North Beach PUNK WALKING TOUR Sunday 9/27 2:00 PM MEET @ 722 Montgomery

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Remember the first day you walked into the Mab?  The deep smoky darkness, the bamboo pillars, plastic palms, and that bright stage at the far end. The sounds, the thick air, the almost ( good in this sense)Hollywood like Noir feeling that surrounded you. The Alley. The city lights from the top of the Broadway Steps, sparkling in the distance as you swilled your 40 oz and watched the other punkers down on Broadway doing the same. You could never imagine the number of secret meetings held at the top of those stairs; the bands that formed, and even some relationships ( beyond even the night!) Vale and others meeting in that apartment in the alley, plotting the next issue of Search and Destroy. Come along if you remember and also if you don’t. All are welcome in this narrated tour through legendary and infamous punk sites. Come share your stories, tales lurid and comical, and hear other tales from these golden black days. Join in the tour, its about all of us who were there and those who want to share!

Just out of the shadow of the Financial District, ramble past the sites of creative percolation such as the Search and Destroy/ReSearch house, the Savoy Tivoli, and the steps above Broadway. View Dirk Dirksen Alley and punk temples the Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway, coffee houses, sex shops, cheap hotels and fly-by-night nightclubs. Stroll Broadway, witnessing the influence of the beats, books, and boobs, and hear tales of the Barbary Coast, hippies, and of course, the punks.

North Beach Tour: A few of the sites and more secret surprises ’cause you just cant know it all ahead of time; it spoils the fun!

1. Clown Alley

2. Rock City

3. Golden Eagle Hotel

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4. The Stone

5. Chi Chi Club

6. Mabuhay Gardens

7. On Broadway

8. Research World HQ

9. Savoy Tivoli…and yet more

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MISSION PUNK WALKING TOUR FRIDAY 9/25 2:00 PM MEET @ 16th and Mission Bart( Walgreens side)

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Friday September 25 2:00 PM Meet at 16and Mission Bart  on the Walgreen’s side

Remember the Mission the way it once was,  back in the day?  Come along if you do and if you don’t. All are welcome in this narrated tour through legendary and infamous punk sites. Come share your stories, tales lurid and comical, and hear other tales from the days when if you were punk; you didn’t stroll through the Mission. You ran for your life from the the local residents who didn’t fancy the spiky haired denizens who were encroaching on their hood. When shopping at the Compound, the first punk mall, was akin to  traversing a war zone before you finally arrived… Join in the tour, its about all of us who were there and those who want to share!

Wander past the sites of punk shopping mall the Compound, venues like the legendary Deaf Club and the Tool & Die, theaters, record companies, community centers and crash pads, galleries and after hours party spots, and everyone’s favorite, the 22 Fillmore bus. Hear about how popular our brightly colored hair made us with both cops and vatos, and hear the stories hundred-year-old buildings have to tell, even if the structures themselves have been erased by “progress”.

Check out some of the main sites on the walking tour… many more surprises await!

The Mission Tour:

1. Victoria Theater

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2. The Compound

3. Deaf Club

4. Subterranean Records

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5. Target Video

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Target Bust: Photo by Vincent Anton

6. Mission-A

7. Graffiti/Chatterbox

8. Tool & Die… and still more…

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Tenderloin PUNK WALKING TOUR Thursday 9/24 2:00 PM MEET @ Odd Fellows Hall 26 7th Street

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Punk Walking Tour #2 Tenderloin Market Street! Meet at the Odd Fellows Hall at 2:00 PM on Thursday 9/24! 26 7th Street is right around the corner form Stevenson and the BAART Clinic for some who may have been acquainted and between Mission and Market for others who were lucky to have missed this landmark

Take a deep breath and a short walk past sites of punk employment, and where bands were born, the Strand and the Egyptian theaters. Wander past the clubs, rehearsal spaces, dope spots and soup kitchens. Contrast the corporate Warfield Theater with disreputable dives like the Sound of Music club. Explore the queer/punk intersection, visit spots related to punk’s forgotten record of social activism, and hear about some of the old buildings in their early 20th Century heyday.

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The Stairway to the balcony(AKA the Snake Pit) of the Strand

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Tenderloin Tour:

1. Odd Fellows Hall

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2. Market St. Cinema

3. The Warfield

4. Electric Theater

5. Club 181

6. Sound of Music

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7. Club Generic

8. Civic Center Plaza

9. The Strand Theater …and more…

SOMA PUNK WALKING TOUR TODAY Monday 9/21 2:00 PM MEET @ Oasis Club Corner 1516 Folsom!

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Punk Rock Walking Tour: #1 ‘SOMA’

Do you remember SOMA back in the day?  Come along if you do and if you don’t… for whatever reason! Not fully conscious( we have all been there),still a sneer in your mother’s eye,  in the East Village, and hadn’t yet arrived in SF..Maybe you were even still flitting with the 60’s we know some were still holed up in VW buses before they came into the light Now wasn’t THAT a hellish chapter in history, we’re with the Deadbeats on that one.. We wont be singing Kumbaya on this tour but there’s still a rare american wino here and there still in SOMA .

