There’s So Much Music at Charlie’s Cafe This Weekend

The City Buds at Charlie’s Cafe

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 afternoon.

On Friday evening, Dec. 15 at 7:30, Charlie’s Cafe plays host to Maurice Tani and Mike Anderson:

Charlie’s Cafe is proud to have Maurice Tani and Mike Anderson return to our Friday Night music series.

Like all great songwriters/storytellers, Maurice uses humor, pathos, and metaphor (he loves that word!) to spin tales of sometimes heroic, sometimes conniving, seductive and/or hapless characters. Characters deep in the throes of urban/country angst, unrequited love, love affairs gone wrong—in a nutshell—country noir.

A master of clever lyrics and gorgeous melodies that make for ear-worms almost impossible to dismiss, Maurice’s warm powerful voice animates the songs into a kind of technicolor experience’. Doors 7pm Music 7:30pm $10

Then, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16 from noon to 2 pm, Charlie’s Cafe will play host to The City Buds:

Elisa M Welch and Jim McLaren are two East Coast transplants who arrived separately in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 1980s. They met ten years ago on San Francisco’s vibrant singer-songwriter open-mic scene and have been making various kinds of trouble together ever since. They often perform with the garden-rock band, The Buds, delighting audiences of all ages and whipping up toddler moshpits at farmers markets all over the Bay Area.

Jim plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, and as a singer he’s known as a virtual encyclopedia of Dylan. He plays lots of other folk rock favorites, too, and he and his rock-solid rhythm guitar were a mainstay on the streets of North Beach for many years.

Elisa has a classical music degree, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her playing. She used to play just about any instrument she could lay her hands on, but these days she has whittled it down to keyboard and pennywhistle, tho not at the same time. People always tell her she has an amazing voice, and she’s inclined to believe them.

Saturday Morning: Join the Party to Clean Up Precita Park

PrecitaParkcleanup

As you’ve probably noticed, Precita Park is one of the most charming and vibrant parks in all of San Francisco.

It’s a beautiful place, in no small part because of all the hard work Neighbor Demece Garepis puts into it under the auspices of Precita Valley Neighbors, the volunteer group she  leads, in collaboration with the dedicated staff at the City’s Rec and Parks Department.

Tomorrow morning, Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, PVN is organizing a neighborly Precita Park cleanup, and it’s a great opportunity to give the park some of your love. Neighbor Demece says:

We’re having a Precita Park Clean-Up on Saturday morning, Dec. 16.

Meet your neighbors! Join us to prune and remove debris from our Monarch Butterfly Garden along the Children’s Playground. We’ll also sift sand in the Children’s Playground.

Just bring yourselves! Our Park Gardener and Volunteer Captain Ryan will lead the way! We will supply tools, conversation, and fun! Meet us at the big green Rec and Parks Dept. truck that will be in Precita Park.

Good Morning, Bernal Heights

Good morning, Bernal Heights! It’s a lovely almost-winter morning here, as verified by resident Bernal-watcher (and early-riser) Christopher Baker, who lives in Noe Valley.

The photo he shared with us this morning is rather gorgeous, so all Bernalese are encouraged to keep this image in mind as you make your way through the day.

Thank you, Christopher!

Fund Created to Help Bernal Neighbor After Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Bernal neighbors Fran Maffeo and Even Lammers, in a recent photograph

It’s been a little more than a week since Bernal neighbor Even Lammers died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his Moutrie Street home. In the meantime, Even’s surviving partner, Fran Maffeo, must now carry on without her companion of the last 40 years.

Neighbor Deborah used to live next door to Fran and Even, and she’s spreading the word about a crowdfunding campaign underway to help Fran navigate this difficult time. Deborah tells Bernalwood:

There’s now a Go Fund Me page for Fran Maffeo, the surviving victim of last week’s carbon monoxide poisoning on Moultrie.

Fran is a senior neighbor of ours with limited resources and no surviving family.

Fran and Even’s former next-door neighbor Jennifer set up the page “to pay for a simple service for Even and to ensure that Fran has a safe home to live in for her last years.”

Additional details are on the GoFundMe page; Bernal neighbors who are so inclined are encouraged to contribute to the effort.

