BagelMacher Pops Up on Mission, Making Sundays Bagelicious

Sunday mornings mean fresh, house-made bagels from PizzaHacker founder Jeff Krupman. Photo courtesy of BagelMacher.

It’s been a few weeks since BagelMacher began serving fresh-made bagels on Sunday mornings on Bernal’s stretch of MIssion Street, but already the pop-up brunch spot has generated a lot of love in the neighborhood.

A project of Jeff Krupman, the mad genius who founded Pizza Hacker at 3299 Mission (at 29th), Bagel Macher transforms the PizzaHacker space into a bagel bakery on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 1 pm. The menu is simple — a limited supply of house-made bagels, a few toppings, a few special bagel sandwich options, coffee, and mimosas.

Neighbor Jasmine visited Bagel Macher last weekend, and she liked it so much she wrote to Bernalwood to share the love:

I’m kinda nervous to share this for fear of my family’s new secret bagel obsession going big enough to attract long lines on a lazy Sunday morning. But during a casual scouting mission this past Sunday, founder Jeff Krupman charmed me into visiting Bagel Macher.

I’m glad he did, because his Raisin Ras el Hanout bagel is too special not to cheer for. It’s a raisin bagel with a North African dusted spice mixture and sesame seeds that turned my raisin-avoidant husband, into an instant convert. Our baby loved it too!

BagelMacher is a concept to make use of the ovens at PizzaHacker. For now, the popup is open Sundays, with limited quantities of everything. (Good to get there on the early side, because things do sell out).  Bagels are available in sesame, poppy (the most poppies I’ve ever seen on a bagel¬—they were black!), smoked salt, sesame zataar and that unusual and inspired raisin variety. Expect most of the usual toppings, plus coffee from The Coffee Shop down the street, and juice and mimosas.

We used to live in New York city, so we’re on a constant hunt for really good bagels out here on the West Coast. The ones from BagelMacher are boiled in lye water and naturally leavened, creating a super crunch leading to an ultra-chewy inside. Our small family made our way through four in a day. So good.

Here’s the menu:

Sunday: Earth Day Festivities at the College Hill Learning Garden

The College Hill Learning Garden Photo: Courtesy of Danny Palmer

The College Hill Learning Garden is a outdoor education facility for kids located on a patch of land within the grounds of the  College Hill Reservoir. The garden at  336 Elsie (near Santa Marina) is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and it opened in 2016.

This weekend, on Sunday, April 22, Bernalese of all ages are invited to the  College Hill Learning Garden to partake of an Earth Day gala. Program manager Danny Palmer tells Bernalwood:

We’re spreading the word about the second annual Earth Day Garden Party at College Hill Learning Garden. We’ve got a full day of family activities happening in, and around, the garden this Sunday, April 22, from 10:00am-3:00pm and 7:30pm-8:30pm.

We’re located at 336 Elsie Street, between Cortland and Holly Park.

More details in the poster below:

Tuesday Evening: Family Night Out at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

On Tuesday evening, April 3, the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) is having a Family Night with dinner, music, and entertainment for Bernalese kids (and their parents too).

Tickets are $15 for an adult + 1 child; additional children are $8 each.

Ailed Paningbatan from BHNC says:

Join us for our Family Night Out at BHNC! Were making it easy for families on Tuesday evening. We provide dinner and activities, so that when families get home its just relaxation and bed time. We’re also partnering with a few childrens’ groups. like Curious Jane and STEM and Tree Frog Treks. We’ll also have a kids band!

Hurry! After 20 Years, Bernaltown: The Movie Will Screen Again in Bernal Heights

A billboard for Bernaltown appeared across from Good Life in 1997.

FINALLY, after a loooooong hiatus, Bernaltown-The Movie is returning to Bernal Heights on Jan. 30!!

We’ll get to the details about the where and when in a moment. But first, a brief history: What is Bernaltown?

Bernaltown was a delightful short film produced in 1997 by a group of Bernal Heights neighbors and kids. Making movies was a nontrivial thing to do in the late 1990s, because at the time, tape-based camcorders were still the prevailing technology and the era of digital video and YouTube was still a decade away.

Nevertheless, Bernaltown was glorious. Produced in the playful spirit of the 1960s Batman TV series, Bernaltown tells the story of a group of superhero kids who use high-tech go-karts to battle a diabolical developer who’s scamming to build a a hotel-casino complex on the top of Bernal Hill.

Musician and Bernal Neighbor Joshua Brody contributed the music for Bernaltown, and here’s how he remembers it:

A little over 20 years ago, good friend Sheila Balter invited me to donate my services to a fund-raiser for a film her friend Gregory Gavin was finishing up, so I did. Once I met Gregory and saw the trailer he’d put together, I fell in love with the project: A half-hour story called Bernaltown.

Gregory had been running workshops for kids in Bernal Heights to learn how to make their own go-karts and wanted to do some documentation on it, but rather than do a dry non-fiction talking heads piece, he decided to craft a narrative featuring the kids as superhero crime-fighters, other neighborhood regulars playing more-or-less themselves (eg. the beat cop as “the chief of police”) and throwing in a fictitious — but entirely plausible — subplot about an evil gambling syndicate’s real estate grab.

It was charming as f–k, and I instantly offered my services as composer, which Gregory just as instantly accepted, sound unheard. I think my terms — free — helped clinch the deal.

The film premiered in the schoolyard behind the Bernal Public Library (where it will be shown again… to commemorate its 20th anniversary). The showing was successful enough, but what really moved me was the aftermath: neighbors strolling up and down Cortland wearing Bernaltown paraphernalia and greeting each other kill it was the small town portrayed in the film, not just another big city neighborhood.

Maybe that kind of magic can repeat itself.

The trailer for Bernaltown is lost in the analog mists of time, but this KRON report from 1997 captures the spirit of it:

So, with all that established… Bernalwood is thrilled to share the news that finally, at long last, the Citizens of Bernal Heights will again have an opportunity to see Bernaltown again.

The 20th Anniversary screening of Bernaltown – The Movie will happen on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the main reading room of  the Bernal Heights Library (500 Cortland) beginning at 7 pm.

The screening is free, but tickets are required; reserve your seats here — and you’d best hurry, because space is limited.

PHOTOS: All images via Bernaltown20 on Facebook

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.

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!