SF Mission MC Riffs on Gentrification in New Video

“Frak,” the hip hop moniker of Alex Fraknoi, grew up in the Mission and has seen it change – particularly when he returns on visits from Southern California, where he’s studying writing and media studies. That change inspired a rap song and music video set in the Mission, in which Frak walks the neighborhood hidden behind a fixed plastic emoji...
The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
Photo by Elizabeth Creely

Talk of the Mission: A New Mona Caron Mural on 21st Street

On Wednesday, November 16th, Mona Caron, the muralist whose work graces walls from Bolivia to Noe Valley, was up on some scaffolding painting a mural, her eighth in San Francisco, for Pedal Revolution, the bike shop at 3085 21st St. that doubles as a nonprofit job training program for youth. It was a cold day, with a sharp wind blowing...
David Tim, Which Way? 2016. Mixed media, 22 x 36 in. $1,500.

Art Notes: David Tim at Campfire Gallery

The incredibly talented David Tim, who we first wrote about in 2014, has a collection of six mixed media pieces at the Campfire Gallery at 3344 24th St. Most use woodcuts, charcoal, acrylic and fabric on handmade Sekishu paper. In the artist statement on his website, Tim writes “My work represents the pursuit of harmony between the individual and the...
Martha Rodriguez Salazar is the curator and music advisor of the Dia de los Muertos festivities at the SF Symphony. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Musician and Teacher Builds Bridges Between Local Culture and SF Symphony

Over the course of nearly a decade, Mission District music teacher Martha Rodriguez Salazar helped Latino song and tradition find a permanent home at the San Francisco Symphony. Now in its ninth year, the Symphony’s annual Día de los Muertos concert will again return to Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday October 5. As curator of the festival and music advisor...
Sugar skulls by Mexican artist Miguel Quintana. Photo by Lauren Hepler

Merchants, Artists Turn to Day of the Dead During Turbulent Times

After eight months of arranging incognito border crossings for highly in-demand Donald Trump piñatas, Nancy Charraga is enjoying a change of pace. The last few days have been a whirlwind of sugar skulls, technicolor paper flowers and other seasonal décor sought out by clientele of her Valencia Street shop, Casa Bonampak — all ahead of celebrations for the Día de...
Joe Fitz Rodriguez, a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner, touring Clarion Alley in the film "Company Town." Courtesy of Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...
Yano Rivera working on restoring the Panama flag on October 20, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Restored Flags of the Americas to Adorn 24th Street

The flags of Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, and other countries of the western hemisphere will be going up on street poles along 24th Street in the next few weeks, repainted and revitalized after years of neglect. A conspicuous absence? The Mexican flag, says the artist in charge of the restoration effort. “I have a feeling it’s in someone’s house,”...
EUGOR by Scott Finsthwait

Artist Explores SF Bay’s Hidden Tunnel Art

Way out in the East Bay, hidden in thick trees and brush, there’s a portal to another world. It’s down below the streets in a creek bed, where the mouth of a storm sewer opens up like a cavern. Inside, crawdads scuttle in ankle-deep pools, and ominous booming sounds echo throughout the vaulted interior. A menagerie of fantastic paintings cover...
Director and playwright Paul S. Flores steps in to explain his vision to cast members. Photo by AnnaM. Clausen

SF Playwright Looks at Police Shooting

Inside a small City College classroom in San Francisco’s Mission District a group of young people of color chant: “You can’t arrest my life; I’ve got to tell the truth. You can’t arrest my life; I’ve got to tell the truth.” Low cries of “Don’t shoot,” from a young woman in braids bookend every line while two others sing “Keep...
Image courtesy of SOMARTS

Loss, History and a Promise for the Mission at SOMArts

René Yañez is widely credited with bringing the tradition of dia de los muertos to live in San Francisco, but this year, the Day of the Dead exhibition he curated at SOMArts Cultural Center is both acutely local and nationally relevant. This year’s compilation of artistic offerings, A Promise Not to Forget, pays tribute to several recently passed local artists. Among...

A Taste of Africa by Dolores Park Today

Bebebar, a cafe steps away from Dolores Park at 18th and Church streets, will host an event tonight featuring the acrylic paintings of Cheney Beshara and images of photographer Carly Mask. The art captures the pair’s travels through East Africa and will be on display October 6 through December 1. The opening event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday,...
Artist Sita Bhaumik. Photo by Liliana Michelena

Trump Meets His Wall at Southern Exposure

The writing on the 8 by 10 foot wall — inspired by Donald Trump’s proposed 55 feet border wall — is pretty clear. “Hi mom, I’m on the other side.” “Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, mami and papi.” “We’re not criminals, we’re buddies,” another person has written in Spanish. As any structure built to divide, artist Sita Bhaumik’s wall...
Todd Brown, founder of the Red Poppy Art House, was given 30 days to vacate his Silver Terrace art studio last month. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Red Poppy Art House Founder Priced Out of Art Studio

It is impossible to quantify the exchanges and relationships that have formed in the spaces that artist Todd Brown has created and curated in the Mission for nearly two decades. He’s been heavily involved in the Mission Arts & Performance Project, known as MAPP, which started in 2003 when Brown saw a need to connect local artists living within blocks from...