Events

Events

Artists take to labor temple to “reclaim Cinco de Mayo”

A group of artists, musicians and activists will mark May 5 by exploring the history of the battle that made the day famous, in which a Mexican militia defeated the French army in Puebla, Mexico. The San Francisco Living Wage Coalition will host an art and literature gala with work exploring the meaning of the holiday, and its modern significance, on May...

Solidarity, community on laborers’ minds at SF’s Cesar Chavez parade

Laborers, union organizers, and teachers were among those who took to Mission Street on Saturday in a parade honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez. They chanted “si se puede,” carried signs representing various unions and schools, and reflected on social organizing. Alexa Galan-Klaus, a literacy coach at Cesar Chavez Elementary School who walked with a group that included many children, said it’s...

Artist coalition will dance away Trump’s 100th day

To mark President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, an artist coalition called 100 Days Action will host a dance party featuring music and DJs from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban. The event takes place Saturday, April 29 at the Gray Area on Mission Street. “We believe it is important to insist on joy when things are bleak,...

4/20 tokers shirk new regulations by taking weed fest to Dolores Park

Hundreds of 4/20 celebrants chose to avoid the increased security at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park and observe the unsanctioned holiday – free of city-imposed restrictions – at Dolores Park. “I know Hippie Hill is the place to go on 4/20 but I heard this morning that police were checking IDs and stuff, and I’m not even going to...

Indian percussion inspired by San Francisco to premiere at community center

What would San Francisco sound like expressed in south Indian percussion? In a new work called “7 x 7” premiering at the Community Music Center on April 29, composer, percussionist and educator Rohan Krishnamurthy has given that concept a go. Krishnamurthy took field recordings from around San Francisco’s nature and neighborhoods, as well as conversations with San Francisco artists, and reinterpreted them in solo composition...

Fourth Mission fixie race to attract cyclists from around the world

Athletes, messengers, and even some professional cyclists will come pouring into the Mission District this Saturday for the fourth annual Mission Crit, a 40-minute fixed-gear bike race. The crit (short for “criterion”) sends riders around and around a triangular course from 16th to 17th streets along Treat Avenue and Harrison Street, no small feat at the speeds these cyclists reach....

Want an update on St. Luke’s? Community meeting coming up

California Pacific Medical Center staff are inviting community members to a meeting to learn more about the construction of the new St. Luke’s Hospital building. On Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m., neighbors are invited to hear about 2017 construction milestones and plans for the medical office building. Updates will also be available about the demolition of older buildings. The meeting will...

Tonight: Launch party for book celebrating stories and murals of the Mission

In a burst of color and poetry, a new book of photography and writing called The Mission will enter the literary scene at the Grand Theater tonight. The Mission‘s focus is on the community murals the neighborhood is known for, photographed by Richard Evans, but also delves deeper than their artistic surfaces. With poetry and musings from important artistic and literary figures in...

Dance Mission throws a party, hosts silent auction, for youth program

Food, drink, bidding, and of course, a show will come to Dance Mission Theater this Sunday, April 8 in a fundraiser benefiting the Dance Mission Youth Program scholarship fund and teachers’ salaries. The event includes a dance party as well as a dance class and performance. Hip hop instructor and founder of the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest Micaya will emcee...

12th Annual Walk Against Rape returns to the Mission this Saturday

April is sexual assault awareness month, and for the 12th consecutive year, community members will be gathering at the Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. this Saturday to raise awareness of rape and sexual violence. The annual Walk Against Rape is organized by San Francisco Women Against Rape, a volunteer-based rape counseling center that provides crisis services including a 24-hour hotline and medical, legal...

Up and coming talents make their move at ODC’s Wild Bodies

For weeks, six up and coming artists in the world of contemporary dance have been creating performances that dig into the personal and the political that will premiere this weekend in ODC’s 68th season of the Pilot Program in a show called “Wild Bodies.” The choreographers,  who are also dancers, have taken the initiative on every part of the production, including ticket sales and technical production. Among...

Chicano International Film Festival visits 24th Street this weekend

A film festival highlighting Chicano work and perspectives in Los Angeles will have a sister event in the Mission District for the first time in its more than 20-year run, bringing a party, panelists, and a screening to 24th Street on April 8 and 9. Organizations all along 24th Street will host thematically fitting events for the festival all day on Saturday, like...

Women, cultural expression celebrated in upcoming “CubaCaribe” festival

This Thursday will kick-off a nine-day festival celebrating the Caribbean’s rich and vibrant music, dance, art, history and politics. The San Francisco tradition is now in its 13th year and will not just honor the contemporary and folkloric cultural expression of the Afr0-Caribbean Diaspora, but pay a special tribute to women and their contributions to Latino and Caribbean cultures where gender roles remain dominant....