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BART station musician Ron Kemp brings simple joy to frazzled commuters

Rush hour at San Francisco’s Civic Center BART station brings one word to mind: nightmare. Whether being sandwiched between other strap-hangers during your commute or braving pedestrian road rage en route to holiday shopping, the experience ranges from monotonous to downright offensive. But when riders get off at Civic Center, they’re greeted by a reprieve from the madness: the sweet...

Neighborhood Notes: Holiday shopping, art walk, history, civics and “safe places”

A holiday walk in Bernal tonight, craft fairs and screen printing tomorrow. ‘Tis the season, and this weekend is loaded with possibilities for buying local or simply enjoying music and art. Holiday Shopping tips The Mission Bernal Merchants Association’s holiday walk will be held Friday (yes, today) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The locally owned restaurants, bars, galleries, coffee...
Jeremy Rourke explains how he uses the mini-ATA in his stop-motion animations.

‘Trippy’ doc illustrates ATA’s 30 years in the Mission

As Valencia Street in the Mission is increasingly burnished to a shine, Artists’ Television Access — flying a black-and-white sign like a pirate flag — stands out as a rough spot in a sea of diamonds. The cinema collective moved from SoMa to the Mission in 1986. Since then, ATA has hosted art, performance and cinema, exploring the areas where...

Detour Dance’s ‘Fugue’ uncovers history of SF’s queer people of color

Meet your guide at the corner of 23rd and Folsom streets on an overcast evening, just before the Red Poppy Art House starts buzzing, in front of four woodcut portraits of people passed but not forgotten. Choose a name for yourself, and prepare for a journey that has been two years in the making. “Tonight we leave the city,” your...

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...

SF artist turns Mexican craft into an art form

It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art. Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies. “It’s very...

With 73 Questions, Capp St. resident paints a warm portrait of a neighborhood character

Leah Nichols first met Steve Jones at a sidewalk memorial for a mutual and recently departed friend. She was in tears. He wasn’t. “Buck up,” Jones advised. A year and a half later, she’s made a 10-minute stop-motion animated film about Jones that premieres Wednesday at the Urban Film Festival. Jones, it turns out, is funny, personable and knows everyone...

In SF, art still thrives — and celebrates its history — at The Farm

It’s been 30 years since farm animals roamed a patch of land in the southeast corner of the Mission. But the place on San Bruno Avenue, tucked into a pocket of a freeway intersection, is still known as The Farm, and it hasn’t lost touch with its offbeat, artistic history. That past life and present creativity will be on display...

Neighborhood Notes: Open studios, library hours, scorpion

Hot on the heels of Día de los Muertos, which always brings out tons of artistic expression in the neighborhood, more local exhibitions and shows of local artists’ work are on the docket for the coming week: Open Studios comes to the Mission next weekend Open Studios Weekend 5, which includes studios in the Mission, takes place Nov. 11 and...

Women-powered panel asks residents to take up scrappy work of activism

When asked which women’s advocacy issues are most pressing to her, Marianna Toma rolled her eyes. “Where do I start?” she laughed. “All of them.” Toma and her husband, who recently left Paris for San Francisco, said they attended Wednesday evening’s Bay Area Women Activists event at The Women’s Building on 18th Street as part of a head-first dive into...

With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

Film archivist Stephen Parr once remarked that the best database of film was in his head — “because there’s a lot more room for serendipity.” That serendipitous database is now lost. The 63-year-old Parr died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of complications from Parkinson’s though details are unclear, late on the morning of Oct. 24. He was the founder and...

Root Division to host art auction on Mission Street Thursday

Two-hundred-and-eleven pieces of art from more than 175 artists will be up for auction tonight at Root Division, a visual arts nonprofit at 1131 Mission Street. The organization’s Executive Director Michelle Mansour said they are expecting 250 to 300 participants at the event, its 16th Annual Benefit Art Auction. “Last year was great,” she said. “Each year it’s gotten better...

“Mexico exists here,” reminds SF Mexican Museum exhibit

Interwoven in the current exhibit at the Mexican Museum — a three-room collection of “works on paper” by Mexican modernists — is a lesson every San Franciscan should learn. “Mexico exists here,” said collector Robert McDonald. “It’s a part of American culture.” The exhibit, titled “Mexico in San Francisco Works on Paper from Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago,” features 42...

Neighborhood Notes: ‘Hi’ to Scott Wiener and Shotwell improvements

Shotwell Improvements  The 21st and Shotwell intersection will be getting new streetlights and crosswalks in the next few months, according to Sandra Zuniga of the city’s “Fix-It” team. PG&E will be installing four new streetlights at the corner of 20th and Shotwell, and the SFMTA is recommending the installation of more prominent crosswalks. Zuniga said she also requested more street...

Unearthing the Mission’s history through storytelling

A writing project that set out to tell stories about the Mission’s past is now becoming a published  series — and it’s excavating previously untouched historical ground. Adriana Camarena, a writer and activist living in the Mission who grew up in Mexico, is interested in what she calls people’s “personal truths about themselves” — how people define themselves and their...