If you know anything about the Mission you know this picture.
I was just in El Royal Cuckoo having a beer after work when the proprietor Deb (who also ran the greatly missed Way Out Cafe) brought the “taqueria paintings” up. “You will know them, I guarantee you.” She then showed me this site and my immediate reaction was wtf WTF WTF.
“He moved here (the Mission) in the ’60’s, and I remember him talking about it being very difficult to be here. He was a janitor but he had some relatives who helped him with a place to stay. One time I went to look for him, he had a studio at Valencia and 14th, in a parking lot, underground, just a little corner with all these cars in there. He had all his paint cans, and I said, “Hey Cordova, how can you paint in this place?” And he said, “It’s all right. In the morning everybody takes their cars and goes to work. By 11:00 am it is empty.” That was his studio. So at night he would go around to all the bars and see people.”
I am glad to have learned about Cordova. Wish I had sooner.
How many times have you said to yourself, “I love Sutro Tower, but I wish I could have one in my living room.”
Well, now you are in luck! Behold, a second human-sized Sutro Tower coat rack joins the fray!
And this one is a SYSTEM!
(I am pretty sure this GIF is bait but hey, Sutro.)
Anyway, head on over to Kickstarter and make a little bit of Sutro yours. Your coats and your heart will thank you.
A battle for the ages! TK and Olu, friends for 15 years, made lists of their top twenty songs EVER and had them fight on my BFF.fm show. The format: TK played a song, and Olu played one in response. Then Olu played a song, and TK played a song in response. 13 rounds! And you on Twitter chose the winners!
Seriously though just listen to this one, probably the best show I have done and will ever do. All downhill from here.
UPDATE: TK lists his and Olu’s top 20 songs.
Here are the links to the song pairs for reference — if you haven’t listened to it yet, don’t read ahead, just go with the flow, and then click on the link to vote. A timeless battle!
And the Twitter chatter was epic. Here’s the Storify of the tweets I could find. (Let me know if I missed any.)
It’s that time of year! Join us at 1 PM on Saturday, October 24th to ride the city and make new friends while learning some history and then have a couple of beers. Rally at South Park for the biannual Bikes to Books tour and enjoy a robust 7.1 mile tour of San Francisco.