Tag Archives: arts

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...

In SF, art still thrives — and celebrates its history — at The Farm

It’s been 30 years since farm animals roamed a patch of land in the southeast corner of the Mission. But the place on San Bruno Avenue, tucked into a pocket of a freeway intersection, is still known as The Farm, and it hasn’t lost touch with its offbeat, artistic history. That past life and present creativity will be on display...

Neighborhood Notes: Open studios, library hours, scorpion

Hot on the heels of Día de los Muertos, which always brings out tons of artistic expression in the neighborhood, more local exhibitions and shows of local artists’ work are on the docket for the coming week: Open Studios comes to the Mission next weekend Open Studios Weekend 5, which includes studios in the Mission, takes place Nov. 11 and...

With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

Film archivist Stephen Parr once remarked that the best database of film was in his head — “because there’s a lot more room for serendipity.” That serendipitous database is now lost. The 63-year-old Parr died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of complications from Parkinson’s though details are unclear, late on the morning of Oct. 24. He was the founder and...

“Mexico exists here,” reminds SF Mexican Museum exhibit

Interwoven in the current exhibit at the Mexican Museum — a three-room collection of “works on paper” by Mexican modernists — is a lesson every San Franciscan should learn. “Mexico exists here,” said collector Robert McDonald. “It’s a part of American culture.” The exhibit, titled “Mexico in San Francisco Works on Paper from Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago,” features 42...

Unearthing the Mission’s history through storytelling

A writing project that set out to tell stories about the Mission’s past is now becoming a published  series — and it’s excavating previously untouched historical ground. Adriana Camarena, a writer and activist living in the Mission who grew up in Mexico, is interested in what she calls people’s “personal truths about themselves” — how people define themselves and their...

Arts center hosts silent auction for Puerto Rico relief

Artists and organizers at the Pacific Felt Factory are holding a fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief Friday, Oct. 20. The benefit includes a silent auction and literary readings. From Pacific Felt Factory: Join us as we gather to send a message of hope to the people of Puerto Rico. All of the (voluntary) proceeds from this inagural, kick-ass fundraiser...

Día de los Muertos celebration returns to SF Symphony for 10th year

As summer wanes, the San Francisco Symphony is being transformed into a celebratory space, showcasing elements of Mexican Día de los Muertos traditions. In past years, the production has included towering catrinas, colorful alebrijes and, of course, altars. Much of the cross-cultural festivities are orchestrated by musician and teacher Martha Rodríguez Salazar. Through her work at the Community Music Center, the Symphony, and beyond,...

Listen Local: Día de los Muertos at SOMArts

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. René Yañez, one of the artists crucial to bringing the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead to San Francisco, joins us to talk about the upcoming exhibition at SOMArts. This year’s exhibition, “Remembrance and Resistance,” opens Oct. 6...

Painting, preserving, educating: Precita Eyes celebrates 40 years

Even if you don’t live in the Mission or consider yourself artistic, Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center has most likely touched your life. What started as a free mural-painting class has become the group of artists behind hundreds of iconic murals throughout the city and world, a steward for maintaining and educating the public about mural arts and a hub...

Nonprofit launches program to help artists find affordable housing

Disclosure: Mission Local rents its office space from MEDA. While affordable studio space has long been a concern in the local arts scene, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mission Economic Development Agency have now launched a program focusing on another factor in stabilizing the artistic community: Housing. The program, apparently the first of its kind in the city,...

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

Shimmering sculpture invites San Franciscans to “DREAM”

Drivers coming into San Francisco where the 101 and 280 freeways merge have been greeted for the past few days by shimmering 12-foot-tall letters spelling out the word, “DREAM.” “You’re met with this word, and it’s almost like this welcome mat. It looks like reflections on water or the grass moving,” said Ana Teresa Fernández, the artist behind the piece....