4-Jun-2016 (Sat) Wherein we had an explosive night of live entertainment.

We had three shows last night: the two final, sold out, editions of Point Break Live in the main room, and The Dollyrots in Above DNA. And then SFPD showed up at around 3:30 and interrupted our preparations with news that someone had made a bomb threat and we had to evacuate.


Apparently some genius called 911 and claimed to have barricaded themselves inside DNA "armed with a gun and a bomb". This was news to us. But they closed down the whole block of 11th Street. Apparently our guests for the day included: "the SFPD Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team, Tactical Unit, Bomb Squad, Specialist Team, and Explosive Detection K9s, along with Tenderloin and Southern Police Station personnel and SFFD paramedics."

That took hours. They finally cleared out at around 6:30, and our crew busted their butts to get the shows mostly back on schedule. I think we ended up only slipping by 45 and 15 minutes. Go team!

We all watched it on the webcast, of course. I'll bet it got a lot more traffic yesterday than usual. So, Point Break was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, a movie about... a bomb squad. Point Break is by far the better movie, if you ask me, but The Hurt Locker at least had some pacing, unlike the version we watched on the webcast. Ours was more like Ingmar Bergman's "The Hurt Locker"... which I now present for you in its entirety:

You can see the roomba-like bomb robot (boomba?) start rolling around the dance floor at around 0:12:00 and 0:15:00. Things really get exciting when the dog comes it at around 0:23:00. That dog looked so happy! Clearly it was the only one enjoying this.

I hope it was a legit service animal, though. I think it's cruel when people bring their pets into a nightclub.

But hey, look, we're on TV!

"So Kate, tell us what happened there."

"NOTHING. NOTHING HAPPENED," she did not say, because that's not how television news works. "Some jackass made a prank call," she did not breathlessly add. "Your tax dollars were used to pay twenty police officers who look like soldiers to wander around a closed nightclub with automatic weapons for three hours", she did not conclude.

Anyway, if you have any information on who was responsible for this, SFPD would very much like to know:

The Southern Station investigation team is hoping that someone can help them with any information about this person who made the threat, and you can do so by calling the SFPD's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or by texting a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Oh, all three shows were really great, by the way. I'm going to miss Point Break Live a lot.

14 Responses:

  1. Geoff Smith says:

    the desire to add pounding techno music and lighting effects to the bombbot footage is strong within me.

  2. News travels slow.
    GWAR shot this video there like a decade ago.

  3. Bill Paul says:

    Someone set us up the bomb.

  4. Jen Larkin says:

    Love the drink.

  5. Paul says:

    Love that show. Point Break, not boring bomb boy. Going to miss it.

    Will they at least be back for an annual?

    • jwz says:

      They tell us that they are finished with PBL, but we're probably going to bring back Terminator Too Judgement Play later in the year for a couple of nights. Not as a monthly, though.

      • Jonathan says:

        I've never seen Point Break, and your coverage of PBL has made me really want to. Unfortunately, there seems to be some kind of curse that prevents me from doing so. I discovered that it was on TV a few weeks back, but it didn't make it into the film planner I was using so I missed scheduling a recording. No matter, it was repeated at the end of the week. So I scheduled that, and then my TV receiver exploded.

        I suppose I could just warez the thing but I'm not sure I want to spread the curse to my computer.

  6. phuzz says:

    Did you invite the bomb squad robot back for the robot bartender competition?

  7. TimeDoctor says:

    Swatting is the worst. I hope they get sent to prison like this one: http://fox61.com/2015/10/06/uconn-swatter-sentenced-to-1-year-community-service/

  8. jmags says:

    Clay Cat's Ingmar Bergman's "The Hurt Locker"

  9. Kyle Williamson says:

    At least your staff didn't decide to go smashing out the windows from a prank call.

  10. thielges says:

    Makes you wonder what the hoax/bomb_threat ratio is. It must be darn near 1.0. I'm only aware of a couple threats that were real and there a sad too many real bombs with no threats.

    I hope this Buffoon is caught and pays for the major inconvenience as will as immolating a non trivial piece of the sfpd budget. Kudos for pressing on with the shows.

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