Events

Events

Frida Kahlo’s 110th birthday celebration Sunday

Casa Bonampak at 1051 Valencia St. and Fiestas Fridas will be hosting a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest and birthday celebration Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. It is also Sunday Streets so the whole of Valencia will be a fiesta.  At Bonampak, anyone can participate in the categories of Fridog, Fridrag, Little Frida, Diego and Frida. The winner of the best...

Community is grateful for art and culture

Precita Eyes’ Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita Park has always had a high community presence. “Everybody is very supportive of what we do,” said Yuka Ezoe, the Education Director of Precita Eyes Muralists, a community-based non-profit mural and arts education group. Many of the volunteers who help out grew up going to the festival and appreciate what Precita...

Dykes on Bikes Wins Fourteen Year Battle

When the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 earlier this month that the U.S  Patent Trademark Office could not prevent an Asian American rock group from registering The Slants because it viewed the trademark as offensive, Dykes on Bikes celebrated. It too could finally lead the Dyke March with a registered trademark. “This really happened! It’s finally over! We’ve finally, finally, reached...

Listen Local: The Mission Community Market

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Now in its new home at the Placita, the Mission Community Market has been around for seven years as the neighborhood’s farmers market. But it is more than just another place to buy produce. We talk with Jeremy...

“Queers Hate Techies”: Gay Shame’s controversial ATA exhibit

All month, the phrase “Queers Hate Techies” has taken up residence in the window gallery at Artists’ Television Access (ATA) on Valencia and 21st. The words are printed on balloons, inscribed on a banner and written on stickers pasted to the glass. It’s one of the radical activist group Gay Shame’s well-known anti-gentrification slogans; they have used it in graffiti and...

Trans and Dyke Marches look to keep space, keep pushing ahead

In progressive San Francisco, space for LGBTQ residents continues to shrink, so as Pride enters its 47th celebration, “holding space” is key, say advocates. Two of those events –  the Dyke March, in its 25th year, and the Trans March, in its 13th year – take place in the Mission District this weekend, where space has become an increasingly precious...

Giant “erotic” plant with Mission roots will produce rare and stinky bloom

A rare, stinky and somewhat sexual spectacle about to unfold at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers has its roots in a Mission District bathroom. Terra the Titan, a titan arum plant also known as the corpse flower (or by its scientific name, amorphophallus titanum) is about to bloom. That is a momentous occasion, as the plant only manages to...

Precita Eyes Muralists launch street art film fest

Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, a 40-year-old arts organization based in the Mission District, is celebrating its history and the culture of street art with a film festival exploring the mural art from. From sociopolitical commentary to biographical fiction, the five films in the program explore the stories and motivations behind murals. The festival will be held at the Grand Theater,...

Tonight: Rooftop fundraiser in support of homeless advocacy group

The Mission Merchants Association is hosting a rooftop fundraiser in support of the Saint Francis Homeless Challenge, a local advocacy group seeking to provide relief to the city’s homeless crisis by organizing with encampment residents, neighbors and city services. One solution presented by the group are temporary housing pods – and the fundraiser’s organizers hope to raise at least enough to pay...

June 14th Fundraiser for Dolores Street Services at the Make Out Room

The North Bernal Heights chapter of SolidaritySundays  is holding a fundraiser for Dolores Street Community Services on June 14th from 6 to 9:30  p.m. at the Make Out Room at 3225 22nd St. The funds will be directed to the organization’s Deportation Defense  program, which assists low-income San Francisco residents facing deportation or other issues. Ana Camila Herrera, the managing immigration attorney for Dolores...

Art performances to demonstrate sanctuary and solidarity this weekend

It’s time for MAPP, the Mission Arts Performance Project, when spaces around the neighborhood are opened up to the public and come alive with performances. This month, the organizers want to demonstrate their solidarity and the city’s role as a sanctuary, declaring that “The Mission will melt I.C.E. through our sanctuary & solidarity.” Venues around the neighborhood including bookstores, art galleries,...

Listen Local: Ahead of Carnaval, a conversation with Roberto Hernández

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Some call him the “Mayor of the Mission” and you’ve seen him active on countless issues, but today’s guest Roberto Y. Hernández has also long been the artistic director of, and one of the driving forces behind, Carnaval in...

Doc’s Clock announces June closing date, will reopen in new location in July

We all knew it was coming – the last, last call at Doc’s Clock’s original location will take place next weekend. Owner Carey Suckow announced today that the beloved neighborhood bar will celebrate its final hurrah at its 2575 Mission St. location next Saturday: Our last date at the current location will be Saturday June 3rd.  We hope to be up and running...

Instituto Familiar de la Raza to celebrate new mural Friday

A nonprofit serving San Francisco’s Chicano, Latino and Indígena communities on Mission Street near 25th Street is celebrating the completion of a new mural on its rear facade facing Lilac Street. The alley is known for its colorful and culturally relevant murals. Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s new mural, titled “The Cycle of Re-Generation,” is the work of Darren Villegas. It depicts tree...

It’s spring and the Garden for the Environment is throwing a party

Witness an urban version of California’s famous superbloom at the Garden for the Environment’s fundraiser and spring garden party next Saturday. The garden, devoted to teaching sustainable gardening practices like composting, growing food, and reducing water use, relies on donations to function. The party, featuring pizzas with ingredients from the garden, beer, wine, honey, music, a raffle, and tours, will serve...