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Watch Artists Rehome a Metal Mural (Video)

When it became clear that the building that once housed the artist center CELLSpace would be demolished to make room for new development at 2000 Bryant Street, artists had to figure out what to do with the giant copper and steel mural that adorned the outside wall. With eight panels that are each about 10 feet tall, the mural was not so easy to...
"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,”...
Photo by Alan Toth

Salsa Teacher Channels His Inner Tony Bennett

When most people wander by the Fairmont Hotel, they see the recently unveiled statue of legendary singer Tony Bennett, but when the Mission District salsa teacher Rodolfo Guzman walks by he sees a bit of himself. And it’s true. Five days a week for over a month, Guzman posed for the sculptor of the Tony Bennett statue, Bruce Wolfe. “I...
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...
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Mission Designer Pens Cat-Themed History Coloring Book

If you’re an adult who has been swept by the coloring book craze or have youngsters who have an interest in history, local greeting card designer Sunde White has a treat for you: A coloring book featuring important historical figures like Napoleon Bonacat, Harricat Tubman, and Queen Elizacat I. Why cats? Surprisingly, White is a dog person. “Dogs are just goofy and...
Back to the Picture's Valencia Street storefront.

Back to the Picture Opens Third Location

Local art and framing shop Back to the Picture has announced it has opened a third location in Mission Bay. The new store is now open at 4th and Channel streets and joins two other locations, one that has been on Valencia Street for more than 30 years and one on 10th Street. All three stores also have galleries. The current exhibition at the SoMa...
“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...
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...
Shepard Fairey's new mural   at 701 Alabama St. is in progress. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Artist Shepard Fairey Brings Social Justice Mural to SF Mission

A poster rendition of President Barack Obama superimposed with the word “Hope” catapulted street artist Shepard Fairey into mainstream consciousness during the 2008 election, and the internationally recognized street artist is now spreading his art – and politics – to the Mission. On Thursday, Fairey could be seen standing on a lift some 20 feet in the air against the...
Antoine Hunter by RJ Muna. Courtesy of World Arts West

Deaf Dance Festival to Shake Up Dance Mission Theater

For the fourth year in a row, a festival featuring Deaf and hard of hearing dancers opens at Dance Mission theater Friday, August 12 and runs through August 14, featuring styles ranging from belly dancing to hip hop, ballet to Afro-modern, and even sign language from other parts of the world. The festival brings with it not just expressive movement by Deaf dancers,...
A new Viceland ad at 22nd and Florida streets.

Viceland Replaces Defaced Ads, Incorporates Neighbors’ Graffiti

A week after neighbors defaced provocative ads promoting a documentary series from Viceland that they found offensive, the ads were back – with changes that incorporated the exact wording of the neighbors’ graffiti. One ad, which previously featured a group of naked men with the message “Thomas is getting in touch with bears,” had been graffitied over to read “chipmunks” instead of “bears” because neighbors were dismayed...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SF Mission Residents Deface “Offensive” Vice Billboard Ads

See update below. A group of residents in a southeasterly swath of the Mission District took cans of spray paint to a cluster of Vice Media billboards Thursday to deface advertisements they found offensive. Among the offending ads is an image of a man castrating a lamb with his teeth, an image of a child with the caption “Right now on...