When I think of summer in San Francisco, I think of a hot day in Dolores Park, wedged somewhere between the hipsters, relishing a lime popsicle from one of the many paleta carts that ring-a-ding over the bumpy lawn.
Face it -- whether you slept on getting tickets, work got in the way or you are just plain broke, at this point all sings point to you not attending to the very sold out Coachella Festival this year. But as we noted earlier in the week, the Coachella Fall-Out will be evident throughout the Bay Area this weekend, with many of the big name Coachella acts cruising through our home turf before and after their festival appearances.
We're still sad that the Hunky Jesus Contest got rained out on Easter, but there's another Dolores Park tradition returning to make up for it: movie night. Starting tonight at dusk with the iconic '80s flick Back to the Future, join a mob of Mission moviegoers for a series of free screenings every second Thursday of the month through October. Bring a blanket, a friend and a few bucks for popcorn (or a Tamale Lady treat), and revel in the fact that you're not shelling out $10.50 for the newest Jennifer Aniston chick-flick. Extra points for arriving via floating skateboard or DeLorean.
Starting Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Park, doloresparkmovie.org
People are kind of freaking out about this Dolores Park thing, no? The Uptown Almanac broke the news that the park will be closing for a massive $12 million dollar renovation, scheduled to begin as soon as August 2011. Holy hell! That means we're only eighteen months away from a hipster catastrophe of the highest order! And while I'm sorry for the businesses and residents who will have to suffer through the reno (Really. I am. I lived in Boston during the Big Dig, only to move away when it was finally completed.), I think that we can all agree that Dolores Park has seen better days.
Film Night returns to Dolores Park this Saturday (8pm) with one of cinema's most epic tales of unrequited love, class conflict, and social angst: "Pretty In Pink." Molly Ringwald plays Andie, a Chicago high school senior from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks who has a thing for rich and hunky Blane McDonough (Andrew McCarthy). Meanwhile, Andie's dorky friend Ducky (Jon Cryer) obsesses over her to the point of stalking. Andie is the ultimate icon for trendy Missionites: she works at a record store and turns secondhand clothes into quirky DIY New Wave ensembles. At least on Saturday night, the Mission's current 80s flashback fashion trend will seem more like appropriate costuming than attempted-and-failed irony.
The platonic ideal of the outdoor movie experience involves a balmy summer’s eve, a picnic blanket to stretch out upon, plus various picnic delicacies. The San Francisco reality of the open-air movie spectatorship is usually more like a freezing fog-filled night, a down sleeping bag to cuddle in and wine to keep you warm.
Even so, Film Night in the Park rakes in the crowds, the happy campers and the masses yearning to see movies in the great outdoors.