Tag Archives: arts

Neighborhood notes: Triple shooting on Treat leaves man dead, two victims sent hospital

One dead, two injured in shooting near Cesar Chavez and Treat Street The San Francisco Police Department is investigating a triple shooting that occurred on the 1400 block of Treat Avenue. The shooting occurred at 3:20 p.m. near Cesar Chavez Street. The victims were transported to a San Francisco General Hospital. Jaime Poole, 21, of San Francisco, died of his...
from Timon of Athens

‘Timon of Athens’ takes on wealth in San Francisco, circa 2018

Amid San Francisco’s ballooning decadence and inequality, ne’er is there more an appropriate time to stage Shakespeare’s wildly byzantine play, Timon of Athens. This version of one of Shakespeare’s later works, showing through May 6 at the Cutting Ball Theater, purports to take place in our foggy metropolis, and the parallel imagery is obvious: the Google Glass and Bluetooth-clad characters,...

Neighborhood Notes: St. Francis Fountain turns 100 years old and plans to close for a few weeks

St. Francis Fountain turns 100 St. Francis Fountain, the diner on the corner of 24th and York street, is hitting the century mark. The ice cream and lunch eatery has been at the same location since 1918, and to celebrate, owner Peter Hood said they’ll be giving the landmark a rest: it will be closing for four to six weeks to revamp the...
Brian Singer at open studios

Open Studios at the Pacific Felt Factory and elsewhere in the Mission

Today is the final day for viewing art at studios around the Mission District. Doors will be open from noon to 6 p.m. (See venues below.) We stopped in at the Pacific Felt Factory at 2830 20th St. late Saturday, and discovered compelling work by a number of artists, including Brian Singer (someguy), Rodney Ewing, Beth Davila Waldman and Azucena Hernandez. Here are...

Artist René Yañez engages viewers with wit and energy

There’s nothing in René Yañez’s playful and inventive art to suggest it’s the work of a man in his 70s — let alone that the artist is dealing with a terminal illness. Yet that’s precisely the situation at the second-floor gallery at the Luggage Store, where a show by Yañez opens Friday. Yañez, an artist, curator and co-founder of two...

Neighborhood notes, music, fraught fête and more

Free music tonight at the Community Music Center The center’s Concert with Conversation, featuring the Catalyst Quartet, begins at 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, March 2. The quartet comprises top Laureates and alumni of the Sphinx competition, and the center promises “dynamic selections of classical music.” It all happens at 544 Capp St. Also, a heads-up: it’s time to register for...

Vibrators invade SF’s Mission

Some are pink, some are blue and some are orange. Some have halos over their heads and some are surrounded by stars and hearts of bliss. Some are tall, some are short, some are fat, some are skinny. Some even say, “Plug me in.” They hang out on mailboxes, walls, street poles, newsstands and wooden boards. In the Mission, they’re...

Life as it is: beloved Mission District photographer dies at 71

In one of Ted Pushinsky’s photos, three boys stand at the 24th Street BART plaza. Two of them wear Stetson hats, one of them dances, and all three wear baggy slacks and shined-up shoes. Two of them read a sheet of paper whose words remain hidden from view. While it is only a black-and-white photograph — one taken in the...

Kyoto in the Mission at ArtilleryAG

Mission gallery Artillery A.G., at 2751 Mission St., is hosting a presentation by artist Kana Eto on Friday, Jan. 19. Eto is a traditional Japanese artist from Kyoto, Japan. Her atelier, Saishoku No Fukuyoshi, specializes in the restoration of Buddhist temple artwork. She also paints personal works using traditional styles and materials. These pieces have been placed in Japanese temples...
Jeremy Rourke explains how he uses the mini-ATA in his stop-motion animations.

‘Trippy’ doc illustrates ATA’s 30 years in the Mission

As Valencia Street in the Mission is increasingly burnished to a shine, Artists’ Television Access — flying a black-and-white sign like a pirate flag — stands out as a rough spot in a sea of diamonds. The cinema collective moved from SoMa to the Mission in 1986. Since then, ATA has hosted art, performance and cinema, exploring the areas where...

Neighborhood Notes: Doc screening, Eco-success, Valencia openings

Prefer your notes in audio? Here you go: Dolores documentary The documentary Dolores, about the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta, will show Sunday at the Brava Theater at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. There will be a panel after each showing. Proceeds will benefit Mexico, Puerto Rico, Farm Workers, Fire Victims in Napa,...

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...

SF artist turns Mexican craft into an art form

It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art. Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies. “It’s very...

“Setting the Word on Fire” — 12 hours left in a fundraising campaign

From our friends in the Mission. Today is our last day of our Indiegogo fundraiser for “Setting the Word on Fire,”  our documentary about Alejandro Murguia and other activist poets. First of all, we’d like to say thank you very much to those of you who have already donated to help raise the money we need for post production. If you are feeling especially generous and...