In less than two weeks, @HiddenCash, the anonymous millionaire who is stashing money around and then using Twitter to post context clues, has amassed a social media following of more than 441,000. On June 2, an update on the masked money fairy’s feed showed no signs that his “social experiment for good” would be slowing down. “Our only event this week is in San Francisco,” confirmed @HiddenCash, responding to rumors that wads of dough would be stashed elsewhere. Also: “We have copycats. But more exciting news coming soon!” As this game unfolds, what’s it mean that it’s being played in a city where income inequality is highest in the nation? See www.sfbg.com/politics for more.
Activists gathered outside 24th and Mission streets on May 30 for a rally to speak out against sexual violence against women. The action was inspired by the #YesAllWomen online meme. While the outpouring of anger about violence against women stemmed from the deaths of Isla Vista victims killed by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who was obsessed with punishing women who rejected his affections, #YesAllWomen is also meant as an answer to #NotAllMen, a commonly uttered phrase in conversations about male sexist behavior.
The venerable San Francisco Mime Troupe has announced the play it will be performing throughout the Bay Area this summer: “Ripple Effect.” Says the troupe’s release: “Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Evictions, Google Glass wearing nouveau riche, The War on the Poor. What is The City coming to? The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe (www.sfmt.org) opens its 55th season with ‘Ripple Effect,’ a musical comedic tale of intersecting lives and cultures that reflect the familiar neighborhood tensions that are polarizing San Franciscans today.”
STOP BEING POOR
“Google Google Apps Apps” was the quintessential jam of summer 2013 — simultaneously a call to the dance floor and a call to arms against rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. Now, gender-defying musicians Daddie$ Plastik and Persia are ready to release their follow-up, “Stop Being Poor.” They’re kicking it off with a Stop Being Poor art show featuring more than 20 artists and performers exploring the wealth divide in today’s San Francisco. Opening party Fri/6, 6-10pm, free. Runs through June 8 at Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia, SF. www.inclinegallerysf.com.
LIGHT IT UP
Sometimes BART and Muni trains can be heard moving under the streets of Market, but soon you’ll see them move too — with lights. A new proposed art installation called Lightrail would string thousands of LEDs along Market street which would light up, mirroring movement of underground trains. “By beautifully visualizing the real-time movement of underground trains, LightRail will transform San Francisco’s preeminent thoroughfare—our Champs-Elysées– into a scene of wonder and awe for millions of people, re-establishing Market Street as a place of destination rather than a mere route of passage,” say those proposing of the project.
The Cure playing for over two hours Friday night (6/31) was a highlight of this year’s re-booted BottleRock Napa Valley festival — that is, until the bummer of a 10pm curfew kicked in and organizers cut the band off. Still, the 40,000+ crowd sang along to “Why Can’t I Be You” with aplomb. On Saturday, classic hip-hop act Outkast received a rather tame reaction from the (rather pale) crowd despite putting on a stellar show. Still, popular consensus suggests that the three-day festival deserves a grade of Way Better Than Last Year. More coverage on at www.sfbg.com/noise
DRINK FOR CHARITY
Nothing like supporting good causes simply by bellying up to the bar: Negroni Week, from June 2 through June 8, will see more than 1200 bars around the world serving up the classic gin-vermouth-Campari cocktail and donating $1 or more from each Negroni sold to local charities. At Tosca and 15 Romolo your mild alcoholism can help fund the SF-Marin Food Bank; Blackbird, the American Diabetes Association, and so on. See www.negroniweek.com for more. Tosca Negroni pic by Tablehopper
Our cover story this week points out more than 50 local treats for under $10. But we had to put in a good word for one of our favorite summer treats of all that fell a bit out of that price range. For $9–$12, nothing beats the boozy kick of a one of Ice Cream Bar‘s “remedies.” The cool Cole Valley hotspot mixes booze into shakes and fountain drinks, yielding genius items like the “Angostura Phosphate” (pictured) — Angostura bitters, lemon juice, fountain syrup, acid phosphate, gum foam, and soda. Yum. Photo by ??
Q NO MORE
Oh noes! That 16-year-old shrine to funky homestyle eats, Q Restaurant (www.qrestaurant.com), recently announced it’s closing shop permanently, leaving many Inner-Richmond residents crying out “We’re still cool, we swear!” In a farewell letter to the neighborhood, owners Andrew and Brinn said they decided it’s “time to move on to life’s next adventure…we will miss you tremendously. Now, go out and save the world!”