Tonight: Join In for the First Anniversary of Phonographic Memories


Has it been a year already?  Neighbor Corey invites you to join in for the one-year anniversary edition of his wonderful Phonographic Memories series, where people are invited to share their both favorite vinyl records and the stories they evoke. It happens tonight, September 30 at 7 pm at the Bernal Library, and Neighbor Corey says:

On the last Wednesday of every month over the past year Phonographic Memory has called the Bernal Library home. For the unacquainted, we are a monthly storytelling event focused on vinyl records. This Wednesday (the 30th, at 7pm), come celebrate our one year anniversary and hear your neighbors tell stories about the records that shaped their lives.

Want a preview of what to expect? Try this:

There Was Dancing In the Streets at the 2015 Elsie Street Block Party





Neighbor Michael Nolan, captain of the Elsie Street Pom-Pom Squad, shares these photos of the fashionable Elsie Street Block Party that happened last weekend under a perfect blue sky. Neighbor Michael writes:

Fulfilling their commitment to “Change the World Joyously – One Block at a Time,”  the fun-loving and unflagging Elsie Street Neighbors presented the 9th Annual Elsie Street Block Party yesterday.  The Bouncy House and Bhangra Dancers probably took the cake, as did the winners of the Elsie/Bernal Trivia Quiz.   The BBQ, Bean Bag Toss, and Beautiful Weather also added to the car-free and carefree event.

Here’s a bonus video of the fabulous Elsie Bhangra Dancers shaking their groove thangs:

PHOTOS: Michael Nolan

Succulence Is Having a Sidewalk Sale All Weekend


Neighbor Ken Shelf from the fabulous Succulence at 402 Cortland wants to tell you about a plantastic sidewalk sale happening at the store this weekend:

This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26th and 27th, Succulence is having a sidewalk sale from 11-4 each day.

We are moving a lot of awesome items out of the shop that we’ve had for a long time. There will be planters, home stuff, some plants that need TLC, some products that will give you TLC, and a variety of other fun stuff.

This is a cash only sale, just available on the sidewalk those two days. We are making room for tons of new stuff coming for the holiday season.

Hope to see everyone out next weekend!


PHOTO: Ken Shelf in situ, Courtesy of Succulence

You’re Invited to the Official Pinkie’s Bakery Grand Opening on Saturday Afternoon


It’s been a few months since Sandbox Bakery was sold to Pinkie’s Bakery, so by now we trust you’ve had enough time to reach the later stages of your own Kübler-Ross cycle. Take a moment to let the Acceptance flow through your neurons.

Now, doesn’t that feel better?

While we’ve been working on that, owner Cheryl Burr of Pinkie’s has been working hard to make the place her own, and that process is complete too.  Now Pinkie’s Bakery is ready for an official grand opening at 833 Cortland, and you’re on the guest list:

I’d like to invite the Bernal Heights community to Pinkie’s grand opening party this Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. We’ll be serving sweets, savories, and bubbly!

The transition is nearly complete, and Pinkie’s signage goes up on Friday afternoon. We also commissioned a new interior mural (thanks, New Bohemia!).

We’ve been gradually adding items from Pinkie’s (donuts, cake, bacon brioche, eggy challah, etc.), and we’ll launch a new menu of sandwiches next week.

Hope to see you on Saturday!


PHOTO: Maria del Rio for Pinkie’s Bakery

Saturday Night: Watch “Night at the Museum 3” in World-Famous Precita Park

Following up on last weekend’s princess-heavy screening of Frozen in Precita Park, Neighbor Dean Fryer tells us that CPMC will show Night at the Museum 3 in Precita Park this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6:30:

So, we have the next movie on Saturday—Night at the Museum 3.  And, we have something special happening on Saturday—an exciting performance (related to the movie) will begin at 6:30!  It’s going to be amazing (Hint—as if a movie character comes alive). I would love to tell you more but this is a big surprise.

PS: Check out this ridiculously adorable photo of some Bernal kids who showed up to see last weekend’s movie.


Tuesday: Go See Neighbor Dan the Automator in “Got a Girl” at Great American


We all know that everyone who lives in Bernal Heights is a rockstar. So you may already know that music producer Dan Nakamura — aka Dan The Automator — is a Bernal resident too. Neighbor Dan is well-known in the music biz for the work he did to give artists like Deltron 3030, the Gorillaz, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Handsome Boy Modeling School their distinctive sounds. His most recent collaboration is a retro-chic project called Got a Girl that he created with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

I really really enjoyed the album — so much so that all the 0s and 1s on my streaming audio player got glitchy from nonstop listening. Now, tomorrow night, Tuesday September 22, you can go see Neighbor Dan perform with Got a Girl at the Great American Music Hall.  He tells Bernalwood:

I’m very excited to bring out Got a Girl to San Francisco. It’s been a project that I am super proud of, and I hope people enjoy it as well. It was all recorded and mixed in Bernal Heights, so I’m extra glad to see it on Bernalwood.

Please come out and see us on Tuesday the 22nd if you have the time.

Its homegrown! It’s locavore! It’s sultry and sexy like Paris in the rain, but it was born and raised right here in Bernal Heights.  Got a Girl is all that, and tickets are right here.

Here’s a rather confusing third-eye fetish video from Got a Girl, and don’t miss the super-extra-bonus photos Neighbor Dan shared with us below:



PHOTOS: Courtesy of Dan the Automator

Saturday: Put on Your Elsa Costume and Watch “Frozen” in Precita Park

Have you ever dreamed of joining together with dozens of your friends and neighbors to sing “Let It Go”?  Have you visualized the high-alpine rapture of myriad voices joining together as one under an atmospheric Bernal night sky? Come on… you know you have.

Neighbor Dan on Mirabel works for California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and he tells Bernalwood about a sing-along motion picture event happening in Precita Park  on Saturday for princesses of all genders and ages:

CPMC invites Bernal Heights to come out for an evening of family entertainment, with free outdoor movie screenings and festivities in Precita Park starting at 7:30 pm or dusk:

  • Saturday September 19 – Frozen
  • Saturday September 26 – Night at the Museum 3

Children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a magical experience as the park becomes a backdrop for the movie wonderland.

Grab your picnic blanket, pack some snacks and join us!

CPMC has increased our outreach efforts over the past couple of years in neighborhoods surrounding our four hospital campuses. We have been involved in Sunday Streets activities across the city—including the Valencia Sunday Streets where we offer games for the kids while we discuss health related activities with parents. We see this as another way to up our game to involve our neighbors in some fun outdoor activities. Precita is a great location for an outdoor move—as we know—and this is a natural progression in our community engagement.

It should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there…

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Elsa in Precita Park, by Bernalwood