sonoma. The two-lane highway is one of my new favorite backroads in the North Bay—it takes you through Sebastopol, where it's lined by great consignment and antique stores, then the tiny winery town of Graton, and up to Forestville, which has a stellar new restaurant, Backyard.
Adam Brinklow, Editorial Fellow: I'm fascinated by how the ongoing Leland Yee scandal is playing out on social media. Angry people with too much time on their hands have filled every available space on Yee's Facebook page with obscenities. While this isn't surprising, it's a little alarming how efficient they've been about venting. They even crapped on a picture of Yee posing with George Takei. Harsh. Meanwhile, Yee's alleged co-conspirator Raymond "Shrimpboy" Chow enjoys a steady stream of supportive comments from fans encouraging him to beat the charges. Go figure.
Kate Van Brocklin, Editorial Intern: Best way to end a sunlit afternoon at Dolores Park? Head to the diviest of dive bars in the Mission, the 500 Club, for cheap well drinks, comfy circular booths, and juke box tunes. On Tuesdays you can even order $2 pork tacos from Clare's Deli next door and have the food served to you within minutes at the bar.