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Mural on 20th and Dolores Streets by Sirron Norris. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New Sirron Norris Murals Adorn Mission District Garage Doors

Three garage doors at 20th and Dolores streets now sport the colorful artistic stylings of Sirron Norris, a muralist who has been active in the Mission for years and who also works on the animated TV series Bob’s Burgers. The work was commissioned by the property owners, and comes with a message of multicultural coexistence, featuring a group of characters...
Image of art by Amy Wilson Faville

Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

Lately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though...
Rehearsal for Gracias a la Vida. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Dance Mission Theater Leaps Into New Year With 40th Anniversary Show

Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a...
Illustration by Lesley Vamos

Q&A: Children’s Book Author Writes Murals Into Mystery

In a twist on the children’s mystery format, first-time children’s book author (and lawyer) Jill Diamond has recently published a mystery in which the Mission’s murals play a central role. Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery, illustrated by Lesley Vamos, is set in a fantastical Mission-inspired world where two young friends use clues that start appearing in the...
Debra Walker in her art studio at Developing Environments. She lives in the adjoining unit. Photo by Brian Rinker.

Artists Respond to Fire Safety Crackdown By Calling on the Fire Department

In the wake of the tragic fire in Oakland that claimed 36 lives and the city crackdowns that resulted, the founder of a Mission District arts space will bring together firefighters with managers of both underground and above-board arts spaces to help improve fire safety. Spike Kahn, a prominent housing activist who has also been active in a fire safety advocacy...
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SF Mission MC Riffs on Gentrification in New Video

“Frak,” the hip hop moniker of Alex Fraknoi, grew up in the Mission and has seen it change – particularly when he returns on visits from Southern California, where he’s studying writing and media studies. That change inspired a rap song and music video set in the Mission, in which Frak walks the neighborhood hidden behind a fixed plastic emoji...
The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
Wall of empathy at 16th BART station.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...
Photo by Santiago Mejia for El Tecolote

The Sound of the Mission’s History Returns Remixed

Think you know the Mission and its history? You might discover something new at the Brava Center for Theater and the Arts when El Son de la Misión re-opens for a two-night on Friday, Nov. 11. The show is a musical and theatrical exploration and expression of the history of the Mission, with a particular focus on activism through the...
David Tim, Which Way? 2016. Mixed media, 22 x 36 in. $1,500.

Art Notes: David Tim at Campfire Gallery

The incredibly talented David Tim, who we first wrote about in 2014, has a collection of six mixed media pieces at the Campfire Gallery at 3344 24th St. Most use woodcuts, charcoal, acrylic and fabric on handmade Sekishu paper. In the artist statement on his website, Tim writes “My work represents the pursuit of harmony between the individual and the...
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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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,...
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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...