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Community Will Remember Artist Michael Roman at Coltrane Church Friday

Michael Roman, a prolific Chicano artist who died December 26, 2016, will be remembered and celebrated at the St. John Coltrane Church at 2097 Turk Street on Friday, February 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Roman created art incorporating stencils, paint, silkscreen and textiles. He worked with big names like Madonna, Santana, Betsey Johnson and Kate Spade. His colorful, vibrant and imaginative art...

Local Children’s Book Author Captures Refugees’ Journeys In Poetry, Wins Award

Jorge Argueta’s illustrated book about refugees, Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds, published in Spanish and English and with illustrations by Alfonso Ruano, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. The award is given every year for poetry for children published by American poets or anthologists. Argueta,...

Leo & Lupe: Still Dancing at 84 and 91 (Video)

This first ran on March 29, 2009.  On Valentine’s Day, I always think of Leo & Lupe, featured in one of my favorite Mission Local videos. Today, I caught up with Lupe Bravo, now 84, for an update. Only recently, she said, did the pair stop dancing regularly because Leo Ansis, now 91, moved into senior housing downtown. “Life changes,” Bravo said,...

SF Mission Culture Gives One Techie the Guts to Turn to Music

A family of engineers made it abundantly clear what Stephen Gibson should be when he grew up, and for years, he worked in tech as a computer programmer and project manager. But when the most recent of those jobs came to an end, Gibson took the plunge and tried to make it as a musician – inspired in part by...

The Swan Who Feeds and Cares for SF’s Pigeons

John Ratliff reaches into the pocket of his jacket and says, “This is my latest project,” and he pulls out a young pigeon. It rests on his hand momentarily and extends its tattered wings outward. The skin is exposed, raw, and it begins to flap its mangled wings, but it’s no use. “It can’t fly,” says Ratliff.  “It’s a baby,...

Ghost Ship Fire, Music Inspire Two Artists Exhibiting in SF Mission

Two mini-exhibits in local coffeehouses are on our radar this week: The death of friends in the Ghost Ship fire influenced two of Skott Cowgill’s paintings, which are on display at The Little Spot Café for the next few months. His strong colors and lines look good on the dark red walls of the café, and his art has appeared on many...

New Sirron Norris Murals Adorn Mission District Garage Doors

Three garage doors at 20th and Dolores streets now sport the colorful artistic stylings of Sirron Norris, a muralist who has been active in the Mission for years and who also works on the animated TV series Bob’s Burgers. The work was commissioned by the property owners, and comes with a message of multicultural coexistence, featuring a group of characters...

Art Notes: Go See This Diebenkorn

Brian Gross Fine Arts at 248 Utah St. has a small show, Bay Area Figurative Drawing: 1958 to 1968, that will be up until Feb 25.   It is well worth dropping in just to see the 1968 drawing by Richard Diebenkorn who you probably know most for his Ocean Park series. The drawing comes from his earlier figurative period and, despite depicting a...

Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

Lately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though...

Dance Mission Theater Leaps Into New Year With 40th Anniversary Show

Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a...

Q&A: Children’s Book Author Writes Murals Into Mystery

In a twist on the children’s mystery format, first-time children’s book author (and lawyer) Jill Diamond has recently published a mystery in which the Mission’s murals play a central role. Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery, illustrated by Lesley Vamos, is set in a fantastical Mission-inspired world where two young friends use clues that start appearing in the...

Generous, Prolific, “Loco” – Stencil Artist Michael Roman Dies at 60

In art and in life, Michael Roman was a man of many layers, colorful visions and haunting complexities. The stencil artist and silkscreen printmaker, best known for layered prints depicting cultural and political icons, died on Monday, succumbing to severe health complications. He was 60 years old. Three months ago, Roman was out to see a movie with his partner...

Artists Respond to Fire Safety Crackdown By Calling on the Fire Department

In the wake of the tragic fire in Oakland that claimed 36 lives and the city crackdowns that resulted, the founder of a Mission District arts space will bring together firefighters with managers of both underground and above-board arts spaces to help improve fire safety. Spike Kahn, a prominent housing activist who has also been active in a fire safety advocacy...

Feminist Art Gives Middle Finger to Misogyny, Opens Tonight

A golden Buddha sits cross-legged in front of a mold of the vagina of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko. In Japan, her genitalia themed works are considered obscene and in 2014 they landed her in jail for a week.    But feminist, artist and San Francisco State University associate professor Tanya Augsburg said the vagina mold captures the essence of a dialogue...