Mural misstep heightens the risk of opening a new restaurant

first_imgNot even growing up in the neighborhood can prevent a new business from falling onto the third-rail of Mission District development.  That is what Jose Ruffrage and Fernando Quiñonez discovered earlier this summer and it is what has made the particularly nervous about next week’s opening of their new restaurant Alma at 2801 24th St.“Its upsetting. I’ve been here in the community for a long time – my heart is here, but now I feel like we are the enemy,” said Ruffrage.Unwittingly, the restaurateurs became embroiled in a mural controversy that has made the walls of their restaurant the focus of persistent tagging – the kind generally reserved for newcomers. “Yuppies don’t float,” is scrawled on one wall, for example.Their only hope, they said,  is that all will stop now that a deal has been made between the owner of the building, Ali Rismanchi, and the nonprofit Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. “The mural, that has nothing to do with us,” said Ruffrage. “That’s the landlord, the owner.” 0% The problem began when Rismanchi decided in June that he wanted to rid the building of a copyrighted mural done by youth from Precita Eyes – one he thought was “too dark.” That mural read “Our Culture is Not for Sale,” and bore images of skulls referencing Dia De Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican celebration.  Unaware of community protocol and the copyright protections, Rismanchi and his business partner commissioned a new artist to replace the mural with “something more colorful,” a wall of mandalas that exhorted the viewer to “Be a Good Person.”  Local muralists and community advocates interrupted the artist in the process of painting and in the course of one afternoon, the artist agreed to move the new mural to another wall and to leave the now whitewashed wall for Precita.  That, however, was not enough for local artists. They had been disrespected and the new mural was quickly tagged.  Weeks of negotiations followed. In the end, Rismanchi has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Precita Eyes to have its youth program paint a similar mural in the same space. “I think they want to stick with the same message of […] culture. I’m ok with anything, “ said Rismanchi.The Folsom Street wall space of the soon-to-open Peruvian eatery Alma Cocina has been vandalized with graffiti tags. Photo by Laura WaxmannSome of the same youth that painted the original mural will be involved in recreating it on the building’s 24th Street side, said Max Martilla, a Precita Eyes muralists. “As soon as we get that check we are going to start designing.”Xavier Schmidt, another Precita Eyes muralist who will be leading the youth tasked with creating the new mural, said that his group is scheduled to meet with Rismanchi once more next week to finalize the deal. The planned mural, he said, will be spray painted and is expected to be completed some time this month. Still Ruffrage is concerned. “I”m worried that it will be a problem when the restaurant opens – they painted over the graffiti [on the Folsom Street wall] last week and now it’s back,” said Ruffrage. Following the mural controversy, Ruffrage and Quiñonez met with the local leaders from the Calle 24 Cultural District to discuss their intentions of creating an inclusive, community space with their new restaurant.  “We are part of the 24th street neighborhood now and we don’t want to start on the left foot,” said Quiñonez, adding that despite the inconvenience the dispute has caused him, he was sympathetic to the community’s pushback. “They said its gentrification. I understand now that they are being protective and that there are certain rules. I would be the same way they are – upset,” he said. center_img Tags: murals • precita eyes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Distillations The mystifying — but undeniable — charm of Paprika

