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David Ireland House is Pay-What-You-Can on Sunday

The home of conceptual artist David Ireland at the corner of Capp and 20th streets has been booked solid since its opening night. But for one special day, on Sunday March 20th, the former home and now museum will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on a pay-what-you-wish basis. From cement sundaes to animal skulls to quirky altered...
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Activists Release Full Lowrider Lawyers Film for Free

Activists organizing around the police shooting of Alex Nieto in March of 2014 have released their film on the topic, Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial, to the public for free today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., in the spirit of amor, we gift you FREE to the public ‘Lowrider Lawyers,’...
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Mission Eyes: The Force Awakens at SF’s New Mission Theater

Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building. Mission Local caught up with a...
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Random Mission Cyclist Brawl Inspires Song

A towed car sparked a brawl between two cyclists on 20th and Valencia streets last week. It all started with a bullhorn-wielding cyclist accusing a tow truck driver of “property theft” and being a Nazi sympathizer, and escalated when another man, who had previously been observing the commotion while standing shirtless on his balcony, decided to get involved. There is no evidence that the...
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Mission Eyes: 10th Annual Sake Day

Mission Local visited the Armory on Saturday to take part in Sake Day, a sort of Oktoberfest for the Japanese rice wine. Sake aficionado and sommelier Beau Timken is the event’s mastermind, as well as the owner of Hayes Valley’s True Sake store. The event featured some 200 different kinds of sake and doubled as a benefit for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of...
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Foreign Cinema Celebrates 16, Supports News

After 16 years of serving fine wines and elegant dinners in the Mission, Foreign Cinema celebrated another milestone last night and was generous enough to share a portion of the proceeds with Mission Local. Noting the Chablis inspired menu, we sent our most French reporter to the scene to quiz diners about the value of local news. Watch below: Foreign Cinema’s Sweet 16...
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Video: 5 Reasons to Wine and Dine for Local News

We have a great way for you to support Mission Local that also involves an excellent dinner! Foreign Cinema has named us the beneficiary of this year’s charitable birthday bash, complete with grilled duck, Chablis, Fruits de Mer, and merriment. Not convinced you’ll be making a reservation? Well, we have five very good reasons for you to come out and...
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Mission Man’s Quest to Trap His Backyard Pests

Summertime in San Francisco is the time for fog, visitors and barbeques. After an evening of grilling I noticed that the motion sensing light on the deck was flickering. The fixture was replaced. The next morning, I reviewed my security cameras to see if the new light’s settings were correct. To my amazement I saw rats. Several rats were working...
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Makeover: Dema

Makeover: Dema from Mission Local on Vimeo. Dema Grim is the owner and designer of Dema, located at 1038 Valencia Street. Modeled by Natalie Reclosado. Music: HAIM- “Falling” (Instrumentals) First Outfit: Printed Penny Dress- $138 Level 99 Denim Jacket- $143 Stephanie Hoffman necklace- $48 Second Outfit: Solid Penny Dress- $148 Co-Lab Bag- $64 YuSquare Socks- $11 AJ Morgan Sunglasses- $20...
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Nieves Maker Returns After Fire to Churn Ice On 16th

Foodies looking for a local-made, natural, and seasonal treat: Forget Valencia street. What you’re looking for is Nieves Cinco De Mayo, tucked inside Loma Grocery on 16th and Julian. The nieves (light, fluffy frozen desserts sort of like a cross between a snow cone and a sorbet) there are made mostly by hand in Fruitvale, where Luis Abundis started the business selling...
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Mission Eyes: Q-Sides Opens in Style At Galería de la Raza

The corner of 24th and Bryant at the Galería de la Raza was crowded last Friday by visitors swaying to the rhythm of oldies and admiring some antique cars. They had come to celebrate the opening of the exhibit “The Q-Sides,” a reinvention of 12 album covers from a series of records entitled “East Side Stories” that merges low-rider and...
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Mission Eyes: Silicon Valley Fashion?

LED lights galore, zero-galaxy space suits, disco ball helmets, a SheBot, 3D printed jewelry, and, sigh, drones walking the runway. Welcome to the future, or at least, the future envisioned by that rascal of prototyped looks Betabrand. For the first ever “Silicon Valley Fashion Week?”—the punctuation is vital, as it’s still an open question—Betabrand invited local designers and wearable tech companies...
Jonatan Martinez, left, and Veronica Gomez, right, walked from San Francisco to Washington DC as part of the Campaign for an American Dream. Their journey was captured in the new documentary “American Dreamers”, which had a pre-screening Saturday night at Mission High School. Photo by  Jeremy Mazur.

Trailed by Cameras, Immigration Activists Walk America

On March 9th, 2012, a group of undocumented youth and a few allies took a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. And then, they just kept walking. They continued past Oakland, through Utah, Kansas, and Kentucky, until, eight grueling months later, they arrived in Washington DC, carrying little more than a Native American spirit stick they’d received in the Mission...
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Gears, Goodies and Golf: Urban Putt Turns 1

  Inside the building on 22nd and South Van Ness Streets that used to be a mortuary, Urban Putt now offers a San-Francisco themed minigolf course complete with earthquake-shaken houses, a Dia de los Muertos corner, a boiler room and “underwater” corner, and piano-playing robots. There’s also a bar and an upstairs restaurant, which help sustain the business. Owner Steve...