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Friday Night: Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVIII

Alan Black | Posted 11.22.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

There really is no fun on drugs, says Martin. I shrivel. He installs solar panels and enjoys New Age ambient music. Early evening, he has failed t...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVII - The Body of the Bar

Alan Black | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. George left his liver.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVI - STOP!

Alan Black | Posted 11.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John escapes from the rehab nuthouse. Vanishes down the lane, straight to the bar stool. They thought I'd be a prisoner, he says. I hand him a Tecat...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXV - Trumped

Alan Black | Posted 11.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

On the box, Trump looks like he is having a good time ranting and raving. Talking about The Deal.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIII -- Straight Bends

Alan Black | Posted 11.01.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bobby, on meds, says he can't think straight. Have you tried curved thinking, I say. What's that? Stand with your head at an angle when you think. I...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXII - Going, Going, Gone...

Alan Black | Posted 10.29.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Going, Going, Gone... #83 Wisdom is my forte, says Alex, an idiot. He dispenses opinions. Think of the poor mirror's feelings when you look in it...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXX - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Alan Black | Posted 10.23.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Did I just see something slither to the shadow? Trip to the ice machine, all that is frozen in time like that cockroach, just kidding. I need to get my peripheral vision checked. I'm sure I just saw something flee to the darkness under the stairs.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIX - The Alones

Alan Black | Posted 10.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

All gone. Everyone. Just me now. Alone with the bar. My old friend. It's sad. The bar weeps. It cries out, why am I the place for the sads and the alones. For the wicked.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVIII -- To the Nut House

Alan Black | Posted 10.15.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John is going away. To a rehab nuthouse -- his words. One year in exile with a bunch of drunks. Ordered by psychiatrists. The doors are locked night and day. But he's figured out a way to get supplies delivered.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIII - Wheel of Fortune

Alan Black | Posted 09.25.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVII

Alan Black | Posted 09.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I open a bag of nuts... Brutal, one after the other, up and down, twists, turns, pulls, taps, lifts, slams, and there is Kenny, mangling a can of T...

Mid-Market "Cleanup" Not Shifting Homeless Elsewhere

Randy Shaw | Posted 03.17.2014 | San Francisco
Randy Shaw

A smart homeless outreach strategy prioritizes outreach workers over far more costly and less productive police.

Supervisor Jane Kim on San Francisco's Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

On a recent trip to San Francisco, Bevan Dufty, the city's Director of HOPE, invited me to a hearing on family homelessness. The hearing was about add...

Online Sparring Ensues Over Tenderloin Social Worker's VICE Interview

Turnstyle | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco

by Nishat Kurwa Well, we were waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one. About a week ago, we began seeing this interview circulate: a Vice wr...

Being A Tenderloin Social Worker Is Just As Bad As It Sounds

VICE | Blake Butler | Posted 02.21.2013 | San Francisco

The Tenderloin is widely acknowledged as the most hellish neighborhood in San Francisco. Out of the city's ten most violent crime plots, the Tenderloi...

WATCH: Urban Forest Erupts in San Francisco's Edgy Tenderloin

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

The "Tenderloin National Forest" is likely one of the world's smallest "forests" -- it's just 23 feet wide by 136 feet deep -- but it is a refuge in one of the most densely-packed neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco.

Human Trafficking Happens More Than We Know

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 11.21.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Sex work and human trafficking are not the same. A sex worker is someone with agency, who is over the age of 18 and willfully choosing to do sex work. Trafficking victims and survivors are people who are trapped, coerced and threatened.

Mike Giant Inks A Huge Wall in Chinatown

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

New York has seen its share of giants. For most people, Mike is just another one. But for fans of cholo-style graffiti and tattoo-inspired art, he is...

Inner City Rhythms and Blues

George Heymont | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

As the cast of Tenderloin brings the show's characters to life, the nervous energy that is often found outside the theatre starts to seep inside its walls.

White Supremacists in San Francisco: Conviction Uncovers Underground Network of Hate Groups

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.14.2011 | San Francisco

The conviction of two men in the brutal assault of two Mexican nationals has shed light on an underground network of white supremacist groups operatin...

Acting in the Tenderloin

Carey Perloff | Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts
Carey Perloff

In response to burgeoning interest in revitalizing the Mid-Market section of SF and out of a desire to showcase the process of developing young artists, A.C.T. has decided to create a new performance venue in the front room of our costume shop.

Acting in the Tenderloin

Carey Perloff | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home
Carey Perloff

The Tenderloin is a notoriously difficult area to attract audiences to and is not always the safest place to do business. But the energy on the streets in that neighborhood is palpable.

Shop Talk

Juanita MORE! | Posted 10.02.2011 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

San Francisco is a fickle fashion town. If I ask you about a piece of jewelry in the glass case, please don't nonchalantly act like I'm not going to buy it and walk away. That $18 candle in your hand doesn't need to get back on the shelf that bad.