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Antoine Hunter by RJ Muna. Courtesy of World Arts West

Deaf Dance Festival to Shake Up Dance Mission Theater

For the fourth year in a row, a festival featuring Deaf and hard of hearing dancers opens at Dance Mission theater Friday, August 12 and runs through August 14, featuring styles ranging from belly dancing to hip hop, ballet to Afro-modern, and even sign language from other parts of the world. The festival brings with it not just expressive movement by Deaf dancers,...
Rupam Bhagat's restaurant dream began with a food truck. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Food Truck Now Brick-and-Mortar on 24th

After bringing Indian soul food to the Bay Area on wheels, the chef behind the popular food truck “Dum” has taken his menu off the road and into the 24th Street space that once housed the Local Mission Eatery. Sitting inside of his first brick and mortar location at 3111 24th St.,  which he quietly opened to the public on...
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24th Street’s Pig & Pie To Close

Comfort food, pies, and pork products are about to take their leave from 24th Street after four years when Pig & Pie closes on July 31, its owners have announced. “The unpredictablility of restaurant life is extra challenging with two little ones in diapers,” the owners wrote in a sign posted in the window. “We’re so grateful to this community for its...
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Man Injured in Shooting on 24th and Shotwell Streets

One man was shot and injured around 5:40 p.m. on Monday at the corner of 24th and Shotwell streets, police confirmed. “One man was shot, it did not seem life threatening,” said Battalion Chief Charles Green of the San Francisco Fire Department, who had responded to the scene. “I heard six shots,” said one neighbor. Shortly thereafter, he saw police cars drive by,...
One of Alexandra Blum's pieces at Dynamo Donut and Coffee

National Donut Day Fix: Art at Dynamo

As it is National Donut Day, we should mention that Dynamo Donuts and Coffee has on display a variety of charming artworks by Alexandra Blum and Cecile Robles-Blum, who happen to also be the wife and daughter of local artist Calixto Robles. The whole family was displaced by a fire at his apartment in April of 2015 but continues to make...
Photo by Cristiano Valli

Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out on San Jose Ave in SF Mission

A two-alarm fire broke out today at 9:32 a.m. and burned two buildings on San Jose Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. Some 21 residents were temporarily displaced, and students at Buena Vista Horace Mann a few blocks away were forced to evacuate. Fire in SF Mission now at corner of 24th and Valencia, firefighters on scene pic.twitter.com/ul5cZPnsD1 —...
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Protesters March Against Police Use of Force in SF Mission

In response to deadly shootings at the hands of police nationwide, members of the ANSWER coalition and other protesters marched from 24th and Mission streets to the Mission police station on Friday evening. At 6:30 p.m., some 50 people gathered at the 24th and Mission BART plaza to make statements. “I’m here because I’m smart, because I have an education, because if...
Zoe Klein. Photo by Weidong Yang

Dance Mission Keeps Dancing in “Revolt(ing) Times”

Can you picture the gentrification of Oakland, the death of Sandra Bland, and the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic … in dance? In its second annual D.I.R.T. Festival (Dance In Revolt(ing) Times), Dance Brigade will present explorations of all these themes and more, starting on January 22. The festival is inspired by the dancers’ drive to go beyond making aesthetic movement and...
Left to right: Chris Storin, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Marga Gomez, Lydia Popovich.
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Laugh Your Way Into the New Year at Brava Theater

A star lineup of local Latino comedians invite you to ring in the new year at Brava Theater, where Marga Gomez, Lydia Popovich, Chris Storin, Monica Palacios, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and Betty Pazmiño will put on the fourth annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta. Party-goers can expect raucous progressive humor from acclaimed comedians, followed by the opening of a lively dance floor, where...
Awad Faddoul holds one of the few photos of Glenna Randolph, captured by a longtime customer and friend.

Cafe La Bohéme Mourns Death of Cook Glenna Randolph

On Christmas morning, Café la Bohème owner Awad Faddoul called his chef, Glenna Randolph, as he does every year. He thanked her for her gifts to him and his family, and she gently scolded him for giving her a box of chocolates, saying it would take her a whole year to eat them. “That’s okay, I’ll give you another one next...
Blowfish Sushi, located at 2170 Bryant St., is a creative sushi joint and local favorite among the area's tech startup lunch crowd.  Photo By Laura Waxmann

Is Tech Good or Bad for SF Mission Restaurants?

At noon on Monday, the lunch rush at Blowfish Sushi, located at 2170 Bryant St., was in full swing when the phone rang and host Daniel Norton-Luna picked up, punching an order into the iPad before him. “This customer heads a really cool company,” said Norton-Luna, describing the caller’s startup as the “Wikipedia of health.” It’s also one where one...
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Día de los Muertos Sweeps Through SF Mission

Hundreds of people gathered in the Mission last night to watch a procession of skeletons on stilts, indigenous dancers, skeleton-painted faces, and candle-holding participants commemorating their passed ancestors and loved ones. Crowds thronged 24th Street, spilling from packed sidewalks onto the street, with their phones overhead to catch the march going by. Some darted into barber shops, where they could get their face painted...
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Developments in Development: Expansions

Let’s take a break from condos this week! Not necessarily in the moratorium sense – I mean, let’s talk for a change about three local businesses expanding elsewhere in the city. First, congratulations to 826 Valencia, a.k.a. the Pirate Supply Store. The nonprofit, founded by writer Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, helps under-resourced children improve their writing skills with...
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Shooting, Burglary and Seven Robberies in SF Mission

A 25-year-old male was grazed in the head by a bullet at Rolph playground on 26th and Hampshire streets Friday morning. The victim was waiting to meet someone at the playground when he was approached by two men in their 20s at approximately 11:50 a.m. One of the suspects shot the victim with a handgun, and the men then fled...
The "Chata" mural, in memory of KPOO radio host Micaela "Chata" Gutierrez, faces west at the corner of 24th and South Van Ness streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Mural Honors Legacy of Chata Gutierrez

As local musicians, poets, housing advocates, and community members joined forces in commemorating one of the Mission District’s most beloved voices this Saturday, Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez stood among his peers before a colorful mural at 24th and South Van Ness Streets, carefully observing his work. “This mural is a stance against big business and big money,” the local muralist and...