Neighborhood Notes: Playoff soccer and many happy returns to Frida

Photo by Cynthia Wigginton

El Farolito Soccer Club kicks off playoff run at Boxer Stadium

It took more than 20 years, but San Francisco’s burrito-fueled soccer dynasty has risen another level in the American soccer pyramid. Last year, El Farolito Soccer Club made the transition out of the local city league and into a 98-team semi-pro league called the National Premier Soccer League.

It hasn’t been an easy transition. According to the team’s technical director, Santiago Lopez, traveling for away games and playing other teams from across the region has been a challenge, and a rash of injuries didn’t help. But El Farolito managed an unbeaten debut season, winning nine games and drawing five.

That was good enough to lead the Golden Gate Division West Conference and make the playoffs. El Farolito’s first playoff game is Saturday, against Sonoma County Sol FC at Boxer Stadium in Balboa Park. Kickoff is at noon.

Traction Company and Incline Gallery present Fault Lines

Mission-based Incline Gallery is announcing a new month-long exhibition in partnership with a Philadelphia-based art cooperative called Traction Company. The two art groups have teamed up to have a monthlong showing hosted by Incline called “Fault Lines,” an exchange of art from the two regions. The opening reception will be on July 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will run until August 3.

More info available at Incline Gallery’s website.

Choreographers needed at DanceMissionSF!

DanceMissionSF is taking applicants for choreographers and dancers wanting to join it for D.I.R.T. Festival 2018. The D.I.R.T. Festival (Dance In Revolt(ing) Times) will feature the theme of “storm SURGE,” a nod toward our changing global climate and displacement caused by the change in weather across the world. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Visit DanceMission.com for more details.

Frida Kahlo’s birthday and festivals

Friday, July 6, marks Frida Kahlo’s 111th birthday, and many locales around the Mission will be celebrating the event. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will be holding exhibitions and events throughout the weekend and WonderlandSF is hosting an art event called “Simply Frida” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

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