If you have ever wanted to know more about your local street musicians check out New America Media’s story on the Mission District musician Lorenzo Armendariz, 62, who makes a living playing his accordion on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets. In his interview with journalist Carlos Cota he offers us a look at living the life of a musician while also sharing his views on Obama, paying taxes, and getting a fake social security card these days.
In related news Valencia Street is featured on SF Gate’s Street Date. As places to visit, Dog Eared Books and Aquarius Records were mentioned. However I would like to add to the list Casa Bonampak. This store features the best selection of Latin American folk art but goes one step beyond tradition offering papel picado with the image of Obama and vintage Frida Kahlo postage stamps. The store can be found on Valencia between 21st and 22nd but you may already know it from its previous location on 24th Street.
Not sure when the weather will be perfect for your Valencia Street outing, then check out this Summertime guide to San Francisco Weather. Lucky for us it describes the Mission as one of the best places to find a gap of sun during San Francisco June gloom.
And lastly don’t be surprised if you see your favorite Mission Street Foods offered in other places around the city. SFist reports that Yerba Buena Center for the Arts featured food from the Mission Street Food “taco” truck, at a recent party.