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New mural coming to Ruth’s Table

This Saturday, Sept. 9, creative learning center Ruth’s Table, along with its sister organization Bethany Center Senior Housing, is unveiling a new mural at its location at 3171 21st Street between Mission and Capp streets. The mural, which has been painted on a temporary wall erected for center’s remodeling, is a collaboration between local artists, Bethany Center residents, and folks...

Victory three years in the making for small Mission theater

The Lost Church,  a small theater at 65 Capp St. that has provided an intimate music and theater experience for six years, came somewhat closer to becoming a legitimate space in June when the Planning Department approved a conditional use permit. “It is a huge step,” said Brett Cline, the director/owner, who has been trying to get the theater fully...

Art performances to demonstrate sanctuary and solidarity this weekend

It’s time for MAPP, the Mission Arts Performance Project, when spaces around the neighborhood are opened up to the public and come alive with performances. This month, the organizers want to demonstrate their solidarity and the city’s role as a sanctuary, declaring that “The Mission will melt I.C.E. through our sanctuary & solidarity.” Venues around the neighborhood including bookstores, art galleries,...

Indian percussion inspired by San Francisco to premiere at community center

What would San Francisco sound like expressed in south Indian percussion? In a new work called “7 x 7” premiering at the Community Music Center on April 29, composer, percussionist and educator Rohan Krishnamurthy has given that concept a go. Krishnamurthy took field recordings from around San Francisco’s nature and neighborhoods, as well as conversations with San Francisco artists, and reinterpreted them in solo composition...

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...

“El Son de la Misión” Comes to Brava to Celebrate Neighborhood History

In its 95 years, the San Francisco Community Music Center on Capp Street has weathered its fair share of changing times. Now, the center has commissioned an original music and dance performance called “El Son de la Misión,” to explore the neighborhood’s shifting culture and the transformations among local artistic movements – as well as to celebrate the center’s 95th...

Julio’s Musica * Regalos Will Close Shop After 22 Years

Yet another business in the Mission District is about to close its doors for good. The cash register at Julio’s Música * Regalos will ring up its final transaction sometime in early March, after the store’s 22-year stint in operation. Now, Julio Villacorta, 52, must start boxing up his many T-shirts, accessories, Latin American albums and other wares as he...

Musical Duo Returns Indie Rock Opera to Z-Space

Meet the Bengsons, a couple and band recognized by indie music lovers and the New York Times alike for their “raw honesty and sincere righteousness” as well as their musical prowess. Their songs range from folksy to ethereal to rock, and a few things in between. The band debuted a folk-rock odyssey, part play, part musical, part concert, at Z...

A Young Sitar Player Mastering Her Craft

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. Read our stories on the Mission “Blues Man” and a sharply-dressed Mexican folksinger. After studying the sitar for about four years, 26-year-old Rhiannon Ledwell is still mastering the instrument. During the week, she studies North Indian classical music at a private school in San Rafael....

In a Real Estate Boom, SF’s Mexican Musician Still Sings of the ‘Bittersweet’

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. The first profile, on the Mission “Blues Man,” can be read here.  On a recent day in Richmond, California, Luis Aranda greeted me at his door, dressed to kill. He wore a cowboy hat and boots, a black suit with snake-skin accents on...

Open House at Little Mission Studios

This Saturday, Little Mission Studio – an music education organization – is having a free open house from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The open house will include performances every 30 minutes, tours of the school, and a free seminar for parents called “Music, Your Child, & You.” You can see more details on the Little Mission Studio website, and you can bear our...

“The Blues Man” in the Mission

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. One of Gary McElroy’s favorite performance spaces is outside 24th Street BART Station, where he’s been showing up for about a year. The accessible outlet lets him power an amplifier and microphone, which he holds steadfast to his harmonica after the style of...

Sunrunners Headline One of Elbo Room’s Last Shows

Sunrunners, a local band from the Mission District, will be headlining the Elbo Room at 647 Valencia St. for one of the venue’s very last shows this Friday. The venue, which is set to close in early November, will soon be home to market rate condos built by the owners and meant for their retirement. However, according to Sunrunner’s frontman, lead singer and keyboardist, Stephen...

The Mission 7 to Unveil New Eclectic Sound

Five uniquely different musicians from contrasting backgrounds form The Mission 7, a band born in the Mission District that specializes in a wide array of sounds:  boogaloo, Latin soul, retro garage rock, and a little bit of Colombia. The Mission 7 developed from Go Van Gogh,  a previous band with Jesse Walkershaw, bassist and vocalist, and sax player Connie Walkershaw. The Mission 7 sound promises...

It is 6:30 a.m. and Time for a Dance Rave

Inner Mission SF Hosts Morning Dance Rave from Mission Local on Vimeo. Morning Gloryville, a sober morning dance rave, held their ninth event in San Francisco this past Wednesday. The club Inner Mission SF at 2050 Bryant St. hosted the monthly party, which ran from 6:30-10:30 am. “We’re kind of an alternative to club culture,” explained head producer McKenzie Brill,...