Cardboard Animal Parade Brings Purposeful Pointlessness to Precita Park

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The Cardboard Animal Parade that invaded Precita Park on Saturday evening turned out to be the perfect event, at the perfect time, in the perfect spirit to remind many Bernalese who we really are. As a dozen or so cardboard creatures milled about near the benches in front of HIllside Supper Club, a ragtag marching band tuned up to play, and Bernal neighbors of all ages came out to enjoy the ad hoc festivities.

Your Bernalwood editor tracked down Paul, one of the artists who helped coordinate the parade. Paul confessed that he’d had some anxiety about organizing something so frivolous at a time when the state of the world seems so grim, but in the end, he said, it seemed like the right thing to do.

He was right. The willfully apolitical Cardboard Animal Parade provided a much-needed reminder that we’re not alone, and we’ll all get through this together.

Bernalwood shared a live video broadcast just as the parade was getting underway, and we witnessed the the opening ceremonies, the band, and the emergence of the Parade Butterfly from his crumpled cardboard cocoon. If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It was wonderful!

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

Saturday Eve: Ad Hoc Cardboard Animal Parade Starts in Precita Park

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Local artists are putting together an ad hoc parade that will gather in Precita Park on Saturday evening, February 4, at 7 pm.

Naturally, it will be a Cardboard Animal Parade, and from Precita Park the procession will make its way to Dolores Park starting at about 8 pm. Kids, pets, and cardboard creatures of any species are welcome. Artist Paul tells Bernalwood:

This is a collaboration between a few people, partly because we had a large amount of cardboard without a purpose. I have hosted a few build days at my studio and worked on several pieces, so now we want to invite people to bring out anything they make.

We’ve also put a call out to some musician friends, so we expect to have at least one marching band. Since we started working I saw this video of a group called “Cardboardia” doing similar stuff on a large scale, and I like it very much.

Here are the details:

We’re throwing a parade Feb 4 at 7 PM!
Wanna build stuff? Wanna march?

We’re going to a have a parade.
One with large cardboard animal floats, that we are going to make.
We could have a reason for this but, really, there isn’t one. (We know there are a lot of important social / political actions going on. This very explicitly isn’t one of them.)

We are pulling inspiration from the spirit of Mardi Gras Krewe’s – lightly organized with a strong emphasis on fun. Our unifying theme: Animals.

We intend to meet up at 7pm and start moving sometime around 8pm, and our planned route winds through the Mission to the Castro.

PHOTOS Courtesy of the 2017 Cardboard Animal Parade

Sunday: Celebrate a First Anniversary for Heartfelt &

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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 a party for our wee store on Sunday, January 22, starting at 5 pm.

A belated 1st birthday!

Two women will be reading their poems, and we will serve sherry, cookies, and some bubbly.

There will be a special offer for an hour before the event starts.

One of the women is my friend, and she was part of the WW2 Kindertransport.

In any case I am going to start using the Heartfelt & space for these events to let folks from the neighborhood share their creativity, especially writers.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Heartfelt &

Local Restaurants to Host Tasty Benefit for Chef Tim from Ichi Sushi

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As you may recall, all-star Bernal neighbors Tim and Erin Archuleta, the husband and wife team behind the fabulous Ichi Sushi, have been navigating a rough patch lately, owing to Chef Tim’s health crisis. That’s why Ichi re-relocated to its original location at 3369 Mission at the beginning of the year, and the Archuletas have been doing some crowdfunding to help defray the cost of medical expenses.

Now, some of Chef Tim’s friends in the local restaurant biz are joining forces to lend a hand as well, as InsideScoop reports:

To help support the couple during this rough time, local chefs and restaurateurs are banding together for an evening, offering up a walk-around food/drink event and raffle tickets.

“They are the nicest people of all time,” says Corridor partner Ryan Cole. “And they do so much for everyone else. ”

The fundraiser will take place on the (al fresco) rooftop above Cole’s three-star Corridor (100 Van Ness), and will include food and drink from the following places:

  • Blue Plate
  • CatHead’s BBQ
  • Deli Board
  • Flour + Water
  • The Front Porch
  • Lolinda
  • Mission Chinese
  • Namu
  • PizzaHacker
  • Waterbar
  • The Riddler
  • Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio

The restaurants will each have food stations, and the Riddler and Mr. Tipple’s will be serving up drinks. Tickets cost $60 and are available here. Oh, and do note that if you can’t attend, you can still buy a raffle ticket. All proceeds will go to the Archuletas to help pay their hospital bills and help them “prosper in Ichi Sushi’s latest location.”

You’ll notice, of course, that there are many Bernal-based restaurants on the list of participants, as well as some Bernal-owned restaurants around town.

Get tickets for the event right here.  And even if you can’t attend, you can still support Chef Tim and Neighbor Erin the traditional, tasy way, by stopping by Ichi to have some of their amazing food. All the old-skool favorites are still on offer, and there’s a new lunch menu as well.

Feel better soon, Neighbor Chef Tim!

PHOTO: Tim and Erin Archuleta, via their crowdfunding page

Sunday: Celebrate 2017 by Helping to Make Bernal Hill More Beautiful

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Here’s an honest way to atone for all the unholy things you will do on New Year’s Eve: Neighbor Sarah invites all Bernalese of all ages  to participate in a Bernal Hill clean-up happening on New Year’s Day,  Sunday, January 1, 2017(!) at 9 am.

