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Saturday’s 24th St. Art Crawl To Celebrate Women’s History Month

Returning to 24th Street this Saturday is Paseo Artistico – a free art crawl that will enliven the 24th Street corridor from Valencia Street to Potrero Avenue with song, art and film. Activities for the event will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. In celebration of Women’s History Month, participants are invited to embark on a bilingual, guided mural...

Art Appears on Site of Future Affordable Housing

If you do a double take when you pass the giant letters spelling out “Home Street Home” on Folsom Street, that’s exactly what artist Brian Singer, the man behind the piece, wants. “There’s a lot of homelessness [here]. Over time we’ve become desensitized to it,” Singer said. Singer is known for outdoor art with a message, from his billboard campaign calling...

Works of Local Artist Juana Alicia Displayed at Berkeley Center

The expansion of a research center focused on Latino issues at UC Berkeley is being celebrated with the art of Juana Alicia, whose mural work has long been a fixture of Mission District walls. The opening reception is today. Both Juana Alicia and the Center for Latino Policy Research at UC Berkeley, where her work will be displayed through March...

SF Mission Artist Pushes for Growth in Shrinking Art World

Even on a weekday morning over coffee, Bernadette Bohan looks like she just stepped out of a Warhol painting. With red lipstick expertly applied and wearing leggings printed with an image of her own staggeringly bright collage artwork, she’s taking no prisoners, and this isn’t even her evening look. At 45, Bohan is ready to bust out of starving artist...

After Nearly 2 Decades Kinetic Sculptor Will Close SF Mission Studio

Growing up next to an amusement park may have inspired Carl Pisaturo’s life-long fascination with light and motion – but the Mission District is where the “lumino-kinetic” sculptor found an affordable space to transform scientific concepts into art.   After seeing rents triple and arts organizations drop one by one in a gentrifying- Boston in the 80s, Pisaturo said he...

Community Will Remember Artist Michael Roman at Coltrane Church Friday

Michael Roman, a prolific Chicano artist who died December 26, 2016, will be remembered and celebrated at the St. John Coltrane Church at 2097 Turk Street on Friday, February 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Roman created art incorporating stencils, paint, silkscreen and textiles. He worked with big names like Madonna, Santana, Betsey Johnson and Kate Spade. His colorful, vibrant and imaginative art...

Local Children’s Book Author Captures Refugees’ Journeys In Poetry, Wins Award

Jorge Argueta’s illustrated book about refugees, Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds, published in Spanish and English and with illustrations by Alfonso Ruano, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. The award is given every year for poetry for children published by American poets or anthologists. Argueta,...

Ghost Ship Fire, Music Inspire Two Artists Exhibiting in SF Mission

Two mini-exhibits in local coffeehouses are on our radar this week: The death of friends in the Ghost Ship fire influenced two of Skott Cowgill’s paintings, which are on display at The Little Spot Café for the next few months. His strong colors and lines look good on the dark red walls of the café, and his art has appeared on many...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.