first_img Email Address I found a table and looked at the menu. It was … small. Just one page, double-sided, with a few food options on one side, and a few beers and wines from the Czech Republic and Hungary on the other, both in large type. There was no point in studying the menu — it was its own flash card. I got a Czech Pilsner (let’s please not pretend that we know enough about beer to really tell one Czech Pilsner from another by name alone — this one was golden and only slightly hoppy) and settled in with a book.Michelle came in and joined me 10 minutes later. She ordered a beer, too, and we began talking about big art events that have recently happened. “Life is … extra weird … right now,” she said.“Hey,” I asked. “Are we still going to organize the wedding show in November?”She took in a breath. “I really want to, but “NIMBY” “needs a fundraiser and they’ve asked me if I can produce another smash arcade in the fall. And if it happens anywhere near November, I just won’t have the time.” She thought for a moment. “It would be great if you could help with the smash arcade! Do you want to?”I exhaled. “That depends on when they’re planning it, because I have an out-of-town retreat I’m helping design in October, and then I’m leaving town at the end of November, so, it just might not be possible.”And there you have the San Francisco underground artist’s conundrum, circa 2018: We can’t create the underground events we most want to because we’re too damn tired from putting on the underground events we most feel obliged to.The scene isn’t dead, it’s just exhausted. We ordered more beers, and our food came — and a minute later Michelle gave me a look. “It’s … not very flavorful,” she said. “And, even though we ordered different things, I think we got exactly the same dish, just that yours has beef and mine has chicken, and there weren’t that many things to order in the first place.”I liked it, but not in a “you must try this goulash!” kind of way. I leaned forward over the table. “Okay,” I whispered. “I’m going to admit it: I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how a place like this can possibly stay in business near ground zero of the gentrification war!”“Yeah! Usually places that can sustain themselves here are colorful and flashy.”“I know! The way things work around here for a place like this, between the moment we sat down and now, somebody should have bought the building, torn it down, and built a luxury condominium around us. Instead of a barback asking for our orders, there should be a Google executive standing by our table laughing that he’s going to use the Ellis Act to evict us from our chairs, and we’ll never be able to sit in this town again.” I shook my head in disbelief. “I’m happy it’s here, but … how? WHAT is the appeal that keeps it going in San Francisco? Our tastes are so baroque — it offers nothing we look for! Even if there’s some kind of Bay Area scene for Eastern European bistros that I don‘t know about, surely they’d all be flocking to a borscht pop-up with fusion ingredients operated by the mustached guys who did the cinnamon-avocado gnocchi stand that everybody loved back in 2016!”“Is it that hard to find Czech beers?” Michelle asked.“No! They’re the gold standard for lagers!”“Do you think it’s a front? And we’re surrounded by the San Francisco Czech mafia’s dinner rush?”I considered this. “It does kind of remind me of this vacuum cleaner store near my house and … I cannot understand how a place like that exists now either.”“And you think that place is a front?”“I really do, although I don’t know for whom.”“Did you ever buy a vacuum there?”“I did! It was actually really handy — the one time I shopped there in the last eight years.”“Huh.” She looked around. “Yeah, I don’t understand this place at all.” We ordered another round or two, we kept talking, and gradually Paprika emptied out around us.“Are you having this thing happen,” Michelle asked, “where some of your oldest friends from back home are all going kind of crazy at once? Because I am.”I sighed. “I don’t have enough friends left from ‘back home’ to notice a trend. But it used to be that, when my friends were suffering, it was easy to figure out how to be part of a solution for them. Now, I’m increasingly finding that when my friends suffer, they’re going into some kind of spiral that they don’t seem to pull out of. And it’s terrible. Friends you can help are the best.”“I think it’s getting harder for weird people out in the world,” she said after a moment’s pause. “It’s lonelier and more bitter than it used to be. I think.”“In a way I am grateful for the exhaustion, “ I agreed, “because it’s better than bitterness.”The waiter came over to us. “Excuse me,” he said, “how many beers did each of you have?”“Are you closing?” “Oh no no no,” he said. “Stay as long as you like. I just want to check.”We told him what we’d ordered, then added one more round, and sat a while longer. We couldn’t tell you a single reason to really like the place, or why so many people obviously seem to, but the fact is — we had a great time. It’s somehow a perfect spot to linger with a friend over a very limited selection of moderately exotic beers and wine.“Maybe it just gets out of its own way?” I suggested as we descended into the BART station. “Maybe that’s the secret.”“That makes sense,” Michelle agreed. “But how do you DO that in San Francisco?” We still don’t know.Read more from Benjamin Wachs here.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Paprika, which was described to me as “an Eastern European-themed gastropub” on 24th off Mission, really does have the atmosphere of a cafe in a formerly communist stronghold that’s occupied by leftover revolutionaries and hard-up intellectuals. It’s a small room with just a few tables, feels a little run down, and — on a recent visit — featured a strange and weathered old man with a beard and a scarf sitting at the very small bar for no clear reason. When you walk in and see him staring into space, you ask yourself, “is he thinking something profound? I bet he is.” If you saw this man sitting on a park bench, you would not give him the benefit of the doubt. The small party at a nearby table also featured someone with a beard holding forth on the decline of San Francisco. Well, perfect.The trouble with classic Eastern European communist holdover cafes is … they’re usually pretty terrible. The fact that Paprika was fairly crowded early on a Wednesday night made me hopeful that it would display some hidden talent, some special gift — and, in fact, it got absolutely bustling for almost 90 minutes that night, with the small and charmingly apathetic waitstaff clearly working harder than they signed up for to keep up with the rush.last_img read more