The fabulous Neighbor Sarah says:

Start 2017 off by joining your neighbors in cleaning up Bernal Hill on New Year’s Day. (The Hill often takes a bit of a beating on New Year’s Eve.) Meet at the south entrance bulletin board at 9 am. Bring gloves and a couple of garbage bags or a bucket. We’ll divide and conquer, picking up bottles, cigarette butts, and, yes, unclaimed dog poop. This should be a good activity for kids – I will be bringing mine (ages 7 and 9).

See you there! (And thanks to the neighbors who, day in and day out, pick up trash on the Hill – we see them frequently!)

PHOTO: Bernal Hill from the air, courtesy of the Bernalwood Air Force

Tonight! Rock Your Raingear at the 2016 Mission Bernal Holiday Walk!

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Last year, a new tradition began here in the Dominion of Bernalwood, as each of our bountiful commercial districts began to play host to its own holiday celebration.

So now, in addition to the glamorous Cortland Holiday Stroll, the myriad merchants, chefs, and barkeeps along our ridiculously abundant, La Lengua stretch of Mission Street also hold a seasonal Mission Bernal Holiday Walk — and the 2016 edition happens TONIGHT, Thursday, December 15.

The Mission-Bernal Merchants Association says:

Mission Bernal Holiday Walk
Tonight – Thursday, December 15, 6-9pm

Join us tonight from 6 to 9pm for the Mission Bernal Holiday Walk. Yes, it will be rainy, but this is a good chance to rock your rain boots, and winter coat!

The Mission Bernal Merchants Association is excited to invite San Francisco to explore the vibrant Mission Bernal small business community. 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.

“We see the Mission Bernal Holiday Walk as a sort of social experiment in supporting the neighborhood’s small business community, and we want to invite everyone to be part of it,” says Eden Stein, president of the Mission Bernal Merchants Association. “The Mission Bernal corridor is a hidden gem of food, art, music, and culture.”

As visitors explore the neighborhood, the MBMA encourages them to post photos and videos of the sights, sounds, and tastes they experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with the hashtag #MBMAHW. As an extra incentive, throughout the evening, the MBMA will be monitoring the hashtag and giving away thank-you gifts to those tagging their adventures in Mission Bernal!

Here are some of the specials our neighborhood merchants will offer:

  • Avenue (3361 Mission St.) – Holiday open house with cocktails, a small holiday marketplace, succulent craft station, and live music
  • Baby Blues BBQ (3149 Mission St.) – Fried Chicken Pop-Up
  • Bel (3215 Mission St.) – Bel’s amazing Happy Hour will be extended for the duration of the walk and the San Francisco School of Rock will be singing holiday tunes from 6-7pm
  • Blanca’s Art of Hair – $5 off haircuts and shaves
  • Blue Plate (3218 Mission St.) – Deviled Eggs and a splash of sparkling rose for our early diners
  • Café Seventy8 (78 29th St.) – Extended hours and free 8oz hot chocolate or coffee
  • Café St. Jorge (3438 Mission St.) – Art Show
  • Coronitas (3326 Mission St.) – specials on Coronas and buffalo wings
  • Cole Hardware (3293 Mission St.) – Holiday Pop-Up!
  • Eagle Rider (3146 Mission St.) – Look for the motorcycle out front to learn more about our newest merchant and services
  • El Rio (3158 Mission St.) – Everyone that comes through as a participant in the Holiday Stroll will receive a free hot spiced whiskey cider (21+, one per customer)
  • Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack (3230 Mission St.) – Holiday Sangria and 2 for 1 drinks
  • The Front Porch (65 29th St.) – Delicious sausage balls, mulled wine, and spiced cider to keep you feeling nice (or naughty)
  • Fumi Curry (3303 Mission St.) – Black Curry special. Free Edamame for any order of drinks over $15
  • Harvest: An Alternative Health Collective (33 29th St.) – Harvest will be giving 15% off to all that mention this event. If you don’t yet have a recommendation, you can get a tour of their boutique facility
  • The Knockout (3223 Mission St.) – Drunk BINGO! Also, ask for a Hamm’s Job (a beer and a shot) for $5
  • Melody Cafe (3401 Mission St.) – 15% off dinner
  • Mitchell’s Ice Cream (688 San Jose) – Two cones for the price of one
  • Old Devil Moon (3472 Mission St.) – Lion’s Tail (a classic winter spicy bourbon cocktail), and a wintery gin & tonic of their own making
  • Rock Bar (80 29th St.) – Thirsty Thursday: Singani 63, the ancient Bolivian spirit imported by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will be poured with specially paired bites. There will also be opportunities to speak with local Singani ambassador Scott Krinsky
  • Secession Art and Design (3235 Mission St.) – The 3300 Club will have t-shirts available for sale, Emmy’s will have their famous meatballs to nosh on, and the art of Hilary Williams and Nicole Bauguss will have art featuring neighborhood bars available for sale.
  • Virgil’s Sea Room (3152 Mission St.) – $5 Hot Toddys with Old Forester Bourbon available from 6-9pm

Tonight: Winter Celebration and Homegrown Jazz at the Bernal Library

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The elves who run your Bernal Heights Public Library are a lively and gregarious bunch, especially during this time of year.  Tonight Bernal’s library is hosting a seasonal festival that celebrates homegrown jazz, community, and tasty food. Library elf-wrangler Valerie Reichert tells us:

Our Annual Winter Celebration at the library happens on Wednesday eve, December 14.

Please join us! Grab your family, friends, neighbors and come to our annual celebration. The evening features the mellifluous Bernal Jazz Quartet playing seasonal selections, holiday crafting, movies and lots and lots of cookies!

THIS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14TH FROM 6-8:30 PM
Information: (415) 355-5610
For all ages!