Tag Archives: Rene Yañez

“Royalty” of the Mission Art Scene Faces Eviction

Spanning three decades in the Mission District, prominent San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, who seeded and grew the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration into a citywide event, is in the process of being evicted from his home of 35 years. His former wife, artist Yolanda Lopez, and his son, the artist Rio Yañez, are also included in...

LIVE: Anti-Evictions Protest on 24th Street

Welcome to Mission Local’s live coverage of today’s anti-evictions protest along 24th Street, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at 24th and Hampshire. The march, put on by a cross section of residents, merchants, local organizations and artists, comes in response to a rising number of evictions along 24th Street. More well-known evictions of residents including artist René Yañez and...

The Eviction March: On the Inside Looking Out

A thin piece of glass separated two worlds Saturday. Outside, hundreds of protesters marched to stop evictions in the neighborhood while inside at cafes and bookstores that line 24th Street, customers quietly worked on laptops or leafed through books. Some wondered what the protest would accomplish; others thought it was simply a waste of time. For 23-year-old Eric Hartsukyer who works...

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...

Conversation with Campos

Editor’s note: This is a regular series of conversations with District 9 Supervisor David Campos addressing issues and events in the Mission. If you have questions for Campos, please send an email to missionlocal@gmail.com. Mission Local: Realtors are suggesting that the expedited condo conversion proposal — specifically the moratorium on the lottery for condo conversions — approved this past summer...

Rebecca Solnit Variety Show for Modern Times

Ten performers—each born in a different decade, starting with 82-year-old Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and ending with 7-year-old Sami Elhaik—took the stage at Galería de la Raza on Sunday to perform poetry readings, electronic music and trumpeting to a crowd of some 100 (entertained) onlookers there to support Modern Times Bookstore. The audience was pleased throughout, but thunderous applause was reserved...

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...

“The Other Barrio” Uses Noir to Tell a Mission Tale

For those who have been following Mission news lately, Sunday’s screening of The Other Barrio at Brava theater within San Francisco’s Indie Film Festival might find a few eerily familiar themes. The slightly campy noir film tells the story of a building inspector who tenaciously follows the trail of tenants killed and displaced by huge building fires. He needs to...

The Other Barrio – A Short Review From a Reader

Artist Martha Rodriguez sent us in her review of The Other Barrio, which premiered Sunday at the Brava Theater. Oscar Wilde believed that,”the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy.” Last night, I went to the opening of The Other Barrio. There, before our...