Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Nathan Falstreau

Armory ‘BrunchCon’ To Gather 30 Restaurants Under 1 Roof

On March 25th, a pop-up event that gathers 30 restaurants under a single roof aims to flip the weekend’s most social meal on its head—BrunchCon is coming to the Mission’s Armory.

Billed as “the world’s biggest food and drink festival all about brunch,” organizers have staged events for the last three years in Los Angeles and New York City, with San Diego, Miami, Washington DC, Austin, and Chicago joining the lineup this year.

“There wasn’t anything like it,” BrunchCon founder Sarelyn Radecke told Hoodline in a phone interview. “There are a lot of food and drink festivals and it’s such a huge part of the SF food culture. But most of the events were in the afternoon.”

“Everything is all-inclusive,” Radecke said, and guests will have the opportunity to try a light brunch bite from each vendor in attendance. So far, the list includes restaurants like Serpentine, Oakland’s Firebrand Artisan Breads, NOVY RestaurantHuymphry Slocombe, and others.

Attendees will enjoy bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, along with games like mimosa pong, photo booth opportunities, and a curated market of brunch-related goods.

POPNYE balloons
Friday. December 29, 2017 | Larissa Runkle

Ironing Out The Kink: ‘The Armory’ Reboots As Live Event Venue

Now hosting artists like Tyler the Creator, The Chemical Brothers and Erykah Badu, the 200,000-square-foot building, which can accommodate a crowd of 4,000, will spring into life this weekend for NYEPOP, a three-day music festival.

After installing additional soundproofing, the largest lighting truss west of the Mississippi, a powerful sound system and obtaining a new permit that lets parties go until 2am, the largest unsupported enclosed space in San Francisco is again becoming an amusement park—but one targeted at late-night revelers and music fans.

Boxing - Karim Mayfield
Friday, October 20, 2017 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Boxing returns to the ring in SF with two city natives vying for titles

A quarter-century ago, those were weekly sights at the brick-laden fortress known today simply as “The Armory.” Boxing has been largely absent from San Francisco for 25 years — the last title fight in the City by the Bay was in 1992.

Now gloves are set to fly at the “Madison Square Garden of the West” once again, and two San Francisco natives are on the card to represent their hometown in a historic fight.

Drill Court boxing
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | Julian Mark

After half a century, boxing returns to SF Armory

From the 1920s to the 1940s, the court was used for some of the West Coast’s highest-profile boxing matches, bringing in thousands of spectators every week and earning itself the title “Madison Square Garden of the West” for its sheer size.

On Saturday, October 21, history will come full circle. The Armory will be holding its first prizefight in more than half a century. Karim Mayfield, a San Francisco native, and Miguel Dumas will be squaring off for the WBU Welterweight Americas Belt.

Emmylou Harris at The Bummers Ball by Ria Burman
Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Ria Burman

Emmylou Harris + Shovelman at the Armory for the Bummer’s Ball

The Bummer’s Ball is a fundraising event hosted by Rocket Dog, an all-volunteer, non-profit dog rescue group. Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris performed on either side of an auction, raising money to help homeless and neglected dogs. There were psychics and numerology readers, Palomacy Pigeon Rescue was there, and scattered between the guests were circus performers contorting on tables. Willy Tea Taylor from the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit played a sweet solo set and a surprise performance from Bob Weir ended the night.

Shovelman opened, giving weird, wild, Western-style, loop-rocking support at the Bummer’s Ball held at the San Francisco Armory. Having made a customized guitar from a shovel, Shovelman loops beats, strums, and finger-picking creations, resulting in a sound unique and intense. Shovelman is the soundtrack for vast open roads, the lone traveler and the western frontier. He’ll be at The Great Star Theater on Oct 20 & 29 performing in Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret Presents: Horror Show.