Monday, June 07, 2004

I'm at work, it's time to leave and my body is still very tired from the weekend. Moving back into my apartment has been a rough experience. Especially realizing that I'm so tired of some of my junk.

It's really time to purge and I've had some success but I'm starting to wonder if I have a compulsive hoarding disorder. Well, my main solace is I am throwing things alway.

While the weekend's main tasks were painting and dumping I did get a chance to get out on Friday night. I hooked up with two of my favorite guys and saw the Mission Movie. For those who don't live in San Francisco, the Mission is a neighborhood in San Francisco. It is - was primarily a Latin neighborhood which had a healthy dose of artist bohemian types - but during the dot-com boom it really started to gentrified. While the neighborhood still has some favor - it's definitely on the slippery slope on becoming another boutique loving boring neighborhood.

Back to the Mission movie , it was free to attend, shown outdoor it was a beautiful evening in San Francisco - no fog in site. The audience looked like the old Mission crowd - mixed race, gender, class -hopefully, and age. Not the homogeneous crowd you see on Valencia Street hanging out in the bars and restaurants. Before the film started we had music from DJs and the community youth drum group Loco Bloco. There were a few speakers, some were a little toasted which was interesting.

The movie was good, the script and photography was strong. The acting was not consistent - some performances were much better than others.

What I like about the film, was it did capture certain experiences that I could really relate to just hanging out in the Mission. It was a thoughtful film that captured some of the contradictions of the community.

Afterward, we headed to Slims, I won two tickets on the mighty KPOO community radio station, so without knowing a thing about the show we went to check it out. Slims is South of Market a young people clubbing area - when we arrived at Slims no music was happening, so still no idea what was happening. When we entered I knew this wasn't a typical night. The room was full a soul folks, but an older crowd. Actually, as a group they didn't even look like an older club crowd and they weren't. The groups tonight were performing Gospel Music Roy Tyler and the Stovall Sisters. It was an enjoyable show - gospel with it's positive lyrics and moving rhythms is an uplifting music. When I arrived home I felt much better than I usually do after an evening in a club - positive energy cannot be denied.


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