Events

Events

Arts center hosts silent auction for Puerto Rico relief

Artists and organizers at the Pacific Felt Factory are holding a fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief Friday, October 20. The benefit includes a silent auction and literary readings. From Pacific Felt Factory: Join us as we gather to send a message of hope to the people of Puerto Rico. All of the (voluntary) proceeds from this inagural, kick-ass fundraiser...

After half a century, boxing returns to SF Armory

Walking into the San Francisco Armory’s drill court, the 40,000-square-foot space located inside the ex-National-Guard-base and ex-porn-studio, feels a lot like jumping into the deep end. Not only do you seem to float in the middle of the acre-long expanse, it’s also uncannily devoid of echoes. What seems to reverberate, however, is the room’s history. From the 1920s to the...

Street Food Festival to energize Potrero Power Station on Sunday

Despite — and perhaps even in defiance of — the apocalyptic, smoky haze hovering in the air, culinary business incubator La Cocina will go ahead with its highly anticipated Street Food Festival this weekend, and some of the vendors will be donating all of their profits to fire relief. This year’s festival is of “modest” size, says La Cocina director...

Neighborhood Notes: Hot tub prank, fire aid, and too many birthdays

“Public hot tub” NOT coming to Valencia Street For anyone who wet themselves over a sign outside of Valencia Street’s Betabrand store that reads, “COMING SOON, Betabrand PUBLIC HOT TUB” — sad news: the only thing being installed in front of the store is a sidewalk. The sign, said a Betabrand employee, is a prank — “just one of the...

Día de los Muertos celebration returns to SF Symphony for 10th year

As summer wanes, the San Francisco Symphony is being transformed into a celebratory space, showcasing elements of Mexican Día de los Muertos traditions. In past years, the production has included towering catrinas, colorful alebrijes and, of course, altars. Much of the cross-cultural festivities are orchestrated by musician and teacher Martha Rodríguez Salazar. Through her work at the Community Music Center, the Symphony, and beyond,...

Neighborhood Notes: Trick Dog and Delfina win honors, plus MAPP Saturday evening

MAPP! It’s MAPP weekend! The Mission Arts and Performance Project is putting on its bimonthly arts event, which will be featuring music, poetry readings and art shows at six locations around the Mission Saturday evening. In collaboration with MEXASB from UC Berkeley, MAPP will be hosting an art sale fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico on Saturday...

Emmylou Harris at SF Armory tonight

Love dogs and country music? Swing by the SF Armory to see country-folk legends Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle (and others) sing their hearts out to save homeless and abandoned pooches. “Bummer’s Ball,” named after a member of a legendary stray-dog duo, is a fundraiser for Rocket Dog Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to saving dogs from being euthanized. Also in...

Joan Baez, Olga Talamante and Lila Downs talk Trump and resistance

Musicians Joan Baez and Lila Downs took the stage at the Mission’s Brava Theater on Sunday and offered hundreds of people a roadmap for coping with uncertain times. In front of a packed house of about 360 people, Baez and Downs took questions from Chicana Latina Foundation Executive Director Olga Talamante as part of Voices of Resistance — a benefit...

Protesters fill the Mission District in a day of peaceful rallies and marches

We will be updating throughout the day. If you’ve read the top, jump to the new material below.  By 2 p.m. today, a variety of counter-protests against a right-wing rally called Patriot Prayer arrived in the Mission District. One, a dance party at Dolores Park, drew upwards of 300 people. More than 500 people marched from Alamo Square, where Patriot...

Secret arts space launches into creative Halloween season

Disclosure: Mission Local produces a radio program every other week through BFF.fm, a community radio station located in the Secret Alley. The Secret Alley does a good job of living up to its name. From the street, you would never guess what goes on inside the second-floor creative workspace. But in a nutshell, here’s what happens behind the nondescript entryway:...

20th Street Block Party returns to the Mission tomorrow

Music, food, and a variety of family-friendly activities are headed to 19th and 20th streets between Bryant and Harrison streets tomorrow as part of the fifth annual 20th Street Block Party. The event, spearheaded by the music promotion company Noise Pop, runs from noon to 6 p.m. and features nearly a dozen bands and nearly 20 different food vendors. The...

Carnaval King to star in Deaf Dance Festival’s return

The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival will be happening in the Dance Mission Theater at 3316 24th Street from August 11 to 13. This year is the fifth anniversary of the festival, and to commemorate the occasion, Antoine Hunter and his Urban Jazz Dance Company will present their work on the issues of incarcerated Deaf peoples. Hunter was this...

Neighborhood police event to take place at Mission Playground

Police officers from Mission Station will be at Mission Playground at 19th and Linda streets from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on August 1 as part of National Night Out. The event is a nationwide community-building campaign, launched to build relationships between police and their communities, in an effort to make neighborhoods safer. SFPD will arrange for arts and crafts, games,...

Community united against removal of care units from St. Luke’s Hospital

Appalling, outrageous, inhumane, unacceptable, heartbreaking, tragic were all words that doctors, nurses and families of patients used on Wednesday to describe the closing of the skilled nursing and sub-acute units at St. Luke’s Hospital. The remarks were made at a hearing in front of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting. It’s unclear if Board of Supervisors can prevent...

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...