Ingrid V. Wells, "Spilling the Tea," 2020, Oil on Linen. Courtesy of Voss Gallery

Sunday Streets has been canceled.  

On Friday March 6th at 4:30pm, Mayor London N. Breed, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management announced new recommendations for San Francisco to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

These recommendations include cancelling or postponing non-essential large gatherings and community events.

Per the recommendations, Livable City is officially cancelling Sunday Streets Mission on March 8, 2020.

Livable City does not currently have information about the ability or timeline for rescheduling the event. We are not able to issue refunds at this time.

Keep up to date at, by calling 311, and by signing up for the City’s new alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777.

City College of San Francisco has been selected to serve as a regional center to provide critical legal services for immigrant students, faculty, and the staff of California community colleges, the college announced this week. The services begin in March at the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area at the College’s Ocean Campus.

The Voss Gallery at 3344 24th St. (at Bartlett) will open. Ingrid V. Wells’ “Sweet Fascination” from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight.  The solo exhibition of oil paintings explores the complex nature of girlhood in American pop culture. You can see more of the artwork here. 

The Drawing Room (THIS  EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED) BUT THE SHOW WILL BE UP.  It celebrates Women’s History Month in March with an exhibition of more than 100 women artists in its new Annex space, located at 2675 Mission St. 

Here is an update from Renee DeCarlo

The gallery will be open today (Saturday) from 12-6pm and we invite you to come see the show and support this incredible collective of creative voices. We are going to put our focus and energy on the Artist Talks and Closing Reception (March 29th, 6-8pm). Please save the dates for the talks and closing, or stop by the space anytime Thursdays-Sundays 12-6pm.

Below, Renee DeCarlo talks about some of the pieces. 

Of Here From There | De Aquí Desde Allá is the first large-scale public art project by Creativity Explored artists with developmental disabilities. Created in partnership with Ana Teresa Fernández, the immersive installation surrounds visitors with fantastical, large-scale sculptures on which animated and time-lapse videos are projected to reveal the creative process of nearly 50 artists from Creativity Explored.

At the free opening reception on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., the installation will be activated with performances by poet Leticia Hernández Linares, dancer Vanessa Sanchez (La Mezcla), and musician Tommy Guerrero. The performance begins at 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through April 26 at SFAI Fort Mason Main Gallery, Pier 2.

And, next week, we’ll have something up about the 33rd annual Women’s show, Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” (Women with snake skirts and eagle heels) that opens next Friday at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. In the meantime, we visited with curator Dr. Martina Ayala. She’s doing an extraordinary job with almost no budget. For those inclined, donations can be made here

Mission Local reporter Erica Marquez talking to curator Dr. Martina Ayala. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

A call to all artists: SaveArtSpace, a group that transforms billboards into public art for local artists, is holding a city-wide open call for public art in San Francisco with Creative Growth, Creativity Explored, and NIAD. The deadline to submit is March. 31. You can find more information here. Once artists are selected, the billboards will go up in May. 

Heads-up: Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective will present “Dark Side of the Circus,” an exhilarating circus adventure choreographed to Pink Floyd’s masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon, all played by a live band. It is directed by Genie Cartier and opens April 3rd at the Dance Mission Theater. Tickets are here. 

Openings: Klatch Coffee, a family-owned business out of southern California has opened its eighth location — and first in San Francisco — at 2567 Mission St., near 22nd Street. 

Just north near the Gray Area, Palestinian-American artist Chris Gazaleh was painting a new mural for an Italian ice shop that will open soon. 

Chris Gazaleh. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Meanwhile, Mellow, a plant store, has moved into the  old FAZE space at  San Carlos and 21st Street.

Mellow. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

And NAZA, which describes itself as “a protective styling salon that specializes in coily, kinky, Afro-textured hair,” has moved into the old laundromat at 985 Valencia St. It is woman-owned and has a spectacular facade.  

Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Good luck to all. Running Mission Local has given me a new respect for any small businessperson.

 If you want us to keep you up to date on the neighborhood’s openings and happenings, don’t hesitate,  support us today. 

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  1. Does this list represent the events canceled? Will they be rescheduled at a later date and when?

    The Irish parade is canceled but what about the event at Civic Center?

    The piece leaves to many questions and is not completely clear.

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  2. I wish our leaders would consider Singapore’s response to Covid-19. Don’t discourage city dwellers from getting together (why live in a city anyway?). Instead, explain about the virus, how it is transmitted, and encourage each person to act responsibly. If you are emitting mucous, please keep it contained to yourself. If you are out and about, please wash your hands for 20 seconds. Singapore is not scaring people by telling them to stay home or away from others. The WHO and CDC are not telling people to stay home and avoid others.

    DPH wants people to avoid crowds of 50–but many of us who must use Muni or BART cannot afford alternatives. And if a restaurant gets more than 50 customers and staff (unlikely these days) then should we leave at the 49th occupant? Can businesses stay open of we avoid them? Can they sustain their staff who are all integral to our community?

    DPH wants us to work from home. The biggest employer in the US–the service sector–can’t operate that way. Security guards, custodians, sales clerks, servers, kitchen staff, cannot work from home.

    The mayor urged institutions to close for 2 weeks. What will improve after 2 weeks? The CDC thinks a vaccine can be discovered and produced in 18 months. Do we stay away from public events until then? Will performance groups reunite then? Will restaurant staff return to work then? Will stores reopen then? Will the convention bureau be back and running then?

    I’m well over the critical age of 60, but I am not going to stay away from all the places and people I grew up with in San Francisco. Instead, I will be cautious when near people who are coughing and sneezing and I am going to wash my hands for 20 seconds every chance I have.

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    1. The goal is to ‘flatten the curve’ of the pandemic. Ultimately everyone is likely to get infected at some point. But the effect of that happening over 3 months and 18 months is drastically different.

      Since there are only limited heath resource available on any given day, we want to spread the number of infections over as many days as possible, so that we don’t run out of ventilators, etc. in hospitals.

      Limiting exposure to the virus by limiting attendance to events with lots of people helps flatten the curve of the pandemic, reducing the strain on health resources.

      Obviously some people will need to go out and take Muni or what not, but where we can, we should be trying to reasonable reduce exposure.

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  3. Klatch coffee opened its first SF location on Franklin just under a year ago. The mission location is it’s second SF location. There are of course already excellent local coffee options (Breakfast little, Upfordayz) already in the area.

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