"Low Riders," 1980, by Lou Dematteis

Low Riders on View at Alley Cat Books

Lou Dematteis and Anthony Holdsworth are exhibiting work at Alley Cat Books this month, featuring photos (Dematteis) and paintings (Holdsworth) of life in the Mission District, with a particular focus on its low rider culture. In 1979, Lou Dematteis began “a photographic documentation of the lowrider scene in the Mission and the mainly Latino youths who made up its participants,”...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...

Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Crowd Celebrates Noise Pop Block Party on 20th St.

Several thousand people showed up today to the 20th street block party sponsored by Noise Pop,  a Mission-based music promoter. The party was also a chance to celebrate education and immigrant right activist Rosario Anaya, and raise money for the Mission Language and Vocational School that will be named in her honor. Food, vending, and music filled the four block radius and the...
Shepard Fairey's new mural   at 701 Alabama St. is in progress. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Artist Shepard Fairey Brings Social Justice Mural to SF Mission

A poster rendition of President Barack Obama superimposed with the word “Hope” catapulted street artist Shepard Fairey into mainstream consciousness during the 2008 election, and the internationally recognized street artist is now spreading his art – and politics – to the Mission. On Thursday, Fairey could be seen standing on a lift some 20 feet in the air against the...