The Red Poppy wins city permit
Artists, musicians and community members gathered in City Hall Jan. 15, anticipating the verdict from San Francisco Entertainment Commission on the Red Poppy Art House’s pending permit application. Despite opposition, the motion was approved after the commission scrutinized the Red Poppy’s ability to abide by the permit and coexist with neighbors.
Recently the Red Poppy ran into red tape when applying for the new Limited Live Performance Permit that was announced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in August 2012. Previously establishments like the Red Poppy functioned without a permit or applied for the Place of Entertainment Permit designed for nightclubs, which was cost-prohibitive and unnecessary for many small establishments.
Todd Brown, Red Poppy’s artistic director and founder, commented on the necessity of the permit’s approval at City Hall.
“Our programming is critical to the sustainability of the organization, because we use its revenue to pay our rent,” said Brown.
Maria Ayala, resident living above the Red Poppy, spoke against approval of the permit.
“It’s not a commercial building … it’s an old house,” Ayala said. “The music is very loud and there is smoking [and] drinking outside. All the smoke rises and goes to my apartment.”
With the Red Poppy’s continued live performances, Brown agreed to enforce smoking regulation, adhere noise control by closing at 10 p.m. and make communication with managing personnel available to neighbors.
As a non-profit, the Red Poppy Art House has opened its doors for live performances, exhibits and workshops for almost 10 years and many are happy to see this community space continue to thrive. Community members rejoiced with applause when the permit was approved. The Red Poppy and founding owner Todd Brown have played a crucial role in forming Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP).
Red Poppy Art House is located at 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco (at 23rd Street). For more information please visit: www.redpoppyarthouse.org