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THERES still time to become a Founder MemberWith

first_imgTHERE’S still time to become a Founder Member!With the new stadium growing every day, Saints are giving its loyal fans the chance to be part of the Club’s history and future as it looks to a new era.Limited to only 500 members, this Exclusive Club Membership offers a host of special benefits including the privilege of being named as one of the Founder Members at the brand new stadium.Saints have always been a Community Club and are keen to extend that link into the new era and the 1873 Founders Club will ensure that the values, traditions built since the first game at Knowsley Road are preserved.Benefits include:Your name inscribed on the Founder Member plaque to be situated in the new Stadium.1873 Newsletter, Official Certificate & Membership Card, with unique member number that allows discounts on merchandise.Invitation to the Inaugural Stadium tour & annual 1873 members function at the new stadium,Season tickets (purchased in addition to Membership) are guaranteed to be frozen at the same price for the first 5 years of Membership.Inclusion in the Founder Members Roll of Honour in the inaugural Match Day Programme,Priority tickets for Challenge Cup games & other events to be held in the new Stadium e.g. Concerts and Shows,Exclusive vote in the club’s The Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.Membership into the 1873 Founders Club costs only £100 (+ VAT) with a small seasonal renewal fee after 5 years to retain membership and the above benefits.To buy, click here, pop into the Saints Town Centre Store or call 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons said Saints gave their all but neede

first_imgROYCE Simmons said Saints gave their all but needed to be smarter in the first half after they lost 32-16 in the Grand Final.Leeds Rhinos came from 16-8 down to take home the trophy.But Saints injury curse struck again with Michael Shenton and Paul Wellens leaving the field.“We were playing good footy and on a roll but Wellens was struggling with his Achilles and we knew he wouldn’t get through the rest of the game,” he said. “Then Mick Shenton dislocated his elbow on the back of that.“We lost two players in specialist positions and therefore two interchanges in the forwards. We couldn’t rotate them as much as we needed.“Saying that, I was a little disappointed with our first half. We tried to not lose a Grand Final instead of going out to win it. We tried not to make mistakes and you can’t win finals like that – you have to take them off the opposition.“We talked about that at half time and they listened. I was always confident we would win. We set it up but we had to change personnel around and it made a big difference. Wello does a lot of talking and sets us up in defence and we missed that.“All I can say is I asked the boys to do their best and they did. They looked me in the eyes and did it as I am as punch with them.”Shenton will see a specialist today (Sunday) and is expected to have surgery on his elbow this week.last_img read more

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THE players and staff have spent the last two days

first_imgTHE players and staff have spent the last two days preparing for the game against local team Penrith, writes Mike Rush.Penrith, the former club of our very own Royce Simmons, will be a stiff test for our young group and one that they are all very excited about.Players have spent both morning and evening on the field and once again all have been fighting it out for the last team of the trip.In between the session the lads and staff nipped in to Harry’s for the traditional Pie and Peas – and that went down well with Jordon Heaton our Wigan lad.The players and staff then had a walk around the city for an hour before heading back to Penrith for an early night.Today (Friday) a number of the players have spent the afternoon shopping in the city with family who have made the trip out to watch the games.Hope you are enjoying the updates and I would like to personally thank Royce, Alan and Steve (Downpipe) for a great afternoon in Wallacia.Fingers crossed we bring you good news in the next report.The group also visited the Parramatta club for a walk around pre evening training and spent some time looking at the gym and club’s offices.last_img read more

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Mark Percival scored 22 points in the win that lea

first_imgMark Percival scored 22 points in the win that leaves Justin Holbrook’s men on the coattails of the top four heading into the final round of fixtures.The manner of the victory was built on resilience as Saints didn’t have it all their own way until much later in the second half.They got off to the worst possible start too when former fan favourite Luke Walsh produced a fine reverse kick for Justin Horo to catch the defence unaware.But within two minutes, following a strong run from Jon Wilkin, James Roby caught Theo Fages on a fine line.Saints continued to pile on the pressure but Catalans went back ahead on 17 minutes when Walsh stepped off his right foot and went under the posts.The Dragons were unlucky not to increase their lead further too – but the introduction of Alex Walmsley turned the momentum Saints’ way.Roby broke down the middle, found Alex on his outside and the big fella went 45 metres, with a sidestep thrown in, to crash over to the right of the posts.Percival added a penalty on the half an hour mark – but within two minutes Tony Gigot had pounced on a Walsh kick through to put the Dragons back ahead.But, as was the tale of the first half, Saints hit back through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Percival did the damage – releasing the ball back inside for Zeb Taia to pick up, and he made no mistake in putting LMS over from close range.Saints were penalised twice in the second half for stepping off the mark – although similar offences were left unpunished in the first – and it allowed Catalans to build up the momentum.And on the 50 minute Mark, Horo got on the outside of the Saints’ defence and put down under pressure for his second.But Saints replied through the boot of Mark Percival to make it all square.And moments later they were ahead.Danny Richardson found Ryan Morgan who cut inside, drew the fullback and duly put Jonny Lomax under the posts on his 150th appearance for the club.Percival converted and then added another penalty to take Saints two scores out.Saints looked comfortable and it showed too as they not only restricted Catalans to their own 40 but looked set to extend their lead.But Danny Richardson’s chip with 10 to go was collected by Richie Myler who went the full length.Walsh nailing the conversion off the touchline to make it game on.Saints defended the Dragons next set and then won a penalty under the posts.But they spurned the opportunity to take the lead out to four points… and Percival latched on to a flowing move to score in the corner.Saints then put it to bed.Thompson span over following Richardson’s reverse pass, and as the hooter sounded, Roby chipped it ahead for Ryan Morgan to cross.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Fages, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, Percival, Thompson, Morgan Goals: Percival (9 from 10)Dragons: Tries: Horo (2), Walsh, Gigot, Myler Goals: Walsh (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 13 Dragons: 4HT: 20-18 FT: 46-28REF: B ThalerATT: 10,024Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Catalans: 1. Tony Gigot; 33. Lewis Tierney, 3. Krisnan Inu, 18. Vincent Duport, 5. Fouad Yaha; 6. Luke Walsh, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Jason Baitieri. Subs: 10. RÈmi Casty, 13. Greg Bird, 23. Alrix Da Costa, 32. Romain Navarrete.last_img read more

