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Joe Fitz Rodriguez, a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner, touring Clarion Alley in the film "Company Town." Courtesy of Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...
Yano Rivera working on restoring the Panama flag on October 20, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Restored Flags of the Americas to Adorn 24th Street

The flags of Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, and other countries of the western hemisphere will be going up on street poles along 24th Street in the next few weeks, repainted and revitalized after years of neglect. A conspicuous absence? The Mexican flag, says the artist in charge of the restoration effort. “I have a feeling it’s in someone’s house,”...
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Artist Explores SF Bay’s Hidden Tunnel Art

Way out in the East Bay, hidden in thick trees and brush, there’s a portal to another world. It’s down below the streets in a creek bed, where the mouth of a storm sewer opens up like a cavern. Inside, crawdads scuttle in ankle-deep pools, and ominous booming sounds echo throughout the vaulted interior. A menagerie of fantastic paintings cover...
Director and playwright Paul S. Flores steps in to explain his vision to cast members. Photo by AnnaM. Clausen

SF Playwright Looks at Police Shooting

Inside a small City College classroom in San Francisco’s Mission District a group of young people of color chant: “You can’t arrest my life; I’ve got to tell the truth. You can’t arrest my life; I’ve got to tell the truth.” Low cries of “Don’t shoot,” from a young woman in braids bookend every line while two others sing “Keep...
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Loss, History and a Promise for the Mission at SOMArts

René Yañez is widely credited with bringing the tradition of dia de los muertos to live in San Francisco, but this year, the Day of the Dead exhibition he curated at SOMArts Cultural Center is both acutely local and nationally relevant. This year’s compilation of artistic offerings, A Promise Not to Forget, pays tribute to several recently passed local artists. Among...
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A Taste of Africa by Dolores Park Today

Bebebar, a cafe steps away from Dolores Park at 18th and Church streets, will host an event tonight featuring the acrylic paintings of Cheney Beshara and images of photographer Carly Mask. The art captures the pair’s travels through East Africa and will be on display October 6 through December 1. The opening event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday,...
Artist Sita Bhaumik. Photo by Liliana Michelena

Trump Meets His Wall at Southern Exposure

The writing on the 8 by 10 foot wall — inspired by Donald Trump’s proposed 55 feet border wall — is pretty clear. “Hi mom, I’m on the other side.” “Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, mami and papi.” “We’re not criminals, we’re buddies,” another person has written in Spanish. As any structure built to divide, artist Sita Bhaumik’s wall...
Todd Brown, founder of the Red Poppy Art House, was given 30 days to vacate his Silver Terrace art studio last month. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Red Poppy Art House Founder Priced Out of Art Studio

It is impossible to quantify the exchanges and relationships that have formed in the spaces that artist Todd Brown has created and curated in the Mission for nearly two decades. He’s been heavily involved in the Mission Arts & Performance Project, known as MAPP, which started in 2003 when Brown saw a need to connect local artists living within blocks from...
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Watch Artists Rehome a Metal Mural (Video)

When it became clear that the building that once housed the artist center CELLSpace would be demolished to make room for new development at 2000 Bryant Street, artists had to figure out what to do with the giant copper and steel mural that adorned the outside wall. With eight panels that are each about 10 feet tall, the mural was not so easy to...
"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,”...
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Salsa Teacher Channels His Inner Tony Bennett

When most people wander by the Fairmont Hotel, they see the recently unveiled statue of legendary singer Tony Bennett, but when the Mission District salsa teacher Rodolfo Guzman walks by he sees a bit of himself. And it’s true. Five days a week for over a month, Guzman posed for the sculptor of the Tony Bennett statue, Bruce Wolfe. “I...
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...
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VIDEO: Artists Contemplate Homelessness, Solutions

Poets got on their soapboxes, photographers and painters displayed their work, and screen-printers produced thought-provoking posters at Alley Cat Books on Friday, at the closing reception of an exhibition meant to rekindle some empathy with the homeless and ponder solutions. Among the suggestions floated by artists were ideas like adding a transfer tax on high-value property sales to help fund supportive services, investing...
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Mission Designer Pens Cat-Themed History Coloring Book

If you’re an adult who has been swept by the coloring book craze or have youngsters who have an interest in history, local greeting card designer Sunde White has a treat for you: A coloring book featuring important historical figures like Napoleon Bonacat, Harricat Tubman, and Queen Elizacat I. Why cats? Surprisingly, White is a dog person. “Dogs are just goofy and...