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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...
Poet and San Francisco staple Diamond Dave Whitaker was recognized on February 2 by the Board of Supervisors, who declared the day in his honor. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Legendary SF Mission Radio Host Honored by City

Diamond Dave Whitaker remembers the first time he stepped foot into San Francisco’s city hall some six decades ago. “It was 1957, and I was in seventh heaven,” said Whitaker. At 19, he had just hitchhiked to San Francisco from Minnesota. Whitaker describes the half century since as a “long, strange trip.” “I sat right there, the benches were different...
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Memory of Musician, Poet and Healer Mamacoatl to be Honored at Brava Theater

Silvia “Mamacoatl” Parra tried to heal the world with her music, art, spiritual work and activism. Over the span of several years in the Mission, Parra touched countless lives and pushed back against global injustices with art and community collaboration. On December 13, 2015, Parra died in Mexico of stomach cancer. She will be honored tomorrow at a memorial and...
The 59-page "Street Hearts" booklet created by Sanchez Elementary School students this summer. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Mission School Students Talk Gentrification, Immigration Through Poetry

Writing on gentrification, immigration, Pac-Man, and the Virgin Mary, a class of fourth and fifth graders at Sanchez Elementary School recently published a booklet of poetry made after they walked around the Mission District and took in its murals. “I wanted them to be looking at the murals in the Mission because they were such a powerful vehicle for talking...
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A full moon ritutal rages into adolescence

Every month, a community of poets, artists, listeners, elders, youths, and organizers gathers under the full moon at Galería de la Raza on 24th street. The cultural hub’s Lunada is usually an open-mic event, but Saturday evening was a special occasion: The Lunada at the Galería turned 15 years old, and the evening was accordingly festive. Local stars like Marc David...
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BAVC-Born Poetry Project Needs Some Help on Knight Initiative

  Reader Maria Martinez passed this along: Power Poetry — hatched at BAVC — is up for a Knight grant, Power Poetry, Roland Legiardi-Laura writes. It was first workshopped at the BAVC Producers Institute in 2010. “Today we are proud to note we have a community of 142,000+ registered youth poets from all 50 states and 175 countries who use...
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Have Map, Will Crawl: Mission Local’s Lit Crawl 2012 Map

Can’t decide which Lit Crawl event to attend tonight? Let Mission Local guide your literary fun with our handy street map. Be sure to consider the readings and parties we’ve mapped with our logo — that’s where you’ll see our reporters. Join us at events like “A Cowboy, an Alien, and Samuel Johnson Walk Into a Bar,” going down at...