Cage Free Music

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Cage Free Trio at MCM 2010
Remember the Cage Free Trio last year? Fully embracing MCM’s cage-free eggs (Tomatero Farms), the local jazz trio got their name right on Bartlett last year. Andrew has been playing music in SF ever since he was born. Sam teaches at Horace Mann just down the street.  Please welcome back the all-time tip-earning champions of MCM! Help’em best their record!

Tonight: 5:30pm

Yes Please! Creme Brulee and Burnt Music

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Special visit this week from the neighborhood’s own Creme Brulee Guy! Featuring Yes Please! Honey Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee…and more!

Show your support for the Mission Community Market and the Creme Brulee cart while rocking it sweet to the beat of Burnt! Burnt’s music is pure California underground – elements of rebellious reggae, old skool ska, dirty punk and true hip hop are mashed together to make for constant good times. Burnt plays MCM, Thursday June 2nd, 5:30PM

Bhi Bhiman: June 2nd – 4-5pm

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Bhi Bhiman is an SF-based American singer/songwriter of Sri Lankan Tamil descent, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He writes songs soaked in the grand folk tradition, penning both passionate protest songs and tender love songs with style. His skill is in stitching his music with a subtle sort of political consciousness that doesn’t feel like homework to the listener. His love songs are always sweet with a touch of sad, while his protest songs range from laugh-out-loud funny to quiet-a-chatty-bar chilling. But so what? There are tens of thousands of singer-songwriters in America attempting just that — but they don’t sing like Bhi Bhiman. He belts out his songs with a voice that’s more sixties soul and Nina Simone than the semi-precious singing often associated with modern folk.

Bhiman’s forthcoming record features epic road ballads (“Guttersnipe”), Johnny Cash-style country tunes (“Crime of Passion” and “Ballerina”), Afro-pop numbers (“Time Heals”) and tongue-and-cheek
work songs (“Kimchee Line”). Recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone and produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim),the self-titled “BHIMAN” will be out this fall.

Be there with Bhi at MCM. This Thursday, June 2nd. 4-5pm

Simple Recipe! Delicious Artichoke

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How about those yummy baby artichokes? Blue House Farm is full of them for the season! Not sure how to get the most out of them? Start by turning a sharp knife against the outer leaves of the artichoke and cut away the tough outer leaves exposing the more tender leaves. Next, go ahead and cut about an inch off the top (or half of the artichoke’s length from the base), peel the stem, and cut the whole artichoke in half. With a spoon scrape out the choke, the hairy fibers, while leaving the leaf structure in tact. Blanch in a pot of boiling salted water until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and serve as, with a little salt, or salad dressing, or try one of our favorite ways of eating artichokes. Sauté the artichokes in some late harvest California Olive Oil with some chopped garlic and sliced chiles (or chile flakes) until nicely browned. Add a squeeze of lemon and some salt and you’ve got a delicious side dish or first course!

Artichokes are also a great source of folate! For women, taking folic acid everyday 3-12 months before pregnancy can lower the risk spina bifida, anencephaly and other neural birth defects by 70%. It may also lower the chance of pre-term labor and low infant birth weights. Remember to check your vitamins for 400mcg of folic acid B9! To see if you’re getting 400 mcg from your food, there’s a cool App available for iPhone from vitatrack that will help calculate your intake. You can start by eating artichokes from MCM! More info at Go Folic .

Sealed and Delivered

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Photo Courtesy of Ben Needham Studio
Welcome to the newest change to Bartlett Street! Internationally-acclaimed mural artist ROA has graced the neighborhood with more in his menagerie. This is the second of many murals to be completed on Bartlett Street. Stay tuned while we fix up more walls, green the street and make it safer for the neighborhood!