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People We Meet

 

People We Meet
People We Meet: Speaking through music

People We Meet: Speaking through music

The Argentine native Gustavo sat on a concrete bench, banging on his drum in Dolores Park with gusto.

“I cannot speak English [very well], but I can communicate with music,” he said as he played an afro-Caribbean style of drumming that he learned at the Community Music Center on 21st and Capp St.

Gustavo, who moved to San Francisco in 2000 and currently cleans houses and lives with a friend in Bernal Heights, said this style of was new to him and part of the neighborhood’s past.

People We Meet:  Right here, right now

People We Meet: Right here, right now

I found Justin Mayfield in front of Therapy Stores on Valencia Street, offering free poems to anyone on the sidewalk. It’s an activity that ties is life together.  “Some people call it the Dao, some call it God, some people call it the universe. Whatever it is, to be...

People We Meet: The sleeper from Brisbane

People We Meet: The sleeper from Brisbane

On the southern edge of the Mission between 26th and Mission streets, a glossy black compact car rumbles over the battered pavement. Its loud exhaust notes carry the tones belonging to a turbo-charged engine but a manual transmission dictates the pace at which all 215...

People We Meet: Keychains for a dollar

People We Meet: Keychains for a dollar

On the sidewalk next to the US Bank building at 2601 Mission street, 62 year old Gustavo Palma digs out a set of trinkets and lays them out on the building’s embankment. There are keychains, lanyards, packets of fake play money and other little toys.    “The little...

People We Meet: Soccer city lives on

People We Meet: Soccer city lives on

Touring around 24th Street with his one-year-old dog Gus, Kevin Canote calls his time in San Francisco s a much needed mini-vacation.    “My mom lives here, and it’s good to get out of Portland,” he said.   Canote has something of a dream job. Six years ago, he was a...

People We Meet: While I breath I hope

People We Meet: While I breath I hope

On the corner of 19th and Mission, Shawn Cotter arranges his grey jacket on the handlebars of his girlfriend’s scooter. A cigarette between his index and middle finger, he turns to me with a good-natured smile.  “I was living in New York, but my girlfriend got a job...

People We Meet: Thy will be done

People We Meet: Thy will be done

Longtime hogs of door-knocking, Jehova's Witnesses are often at BART stations in the Mission. Their message of salvation now comes pre-loaded in their tablets. "The prophecies from the Bible are being fulfilled, and Jesus spoke of the end of everything" says Wilfredo...

People We Meet: Here comes the sun

People We Meet: Here comes the sun

Fact of life and barely commanding any attention, the change of the seasons alters the life of a dozen paleteros serving the Mission District. And, to top it all off, there are the rangers. “Those green policemen don’t let us work and keep throwing us out, but we...

People We Meet: Music pays the bills

People We Meet: Music pays the bills

A lone musician stood outside Castillito Yucateco at 2052 Mission St. plucking the strings of his guitar. Alan Augustine Aguilar, 29, was getting ready to play inside the Mexican restaurant, which specializes in Yucatecan cuisine. “I sing and if people want to help me...

People We Meet: A helping hand

People We Meet: A helping hand

Rangel Rubalcava, 42, likes to help people and enjoys showing off the merchandise at Homey, where he has worked for three months. The Mission native was born in San Francisco shortly after his parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico. His mother helped nurture his...

People We Meet: hit and giggles

People We Meet: hit and giggles

The view from the hill was a bit odd: optic yellow balls, a little too chunky for tennis, falling from the roof of the Dolores Park restrooms. Every minute or so, a new one would find its way from whatever was going on on the other side. In the multi-use court,...

People we meet: Better than tortillas

People we meet: Better than tortillas

Shortly after 12 p.m., Juan Urrutia was standing on the corner of 19th and Capp, hiding behind a wall and scratching away at a lottery ticket. He was behind a wall because his wife, or “mi señora” as he calls her, would be showing up any minute and scold him for...

People we meet: Taking it easy

People we meet: Taking it easy

William Stevens likes to take it easy. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Stevens was perched on the steps of a home in front of Garfield Park. He was switching between an AARP magazine, a King Cobra can, and a pamphlet from the local city college. “I wanna go back to the...

People We Meet: DJ Dolores

People We Meet: DJ Dolores

Like the bootleg CD salesmen of old, the man in the flat cap sits in a bench at Dolores Park, three speakers blasting the tunes that his audience demands. Johnny Kemp’s Friday Night it is. At first look, he is only here for his two boys, playing around as he just...

People We Meet: Career crossroads

People We Meet: Career crossroads

Leaning against the glass in front of San Francisco Community Acupuncture, Christy Young tips the last juices at the bottom of a plastic container into her mouth. It’s kimchi that she made herself, and “it’s very stinky,” she says. “It’s a small space in there,” she...

People we meet: Basketball and a bowl of soup

People we meet: Basketball and a bowl of soup

I first heard the sound of a basketball crashing against the concrete floor and then saw the man bouncing it as he walked across the street. Sebastian Diaz was on his daily walk from his home on Folsom St. to the Garfield Park basketball courts and then to El Chico...

People We Meet: Love on the train

People We Meet: Love on the train

Technically he’s the front desk clerk, but you’ll rarely find him there. Even on a rainy morning, Raven Burnett prefers standing at the door of Hotel Royan, a 1920s hotel on Valencia Street that was converted to affordable housing in 2003. “I get tired, sitting behind...

People We Meet: The Last Romantic

People We Meet: The Last Romantic

Empty pockets can be an obstacle to the passionate soul. Latin American folklore upholds that "billetera mata galán" ("wallet kills a hunk"). That is, unless you run into Rubén Rosas. "Take them; you can come back and pay me tomorrow," he told me the night I met him,...

People we meet: home is family

People we meet: home is family

Rounding the corner onto 22nd Street, Cookie is eager to get home. He snips at another dog walking past and looks up at his owner, 30-year-old Clifford Chiu. They’re just a block from home: one Clifford says is shared with “pretty much everyone.” It’s a four-apartment...

People We Meet: Se Habla Español

People We Meet: Se Habla Español

Victor Wilson can communicate in Spanish -a talent highlighted in his nametag- but "not write an amazing essay in it." Not that he needs an outstanding vocabulary to solve this season's most pressing dilemma: iPhone or Samsung? A 23-year-old customer service...

People We Meet: Kind of a Nostalgia Thing

People We Meet: Kind of a Nostalgia Thing

Karl Bryant, 42, Mission resident. ‘Round midday on a recent Thursday, Karl Bryant stood on 19th and San Carlos, playing jazz licks to a spastic, abstract mural. “It’s kind of like a nostalgia thing,” he said of the moment. “It’s kind of like a push and pull.” The...

What To Do

Sat 07

La Cocina: 2019 Culinary Holiday Tamalada Class

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 07

MCCLA: Holiday Bazaar 2019

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm