Tag Archives: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

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Mission Band Releases Album, Holds On To Heritage

Local band Soltron will play at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts this Friday to mark the release of its self-titled album celebrating the Mission District’s culture and exploring themes of gentrification and displacement. Soltron began as a trio of drummers in 2014 after percussionist Anthony Sierra went to Cuba, where his father is from, to study the batá,...
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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...
Stencil collage by Bay Area artist Kate Deciccio. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mexican & American Artists in New SF Exhibit

In an artistic collaboration that crosses individual and national boundaries, 55 artists will be showcasing their politically-fueled work in an effort to address struggles shared on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. “Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra: We didn’t cross the border, the borders crossed us,” opens at the Mission Cultural Center on January 16 for one month, but the exhibit’s organizers hope that the messages conveyed in featured...
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Muralists Take to SF Mission District’s Alleys

Imagine 2,500 cans of spray paint for artists courtesy of German Loop Paint used by artists in Osage, Lilac, and Cypress alleys off 24th Street. Yes, a feast of new mural art was produced over the weekend thanks to the international graffiti group Mind Above Matter that sponsored the Meeting of Styles event to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the book Spraycan Art. The latter was the...
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Art Show Filled With Elegance, Beauty and Subtlety

The artists presenting their work at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts’ gallery as part of this year’s Solo Mujeres show come from around the world, but they represent a range of experiences more complex than nationality, shaped by their identities as transgender, minority, or disabled women. Those identities, and how they layer and interact, are explored by the works presented in...
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Art Show Demonstrates Range of Cuban Work

For the last 10 years, Paulo Acosta Cabezas, a San Francisco resident who owns the the Mamá Art Cafe in the Excelsior and the Cara y Cabezas Contemporary Gallery in Kansas City, has been going to the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition. On those trips he fell in love with the work Cubans were producing and two years ago began preparing the exhibition, “Feminine Voices and Poetics,”...
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Benefit for Mission Artists Attracts Latino All Stars

The fundraiser tonight for leading cultural figures Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, who are being evicted from the home they have lived in for 35 years, will bring together some of the icons of the Latino art and performance world including the Culture Clash,  Guillermo Gomez-Peña and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia. Yañez, who helped found the Mission Cultural Center for Latino...
Zip Car's Civic Comito was designed by Emily Glaubinger. Photo via Facebook.

Local Artist Bedazzles a Zipcar – designed by Emily Glaubinger

San Francisco is a city with an abundance of creative folks, so it is no surprise that Zipcar tapped into this resource by adorning one of their rides with art from a local artist. We introduce you to Civic Comito, a Honda Civic featuring Emily Glaubinger’s design. And there’s more, for every hour the midsize sedan is on the road,...
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Weeping for the Life and Death of the Mission District

Weep for life and death while experiencing traditional altars, sculptures, media and art installations inspired by Día de los Muertos. Produced by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the event runs from October 16 through November 23. This year’s theme, “La Llorona: Llanto de vida y muerte en el Distrito de la Misión” (La Llorona: Weeping for the life...
Rene Yañez stands in front of his 3D piece, part of Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011 exhibit opening Oct. 7 at SOMArts Cultural Center Bay Gallery.

“Royalty” of the Mission Art Scene Faces Eviction

Spanning three decades in the Mission District, prominent San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, who seeded and grew the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration into a citywide event, is in the process of being evicted from his home of 35 years. His former wife, artist Yolanda Lopez, and his son, the artist Rio Yañez, are also included in...
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Valencia Sewer System to Get Green Improvements

When most people think about sewer systems, they’re likely to envision unsightly industrial facilities like pump stations and treatment plants. But in several San Francisco neighborhoods, including the Mission District, public debate is focusing increasingly on innovative approaches to public water management through green projects like rain gardens, vegetated roofs and sidewalk trees as ways to improve the city’s sewer...
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Immigrant Stories Light the Way at Mission Cultural Center

At the beginning of Thursday night’s performance at the Mission Cultural Center, audience members were asked to raise their hands if they were immigrants or the children or grandchildren of immigrants. Nearly every hand in the crowd went up. The event, titled “Iluminando El Camino” or “Lighting the Way,” presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council, brought together diverse performers,...
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Radio Ambulante Offers Live Bilingual Storytelling

A couple’s dream of sharing stories from their Latin American homeland is on the program at this year’s Lit Quake. “Radio Ambulante,” or “Traveling Radio,” will host an evening of live bilingual storytelling at the Mission Cultural Center on Oct. 9. The project was created by Peruvian author Daniel Alarcón and his wife, Carolina Guerrero. The couple used to ask...
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Mamacoatl Cures With Sound

Mamacoatl has been working as a healer and a musician in the Mission District for years, melding the music and traditions of Mexico and California. This year marks the 20th anniversary of La Peña de Sur, a music event where people from Latin America share the stage. This year’s event will feature Alfonso Maya from Mexico, accompanied by Mission musicians Fernando...
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The Art of Oaxaca Made in San Francisco

“The Art of Calixto Robles engages viewers with a universal spirituality. He creates a unique fusion of sacred imagery: ancient, indigenous, eastern, and western.” — Krista Bugnara, former director of exhibitions at the De Young Museum. Calixto Robles’ art will be exhibited Saturday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Live Art Gallery, 151 Potrero Ave. His work is...