Tag Archives: Brava Theater Center

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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...
John Calloway, Carlos Barón and Alicia Mana at a preview of "El Son de la Misión." Photo by Kevin Herglotz

“El Son de la Misión” Comes to Brava to Celebrate Neighborhood History

In its 95 years, the San Francisco Community Music Center on Capp Street has weathered its fair share of changing times. Now, the center has commissioned an original music and dance performance called “El Son de la Misión,” to explore the neighborhood’s shifting culture and the transformations among local artistic movements – as well as to celebrate the center’s 95th...
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Brava Plans Major Renovation, Expansion for 2016

The Brava Theater Center is planning a major renovation and expansion by the end of the year, and has just received a $200,000 grant from the Super Bowl 50 committee that brings it a step closer to reopening its long-shuttered storefronts along 24th Street. “For the Super Bowl Committee to acknowledge … the impact that Brava was having on the community and...
Left to right: Chris Storin, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Marga Gomez, Lydia Popovich.
Photo by Anastacia Powers Cuellar

Laugh Your Way Into the New Year at Brava Theater

A star lineup of local Latino comedians invite you to ring in the new year at Brava Theater, where Marga Gomez, Lydia Popovich, Chris Storin, Monica Palacios, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, and Betty Pazmiño will put on the fourth annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta. Party-goers can expect raucous progressive humor from acclaimed comedians, followed by the opening of a lively dance floor, where...
Maria curses her bad luck finding shelter in San Francisco in La Posarela.

Mary and Joseph Seek Shelter in SF Mission

Take one traditional nativity story. Swap Bethlehem for San Francisco, add two parts devil and henchman, one choir, a dash of Latin rhythm, and top with one piñata. Let the mixture mature, then enjoy one saucy, political holiday performance called La Posarela (a mashup of la posada and la pastorela, both traditional nativity stories). Both script writer Carlos Barón, who plays...
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Sketchfest Comedy Festival Comes to Brava Theater

Featuring national headliners alongside local talent and up-and-coming acts, the 14-year old Sketchfest has grown from a showcase for Bay Area sketch comedy groups into an annual festival with diverse programming. Along with sketches and stand-up acts, this years lineup includes film screenings, live radio events, improv and interactive performances. Comic Harland Williams, who performed in five shows last weekend, explained,...
The Esta Noche sign. Photo by Uptown Almanac

Esta Noche Back, But Just for Tonight

It’s been eight months since a high-heeled shoe strutted across the stage of Esta Noche. Known as San Francisco’s only Latino gay bar, open on Rondel and 16th Streets since 1981, the illustrious bar was a favorite hang out, a cultural institution, and a home away from home for many. It closed in May when new owners took over the...
Three comics perform a New Year's Eve benefit at the Brava Theater, (left to right) Micia Mosley, Marga Gomez,  and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Photo by David Wilson.

Three Comics Ring in the New Year, Hilarity Ensues

On New Year’s Eve, three of the Bay Area’s funniest women will perform their signature brand of stand-up comedy at a benefit for the Brava Theater. Marga Gomez, named SF Weekly‘s “Best Comedian of 2012,” headlines the evening with guests Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, named by the Guardian’s reader polls as the “Best Comedian of 2013,” and Micia Mosley, a nationally touring...
Courtesy of artist Jos Sances.

Benefit for Mission Artists Attracts Latino All Stars

The fundraiser tonight for leading cultural figures Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, who are being evicted from the home they have lived in for 35 years, will bring together some of the icons of the Latino art and performance world including the Culture Clash,  Guillermo Gomez-Peña and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia. Yañez, who helped found the Mission Cultural Center for Latino...
An image from Office of Economic and Workforce Development shows the improvements that could be made through its new Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative.

Business Owners Wary of Neighborhood Improvement Plan

Mission District business owners and residents voiced concerns last week regarding a new citywide initiative designed to improve neighborhood commercial districts in San Francisco. As part of Mayor Ed Lee’s 17-point economic plan, the Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative is a pilot program intended to improve 25 commercial districts throughout the city. The newly launched program will offer services ranging from...
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‘Night Wakes Dawn’

From Brava Theater’s website: ‘Night Wakes Dawn’ is a musical, theatrical exploration of the beliefs and prophecies initiated by the Mayan culture surrounding December 21, 2012 and tells a story of how these larger spiritual beliefs and energies are reflected in the lives of families living in the Mission district today … Loco Bloco is a youth development organization with...
event poster for Latin Jazz Festival

Happening Now: Mission Latin Jazz Festival

Four Latin jazz bands will perform throughout this afternoon and early evening at the Mission’s First Annual Latin Jazz Festival. The music begins at 2 p.m. with San Francisco brass band VL Trio, led by Cuban percussionist Carlos Caro, followed by the 20-piece salsa big band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, also from SF. Last spring the orchestra raised over $10,000 on KickStarter...
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Mixing Sounds and Silence at the SF Electronic Music Festival

It’s Saturday night at the Brava Theater, and a man and a woman stand on stage in front of an old school projector. Black microchips lay against a white backdrop, and the two use an audio jack to manipulate the microchips and wires to make noise. The noise they make is deafening. The sounds hit the body more than the...