Here’s is a chance to wander SOMA  before AIDS changed the face of the city forever. A time when cell phones and Facetime were still cartoon chuckles on the Jetsons,  when leather ruled SOMA streets, and punks shared the clubs with other outlaws. Punk erupted on these dark streets.. there’s even a  missing rattlesnake we never quite located from the Vats.  Walk the walk with us on this hot September. Get on your shoes and maybe some clothes( they passed that nasty nudity ordinance so we do need to dress despite the heat) and join us at 2:00 PM. Couldn’t quite make it out the door in time? Catch up with the tour along the way!

Monday on the 21 September 2015

Meet at 1516 Folsom (old ‘Oasis Club’ corner) @ 2 PM.

1. 1535 Folsom, ‘The Stud’ (part of the old Folsom ‘Miracle Mile’).

2. 115 Kissling, (Urban Mgmt. Concern / New Youth).

3. 1681 Folsom, ‘Folsom St. Studios’.

4. 36 Sheridan, ‘Metal Church’.

5. 220 10th St., ‘10th Street Studios’.

6. 1360 Howard St., ‘The Pit’.

7. 777 Tehama St., ‘Lewd House’.

8. 705 Natoma, Rat’s Palace’.

9. 56 Sumner St., ‘Geza & Paul’s’

10. 72 Hallam, ‘The Barracks’

11. 934 Brannan, ‘SOMAR’/’South of Market Cultural Center’.

12. 145 Florida, ‘The Vats’

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Walk into the Past: Punk Walking Tours

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Photo of the Mabuhay by Bobby Castro

PUNK WALKING TOURS! All at 2:00 all are free!

We started to probe our collective memories back in May at the Emerald Tablet when we began to creating a Map of punk landmarks at SF Punk Renaissance: Early Warning.  We mounted a giant Map,  stuck pins on the map to identify the places, puzzled over exactly where “that house” was located, and talked about times and places gone by. As we shared tales, we thought.. what about a Punk Walking Tour? And the idea was born! Eric Bradner has expanded on the original idea and created an amazing series of narrated walking tours in conjunction with Raymond Ernest Andre III, through the areas of the city we all knew and loved. He’s also in the  process of creating a PDF version of the map with descriptions of the sites; we hope that visitors to the city will be able to use it for their own self guided tours of our history. At the end of each tour, we’ll stop for a beverage and time to talk. The tours are for folks who were there and those who are curious.. lets share our history in all the ways possible!

Join us for a series of narrated Punk Walking tours exploring punk landmarks from clubs and after hour party joints to record companies, crash pads, and the gathering places

MONDAY 9/21/15 WALK INTO THE PAST, SOUTH OF MARKET 2:00 pm

The first of four punk walking tours, this walking tour focuses on South of Market punk landmarks. Join your host, Raymond Ernest Andre lll on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks Learn about the clubs, rehearsal spaces, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. It was a different world back in the 70’s hear about it and share your own tales if you were there!  ALL AGES. FREE Meeting time 2:00 PM on the corner of 11th & Folsom on the old Oasis corner.

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THURSDAY 9/24/15 2:00 PM THE TENDERLOIN Take a deep breath and a short walk past sites of punk employment, and where bands were born, the Strand and the Egyptian theaters. Wander past the clubs, rehearsal spaces, dope spots and soup kitchens. Contrast the corporate Warfield Theater with disreputable dives like the Sound of Music club. Explore the queer/punk intersection, visit spots related to punk’s forgotten record of social activism, and hear about some of the old buildings in their early 20th Century heyday. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Time 2:00 PM at the Odd Fellows 26 7th St

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FRIDAY 9/25/15 WALK INTO THE PAST: THE MISSION 2:00 PM

The third Punk Walking Tour, this tour focuses on locations around the Mission District. Join your host, Eric Bradner, on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the sites of punk shopping mall the Compound, venues like the legendary Deaf Club and the Tool & Die, theaters, record companies, community centers and crash pads, galleries and after hours party spots, and everyone’s favorite, the 22 Fillmore bus. Hear about how popular our brightly colored hair made us with both cops and the neighborhood, and hear the stories hundred-year-old buildings have to tell, even if the structures themselves have been erased by “progress”. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Place 16th and Mission near Bart on the Walgreens side

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SUNDAY 9/27/15 NORTH BEACH  2:00  pm Just out of the shadow of the Financial District, ramble past the sites of creative percolation such as the Search and Destroy/ReSearch house, the Savoy Tivoli, and the steps above Broadway. View Dirk Dirksen Alley and punk temples the Mabuhay Gardens and On Broadway, coffee houses, sex shops, cheap hotels and fly-by-night nightclubs. Stroll Broadway, witnessing the influence of the beats, books, and boobs, and hear tales of the Barbary Coast, hippies, and of course, the punks. ALL AGES. FREE Meeting Time 2:00 PM at 722 Montgomery

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The Mab Photo by Bobby Castro

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