Upper Haight Week: Park Station Meeting, Mansion Price Cut, Fall Flavors & Weekend Events

Upper Haight Week: Park Station Meeting, Mansion Price Cut, Fall Flavors & Weekend Events
Photo via SocketSite
By Amy Stephenson - Published on October 15, 2015.

It's not quite Friday, but it's been a busy week, so we're getting a head start on the weekend with this roundup of notables, newsables, and upcoming events. 

There were two big quality of life news installments this week. Firstly was a lively Park Station community meeting, which mainly focused on the homeless population in the Haight after complaints about enclaves at Haight and Clayton, and the recent murder in Golden Gate Park. 

If you missed the meeting in favor of the #DemDebate, you can catch our full recap here.

Also in quality of life updates, the McDonald's at Haight & Stanyan is implementing a permanent security guard as well as other safety improvements. The restaurant has a long and storied history with violent crime and drug dealing, and this move comes after pressure from City Attorney Dennis Herrera back in May. 

In real estate news, SocketSite reports that a $4.5 million mansion (pictured above) near Masonic & Frederick, on the western edge of Buena Vista Park, just went on the market for "a quick $875K loss." The 6,000 square foot home was purchased for $5.375 million last July, renovated, and then put back on the market at a lower price. Could it be a sign of the bubble bursting?

In local fall flavors news, Magnolia Brewery (a Hoodline advertiser) debuted four new fall fall beers last week, including their highly anticipated annual Barking Pumpkin, a malty dark pumpkin ale. Additions also include Rosebud, a lavender and (you guessed it) rosebud ale; High Time Harvest, a hoppy, citrusy concoction; and High Time Harvest with Mosaic Hops, a pine-ier version of the former. And if you're in the market for an autumnal dessert, Cole Valley's Ice Cream Bar debuted its pumpkin pie ice cream this week.

And finally, Urban School was in the news this week, and not for its massive construction project. The high school was cited as an example in a New York Times article about California's progressive consent regulations regarding sex education. 

As for events this weekend, here's what's coming up (if we missed anything, let us know in the comments): 

Thursday, October 15th

Second Act's Open Mic Night

Tonight at 7pm, there will be a singer-songwriter open mic night at Second Act, hosted by hosted by Mario M. Noche and Mike Fleming. From the event listing: "This is a wonderful concert-type venue.  For once, you will not compete with the blender mixing margaritas for  the listener’s ear." Sign-ups start at 6:30, and there's a $2 cover. 

Ghost Parade at Milk Bar

Tonight at 8pm, Milk Bar welcomes the indie/progressive rock duo Ghost Parade. The duo, described as "fast-paced yet laid-back, peaceful and aggressive at the same time," will be joined by Mourning Mountains and Strawberry Girls. $5 at the door, or free if you RSVP here.

NightLife at the Academy of Sciences

This week's entertainment is brought to you by the Treasure Island Music Festival, and promises Music by Hundred Waters and TOPSDJ sets by BFF.fm. See the full schedule here. ($12 for non-members, 21+.)

Friday, October 16th

Russell E.L. Butler at Amoeba

Friday at 5:30pm, Amoeba continues its DJ series, Revolutions, with Oakland-based Techno DJ and Producer Russell E.L. Butler. According to Amoeba, "His latest release on Opal Tapes, God Is Change, is an exploration of futuristic black identities, inspired by the Parable series by Octavia E. Butler."

Mammoth Life EP Release Party at Milk Bar

Friday at 9pm, Milk Bar welcomes female fronted, indie rock/dream pop quartet Mammoth Life, to celebrate the release of their EP, Baycation. They go on at 11, after openers Teenage Exorcists and Pharaohs warm it up. ($7 at the door, 21+.)

Friday Nights at the De Young

This week's installment includes Beautiful Data artist Carlo Abruzzese, live music by Ben Ahn, and the "artquake" of 1915.  The fun starts at 5pm, and goes to 8:30. 

Saturday, October 17th

ELDER at Milk Bar

Saturday at 9pm, Milk Bar welcomes Boston-based three-piece heavy psych band Elder, with openers Hornns. Tickets are $10, and you can snag them here. Doors at 8PM, 21+. 

And that's all we've got! Happy reading, and enjoy the weekend (a day early, because we said so).