Twice a year we bring the best public transit stories to the stage, and for our ninth trip around the sun (where did the time go?), we’ll be back at the Elbo Room on April 15 with a fresh batch of only-in-SF stories just for you!
The photo above is Alexa von Kickinface, who brought down the house with her Muni-themed burlesque number last year. What else do we have in store for you this time? For this show, we are bringing back our Muni Haiku champion for a new battle! Tickets are on sale now, so grab one while they’re available.
Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, performer, host, storyteller, and regular KQED community events host based in San Francisco. He has performed in L.A., Washington D.C., NYC, Canada, and all over California. His writing has been published in numerous anthologies and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting. He regularly organizes poetry shows in the Bay Area, is currently the curator and head organizer for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, and is program director for Donde Esta Mi Gente. He was born in Toluca, Mexico, and grew up in Albany, California. Read more
When I moved to SF back in 2000, one of the first things I noticed about Muni Metro and BART trains is the lack of dancers and musicians on the train, a la NYC subways. That’s why it was especially refreshing to see this submission to @bartdiaries the other day, from Urban Baseball Chick.
I just … how do they … WUT?
Maybe you can help this old man ID exactly what this style of dance is called? It’s not poppin and lockin, or is it? Help!
Courtney Riddle is the zine ambassador of Market Street, selling small handmade books out of a formerly abandoned newspaper kiosk, The Grand Newsstand. She’s been spreading zines to unwitting tourists for more than a year now. But secretly she harbors another aspiration: driving Muni. There’s just one small problem she had to overcome, as she tells the audience in this week’s Muni Diaries podcast episode.
Courtney’s best friends aren’t deterred by anything that stands in the way of her dreams! Naturally, they wrote a song about it and dressed up in coordinating Muni-themed outfits to sing it to the crowd at Muni Diaries Live.
Episode Extra: Watch Courtney and her friends at Muni Diaries Live. “Courtney for president!”
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When is the future coming? In this case, it’s already on its way from San Jose. This photo came from reader Cameron Rogers, who spotted this T train being transported on the freeway. Notice the sign? The Chinatown station hasn’t even been built yet!
In case you haven’t been around Chinatown lately, the new station will be on Stockton and Washington (just around the corner from Good Mong Kok Bakery where you can buy the best shrimp dumplings in the city—seriously). The scheduled opening of the station is December 2018.
Whether you’re a happy observant of Valentine’s Day or you’d rather set fire to photos of your ex, today’s Muni Diaries episode is probably something we can all get behind. Local filmmaker Ariel Dovas shared the story of his first kiss, and because he’s a San Francisco native, of course this happened on Muni! Cue all the jitters, nerves, and where-do-I-put-my-lips moments.
Ariel was kind enough to dig up some old photos of himself. Teenage awkwardness seems completely adorable now.
Ariel is also the creative director at BAYCAT (Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology) and co-founder of the collaborative art space The Secret Alley. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live at the Make-Out Room on April 22, 2011.