Graffiti, socially relevant performance art/poetry, sports, experimental film and super secrets. That’s what the Mission’s all about this weekend. Enjoy.

Aesthletics Kickoff
Back in high school you only had two choices: You were either a dumb jock or an art nerd. Not anymore! Aesthletics is a new program that mixes art and sports. From the Aesthletics Institute website: “The Institute for Aesthletics is dedicated to the playing of sports as an artistic practice. Aesthletics is a conscious acknowledgment of sport, especially contemporary spectator sports, as a mixture of physical activity, social interaction, movement, performance, and ritual.” AI has a monthlong residency at The Lab through Nov. 21. Wiffle hurling, mega soccer, and a drinking-and-dancing competition are some highlights. But don’t miss the kickoff party in Dolores Park this weekend. Sat., Oct. 24, 2pm. Free. Dolores Park. Check here for more info.

Play mega soccer with the Institute of Aesthletics.

Amate: Women Painting Stories
For eight years, Amate: Women Painting Stories (formerly Pinta Tu Propio Mundo) has celebrated a richly diverse and talented group of women artists of color. It has grown from a small poetry reading into a multidisciplinary showcase for established and emerging women artists. Featuring Sandra Garcia Rivera, Irene Faye Duller, Aida Salazar, and Las No Que No! (Son Jarocho). Hosted by Leticia Hernandez with an artist bazaar, and music by DJ Special K. Sat., Oct. 24, 8pm. $5 members, $10-$15 guests. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. 415.826.8009

Artists’ Television Access Film & Video Festival
The party started in the middle of the week with a distribution forum and a night of video art and music, but if you missed all that, don’t worry. Friday night marks the final screening of the best experimental short films in the world at the ATA Film & Video Festival. Fri., Oct. 23, 7:30pm. $7-$10.  Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia, 415.824.3890

Clarion Alley Block Party
Street art, live music, dancing, and BYOB  … it’s the Clarion Alley block party! The only party in San Francisco that happens in an alley normally inhabited by junkies, graffiti artists and camera-happy tourists. No taggers allowed! Sat., Oct. 24, noon-9pm. Free. Clarion Alley (between Valencia and Mission, and 17th and 18th sts.)

Between the Streets
A two-day party hosted by a mysterious art collective known as The Secret Alley. Founded in December 2005, the collective produces, shoots and edits video; screenprints original designs and illustrations; performs and records music and designs; and builds functional installation pieces all within the confines of a 360-degree, ever-changing art space that also serves as a movie set. Tons of indie films, weird performances, bands and art. Fri., Oct 23, 6pm, and Sat., Oct. 24, 2pm. $5-10. The Secret Alley, 180 Capp St., #4. 415.553.8944

Tekpatl Poets
is a local youth organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth and community members of San Francisco. They operate a silkscreening business staffed by youth and offer numerous programs that seek to enrich the lives of kids in need. This event is the first in a series of open-mic nights hosted by H.O.M.E.Y.’s Tekpatl Poets, a performing arts program exposing youth to theater, spoken-word poetry, and music as a form of social justice. Fri., Oct. 23, 6pm. Free. 2258 Bryant St. Call or email Alejandra Mojica, 415.374.4454, for details.

Inaugural Passport Kickoff Party and Tour

Passport is a new annual event, held by The San Francisco Arts Commission, during which you can visit all the best art spots and meet all the coolest artists. Each artist involved has designed his/her own version of a passport stamp to be placed in your very own passport booklet. Pick one up at the kickoff party on Friday night and then spend Saturday walking around and filling it up. When you’re done you’ll have your very own one-of-a-kind art book. Fri., Oct., 24 7pm-10pm. $5 donation: Kickoff Party at The Polish Club 3040 22nd St. 415.821.2574. / Sat., Oct., 24 noon – 4pm. 25$ Ticket info here. Tour meets at Mission Playground (Valencia between 19th & 20th).

Justin Juul

Justin Juul is a freelance writer based in San Francisco's Mission District. He covers culture, arts, entertainment, and city living.

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