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Events

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Eat, Drink, and Shop for Mission Bernal Fire Relief

Four months after the fire that wiped out several businesses along the Mission Street corridor near 29th Street, the businesses are still trying to get back on their feet – and invite neighbors to come indulge to support them. Secession Art & Design, Coronitas Bar and Grill, and Old Devil Moon are each hosting fundraisers for the Mission Bernal Merchant Fire...
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Where to Watch the Vice-Presidential Debate

For those of you that haven’t had enough of politics yet, the vice-presidential debate is tonight and, though it doesn’t seem to be quite as popular as the first presidential debate was, the Mission is screening it. Here are some spots where you can catch it: The Phone Booth at 25th and South Van Ness Luna Rienne Gallery will show the debate...
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Writer, Journalist Talks US Drug Trafficking at MCCLA

Tonight: A Mexican journalist explores the cross-border drug trade and the American consumption that fuels it tonight at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. J. Jesús Esquivel will discuss his book, Los Narcos Gringos, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The presentation will be in Spanish and is free to attend. More from the event sponsors: This new investigative study by...
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Keeping Legacy of Iconic Queer Bar Alive

City leaders, members of the queer community, old regulars and many others who have had a hard time letting go of the shuttered Lexington Club gathered at its former space at 3464 19th St. on Monday afternoon to immortalize the popular Mission dive bar with a sidewalk plaque. Known to many as the last lesbian stronghold in the Mission, the...
Community organizer Adriana Camarena addressed community members at meeting held to address homeless encampments in the Mission. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Community Challenges City’s Plans to Remove Tents, House Homeless

Community members and homeless advocates frustrated over dozens of tents that have popped up in the Mission District shouted down city and police officials on Wednesday during a discussion of a new plan to tackle homeless encampments in the neighborhood. “We had encampments catch on fire right on my street. After living here all these years, I’ve seen things really...
"Low Riders," 1980, by Lou Dematteis

Low Riders on View at Alley Cat Books

Lou Dematteis and Anthony Holdsworth are exhibiting work at Alley Cat Books this month, featuring photos (Dematteis) and paintings (Holdsworth) of life in the Mission District, with a particular focus on its low rider culture. In 1979, Lou Dematteis began “a photographic documentation of the lowrider scene in the Mission and the mainly Latino youths who made up its participants,”...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...
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VIDEO: Artists Contemplate Homelessness, Solutions

Poets got on their soapboxes, photographers and painters displayed their work, and screen-printers produced thought-provoking posters at Alley Cat Books on Friday, at the closing reception of an exhibition meant to rekindle some empathy with the homeless and ponder solutions. Among the suggestions floated by artists were ideas like adding a transfer tax on high-value property sales to help fund supportive services, investing...
“Accidente por Tacuasines en el Camino” [Accident caused by opossums in the road]

Tz’utuhil Mayan Artist to Exhibit, Visit at Glama-Rama

An exhibition of paintings by Tz’utuhil Mayan artist, Diego Isaias Hernández Méndez from Guatemala, just opened at Glama-Rama on Valencia Street. The exhibition is entitled “The Maya Cosmos: Humans out of synch with the natural world.” It includes colorful oil paintings of the spirits that inhabit the Maya world but are often unseen by humans even though animals may realize...
No parking signs lined up on Bartlett dated for production day.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Filming on Valencia St. to Block Parking Spaces

Cameras will be rolling inside of a private Valencia Street residence on Friday where scenes for an upcoming TV series, “Chance”, are set to be filmed. Featuring “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Chance” focuses on a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist and is slated to launch on October 19 on the streaming service Hulu. Flyers alerting Mission residents of the temporary filming activity indicate that...
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Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...
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Crowd Celebrates Noise Pop Block Party on 20th St.

Several thousand people showed up today to the 20th street block party sponsored by Noise Pop,  a Mission-based music promoter. The party was also a chance to celebrate education and immigrant right activist Rosario Anaya, and raise money for the Mission Language and Vocational School that will be named in her honor. Food, vending, and music filled the four block radius and the...
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Expanded 20th St. Party Honors SF Mission Icon

A Mission leader credited with helping to place some 40,000 Latino and immigrant community members in jobs will be honored at this Saturday’s 20th Street Block Party– a free, day-long neighborhood party expected to draw some 15,000 revelers to the 20th Street Corridor. The building that houses the Mission Language and Vocational School at 2929 19th St. will be named after its...
A blanket-jacket combo created by participants in the Undercover Project.

Homelessness and the Cost of Neglect at Alley Cat

Neglect is more expensive than compassion – that’s the message of the artists exhibiting work in the gallery of Alley Cat Books this month. More than ten artists have contributed pieces toward an exhibition that gives voices and faces to those who have experienced homelessness. Joe Ramos, in a series called “Acknowledged,” photographed San Franciscans impacted by homelessness and poverty – the...
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La Cocina To Host Wrestling-Themed Taco Party This Saturday

Mezcal, tacos, and a side of pro-wrestling will be served at this Saturday’s La Lucha De La Cocina, where San Francisco food entrepreneurs are set to engage in a battle of taco flavors while renown Mexican “lucha Libre” fighters will brawl in the arena — all for a good cause. Proceeds of the wrestling match-turned-taco party will go to La Cocina, a Mission non-profit that incubates low-income and predominantly...