On February 21, the city's bartenders, barbacks, cocktailers, servers, DJs, dancers, doormen, and other service industry workers were celebrated at an annual party hosted by impresario Stephen Torres of Lone Star Saloon. This year's ball was held at Bender's in the Mission District, where guests enjoyed specials on Trumer Pils beer and shots of Fernet—an industry favorite!—while grooving to sounds from the Hard French DJs and the legendary Bus Station John. Guest host Broke Ass Stuart entertained the crowd with fun competitions for great prizes.
photo credit: Riley Manlapaz
Indie rock got dirt kicked in its face at Noise Pop's very first show at Bender's yesterday afternoon. As cold, cheap beer flowed through the veins of black leather-clad, headbanging audience members, local psych rock quartet Harderships took the small stage as soon as the clock struck 5 o'clock. Oh, and Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson were there.
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Bicycle Film Festival is throwing one heck of a party all over town. Bike fanatics certainly have a lot to celebrate this year, so bring on the movies, music and merrymaking.
Starting Wednesday night at 9 pm, destroy your hump day blues by heading to the Knockout for the free kick-off party featuring DJs from Debaser and more (we didn't tell you this, but you can get Four Loko there).
Roll fanatics, take note. ICHI Sushi, the brainchild of Tim and Erin Archuleta, is opening its Outer Mission brick-and-mortar restaurant tonight! Though the restaurant is a first for the duo, they cut their teeth first with a catering venture before later opening Lucky Cat Deli at 331 Cortland. Insiders know Ichi is also responsible for the Monday night sushi at Bender's.