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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.
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...
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The Sound of the Mission’s History Returns Remixed

Think you know the Mission and its history? You might discover something new at the Brava Center for Theater and the Arts when El Son de la Misión re-opens for a two-night on Friday, Nov. 11. The show is a musical and theatrical exploration and expression of the history of the Mission, with a particular focus on activism through the...
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...
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,”...
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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...
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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,...
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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,”...
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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...
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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Generosity, Migration, Art and Film Meet at Roxie Theater

For many migrants from Latin America, the journey into the United States involves clinging to the side of a freight train known as “the beast,” going without food and water for 24 hours at a time, and if they’re lucky, encountering Las Patronas. These are a group of women who spend much of their days cooking and packing up meals to toss or hand...