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Cordova Pintura

June 3, 2016

If you know anything about the Mission you know this picture. 


For decade(s) I have wondered why this painting was in El Farolito. When I learned about how al pastor was actually made, it made more sense. But still, a mystery was afoot. 

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. 

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Books! Maps! Benders! Wed, Dec 16th!

December 7, 2015

It’s that time of year again! We will be at Bender’s on Wednesday Dec 16th from 7-9 to talk and beer and even sell a few Bikes to Books maps and posters if you’re so interested. See you there!

UPDATE: we also welcome the people of #geobeers!

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Sutro Tower, Home Edition

October 20, 2015

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!

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(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.

BFF Music War! TK vs Olu

October 13, 2015

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.

http://bff.fm/broadcasts/view/4203

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.)

https://storify.com/burritojustice/bff-music-war-tk-vs-olu

Bikes to Books: Autumn is Coming

September 28, 2015

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.

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The ride is free, and maps will be for sale at the end of the ride (both the original folded double-sided version and the even larger flat poster version with over 863 square inches of history!

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