Tonight At The Independent: A Forum On SF's Disappearing Nightlife

Tonight At The Independent: A Forum On SF's Disappearing  Nightlife
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on October 14, 2014.
Have you noticed a decline in nightlife venues around San Francisco recently? 

With demand for housing at an all-time high and space running out in our small 49-square-mile city, many are concerned about the disappearance of cultural venues. Cafe Cocomo has closed, The Sound Factory is on the outs, and Elbo Room could be turned into condos, while Brick & Mortar suffered an enormous financial loss after residential noise complaints, and an upcoming renovation at Cafe du Nord marks the end of their inexpensive and raucous shows. 

Tonight, the California Music and Cultural Association is teaming up with SF Weekly and The Bay Bridged to host a community forum on the decline of San Francisco's rich cultural nightlife.

Representatives from several districts around San Francisco will be on hand to discuss their ideas and visions for the future of cultural events and venues in the city. On the roster are Supervisor Scott Wiener from District 8, Malia Cohen from District 10, and Jane Kim from District 6. Also present will be District 10 candidate Tony Kelly and District 2 candidate Juan-Antonio Carballo. Tom Temprano, host of El Rio's popular soul dance party Hard French will be moderating the discussion.

The event will be held at The Independent (628 Divisadero Street), which is an appropriate venue considering its concerns regarding impending condo construction next door. The forum is free to the public, but you must be over 21 to attend. Doors open at 6pm, and the forum will begin at 7pm. To join in the conversation, you can tweet your questions and comments to the assembled supervisors using the hashtag #SFWreckingBall. 

What do you think? Is San Francisco running out of places to play after dark?