Events

Events

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...

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,...