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Mission Eyes: The Force Awakens at SF’s New Mission Theater

Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building. Mission Local caught up with a...
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Performance Artist Endures 8-Hour Barrage of Catcalls to Fight Harassment in SF Mission

For eight straight hours on a recent Saturday, L.A.-based performance artist Mirabelle Jones paced in circles in the gallery window of the underground film space Artists’ Television Access, nearly naked and completely exposed. Inside the window, Jones crouched under razor blades that hung from balloons on the ceiling, as a recording of her voice recited catcalls like “I like that...
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Displaced from the Mission: Meet a resident who refuses to let go of her old neighborhood (KALW)

This piece was produced by KALW and is republished here with permission as part of a collaboration with KALW.      There isn’t much in the backyard of Eva Royale’s house. Two white metal patio chairs, her grandsons’ toy cars. What stands out most is her beloved 44-year-old cactus collection. “I have plants from my grandmother’s yard, and plants that...
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Campos Talks Details on Legacy Business Subsidies

Big decisions are on the horizon for San Francisco: City elections are Tuesday of next week, and they’re gearing up to be contentious and close. While the mayoral race and certain propositions like the Mission moratorium and Prop. F have received the lion’s share of the attention, the less controversial measures have received less, even though they will have a big...
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Mission Eyes: 10th Annual Sake Day

Mission Local visited the Armory on Saturday to take part in Sake Day, a sort of Oktoberfest for the Japanese rice wine. Sake aficionado and sommelier Beau Timken is the event’s mastermind, as well as the owner of Hayes Valley’s True Sake store. The event featured some 200 different kinds of sake and doubled as a benefit for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of...
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Foreign Cinema Celebrates 16, Supports News

After 16 years of serving fine wines and elegant dinners in the Mission, Foreign Cinema celebrated another milestone last night and was generous enough to share a portion of the proceeds with Mission Local. Noting the Chablis inspired menu, we sent our most French reporter to the scene to quiz diners about the value of local news. Watch below: Foreign Cinema’s Sweet 16...
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Video: 5 Reasons to Wine and Dine for Local News

We have a great way for you to support Mission Local that also involves an excellent dinner! Foreign Cinema has named us the beneficiary of this year’s charitable birthday bash, complete with grilled duck, Chablis, Fruits de Mer, and merriment. Not convinced you’ll be making a reservation? Well, we have five very good reasons for you to come out and...
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Listen Local: Sustaining Affordable Housing

On last week’s Listen Local live on BFF.fm, we were joined by Mission Housing Development Corporation’s Executive Director Sam Moss to talk about the biggest challenges facing affordable housing developers, threats to the city’s affordable housing stock, and rent control. Listen to this episode below or check out older programs on our BFF archives.
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Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture. “All of a sudden it got vandalized, and I realized I was...
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Punk is Not Dead Yet, Not on Valencia

Avi Ehrlich describes the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club like this: “Mostly a mess, but also a group of buds that makes things and does stuff.” Ehrlich lives and runs his business on Valencia Street, next to Aquarius Records.   Silver Sprocket has its home in the basement of The Future, the name of Ehrlich’s house, which follows the punk community’s tradition of  naming the house where they host parties or...
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Police Shooting Anniversary Brings Community, Lowriders to the Streets

On the first anniversary of Alejandro “Alex” Nieto’s death, more than a hundred people took to the streets of the Mission with his family and friends, to show solidarity with Nieto’s kin and remember him by the things he loved: lowriders, music, and dance. A crowd that began as 20 praying at Bernal Heights Park quickly swelled on Saturday afternoon, as Nieto’s...
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It is 6:30 a.m. and Time for a Dance Rave

Inner Mission SF Hosts Morning Dance Rave from Mission Local on Vimeo. Morning Gloryville, a sober morning dance rave, held their ninth event in San Francisco this past Wednesday. The club Inner Mission SF at 2050 Bryant St. hosted the monthly party, which ran from 6:30-10:30 am. “We’re kind of an alternative to club culture,” explained head producer McKenzie Brill,...
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Young Mission Talent: Antonio Washington

Daniel Mondragón is a 25-year-old photographer who was born and raised in the Mission. As part of our series Young Mission Talent, Mondragón takes portraits of his favorite young artists of the Mission District and talks with them about their art. Antonio Washington is a 26-year-old music producer who was born and raised on Bartlett St. in the Mission. He has...
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Listen Local: State of the City and Smash’n’Grabs

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We go live on a biweekly webcast every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Here’s our latest show: In this episode, we talk about the mayor’s state of the city address last week. Housing is, of course, one of both Ed Lee’s and our top priorities. We chat about funds for...