Friday: Meet SFPD Capt. Jack Hart at “Coffee With a Cop”

A SFPD officer meeting with Bernal neighbors at Charlie’s Cafe in 2011.

Neighbor Sarah, Bernal’s intrepid liaison with the SFPD, shares details about a “Coffee with a Cop” event happening on Friday morning, Dec. 15, at Charlie’s Cafe at 3202 Folsom, on the western end of Precita Park.

Neighbor Sarah says:

Please join SFPD Ingleside Station Captain Jack Hart and Ingleside officers for their monthly Coffee with a Cop event – this will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, from 7:30-9:30am.

This month’s event has several attractive features for Bernal residents, including:

 

  1. The location: Charlie’s Deli Cafe, 3202 Folsom at Precita,
  2. The theme: Ugly Christmas Sweaters (wear yours; I’ve been assured Capt Hart will wear his)
  3. The format: meet cops in a casual setting, ask questions, and/or alert them to public safety issues in the neighborhood.
Hope to see you there!

TONIGHT: Come to the Bernal Library’s Holiday Celebration

Tonight, Wednesday Dec. 13 starting at 6 pm, the fabulous Bernal Heights Library at 500 Cortland will host its seasonally festive Holiday Winter Celebration… and Bernalese of all ages are invited to attend.

Bernal branch library manager Valerie Reichert tells Bernalwood:

It’s that time again! Please join us for our annual Winter Holiday Celebration, Wednesday, December 13, 6-9pm.

The Bernal Jazz Quintet will put us in the mood with a seasonal selection. There will be crafts for all ages, a family movie and refreshments.

TONIGHT: Eat, Drink, Be Merry During the Mission-Bernal Merchants Holiday Walk

As you know, included among our many blessings here in the Dominion of Bernalwood are two terrific commercial districts; each of which now plays host to its own holiday celebration.

TONIGHT, Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-9 pm, the fabulous merchants, chefs, and barkeeps along the La Lengua stretch of Mission Street will hold the glamorous 2017 Mission Bernal Holiday Walk.

Neighbor Eden from Secession Art & Design tells us:

The Mission Bernal Merchants Association is excited to invite San Francisco to explore the vibrant Mission Bernal small business community on Friday December 8th, from 6pm to 9pm.

The numerous locally owned restaurants, bars, galleries, coffee shops, and other businesses that line Mission Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Randall Street—along with businesses on adjacent side streets such as 29th Street—will open their doors and put out their welcome mats to the city at large, in a neighborhood celebration aimed at encouraging neighbors and visitors alike to peruse their wares, get to know local business owners, and sample the neighborhood’s diverse flavors.

Emerging and legacy businesses alike would like to welcome you to our festive home.Our neighborhood is buzzing with love, light, and festivities. Some highlights from Cesar Chavez to Randell include:

  • Selfie on a motorcycle and art show Eagle Rider 3146 Mission
  • Toy drive and mulled wine at El Rio 3158 Mission
  • $2 off Local brews & live music: Panique gypsy jazz at Old Bus Tavern 3193 Mission. Rachel’s Fig And Honey Saison may become your new favorite
  • Hot apple brandy & live music. Wayne De La Cruz and Ray Scott at
    Royal Cuckoo 3202 Mission
  • Deviled Eggs and sparkly wine at Blue Plate 3218 Mission
  • Art fundraiser & holiday party at Secession Art & Design 3235 Mission
  • The owner is spinnin’ records playing 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Perfect bar for a beer and a shot at Knockout 3223 Mission
  • Arroz Con Leche at Sabor De San Miguel 3263 Mission
  • 2 for 1 ice-cream cones at Mitchell’s Ice Cream 688 San Jose Ave Try the eggnog, peppermint candy, cinnamon snap, or ginger spice to get you holiday happy.
  • Hot apple cider and cookies in front of our store. All non medicated, of course! 😉 Harvest 33 29th St
  • Mini hot chocolates and cookies at Cafe Seventy8 78 29th St
  • Special menu this Friday night during the Mission Bernal Holiday walk featuring Caldo Verde soup w/sweet bread rolls and Portuguese ports, beers and wines and more! Cafe St. Jorge 3438 Mission
  • Spiced Toddy at Old Devil Moon 3472 Mission

PHOTO: Top, by Telstar Logistics