Bernal Heights filmmakers Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails just got some more good news about The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the feature-length film they’re now producing after completing a successful crowdfunding campaign last year. They’re going to Sundance! Specifically, they’re going to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, which is a huge deal in a pre-production sort of way. … Continue reading Bernal Filmmakers Producing “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” Headed to Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Barnes and Noble recently asked celebrity food author Michael Pollan to list his five favorite books about food and nature. And wouldn’t you know it… two of Pollan’s five fave books were penned by writers from Bernal Heights: Nathanael Johnson and Jon Mooallem. Pollan recommends: All Natural Nathanael Johnson This is a quirky and fascinating … Continue reading Michael Pollan *Hearts* Two Writers From Bernal Heights
Charlie’s Cafe on the corner of Folsom and Precita on the west end of Precita Park is a neighborhood institution. Yet apart from the cozy daytime vibe and tasty humus, Charlies’s has also become known as North Bernal’s premier site for live music. This weekend, Charlie’s will be particularly musical, with acts performing on both Friday night and Saturday … Continue reading There’s So Much Music at Charlie’s Cafe This Weekend
Last week, a few befuddled Bernalwood readers shared news that a new sign was installed in Alemanistan, on an exposed slope in southeast Bernal Heights, right next to the big billboard that overlooks the 101/280 “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange and the Alemany Farmer’s Market. The sign sits just below the intersection of Bradford and Jarboe, and it … Continue reading Mystery Solved: Glittery “Dream” Sign Is a New Art Installation
Neighbor Joe Talbot, the Bernalese filmmaker behind the much-anticipated “Last Black Man in San Francisco” feature film, took a glamorous detour from that project last weekend to premier a short film at Sundance. Neighbor Joe’s film is called “American Paradise,” and IndieWire called it one of the “must-see shorts” at Sundance this year: Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise” brings attention to itself by … Continue reading Bernal Filmmaker Joe Talbot Screens “American Paradise” at Sundance
If you don’t plan to spend your Sunday marching. protesting, or drowning your politcal sorrows in the bottom of a bottle of strong liquor, Neighbor Darcy invites you to come share some cheer as she celebrates the first anniversary of her offshoot Heartfelt & store at 409 Cortland (at Bennington). Darcy tells Bernalwood: We’re having … Continue reading Sunday: Celebrate a First Anniversary for Heartfelt &
Neighbor Darcy from Heartfelt on Cortland extends an invitation for all sorts of Bernal businessfolk to get involved with the Bernal Business Alliance. She also extends an invitation to join the BBA’s next meeting on April 13, as well as a call for artists to help create a vintage-style map of Bernal Heights. Darcy writes: … Continue reading What Is the Bernal Business Alliance and How Can You Get Involved?
It isn‘t the first time this has happened, but if you happened to peruse last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, you might have noticed that the feature well was once again dominated by a pair of Bernal Heights writers. This edition featured two of Bernal’s most glamorous literary-journalism superstars: Neighbor Liz Weil and Neighbor Jon Mooallem, both of Ellsworth. Neighbor Liz’s article … Continue reading Bernal Heights Journalists R00Led the New York Times Magazine. Again.
You might have noticed that Bernal Heights is today home to a rather impressive roster of fabulous writers and authors. All Bernalese can feel justifiably proud of our rich literary landscape, but Bernal Heights has been fertile ground for writerly genius for well over 120 years. For example, thanks to some impressive new research published by La Lengua’s rebel propagandist Burrito … Continue reading Jack London Lived in Bernal Heights Before He Was Cool
This is a photograph of Ellsworth Street in Bernal Heights. It’s a rather typical Bernal block in many ways, but last weekend,this humble block produced two of the main feature articles that appeared in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Well, to be more precise, the block didn’t produce the articles — two superstar journalists … Continue reading Two Authors from One Bernal Block Dominated Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine
From 2009 to 2012, Neighbor Douglas Cruickshank was a Peace Corps volunteer, living in a remote village in the mountains of western Uganda. Today, he lives on Gates Street in Bernal Heights, where he wrote a book about his experiences in Africa. That book is called Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, and it is very big, … Continue reading Bernal Neighbor Combines His Words, His Photos in Beautiful Book About Daily Life in Uganda
Regular readers might have noticed something odd on the front page of the most recent (April/May) issue of the New Bernal Journal, the bimonthly print newspaper published by the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Below the fold, a small item explained that the New Bernal Journal planned to temporarily cease publication: What??? Why? What does this mean? And what’s the plan? Bernalwood … Continue reading New Bernal Journal Goes on Hiatus, as Neighbor Tim Redmond Hatches Plan to Revive It
Neighbor Noah lives on Norwich in Bernal, but he’s built a great name for himself around town at Electric Works, his combination art gallery and fine art press in SOMA. Except, after tomorrow, Electric Works will only be a fine art press, because Neighbor Noah is closing the gallery part of the business in the name … Continue reading Tonight: Farewell Party for Neighbor Noah’s Electric Works Gallery