The main altar at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Photo by Yujie Zhou.

Support local youth art exhibit

Artist in Education debuts its summer exhibition, “Half Light,” today at Southern Exposure. 

This one-on-one mentorship art program will display the work of youth artists and teaching artists who used various mediums to tap into the theme of identity, evolving histories, and personal growth. 

Come celebrate their artwork for free at the opening exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m at Southern Exposure, at 330 20th St.

 Learn more details about the exhibition here.

Bissap Baobab

Need plans for Friday night? Dance the night away at Little Boabab at 3388 19th St.  for Calle Diecinueve Flamenco. 

On August 6, this Mission hot spot will be featuring live Flamenco music from local artists and dancing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Better yet: there’s no entrance fee. 

Check out the music lineup here.

Secession art and design pop-up show.

Secession Art and Design is turning 15 years old this month, and celebrating by converting a San Francisco storefront into an art gallery of work dedicated to the city. 

Visit the pop-up show at 307 Cortland Ave. in Bernal Heights between August 4 and August 7 to appreciate local artists or to purchase from the clothing collection and artwork. 

The venue is open for select hours throughout the week, so here’s when to stop by.

Word for Word’s Off the Page 

In the mood to watch a free play? Come watch Word for Word Off the Page’s staged reading of “Monsters of the Sea,” written by Danticat and directed by Margo Hall, at the Z Space, 499 Alabama St., on August 8. 

Off the Page gives audience members the first look at upcoming projects and a chance to participate in the production process by offering feedback. 

Attend the events for free, or make a $25 donation online or in person.  

Reserve your seat here

Mission Cultural Center’s gala 

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is celebrating nearly half a century of sharing artwork with the San Francisco community with an exclusive west coast gala. 

The center will kick off its 45th Anniversary Gala 2022 with the premiere of the “Mayan Rulers in the Heart of Mission” exhibition on Friday, August 12. The collection was crafted by sculptor Manuel Palos from “Joan W. Patten’s casts and rubbings of the original artifacts in Guatemala.” For the first time, they will be on display. 

Participants of the event will also enjoy cocktails, live entertainment, merch, and more. Single ticket pricing starts at $100. 

Find more details about the gala here.

Rise, Sunflowers’ art show 

There are two more weeks left to visit the Ukraine-inspired sunflower exhibit right here in the Mission. The closing reception takes place on August 13 at Luna Rienne Gallery on 22nd Street.

This group exhibition of 27 Bay area artists, organized by D Young V and Mykola Bereza, is a celebration of the Bay area and Ukraine culture while also a fundraiser for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. 

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hearts of Ukraine, a Bay-Area-based organization that sends supplies to hospitals, refugee centers, and other at-risk areas around Ukraine. Sunflower oil is a crucial component in Ukraine’s economy, and the flower has been used as a symbol of peace since the disarmament of Ukraine in 1987. At that time, Ukraine had then had the world’s most significant nuclear arsenal. 

Learn more about the show and schedule here.

Local artist to perform at Make Out Room

Oakland-based musician Saint Solitude (also known as Dup Crosson) is set to perform his new single, “Sugar Pill,” at the Make Out Room on August 14. 
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Crosson will perform songs from his latest album alongside other acts. Read the show details here.

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Christine Delianne

Christine flew across the country from Long Island to the Bay Area for college. She is a junior at Stanford University, where she served as the Managing Editor for the student newspaper. Before joining Mission, she covered breaking news as an intern at Bay City News and The Sacramento Bee.

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