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He replaces James Roby who is out with a rib injur

first_imgHe replaces James Roby who is out with a rib injury.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matthew Ashurst, 12. Daniel Kirmond, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 18. Joseph Arundel, 20. Keegan Hirst, 22. Jordan Baldwinson, 23. Christopher Annakin.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be G Hewer.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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Voluntary evacuation issued for parts of Brunswick Co shelter to open

first_imgHurricane Michael (Photo: MGN Online) BOLIVIA, NC (Press Release) — Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas or storm-damaged homes, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, ahead of Hurricane Michael.A pet-friendly shelter will open at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte) Thursday at 8 a.m. Unincorporated areas are areas not in a town or municipality.- Advertisement – Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective 8 a.m. Thursday.Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.The shelter location is marked along with road hazards on Brunswick County’s Road Condition map, viewable at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/road-closures/. Citizens can view instructions for viewing this information on the Google Maps navigational app on their phone on that page as well.Related Article: FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams reaching out in North CarolinaResidents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for several days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.Residents who need assistance with evacuating should call the Emergency Operations Center at (910) 253-5383.Residents or businesses who suffered roof damage from Hurricane Florence need to secure tarps for tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. Citizens should seek to secure or bring inside any items that could become a projectile with the forecast winds. The ground is already saturated in many areas, and it will not take as much wind to topple weakened trees, which have the potential to cause additional power outages. Citizens should review their disaster supply kits and water supplies, and restock anything that is low following Hurricane Florence.Current weather forecasts predict that Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida, will bring 2-4 inches of rain, tropical storm-force winds and an increased risk for tornadoes. While Hurricane Michael is forecast to move through Brunswick County significantly quicker than Hurricane Florence did, the ground in some areas remains saturated, and some buildings damaged and some trees weakened from Hurricane Florence have not been fully repaired or cleared. Those who do not feel safe in their current home can seek shelter at West Brunswick High School.last_img read more

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Oak Island bridge reopens ahead of schedule

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — After months of construction, the Oak Island bridge has reopened three days ahead of schedule.The G.V. Barbee Bridge reopened to traffic around noon today.- Advertisement – The NCDOT closed the bridge in October for repairs. It was scheduled to open Monday. The DOT said traffic will initially be in a temporary pattern as additional work is needed. It is expected to be in in its final pattern by mid-May.The temporary pattern will allow crews to complete work under the structure and on the bridge railing. While the bridge is open to vehicles, pedestrian access will remain closed until all work is complete.“Even with all of the inclement weather North Carolina experienced over the past six months, we are very pleased crews were able to get the bridge open to traffic ahead of schedule,” Division Engineer Karen Collette said. “We can’t thank everyone in Oak Island enough for being patient during this time.”Related Article: Stretch of eastbound I-140 reopens after emergency repairsDuring the six-month closure, crews removed and replaced 28 of the 65 spans of the existing bridge, placed a new overlay on the bridge deck, installed a new two-bar metal rail, and did concrete repairs beneath the bridge. This work cost $14.6 million.Part of the contract with Sloan Construction included incentive clauses. It could earn an additional $150,000 for having the bridge open by April 15, and another $5,000 a day for each day the bridge opened prior to that date.We will have more tonight on WWAY NEWS.last_img read more

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